Friday, August 2, 2013

Mitakihara survive a classic shootout over Hawai'i, 87-73

Mitakihara survive a classic shootout over Hawai'i, 87-73

By Gil Rivas
The Daily Magi
November 13, 2049


It took the last onside kick to confirm it, but Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi won a dramatic 87-73 shootout over the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Haw. Quarterback Robert Harwell passed for 146 yards and a touchdown and ran for 328 yards and five scores.

However, Harwell's performance was overshadowed by an even braver effort from Hawai'i quarterback Mike Robinson, who passed for 901 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for two more despite earning negative yards on the ground. After the game, Coach Kaname had nothing but praise for Robinson's courageous efforts.

"That guy [Robinson] is going to be a star at the next level," said Coach Kaname after the match. "He's got the arm and can scramble really well. This was the first game in a while where we have been outgained on total offense, and Mike just ripped us apart. We had a test on our hands for the first time in a long time and we were more than luck to pull away late.

"We need to be careful of Wyoming next week. Playing at altitude and possibly in the snow is always tough, so we are going to fly our team there on Monday so that they are used to these conditions."

Halfback Rob Wade ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns but it was the two touchdowns on the ground by fullback John Nelson that put the game out of reach.

"John's a young guy that is always looking to improve himself as a player and as a leader," said running backs coach Rio Onjouji. "We knew that he wanted to step into the fray and do whatever it took to finish this one off against a team that had nothing to lose.

"We love these close games because these types of games are tests of character, tests of will. Who wants it more? Whose hearts are stronger? While there seemed to be doubt in the fourth quarter, it was our perseverance that was the answer."

Wide receiver Nate White led the catches with three catched for 67 yards and a touchdown, while fellow wideout Mike Smith led in blocks with 26 pancakes. White also had 18 pancakes. Middle linebacker Steve Meyer and free safety Jeff Donaldson had 15 tackles each while left outside linebacker Myron Nash added two sacks to his credit.

Madoka improve to 10-0 and conclude their road trip next week against the Wyoming Cowboys.

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