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Leafa Spirit Defeat Texas A&M, 79-13, Are Kings Of College Gridiron

Leafa Spirit Defeat Texas A&M, 79-13, Are Kings Of College Gridiron

By Graeme Wong
Spirit News
January 10, 2073

Johnny Manziel, Sr. is turning in his grave indeed. Dan Harding's Leafa College Spirit Gridiron Team has made history as the first-ever Australia-based team to win college football's richest prize, the BCS International Championship, defeating Johnny Manziel Jr. and the Texas A&M Aggies, 79-13, at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Fla. It wasn't the best of production from the Spirit, but the outcome was still decisive enough to leave no doubt as to who were the victors on the night.

Quarterback Cooper Kanie passed for 129 yards, rushed for 302 yards and scored four touchdowns on offence. Middle linebacker Roy Hanamura, the Bednarik Award winner, had 22 tackles, a sack and an interception. Over half of the crowd supported the upstarts from Canberra, and as the final whistle blew, there was dancing in the streets of the nation's capital and in Greenway, where the campus is located.

"We did it, we have made history as the first Australian college to win college football's highest honors," said Coach Harding after receiving a shower of Leafa's lime-flavored house blend Morning Rescue Sport. "Let me tell you, these boys wanted to live the big dream and now they can wake up and say that they are truly champions.

"Football is no longer just a sport for North America. Us Aussies can play the game, too, and tonight, or rather the following afternoon if you're in our time zone, we proved that if we're given a stern test, we'll rise up and show you what we can do. It's not our best performance in terms of points, but it's still a big win, and one of the biggest victories in the history of Australian sport.

"We're had so many great moments in our sporting history. Aside from dominating in the Winter Olympics in recent years and the Socceroos winning their third FIFA World Cup two years ago, we've made history by winning a championship in a sport dominated by the United States and Canada. This is a big game-changer for people who say this is still a niche sport down under. Now more people will want to try this sport out and we can become a leader in making gridiron the next big thing in this country that loves winners. What a season!"

Halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns, wide receiver Dayne Tsunashi caught three passes for 82 yards and two majors, wideout Mitch Kihara led in blocks with 16 and left end Sam Touzokuyama had three sacks. Cornerback Daniel Tachibana had 11 tackles, a sack and an interception while defensive tackle Darren Kurokiba got to Manziel Jr. twice.

Leafa improve to 14-0 on the season. A parade and team presentation will take place in Canberra and Parliament House next Saturday. The event is open to the public.