Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tough debut for Illuminati, but Magi race past FIU 152-49

Tough debut for Illuminati, but Magi race past FIU 152-49

Freshman quarterback Siri Illuminati had a tough night throwing the ball in his debut for Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi, passing for 476 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. However, running the option, Illuminati also ran for 340 yards and four touchdowns and that helped the Magi race past the Florida International Golden Panthers in Sakura Bowl V at the Cichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo, 152-49.
Senior fullback Doug Anderson, making his Magi debut after riding the bench for the first few seasons, ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Halfback Barrett Grant ran for 102 yards and two majors.

Mitakihara's receiving corps was led by Kunihiko Hatanaka and C.J. Walden. Hatanaka caught seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown while Walden hauled in six catches for 146 yards and another score. Walden also ran for 19 yards and a touchdown on a jet sweep. Blocking-wise, Hatanaka and wide receiver Johnny Rich made 26 pancake blocks.
Defensively, Mitakihara forced 16 turnovers and were led by freshman middle linebacker Lemon Eyre, who had 21 tackles and three interceptions. Free safety J.T. Abrams added 19 sacks and two picks, while strong safety/converted punter Kory Stone added 13 stops.
Another freshman that made an impact on defense was 7'0", 400-pound cornerback Bellyfull Monds, the grandson of former Ottawa Rough Rider Wonderful Monds Jr. Monds made six tackles and four interceptions.
Freshman kicker Dawn Coryell converted all four on his field goal attempts and all 20 of his extra point attempts. New punter Djambo Markulis had a net punting average of 40.6 yards on his debut for the Magi.
Mitakihara begin their season at 1-0 and will embark on a two-games-in-three-days tour, starting with a match against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Box Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Florida International  14  18  7  10  49
Mitakihara  24  24  80  24  152

Players of the Game


Siri Illuminati , QB
31-40, 476 Yds, 34 Car, 340 Yds, 8 Total TD
Florida International

Tony Brooks , LOLB
10 Tkls, 4 TFL, 2 ATK, FF, FR

Game Statistics
Category Florida International Mitakihara
First Downs 37 37
Total Offense 764 1189
Rushes-YDS 51-139 81-713
Passing YDS 625 476
Turnovers 16 5
Total Yards 777 1325
T.O.P. 29:44 41:01

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