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Improved performance from Boise, but Leafa win Mountain West

Improved performance from Boise, but Leafa win Mountain West

By Naoto Suzukawa
The Spirit News
December 15, 2075


It was a tough night for first-year quarterback Shae Katou-Aki, who passed for 297 yards, ran for 295 more and scored six touchdowns on offense but also threw three interceptions, however he won Man of the Match honors as Dan Harding's Leafa Spirit Gridiron defeated the Boise State Broncos in a shootout at Yunupingu Field, 91-60, to win their fourth straight Mountain West American Football Championship.

Defencive tackle Oscar Inui was fierce, with five tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles to lead the way in pressuring Boise gunslinger Nick Patti, who threw for 785 yards and five major scores. Halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 264 yards and three touchdowns, halfback Archer Hiiro ran for 101 yards and two scores to go with a receiving touchdown, wide receiver Xavier Kim caught three passes for 96 yards and a major score and wideout Connor Yasaka caught four passes for 93 yards. Tight end Tom Arashi led the blockers with 10 pancake blocks.

Strong safety Lee Bongdal led the defence in tackling with 17 tackles, cornerback Luca Mizushima and defencive tackle Levi Iori each had a sack and Mizushima also had an interception returned 41 yards that came just inches short of the goal line. Middle linebacker Roy Hanamura and cornerback Billy Ooji also had a pick apiece.

Leafa improve to 13-0 and await their opponent in the 2076 BCS Championship Game. The opponent is most likely to be West Virginia, the last team that suffered its first defeat of the season.