Quarterback Craft guides BigBlue past Creators


Staff Writer

Former NCAA quarterback Kevin Craft of IBM completed 22 of 32 attempts for 342 yards and three touchdowns, leading the BigBlue to a 69-7 rout of the Tokyo Gas Creators on Wednesday at Tokyo Dome in an X League East Division game.

The BigBlue improved to 2-0 while the Creators dropped to 0-2.

It was another big game for Craft, who left in the third quarter with a 48-0 lead. He made several quick throws to establish a passing rhythm and led seven of nine offensive drives he played to scores.

Running backs Tomokazu Sueyoshi and Yusuke Sumi both scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the BigBlue.

The Creators scored a touchdown when Hiroki Nakamoto hit Kentaro Yoshijima with a 56-yard scoring strike with 3:24 left in the game to avoid a shutout loss.

The BigBlue beefed up on defense this offseason, adding a couple of foreign defensive ends, Tufaga Tuika and James Brooks. Tuika played for X League rival Nojima Sagamihara Rise for the past two seasons and Brooks starred for Arizona State University in 2008-2010. He is the second former NCAA player in the BigBlue, joining Craft.

“Coming over here and playing football is a blessing. It’s a great experience and Japanese American football is great. I really like it,” said Brooks, who played for the Cologne Falcon in the German League. “I’m working a little more on speed training, sprinting, and I’m getting better in football shape, I’m getting close to (100%).

“Japanese football is faster. There a lot of fast guys, running backs and quarterbacks,” Brooks continued. “I think it is important to work on training. When I got here, I really trained hard. In my second game, I got a little bit more used to it and I think it’ll be a great season for us.”