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Madoka players run 74 laps after 49-37 win over Missouri

Madoka players run 74 laps after 49-37 win over Missouri

By Wendy Marvell
The Daily Magi
October 20, 2068

For the first time in years, Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi were tested. But while the Magi defeated the Missouri Tigers 49-37 at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, B.C., it looked for a moment that the Tigers would pull off a history-making upset. Tigers halfback Tyrone Evans only ran for 57 yards, but he accounted for all of Mizzou's five touchdowns and the Tigers outscored the Magi 21-7 in the final stanza. However, the comeback bid came too little, too late, and the players in Rose, Pink and White were already thinking about the 74 laps they needed to run as the took the team bus back to campus and Tatsuya Kaname Field at Mitakihara Stadium.

Quarterback Terry Miyanaga passed for 288 yards and four touchdowns, halfback Jansen Onjouji ran for 185 yards and two scores while catching five passes for 58 yards and another score, wide receiver Steve Takakamo caught six passes for 93 yards and a major, and wideout George Griffin caught three passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Left guard Sean Scott led the Magi in blocking with 11 pancakes while right tackle Willie Khumalo added 10 pancakes. Defensively, cornerback Howard Skinner led the way with 13 tackles and two interceptions, defensive tackle Kent Nanase had 12 tackles, left end Ken Atago had eight tackles and a sack, and right end Harry Atago had four tackles and two sacks.

"Missouri are a really great team and they actually gave us a test, which is good," said Coach Kaname after the game. "But for us, we struggled to get clicking and we got outscored late, which is a big minus. I found out that the guy who scored the safety on us, [Missouri right end] Reggie [Hollis], he is a freshman, so for him to score a safety is going to give him loads of confidence as he improves as a player for his team.

"But that is a big minus for us because we have expectations. One of those expectations is to never give up safeties at home to any opponent. I don't know why Joe could not get out of the end zone and cut upfield in the second half, but this won't help his case to get the start next week. We're going to talk with him and the offensive line about this because they know better than to give up safeties like that. In fact, the whole team will get a talking to, because this type of performance just won't fly, given our reputation. They'll be hearing it."

Mitakihara improve to 9-0 and return to action next week against South Carolina.

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