Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mitakihara backups roll past Colorado State, 146-13

Mitakihara backups roll past Colorado State, 146-13

By Airi Altinate
The Daily Magi
October 5, 2058

The Colorado State Rams are no longer bowl eligible. That's because the second team on Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi rolled past the Rams, 153-16, on Saturday at Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium before a sparse crowd unwilling to watch the expected beatdown.

"Yeah, I decided that the backups need some playing time, some reps to stay in form and at the ready when the first team tires," said Coach Kaname after the game. "This was a good experience for the second string because I rarely start them unless we're facing an opponent that is not much of a threat, like Colorado State.

"I'm mighty proud of these backups. They committed zero turnovers and penalties, and [quarterback] Sam [Brown] connected on all of his passes. No incompletions. One of the cleanest games I've seen from this unit in a while. They proved to me, the coaches and themselves that if called on, they'll pick up the pieces without question and keep plugging away. Our team's biggest strength is our depth and we needed to show that."

Brown passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 315 yards and five more scores. Halfback Tony Kalmar ran for 297 yards and four majors, halfback Joe Wilson ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns, fullback Mark Moore ran for 144 yards and two scores and wide receiver David Culver Page caught two passes for 85 yards and a pair of majors.

Wideout Mike White led the blockers with 29 pancakes while Culver Page added 23. Middle linebacker Jules Macklemore had 15 tackles and right end Ronnie Andrews had five sacks, but it was freshman defensive tackle John Yaradua that came up big, returning two fumbles for touchdowns. Left end Daniel Thomas and cornerback James Joyce also had a defensive touchdown each.

Madoka improve to 5-0 and conclude the longest road trip in team history next week against Nevada.

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