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Leafa Make Mockery Of Homecoming, Defeat UNLV 192-28

Leafa Make Mockery Of Homecoming, Defeat UNLV 192-28

By Graeme Wong
Spirit News
October 9, 2072

Dan Harding's Leafa College Spirit Gridiron Team were at it again in Homecoming 2072, and in one of the most dominating performances of their inagural season in the NCAA, the Spirit destroyed the UNLV Rebels, 192-28, at Yunupingu Field in Canberra, ACT. Quarterback Cooper Kanie was lights out in his work, passing for 465 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 610 yards and 11 more scores. However, there were a number of other supporting cast members that jumped into the fray.

Halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 283 yards and three touchdowns, halfback Ethan Wakamatsu recorded 276 yards on the ground to go with five major scores, wideout Dayne Tsubashi caught four passes for 134 yards and a touchdown and wideout Kai Emiya caught five passes for 68 yards and a score. Offensive lineman Casey Fasi led a strong blocking game for the Spirit with 22 pancake blocks, while Marco Sapolu and Stafford Ropati added 18.

Strong safety Lee Bongdal led the tacklers on defense with 14 tackles, while cornerback Daniel Tachibana recorded 10 tackles and two inteceptions. Right end Darren Kurokiba registered a couple of quarterback sacks while cornerback Billy Ooji had 12 tackles and a pick. Left end Gary Acura led the pass rush with three sacks on the evening.

"I was impressed with our performance but defending the pass has been a bother for me," Coach Harding said following the contest. "We gave up a lot of yards through the air, and I would imagine that was after we ran it up on them early, forcing them to chase the game. UNLV is a team that will set records for passing on us, but as long as we have enough points to win the contest, it is of no consequence to the boys.

"We'll take the win any way we can and get ready for the next game."

Leafa improve to 5-0 and host the San Diego State Aztecs next week.