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It's Number 51 for Mitakihara!

It's Number 51 for Mitakihara!

By Kotone Noda
The Daily Magi
January 6, 2065

Mitakihara Magi head football coach Tatsuya Kaname pumped his fists in exultation after the final whistle blew. In their most decisive game of the season, the 2065 BCS National Championship Game, the Magi ran past the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 194-66, at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Fla. to win their 51st national title. Heisman-winning quarterback Haruki Takayama passed for 335 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 242 yards and five more scores to lead the Magi.

"I don't know what to think right now; this must be a dream," Takayama said, trying to hold back tears. "This is a dream come true! We're champions, everybody! I want to dedicate this to my family, my moms, my future wife Marie, my teammates, coaches, fans, teachers, admins and alumni...I did this for all of you. We defended our Pentagram and we did it with style; I'm so happy for everyone right now."

Halfback Gary Gumede ran for 252 yards and four scores, backup quarterback Brad Parham rushed for 241 yards and two majors, fullback Mike Gray rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Dee Dee Sonoda had a breakout performance with seven catches for 248 yards and four scores.

"This was my time to shine," Dee Dee said. "I wanted to show everybody that I am more than just a kick and punt returner. I can catch the ball and I can make big plays. Coach Mayu [Takumi Mayuzumi] said that I needed to catch the ball a bit more and when Coach Kaname decided to open up the playbook, I took advantage of it. And now we made it to the top, and I played a big part in it. It's a great feeling, everyone."

Wide receiver Marcus Stewart led the team in blocking with 21 pancakes, while wideout Jason Saka added 17 pancakes. Cornerbacks Tarzan Takagi and Greg Essien had four interceptions each, while strong safety Richard Aquino returned each of his two interceptions to the house for touchdowns in the second quarter. Cornerback Kelvin Davis led the team in tacking with 12 while cornerback Terry Utley had four sacks. The successor to Aquino, sophomore strong safety Chris Niskanen, had nine tackles and an pick. Middle linebacker Paul Attobrah added nine tackles and a sack.

On special teams, Antonio Magsaysay converted all of his field goals and extra points, including a 44-yard field goal attempt. Sonoda returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, right end Luke McKenzie returned another kickoff 47 yards for a score and halfback Ryan Johnson returned five kickoffs for 235 yards and an 87-yard touchdown return.

Mitakihara finish the 2064 season with a 13-0 record.

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