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Around the League: Wrapup of Week 3 Action


East Division

IBM BigBlue 30, Nojima Sagamihara Rise 21: Kevin Craft threw four touchdown passes, the last one with 7:50 left to clinch a key victory for IBM over Nojima in a home game at Yachiyo Sogo Ground in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture to remain unbeaten ahead of its clash against Fujitsu. IBM, avenging a 24-21 loss to Nojima last year in Sagamihara, scored on three of its first four series and went into halftime with a 20-9 lead. Nojima, which got five field goals from Shin Idezawa, pulled to within two points when Takashi Miyako scored the Rise’s lone touchdown on a 2-yard run to make it 23-21 1:44 into the fourth quarter. The IBM defense put on a goal-line stand in the third quarter that limited the Rise to a 19-yard field goal by Idezawa. Craft completed 30 of 41 passes for 316 yards with two interceptions, while John Stanton had seven receptions for 106 yards and Ogawa caught seven passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Nojima quarterback Kinoshita finished 20 of 40 for 262 yards and two interceptions, while also running for 58 yards on 12 carries.

Fujitsu Frontiers 77, Tokyo Gas Creators 10: Colby Cameron threw for five touchdowns and 284 yards while completing 13 of 17 passes, and also ran 77 yards for a TD as Fujitsu scored on all 11 possessions to rout Tokyo Gas at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium for its third straight blowout. Teruaki Clark Nakamura caught five passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns and Gino Gordon broke away on a 94-yard touchdown run as the Frontiers piled up a whopping 750 yards of offense—despite having only one-third the time of possession. Kei Goto had a touchdown run of “only” 61 yards, while backup quarterback Keiya Hiramoto had two touchdown passes among his four completions, including a 55-yarder. Cameron threw a 65-yard touchdown to Takeshi Akiyama on the first play of the game from scrimmage; his other TDs went for 5, 10, 56 and 74 yards. The Creators, using a three-QB rotation, got a 22-yard touchdown pass from  Hiroki Nakamoto to Kentaro Yoshijima to cap a 72-yard, 8-play drive in the second quarter. They added a field goal in the third quarter.

Meiji Yasuda Pirates 47, Hurricanes 0: Yuhei Yamaguchi had two of Meiji Yasuda’s six rushing touchdowns—all from within 5 yards—and the defense forced four turnovers and held the Hurricanes to two first downs and 65 total yards as the Pirates picked up their first win with a rout at Oi No. 2 Stadium in Tokyo. Tight end So Ninomiya, hulking 36-year-old rookie running back Edwards Gy, wide receiver Taro Takimoto and third-string quarterback Shotaro Tanoue also scored on the ground for the Pirates, who piled up 483 yards of offense. Three quarterbacks combined to complete 22 of 36 passes for 266 yards and one interception, with Ninomiya the leading receiver with nine catches for 118 yards.

Central Division

Asahi Beer Silver Star 49, Taiyo Building Management Cranes 7: Kazuma Ando threw two touchdown passes to Hikaru Akiyama in the first half and Asahi Beer had two returns for scores in routing Taiyo Building Management at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium. Ando completed 6 of 7 passes for 135 yards, with Akiyama accounting for all but three with four receptions, including touchdowns of 17 and 62 yards. On the fourth play of the game, defensive back Yuto Omori intercepted a Takatsune Ishikawa pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. Rookie Subaru Nakajima and Shingo Hamada both scored on short runs, and rookie Sho Takaya returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown. The Silver Star completed the scoring when Reona Takahashi threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Akiyama’s older brother Sho. Taiyo got its second touchdown of the season when Ishikawa connected with Yoshiyuki Naito on a 28-yard pass on 4th-and-9 with :06 left in the first half.

Lixil Deers 56, Bulls Football Club 0: All three of Lixil’s quarterbacks threw for a touchdown in the first half, and the defense scored twice on fumble recoveries and chalked up its first shutout of the season as the Deers routed the winless Bulls at Amino Vital Field in Tokyo. Yoshinari Iwakura scored on a 12-yard run on Lixil’s first series and Masaki Ono scored from the 4 in the second quarter. Shohei Kato, Hiroyuki Obayashi and rookie Hideaki Hirayama combined to complete 13 of 23 passes for 121 yards and four touchdowns. The Deers scored their third touchdown of the first quarter when defensive back Yuji Kuwasawa forced a fumble while sacking quarterback Keita Fujiwara and recovered the ball himself in the end zone. Another sack resulted in a fumble in the third quarter, and defensive lineman Keita Komiya took it 38 yards for a score. The Bulls, coming off a record-setting 100-0 loss to the Obic Seagulls, missed a 30-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the first half.

Obic Seagulls 34, All Mitsubishi Lions 0: Obic scored on its first four possessions, including Takuto Hara’s 98-yard touchdown run following a successful goal-line stand, before being limited by All Mitsubishi to a pair of field goals in the second half  in a home game at Akitsu Soccer Ground in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture. Both field goals by rookie Takeshi Nagao were set up by blocked punts as the defense posted its third shutout in three games. Shun Sugawara completed 9 of 14 passes for 139 yards and touchdowns on the Seagulls’ first two series, and Takushiro Hata added a TD toss in the second quarter. The Lions, who never threatened to repeat their near-upset of Lixil, blocked a field goal and had an interception.


West Division

Elecom Kobe Finies 58, Nishinomiya Bruins 6: Ryohei Kaneshiro rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and Keijiro Kasuya completed 20 of 25 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns as Elecom continued its march toward a first-ever division title by crushing Nishinomiya at Expo Flash Field in Osaka. Rookie defensive lineman Shogo Nishizawa had two of Elecom’s three sacks, and linebacker Rocky Alo returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown as the defense held the Bruins to 114 total yards. Masahiro Aso caught touchdown passes of 29 and 25 yards—his only receptions of the day—and Tomomi Hase also rushed for a touchdown for the Finies, who led 28-0 at halftime. Nishinomiya avoided a shutout when Ryosuke Kondo connected with Shunsuke Wada on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:01 left.

Panasonic Impulse 77, Nagoya Cyclones 0: Tetsuo Takata threw two touchdown passes and backup Takashi Ohara came on and threw for three as the Impulse stormed past the Cyclones at Expo Flash Field in Osaka. Musashi Yoshida caught three touchdown passes and rookie Shunichi Iwata rushed for two scores as Panasonic amassed 571 total yards. Yuya Washino returned one of Panasonic’s two interceptions 34 yards for a score as the defense held the Cyclones to one first down and 40 total yards. Third-string QB Yuma Nagayoshi had a hand in all three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, running for two and throwing a TD pass to Naohiko Shibata.

Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers 21, AsOne Black Eagles 3: Yusuke Kano threw for two touchdowns and ran for one—all in the fourth quarter—as the Challengers left it late in rallying to beat the Black Eagles in the featured West Division game capping a tripleheader at Osaka’s Expo Flash Field. Takayuki Nakanishi’s 27-yard field goal for AsOne midway through the first quarter was the lone score in a defensive struggle until Kano connected with Satoru Mori on a 7-yard touchdown pass 2:02 into the fourth quarter. Five minutes later, he hooked up with Tatsuya Kureta from 32 yards out, then ran it in from the 11 with :06 left in the game. The Challengers had four interceptions, but also missed two field goals.


Fujitsu defensive end Austin Flynn makes a tackle in the first quarter against Tokyo Gas in Kawasaki.