Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sloppy game sees Madoka run it up on ECU, 252-45

Sloppy game sees Madoka run it up on ECU, 252-45

By Steve Chan-Leung
The Daily Magi
September 19, 2054

Mitakihara Magi football head coach Tatsuya Kaname was not too impressed with his team after they rolled past the East Carolina Pirates, 252-45, on another rainy evening at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina. In fact, he was feeling quite surly, to say the least.

"Five turnovers, five too many," he said at the press conference. "We need to be much smarter when we hold on to the ball, no matter what the conditions. Yoshino [Kousaka] needs to work on his kicking from distance. 54 yards is makeable. I am not sure why the quality of our kickers has gone down in recent years, but that should be converted. Finally, safeties. We rarely give up safety touches, and that was the first time in several years we conceded a safety.

"If that happened at Mitakihara Stadium, the team is doing laps. But since it's on the road, there is no penalty. However, when we run the option, everybody need to read the blitz because that's been killing us on a number of plays this season. If we can anticipate the blitz, we can prevent this from happening for the rest of the year. This was a sloppy game, but you can't use the weather as an excuse. We need to be more professional when we run our offense and special teams."

QUarterback D.W. Hinoi passed for 605 yarda and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 234 yards and three scores. Halfback DeMarcus Washington ran for 152 yards and five majors, halfback Michael Wilkerson ran for 191 yards and two touchddowns and backup quarterback Jose Collier, who normally does kickodds, ran for 71 yards and two more scores.

Wide receiver Kevin Cronin had 10 catches for 208 yards and six touchdowns while wideout Jon James added five receptions for 254 yards and five majors. Cronin also led in blocking with 19 pancakes. Wideout Matt Lewis added 17 pancakes while James and wideout Jeff Scott added 16 pancakes. Cornerback Gir Todafunk broke through on Saturday with two tackles and 10 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Left end Derek McGill had four sacks, while cornerback Bo Morrow had three sacks.

The kick returners on special teams delivered the icing on the cake. Halfback Chaz Thomas, a freshman, had three kickoff returnes for 127 yards and touchdown to go with seven punt returns for 179 yards. Fullback Dominique Wright returned a kickoff 83 yards for a major, and fullback Hearst Helmsley returned another kickoff 79 yards for a score.

Mitakihara improve to 4-0 and take the week off before hitting the road once again on Madoka Day against the Utah State Aggies.

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