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The four-time defending national champion Obic Seagulls got off to a strong start in their challenge for a fifth consecutive title by blanking the Taiyo Building Management Cranes 86-0 on Sunday at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium in the X League Central Division.

Nine different players had at least one touchdown for the Seagulls, who scored 12 touchdowns and a field goal in their season opener. Starting quarterback Shun Sugawara completed 9 of 14 passed for 174 yards and three scores. Tataeru Nakanishi scored two rushing touchdowns while Asaki Mochizuki had a pair of 4-yard scoring runs.

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