• Kyodo


Rikiya Ishida and Kohei Satomi, two of the four Japanese players on the Hawaiian Islanders roster, made their professional debut in an Arena Football League (AFL) game Friday.

Ishida, formerly a captain at Kwansei Gakuin University, played on special teams and along the defensive line while former Recruit defensive standout Satomi was credited with 1.5 tackles and broke up a pass as the Islanders posted a 53-34 victory over the San Diego Riptide at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

The Islanders are now 2-9 and at the bottom of the Western Division standings.

In the AFL, an indoor football league established in 1987, matches are played on surfaces half the size of a regular football field with eight players per team. A number of players in the AFL have gone on to play in the National Football League.

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