Kadena defensive lineman Dean Owen kept many a quarterback on the run this season. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Kadena defensive lineman Dean Owen kept many a quarterback on the run this season. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Football: Owen anchored stingy Kadena defense on way to another title

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Where Kadena’s most recent of its Pacific-record seven Far East Division I football championships are concerned, defense led the way.

En route to a 7-0 record, including a 14-12 win in the Nov. 9 D-I final over Humphreys, the Panthers led Pacific high school football overall in scoring defense, allowing 5.57 points per game, recorded two shutouts and gave up just 130.6 yards per game.

Leading the way was Dean Owen, a senior lineman/linebacker who recorded six sacks and averaged 8.1 tackles per game. But it was more than numbers, coach Sergio Mendoza said, that made Owen the player he was in the just-completed season.

“He was the heart of the defense, and it was because of that defense that we were successful,” said Mendoza, who just completed his 15th season as Panthers coach.

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