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Back-To-Back Champions: Leafa Wear Down Stanford In BCS Championship

Back-To-Back Champions: Leafa Wear Down Stanford In BCS Championship

By Satsuki Ranjou
Spirit News
January 9, 2074

At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Dan Harding's Leafa College Gridiron rolled past the Stanford Cardinal, 118-23 in the 2074 BCS International Championship Game. Quarterback Cooper Kanie had a rough day throwing the ball, throwing for 196 yards and three interceptions, but he also threw three touchdowns and ran for 771 yards and eight more scores. Middle linebacker Roy Hanamura made 15 tackles and three interceptions to pace the Leafa Spirit defense.

"What a season for the boys," said Coach Harding after the game. "We worked it out, overcame the mistakes and wore out those guys from Palo Alto. They did make a few plays on us so they were a good team. But in the second half, we wore them down and came in on them, overwhelming them to the finish.

"I'm just at a loss for words. These guys are outstanding warriors. They are the reason why American football is a thing out in Australia. We're gonna have another big party down Commonwealth Avenue and I want the whole country to come see us. We did this for them!"

Halfback Ethan Wakamatsu ran for 223 yards and two scores, halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 51 yards and two majors, wide receiver Connor Yasaka ran for 51 yards and two major scores, and both he and wideout Dayne Tsunashi led in blocks with six pancakes. Strong safety Lee Bongdal had 20 tackles and two interceptions, cornerback Vic Tsuchimikado had nine tackles and two picks, and left end Sam Touzokuyama had three sacks on the night.

Leafa finish the season with another perfect 14-0 record.