Senior quarterback Arou Kondo threw for two touchdowns to lead the Hosei Tomahawks to a 28-23 victory over the Keio Unicorns on Saturday at Amino Vital Field in Chofu, Tokyo, in the Kanto Collegiate League’s Top Eight division.
The Tomahawks (3-0) extended their winning streak against the Unicorns, who dropped to 2-1, to 12 games.
The Hosei defense was dominant against the Unicorns, who had scored a league-high 94 points over their first two games. Its speedy defense kept the pressure on Keio quarterback Tsubasa Takagi and the solid defensive line held the opponent’s running attack to only 52 yards.
The Tomahawks offense, which usually gets off to a quick start, struggled and was forced to punt on six of their first eight possessions. But it was effective when it counted.
After the Unicorns took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, the Tomahawks quickly answered when Kondo threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Yasunari Abe to make the score 7-3.
The Unicorns looked to grab momentum of the game when Takagi struck Yasuyuki Kato with a 72-yard touchdown toss with 1:39 left in the opening quarter. The Tomahawks, however, shut out the Unicorns for the next 19 minutes while scoring a go-ahead touchdown on backup quarterback Takafumi Suzuki’s 76-yard run with 8:43 remaining in the second quarter for a 14-10 lead.
After a scoreless third period, Kondo’s 22-yard scoring pass to Ryosuke Okutsu with 10:10 to play in the fourth quarter gave the Tomahawks a 21-10 lead.
The Unicorns cut the margin to four points as Takagi threw a scoring pass to Katsuhiro Kan four minutes later. Then the Tomahawks employed a clock-control strategy, using a nine-play, 72-yard touchdown drive that consumed 5:17 to pull ahead 28-17.
That left only 1:06 for the Unicorns, who managed to march 68 yards to score a touchdown in the closing second, but fell short of a comeback victory.
The Unicorns are schedule to play defending Kanto champion Nihon University (2-0) on Oct. 11 at Amino Vital Field, while the Tomahawks take on Waseda University (2-0) the following day at the same venue. Nihon and Waseda play each other in another undefeated showdown on Sunday at Amino Vital Field.