Thursday, June 12, 2014

Men On A Mission: Madoka Magi Excited To Face Navy

Akari Yomatsuri, the mother of Mitakihara Magi free safety Jack Arashi.

Men On A Mission: Madoka Magi Excited To Face Navy

By Enju Aihara
The Daily Magi
December 28, 2071

As the end of 2071 nears, the men on Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi football team prepare for their biggest test yet: the 2072 BCS National Championship Game with the Navy Midshipmen. The last time the Midshipmen, now under the direction of Hikari Sakishima, won a national championship was back in 1926. That's 145 years ago. This is the first-ever time in over 140 that Navy will play in a game with thge national championship at stake. But the Magi have different plans.

Led by the versatility of Hamilton, Ont. quarterback Russ Opare and the leg drive and shiftness of freshman Kodaka Onodera, the Magi's option attack is not for the faint of heart. This is an option attack for real athletes looking to shine at the next level. The first and second-string offensive line are all All-Americans, and the pass-catching tandem of Will Atsu and Larry Igiebor are always dangerous. 

In addition, one of the most powerful defenses in all of college football is ready to give Navy fits, led by a core of freshman including left end Kazuki S. Biyiki, right end Robin Kuroha Djemel, defensive tackle Gabriel Takatori Idir, free safety Jack Arashi and strong safety Daniel Manatsu. Mitakihara's vaunted defense leads all of college football in turnover ratio and the run defense is led by senior linebacker Ernest Macklin of Quebec City, Que.

"The freshman that start on this team are cogs that keep this team moving in the right direction," said Coach Kaname after practice at Yulman Stadium on the campus of Tulane University. "We've made great strides to recruit players that fit the Mitakihara way of playing and want to flourish in our style of football, which we feel is superior to any similar competitor out there. Kodaka, Gabriel, Robin, Kazuki, Jack and Daniel have delivered this season and are on the Freshman All-American team this year.

"We have another core of recruits that we picked up during out recruiting and even though we didn't all that we wanted, we did get our share and we have one more commit coming in during the offseason. So we're gonna have a blend of blue-chippers and working-class players coming to Madoka this fall, and we'll look to integrate them all into the system. But before all that, we have to finish our business with Navy and the players are looking forward to Jan. 6. They're men on a mission."

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