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Mitakihara roll past Colorado State 114-21 but Takaishi out for season

Mitakihara roll past Colorado State 114-21 but Takaishi out for season

By Al Shuey
The Daily Magi
October 12, 2041

This wasn't how Mitakihara Magi right outside linebacker Takumi Takaishi wanted to end his career in the Rose, Pink and White. Tatsuya Kaname's Magi controlled every facet of the game in their 114-21 victory over the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium but Takaishi suffered a torn shoulder and would be lost for the season. Takaishi was in tears as he walked back to the locker room.

"It's a tough loss for us because Takumi was a bona fide leader on defense," said Coach Kaname after the game. "But we're still going to be three deep at right outside linebacker because Lester [Stephens] is going to slide into the third spot at the position. Lester's been solid for us this year, being a kickoff specialist and kickoff returner. Now he will get to play defense for us for the rest of the season.

"We can't afford to lose any more players, though. We're only at the halfway point of the season and we need to stay healthy when we travel to Honolulu to face Hawai'i."

Quarterback Invalid Name passed for 363 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 93 yards and two majors. Halfback Akira Himenokouji ran for 229 yards and two scores while fullback Kohei Miyahara rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Ryuta Kasugano caught four passes for 94 yards and two scores, and wide receiver Kunihiko Yoichi caught two passes for 84 yards and two majors.

Wideout Stephen Fuller led the blockers with 25 blocks while middle linebacker Jackie Bezzina led the tacklers on defense with 23 tackles. But on defense, the night belonged to defensive tackle Confucius Muhammad, who had 7.5 sacks on the night. right outside linebacker Kit McGlynn, who will be the starting ROLB for the rest of the season, had five sacks.

Madoka improve to 6-0 and take on the Hawai'i Warriors at Aloha Stadium next week.

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