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Harding hoping for good Inohara prognosis as Leafa burn Nevada

Harding hoping for good Inohara prognosis as Leafa burn Nevada

By Carol Craftman
The Spirit News
November 8, 2076


All signs are pointing to a late season return for Leafa Spirit Gridiron second-year halfback Brett Inohara after Coach Dan Harding's Spirit torched the Nevada Wolf Pack at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada, USA, 168-13. Second-year quarterback Shae Katou-Aki passed for 329, ran for 445 and scored 11 total touchdowns on offence. Left outside linebacker Gilles Troyard had nine tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks and a fumble recovery.

Halfback Jack Fukushina ran for 135 yards and six touchdowns, halfback Dana Rinaldi ran for 161 yards and three majors while catching four passes for 65 yards and two more major scores, backup quarterback Kaz Kasumigaoka ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns, wide receiver Ledley Aki caught nine passes for 133 yards and a score, and tight end Max Haimura led the blockers with 11 pancakes while giving up a sack.

Middle linebacker Rhys Miyazawa led the defence in tackles with 15 including three for loss and an interceptions, Kieran Hyakuya added three sacks, left end Steele Craftman had four sacks and for the second time in as many games, Maynard Nakiri-Wiles returned an interception for a touchdown late. Two other players on defense also had a pick.

"Prognosis on Brett looks real positive but we're not going to rush him into action unless we're certain he's healthy enough to have a go," said Coach Harding. "I think we'll see him ready to get out there against San Diego State but recovery will ultimately come down to how hard he trains and strengths the durability of the area where he was injured."

Leafa improve to 9-0 and conclude their away ledger next week against the San Jose State Spartans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California, USA.