Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mitakihara go full throttle on Notre Dame, 111-13

Mitakihara go full throttle on Notre Dame, 111-13

By Kotone Noda
The Daily Magi
September 13, 2064

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi went into Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. and crushed Raul Chaser's Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 111-13. Quarterback Haruki Takayama passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 231 yards and two more scores. The only downside for Takayama was that he has now thrown at least one interception in his first three starts for the Magi.

Halfback Bruno Okuno ran for 152 yards and four touchdowns, halfback Gary Gumede rushed for 78 yards and a score, fullback James Stanley ran for 58 yards and two majors and wide receiver Zac Chabangu caught six passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Dee Dee Sonoda led the blockers with 14 pancakes while Chabangu added 10.

Middle linebacker Austin Novak led the defense in tackling with 15 tackles, an interception and a sack. Cornerback Greg Essien added six tackles and two interceptions, including one that was returned 62 yards for a touchdown. Strong safety Richard Aquino returned an interception 13 yards for a score while left outside linebacker Takuto Itsuka returned a fumble 11 yards for another defensive touchdown.

"We had a lot of happy returns tonight," said Coach Kaname after the game. "We're gonna need to keep forcing these turnovers if we are to defend our Pentagram. I think it's okay for Haruki to settle into the role of game manager if his throwing is still off. But if he wants to win the Heisman this year, he needs to stop throwing picks. He can't rely on just his dual-threat ability to win votes. Haruki need to be smart throwing the ball and I am confident he will listen to [Quarterbacks[ Coach [Makoto] Naegi in practice next week."

Mitakihara improve to 3-0 and continue their road trip next week against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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