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Mitakihara win 56th National Championship

Mitakihara win 56th National Championship

By Chino Kafuu
The Daily Magi
January 6, 2070

"All season, we have been preparing for this moment," said Mitakihara Magi head football coach Tatsuya Kaname to his players before they took the field at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. "You've spent your entire lives preparing for this one day where you get a chance to win a national championship. For many, this doesn't come around that often, if ever. Now you get a chance to become one with the many greats that have played for Madoka and won it all. It's time for you to defend this Pentagram."

And that is what the Magi did, using an effective running game with a little bit of the pass mixed in to give Mitakihara a 118-24 victory over the Brigham Young Cougars, giving the Best College Football Team in All of College Football its 56th National Championship. Quarterback Terry Miyanaga passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 331 yards and five more scores to lead the Magi.

"This is my last game as a member of this team and I wanted to leave my mark in a big way," Terry said, holding back tears. "I dedicate this to my dad Terry Sr., and my grandma Teru, who is with me today. Grandma was overjoyed to see that I did it. I wanted to make her proud and I gave her the game ball.

"Anyway, this is a really talented group of guys that did the job. My cousins, Danny and Sonny, also did their part to help the cause and they were really good on defense. So I tip my hat out to my cousins for being great teammates today. They were fantastic."

"I knew that Terry was going to have a big game, so I needed to have a big game too," said Danny, who led the defense in tackles with 24 to go with three sacks. "Coach told me that stopping the run is essential because BYU then was forced to go to the pass, and then we got going with the pass rush. All our guys were on the ball today on defense. I don't think you can find a defense as good as we have been all season. We know what we need to do, and we work as a team to do it. I think this was a great way to go out."

Halfback Jansen Onjouji ran for 434 yards and six touchdowns while his successor, halfback Joe Sato, ran for 71 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Steve Takakamo caught two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown while wideout Shane Balogun had four receptions for 49 yards. Wideout Will Atsu had 23 pancakes while Takakamo added 22 pancakes. Wideout George Griffin and center Arturs Virsaladze had 12 pancakes.

On defense, left end Ken Atago had nine tackles and three sacks while left outside linebacker Joey Agyemang Badu had eight tackles and four sacks. Cornerbacks Alvin Chibsah and Marlon Boakye each had an interception, while right end Harry Atago and left end Lex Hasegawa each had two sacks.

"What an unbelievable season I've had," said Onjouji after the game. Onjouji is scheduled to graduate with a degree in kinesiology this spring. "I win the Heisman for the second time, and I win my fourth national championship. Never lost a game, never saw a game go into OT. I have to say that I made the right decision to play for the Magi. I hope that I can continue my playing career in the pros but I want to finish my degree first. In the meantime, we're gonna celebrate this victory, and then we're heading home tomorrow. We did it!"

Mitakihara finish their season at 13-0.

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