Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mitakihara roll past East Carolina, 72-38

Mitakihara roll past East Carolina, 72-38

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
September 2, 2051


In the pouring rain of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greensboro, N.C., Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi won the rematch over the East Carolina Pirates, 72-38. However, quarterback Haruyuki Arita elected not to shake hands with the East Carolina players following the contest, electing to walk back to the locker room, and he also refused to answer questions from the press.

Arita had one of his worst games as a member of the Magi, passing for 136 yards and two interceptions, while rushing for just 43 yards. Halfback Chauncey Wilson ran for 280 yards and three touchdowns, halfback Marques Murray ran for 74 yards and three scores and halfback Fred Jackson ran for 252 yards and another major.

"I think you can tell that my guy was not happy with his performance," said quarterbacks coach Akiyuki Kaname. "Haru is a competitor that wants to do well every game, and I keep telling him that there will be times that he will not perform the way he wants to perform, and that is okay as long as we win. Tonight happened to be one of those times.

"We play to put on a more inspired performance offensively against Air Force, since it's Homecoming next week and we would like to give our fans a show."

Wide receiver Takumi Mayuzumi had 51 receiving yards and led the blockers with 30 pancakes. Middle linebacker Jeff Nakazawa led the defense with 16 tackles and an interception, while strong safety Vince Wolfe added two picks.

"East Carolina is a really good team that we faced and they haven't missed much from last year," said defensive coordinator Maako Asagiri. "We had to go all out and force a few more turnovers on them because they were converting quite a lot of fourth downs on us. 

"I tip my hat off to ECU. They are a team capable of giving us a fight."

Mitakihara improve to 2-0 and will return home for Homecoming 2051 against the Air Force Falcons.

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