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Building Men of Character: Leafa Crush Ohio State

Building Men of Character: Leafa Crush Ohio State

By Graeme Wong
Spirit News
September 3, 2014

While the AFL and NRL Finals Series are underway, Dan Harding's Leafa College Spirit played their inaugural home game in gridiron against NCAA competition today and came out big winner, defeating No. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, 103-34 at Yunupingu Field in Canberra. Quarterback Cooper Kanie ran for 465 yards, passed for 155 yards and scored eight total touchdowns on offence. Left end Sam Touzokuyama recorded a season-high seven sacks and had eight tackles for loss out of 12 total tackles.

"We're building men of character, and today was a day where we showed our character to everyone," said Coach Harding at the press conference. "Our players know it's a long season, a long spring and fall, and we're going to keep working hard to give the people here something to really be happy about."

"Piece by piece, that's what we tell ourselves," said halfback Jackson "Tartar" Tatara, who had 250 rushing yards and three majors. "Every good play is a piece to the puzzle. Everything builds up, and we're putting every piece together. It's like building a brick house or a man cave. You lay the foundation, then build around it before sprucing up the insides and then moving in."

Leafa College improve to 2-0 and are back in action next week at Yunupingu against the Stanford Cardinal. Coverage starts at 5 p.m. AEST on 5AO.