Sunday, April 21, 2013

Another national championship for the Mitakihara Magi

Another national championship for the Mitakihara Magi

The sea of pink and white stormed over the Rose Bowl on Saturday as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi won the 2033 college football national championship with a 174-21 battering of the Texas State Bobcats.

Quarterback Akiyuki Kaname passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Tony Houston while rushing for 224 yards and three more scores. Halfback Alex Irvin ran for 354 yards and five majors, fullback Gale Miketsukami ran for 174 yards and four scores, halfback Rio Onjouji rushed for 19 yards and three touchdowns and wide receiver Jonathan Edwards rushed for 45 yards and two majors.

Leading the receivers was two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Greg Swain, who caught three passes for 82 yards. Right tackle Eric Knox led all blockers with 29 pancake blocks while left guard Joe Edwards added 26 pancakes.

Middle linebacker Shaun Kirigaya, the Chuck Bednarik Award winner, led the Morning Rescue Defense with 27 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions. Free safety Mickey Tsuruta added 11 tackles, cornerbacks Brad McKinley and Fuutarou Oreki added three interceptions and left end Chad Wynn ended his Magi football career with five sacks.

Halfback VIctor Scott led the special team with a punt returned 51 yards for a touchdown to open up the scoring for the Magi, who finish the season at 13-0.

"What a season," said Tatsuya Kaname after the match after embracing his son, who was carried off the field. "Everybody did their part to finish the job, complete the task that was asked of each of them and defend our Four Corners.

"Now we get a bit of a break but now we have to prepare for next season. We will have our spring game later in April, and then we will get ready for the 2034 season, which should be absolutely fantastic."

"I don't think any one of us is going to wake up from this dream," said Akiyuki after the game. "It's an amazing feeling to finish the season on top. We'll soak it all in and then get ready for next year. We plan to be in Arizona next January or bust!"

Box Score    1st    2nd    3rd    4th    Final
Texas State     14     0     7     0     21
Mitakihara     59     42     49     24     174

Players of the Game
Shaun Kirigaya , MLB 
24 Tkls, 8 TFL, 3 ATK, 7 Sks, 2 Int, 2 FF, 2 FR

Texas State
Nick Johnson , WR 
9 Rec, 238 Yds, TD

Game Statistics
Category    Texas State    Mitakihara
First Downs    33    26
Total Offense    856    1161
Rushes-YDS    57-45    54-828
Passing YDS    811    333
Turnovers    17    1
Total Yards    877    1253
T.O.P.    36:27    23:32

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