Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cojuangco struggles, but Mitakihara handle Notre Dame 97-7

Cojuangco struggles, but Mitakihara handle Notre Dame 97-7

By Sora Kazesawa
The Daily Magi
September 22, 2063

It was going to be a tough ask for Ricky Cojuangco, as he faced one of the most dangerous pass defenses in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Mitakihara Magi senior QB did struggle, throwing four interceptions at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. However, head coach Tatsuya Kaname implored his offensive captain to keep chugging along.

"Yeah, I told Ricky that you gotta hang in there and find somebody open and quit throwing it into coverage," Coach Kaname said after the Magi's 97-7 victory over the Irish. "Sometimes he doesn't listen and gets too confident, thinking he can tackle the situation spontaneously. I like his confidence, but too much of it is bad.

"But once I reeled him in and got him to listen, he finally picked himself up and played better later on in the game. That's what's great about Ricky: he's docile and willing to take advice from his coaches on to play the game better. If he can do that the rest of the season, he will finish his career on a high note."

Cojuangco passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 242 yards and two more touchdowns. Halfback Dan Roxas ran for 133 yards and three majors, halfback Billy Shaw ran for 134 yards and three scores and fullback James Stanley ran for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Tight end Terry Boulstridge caught five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Johnny Muntari caught five passes for 91 yards and a score. Muntari led the blockers with 20 pancakes while wideout Jason Saka added 17 pancakes. Strong safety Richard Aquino led the defense in tackles with 13 tackles while three other players had two sacks each.

The Magi improve to 5-0 and head home next week for Homecoming 2063 against the Troy Trojans.

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