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Madoka rout Penn State 178-31 but Miller's career done

Madoka rout Penn State 178-31 but Miller's career done

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
August 24, 2052

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi destroyed the Penn State Nittany Lions 178-31 today at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara Town, B.C. However, the victory was bittersweet. Offensive captain Reggie Miller suffered a broken elbow late in the fourth quarter, signaling the end of his playing career with the Magi. Miller had been hounded by injuries throughout his career, and this time, they finally got to him.

"Reggie's had a string of bad luck today and he told me that he is retiring from playing the game," said Coach Kaname at the postgame press conference. "He told me that this was one of the lowest points in his life. I told him before he went to the hospital to get examined, there is more to life than football. Take it as an opportunity to finish your degree and be a leader. I told him to not let this setback discourage him severely.

"As a result, the offensive captaincy is now in the hands of our starting fullback, John Nelson. Nelson's been a true leader in motivating the players on offense and has shouldered some of Reggie's work with ease. The goal now is to ensure that the rest of our roster remains relatively healthy for the rest of the season because it's a long season."

Quarterback Haruyuki Arita passed for 641 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 30 yards and another score. Miller ran for 209 yards and three scores in his final appearance for the Magi. The game marked the debut of halfback D.W. Hinoi, who was as advertised, rushing for 190 yards and five touchdowns.

Wide receiver Takumu Mayuzumi caught 12 receptions for 280 yards and six touchdowns, while freshman tight end Deon Tanner impressed in his debut with five catches for 81 yards and a pair of scores. Wide receiver Jon James led the blockers with 16 pancakes. Middle linebacker/converted halfback Chauncey Wilson and strong free safety Ross Leak led the defense in tackles with 10 each, while defensive tackle Ryan Hodge had three sacks.

Mitakihara improve to 1-0 and will continue their season-opening home stand next week against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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