Football: Kadena gets a scare, but stays unbeaten

Kadena freshman running back Markell Shelton tries to bull his way past Kubasaki defender Haydn Peterson. Shelton scored the Panthers' lone touchdown and had 198 yards on 21 carries, while Peterson led the Dragons with 13 tackles. Kadena edged Kubasaki 7-6. JAELYN FORBES/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Kadena freshman running back Markell Shelton tries to bull his way past Kubasaki defender Haydn Peterson. Shelton scored the Panthers' lone touchdown and had 198 yards on 21 carries, while Peterson led the Dragons with 13 tackles. Kadena edged Kubasaki 7-6. JAELYN FORBES/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Football: Kadena gets a scare, but stays unbeaten

Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – With Kadena’s well of running backs thinning out due to injuries, coach Sergio Mendoza reached for a freshman who responded to the call.

Markell Shelton rushed 21 times for 198 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Joey Putterbaugh’s extra-point kick proved to be the game winner as the Panthers rallied from a first-quarter deficit to edge island-rival Kubasaki 7-6 Friday at Ryukyu Middle School.

Shelton stepped in for starter Alfonso Mendez, who tweaked a leg on his only carry of the evening and sat the rest of the way.

“We knew Markell could step up,” Mendoza said. “He’s a freshman, but he runs way beyond his years.”

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