Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Madoka defeat Notre Dame, win 48th national championship

Madoka defeat Notre Dame, win 48th national championship

By Konomi Fujimiya
The Daily Magi
January 6, 2062


In the end, Mitakihara Magi Football just couldn't get away from what it does best, and that's win and win big. Tatsuya Kaname's Magi won their 48th national championship, crushing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 189-59, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. This was the first-ever year that a new trophy has been designed for the national championship game. Replicas of the crystal footballs won will be issued at a special ceremony for the AFCA Coaches' Trophy in mid-January, as well as the 2061 Coaches' Trophy.

"It's nice to know that the crystal football is still awarded despite a new trophy being issued to the national champion," said Coach Kaname after his 50th season-ending Gatorade bath. "Now we will be defending not the Four Corners, but the Pentagram, since there are five trophies that represent the national champion.

"I want to congratulate the players on another job well done and to our coaches, fans, and administration for the hard work they put in to making this dream possible for the 70 that earn the right to wear the colors of this fine institution. They deserve all the praise. I'm just a head coach."

Quarterback Ricky Cojuangco passes for 5474 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 187 yards and six touchdowns. He cites the Heisman snub as the main reason behind his offensive explosion.

"I don't know who makes these decisions regarding the Heisman, but the voters got it wrong and hopefully, this effort I put in will make them think twice about the decision they made," Cojuangco said after the game. "Obviously Minnesota wasn't who we were facing, but I would have preferred to face Jacob Bryant and see if he really deserved that Heisman Trophy. Really, though, the Heisman doesn't win you national championships. Having the team capable of doing it does, and we did that."

Halfback Danny Russ Hanover, a.k.a. DaRuHa The Dragon, blazed to 204 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Halfback Dan Roxas ran for 112 yards and three scores, backup quarterback Rajiv Singh ran for 189 yards and two majors and fullback Shabba Tshabalala ran for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver Tony Graham Bell caught four passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns, wideout Brandon Parks caught an 87-yard bomb for a score and wideout Xavier Cooper capped off a successful career with five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Cooper also led the blockers with 23 pancakes while wide receiver David Culver Page added 15 pancakes and Parks had 14.

Defensively, senior middle linebacker John Bell Withers finished off a solid career for the Magi with 11 tackles and three interceptions. Also with a great performance on defense was sophomore cornerback Josh Ravensdale, who had nine tackles and four interceptions. Right end Willie Jackson and defensive tackle John Yaradua had four sacks each. Mosi Tatupu Award winner Billy Shawh returned two kickoffs for 123 yards and a touchdown and six punts for 119 yards and another major.

Mitakihara conclude the 51st season of Magi Football with a 13-0 record.

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