Sunday, April 21, 2013

New faces for Mitakihara deliver in 128-55 win over Bowling Green

New faces for Mitakihara deliver in 128-55 win over Bowling Green

A new cast of faces suited up for Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi in Sakura Bowl VII against the Bowling Green Falcons at the newly-constructed Sakura Bowl Stadium, the home of Canadian Club Champions/Canadian Soccer League club Mitakihara Town Sports Club. Quarterback Micah Wood passed for 230 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 245 yards and four majors en route to a 128-55 rout in the pouring rain.
Halfback Hunter Lester, seen as a top candidate for the Doak Walker Award, ran for 228 yards and three scores. Fullback Matthew Sands ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns, while halfback Chris Davis ran for 83 yards and a couple more majors.
Wide receiver Pat Jones caught six passes for 108 yards to lead the receivers, though fellow wideout Rickey Lee caught the only touchdown pass of the day from the Magi.
The Morning Rescue defense of Mitakihara was dominant, forcing 11 turnovers on the day. Middle linebacker/defensive captain Erik Davis has 18 tackles, a sack and an interception. Right outside linebacker Jim McGrew had 11 tackles and two interceptions. Five other Magi defenders also forced an interception.
"It was a challenge to integrate the players to our system and we actually had to cut five more because they were academically ineligible," Kaname said after the game. "However, this is a competent bunch of players that are, for the most part, under the radar.
"But given how we have performed historically, I don't expect us to sneak up on anyone, especially with the schedule we have."
Mitakihara improve to 1-0 and will hit the road next week to face the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Box Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bowling Green  14  21  6  14  55
Mitakihara  49  21  31  27  128

Players of the Game


Micah Wood , QB
15-20, 230 Yds, 33 Car, 245 Yds, 5 Total TD
Bowling Green

Randy Jones , QB
74-96, 930 Yds, 20 Car, 6 Total TD

Game Statistics
Category Bowling Green Mitakihara
First Downs 42 23
Total Offense 967 962
Rushes-YDS 37-17 72-732
Passing YDS 950 230
Turnovers 11 0
Total Yards 967 982
T.O.P. 35:13 24:46

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