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Around the League: Wrapup of Week 1 Action


East Division
IBM BigBlue 72, Meiji Yasuda Pirates 14: Kevin Craft started his third season in Japan by completing 17 of 29 passes for five touchdowns and 260 yards as IBM pounded Meiji Yasuda at Sendai Municipal Stadium in a special “road” game that is part of the league’s efforts to support the disaster-stricken Tohoku region. Michihiro Ogawa caught three passes—all for touchdowns—and Takashi Kurihara had five catches for 78 yards for IBM, which led 33-0 at halftime. Defensive end James Brooks, brought in to shore up the BigBlue defense, had three tackles and broke up a pass. Backup Satoshi Tagawa threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs Tokyo Gas Creators: Sept. 6 at Kawasaki.
Fujitsu Frontiers vs Hurricanes: Sept. 7 at Kawasaki.


Central Division
Lixil Deers 31, All Mitsubishi Lions 28: Daisuke Aoki kicked a 19-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the game to cap a 17-point fourth quarter and Lixil survived a scare from All Mitsubishi in the season-opener at Tokyo Dome. Shohei Kato threw four touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, as the Deers rallied against an inspired Lions team that just ran out of gas late in the game. Yasuhiro Suzuki ran for two touchdowns, including a 93-yarder, and Shoma Taniguchi passed for 233 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions, who had never even scored in eight previous losses to the Deers.
Asahi Beer Silver Star 34, Bulls Football Club 14: Yoshihiro Matsuzaki’s 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Asahi Beer the lead for the first time, and a 17-point fourth quarter put the game away as the Silver Star defeated a spirited Bulls team at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium. Yoshitaka Sakurai made four of seven field goals for the Silver Star, while wide receiver Hikaru Akiyama ran 56 yards for a score and Kazuma Ando and Shingo Hamada connected on a 48-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The Bulls jumped out to a 14-0 lead as Keiji Fujiwara rushed for one touchdown and passed for another.
Obic Seagulls 86, Taiyo Building Management Cranes 0: Shun Sugawara threw three touchdown passes as Obic began its campaign for a fifth straight league title with a rout of overmatched Taiyo, which was making its X1 debut at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium. Akira Mochizuki and Tataeru Nakatani each had two of Obic’s seven rushing touchdowns, while Takuto Hara, who had a 51-yard touchdown run, also returned a punt 65 yards for a score. Defensive end Kevin Jackson had one of Obic’s three interceptions as the defense held Taiyo to 70 total yards in a rematch of the Seagulls’ record-setting 111-0 romp in the Pearl Bowl last spring.


West Division
Elecom Kobe Finies 24, Panasonic Impulse 21, 3OT: Jun Matsuoka kicked a 39-yard field goal in the third tiebreaker and Elecom pulled off a stunning upset of perennial West powerhouse Panasonic at Kobe’s Oji Stadium, handing the Impulse their first opening-game loss since 1998 and beating them for the first time since 1993. Keijiro Kasuya threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Masahiro Aso to tie the score at 14-all with 3:18 left in the game. Elecom missed a chance to win in regulation when rookie kicker Yoshiro Takai missed a 45-yard field goal attempt with :40 left. Shun Yokota rushed for both of Panasonic’s touchdowns.
Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers 50, Nagoya Cyclones 7: Masayoshi Hayashi threw two long touchdown passes in a 28-point first quarter and Asahi Soft Drinks routed Nagoya at Kobe’s Oji Stadium. Rookie linebacker Akira Ando returned one of the Challengers’ two interceptions 50 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, and the defense held Nagoya to 51 total yards, including just 4 on the ground. Yuki Shirakami rushed for two first-half touchdowns as the Challengers took a 44-0 lead into halftime. Asahi Soft Drinks was limited in the second half to a pair of field goals from ex-IBM kicker Choi Kyung Ho, while Nagoya avoided a shutout when Takashi Koyama threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Masaaki Tanahashi late in the third quarter.
As One Black Eagles 21, Nishinomiya Bruins 7: Koji Kato scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and Kohei Tahara threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Naohiro Tanida as As One overcame three turnovers to win a defensive struggle with Nishinomiya at Kobe’s Oji Stadium. Kato scored his first TD on 2-yard run in the first quarter, but that would be the Black Eagles’ lone score of the first half as they lost a fumble, missed a field goal and had a late drive ended by a quarterback sack. They pulled away with two touchdowns in the third quarter, the second set up by an interception. Nishinomiya, which has just 101 total yards, got on the board with Ryosuke Kondo’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Shunsuke Teramoto in the fourth quarter.