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Leafa Open Up November With Big Win Over Nevada

Leafa Open Up November With Big Win Over Nevada

By Eruna Ichinomiya
Spirit News
November 4, 2074

Dan Harding's Leafa Spirit Gridiron opened up the November stretch run with a 174-21 rout of the Nevada Wolf Pack at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev. Despite having a lousy day throwing the ball, Spirit quarterback Cooper Kanie passed for 180 yards, ran for 582 yards and scored 13 offensive touchdowns on the afternoon. Free safety Jay Madanbashi, the son of Leafa provost Kyouko Sonan, made 11 tackles and recorded three interceptions.

Halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns while catching six passes for 46 yards and another touchdown, halfback Ethan Wakamatsu ran for 213 yards and two majors, and halfback Hunter Aoshima ran for 196 yards and four scores. Wide receiver Mitch Kihara led the blockers with eight pancake blocks in a surprisingly balanced day for the blocking game.

Middle linebacker Roy Hanamura led the defense in tackling with 13 tackles, while five different players on defense other than Madanbashi recorded an interceptions apiece. Left ends Sam Touzokuyama and Gary Acura and right end Darren Kurokiba each had two sacks. Four other players on defense also had a sack.

Leafa improve to 9-0 and conclude their regular season road slate next week against the San Jose State Spartans.