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Leafa Shut Out Utah State Despite Sloppy Ball Security

Leafa Shut Out Utah State Despite Sloppy Ball Security

By Eruna Ichinomiya
Spirit News
October 7, 2074

The Utah State Aggies recorded four turnovers on Saturday in Mountain West action, much to the disgust of Leafa Spirit Gridiron head coach Dan Harding. Nonetheless, Leafa's defense also rose up to the challenge and contributed to a 157-0 shutout of the Aggies at Yunupingu Field in Canberra, ACT. The second team was in action, with quarterback and captain Lachlan Akai passing for 346 yards, rushing for 476 more yards and scores 13 total touchdowns on offence. Left end Gary Acura had the best performance of his career, making 11 tackles and eight sacks.

Halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 231 yards and four majors while catches six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, halfback Hunter Aoshima ran for 82 yards and two more scores, and wide receiver Mitch Kihara caught six passes for 88 yards and a score while leading the team in blocking with 23 pancakes. Wideout Oliver Isaki also scored a touchdown through the air and had 16 pancakes while wideout Connor Yasaka had 15 pancakes to go with another score off a reception.

Middle linebacker Dane Nanase led the defence with 14 tackles, an interception and a sack, while strong safety Lee Bokmal added 13 tackles and another sack to go with another pick. Backup Jack Mikoshiba was used on defence and recorded seven tackles and two interceptions, while linebacker Nick Mikisugi had three sacks and defensive tackle Archie Fujiwara got to the quarterback four times.

Leafa improve to 5-0 but due to the turnovers forced, the first team is expected to start against the UNLV Rebels at home next week.