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Mitakihara win 203-104 shootout over Tennessee

Mitakihara win 203-104 shootout over Tennessee

By Kobeni Yonomori
The Daily Magi
September 26, 2065

It was a high-scoring war at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. But despite the Tennessee Volunteers breaking a few school records that stood for decades, Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi just made a whole lot more big plays in their 203-104 demolition of the Vols. Quarterback Haruki Takayama passed for 4180 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 88 yards and a score, but it was halfback Gary Gumede that was on point offensively for the Rose, Pink and White.

Gumede ran for 272 yards and three touchdowns and caught four passes for 199 yards and three scores. Halfback Bruno Okuno ran for 118 yardds and two majors, backup quarterback Brad Parham ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns, halfback Ryan Johnson ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Jason Saka caught three passes for 124 yards and two scores. Saka also led the team in blocking with 19 pancakes.

Cornerback Tarzan Takagi led the defense with six tackles and five interceptions. Free safety Mike Frenzel added two picks and a sack while backup quarterback Ed Asamoah and strong safety Chris Niskanen led the Magi in tackling with eight tackles. Niskanen also had a pick.

The special teams return units had their biggest output of the season, by far. Wide receiver Dee Dee Sonoda returned five kickoffs for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Halfback Clay Robinson returned five more kickoffs for 303 yards and three more majors while returning four punts for 136 yards and another score. It's safe to say that unless something weird happens, both will be in a hotly-contested race for the Mosi Tatupu Award for best kick and punt returner.

Mitakihara improve to 5-0 and begin the home portion of the schedule next week against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Homecoming 2065.

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