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Mitakihara fire away on Duke, 213-34

Mitakihara fire away on Duke, 213-34

By Inari Fushimi
The Daily Magi
September 4, 2066

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi were ruthless, relentless and dominant in the 213-34 muscle-flexing rout of the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. Quarterback Haruki Takayama was perfect throwing the ball, passing for 404 yards and seven touchdowns but he also did damage running the option, rushing for 252 yards and four more scores. Backup quarterback Terry Miyanaga was also solid, passing for 172 yards and three majors while rushing for 135 yards and another touchdown.

Halfback Jansen Onjouji ran for 262 yards and five touchdowns, halfback Ryan Johnson ran for 98 yards and two scores, halfback Bruno Okuno ran for 104 yards and a major and fullback James Stanley also scored a touchdown on the ground. This was the first big game for wide receiver Shane Balogun of Middletown, N.Y. Balogun caught six passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Wideout Steve Takakamo also caught a couple of passes for scores.

In addition to his catches, Balogun led the team in blocking with 24 pancakes while freshman wideout George Griffin added 22 and wide receiver Anthony Rucker had 11. Cornerback Tarzan Takagi was a ballhawk, making five interceptions while fellow corner Lea Eino added three. The pass rush was led by left end "You Know" Ken Atago with 11 tackles, eight TFL and five sacks. Cornerback Victor Ejide also had three sacks on the night.

But it wasn't just the offense and defense that did their share of the work. Kicker Chris Emenike converted a 47-yard field goal and went 30-for-30 on his extra points. Halfback Clay Robinson returned three kickoffs for 191 yards and two touchdowns while returning 10 punts for 241 yards and two more scores. Onjouji also returned a kickoff 96 yards to the house in the first half.

Mitakihara improve to 2-0 and get their first big test of the season next week on the road against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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