Monday, September 16, 2013

Haruyuki Arita out for Madoka yet again

Haruyuki Arita out for Madoka yet again

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
November 20, 2052

The prognosis for Haruyuki Arita's strained back was that he would be out for 10 weeks after he came down injured against the Air Force Falcons on the road. Well, that time has passed and his back is still bothering him. According to a report from Mitakihara Magi football team doctor, Dr. Ruiko Saten, the junior QB failed his midweek physical, since his back was still bothering him.

The news was a tough one to swallow for Magi coach Tatsuya Kaname and it meant that halfback D.W. Hinoi would be starting next week against Sadao Mao's UNLV Rebels.

"I don't know why The Pig's back is still bothering him, but I can tell you that he will not be available to play this week," Coach Kaname aid after the game. "I mean, Haru had 10 weeks to get his injury issues sorted out and he didn't do that. I tried to tell him to stay positive during the entire process, or the injury will persist.

"It's tough being injured because you want to go out there and play and perform and if you are hurt, well, it does make things quite tough, doesn't it? I don't know. I guess this is what happens when you are that type of size. No offense, but I think his weight issues have caught up to him, that's why he continues to have back issues this season.

"We're just going to have to start D.W. this week and there is a chance that he may have to start the conference championship game. There is a remote, but possible chance, that our guy Haru may be unavailable for the bowl game and that really will be a tough pill to swallow.

"The coaches are considering moving Ike Ike to quarterback next year because he's impressed us quite a bit with his composure and versatility under center. He can hand off to his mates, he can pass the ball, he can run with it like a normal halfback...D.W. is the type of athlete that will be a star at the next level if he keeps it up and comes into every week with a winning mentality.

"We should be all right against UNLV but I don't want to sell them short. The Rebels can hope for a Las Vegas bowl berth or some type of bowl game, and they would love to spoil our BCS bid. We're not going to take the Rebels lightly; we know what we have to do and we're going to do it, that's all."

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