The unbeaten Obic Seagulls (6-0) take on the undefeated and defending champion Fujitsu Frontiers (6-0) in Japan’s Game of the Season, Sunday, November 17 in the final regular season game of the X League.
The Frontiers have looked every bit the defending champions in winning their opening six games starting with a 55-13 shellacking of the IBM Big Blue continuing with a 45-27 win over the Panasonic Impulse 45-27. They whipped the Nojima Sagamihara Rise 49-19 and last month overwhelmed the All Mitsubishi Lions 68-0. They beat the Elecom Kobe Finies 27-10 and then rolled over the Tokyo Gas Creators 65-0.
Quarterback Michael Birdsong, has returned from injury and has now thrown from 1,014 yards and 13 touchdowns while backup quarterback Tsubasa Takagi filled in admirably in his absence has completed 39 of 54 passes for 578 yards and nin touchdowns.
Running back Samergy Grant leads the league in rushing with 425 yards on just 40 carries. Fujitsu’s defense has allowed just 69 points scored in six games, an average of just 11.5 points a game.
Obic has looked very impressive this season whipping the All Mitsubishi Lions 48-16, the Elecom Kobe Finies 38-3, Tokyo Gas Creators 62-7 and Nojima Sagamihara Rise 30-0. However, the Panasonic Impulse pushed them hard and Obic finally came away with a 14-7 win, They got back on track against IBM Big Blue beating them 42-25.
Seagulls quarterbacks Skyler Howard and Shun Sugawara have thrown for 603 and 422 yards respectively and a total of 11 touchdowns while key receiver is Noriaki Kinoshita, MVP of the Pearl Bowl final, who has 285 yards receiving so far.
This is definitely the game of the season so far in Japan.