Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Leafa overcome slow start, defeat UNLV on the road

Leafa overcome slow start, defeat UNLV on the road

By Naoto Suzukawa
The Spirit News
October 20, 2075


UNLV played one of its finest first quarters of football against Leafa College, holding Dan Harding's Spirit Gridiron to 14 points in the opening term. However, that was all that they could do as the Spirit continued to apply pressure, eventually breaking them in the final term en route to a comprehensive 126-19 victory over the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.

Quarterback Shae Katou-Aki, in spite of an uninspiring start, passed for 186 yards, ran for 361 yards and scored nine total touchdowns on offence. On defence, left end Gary Acura recorded seven tackles and five sacks while recovering a fumble. Halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 491 yards and six touchdowns, wide receiver Xavier Kim caught seven passes for 831 yards and a major to go with 29 pancake blockes, and wideout Dayne Tsunashi caught two short touchdown passes while recording 22 blocks.

Left end Sam Touzokuyama recorded five sacks, middle linebacker Roy Hanamura and strong safety Jay Madanbashi each had 14 tackles and cornerback Zach Choi had 10 tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 66 yards for a major score. Not to be outdone, third-string quarterback Rocky Naoe also recorded an interception on defence.

On the home front, three new additions to the team for next season were announced. Middle linebacker Rhys Miyazawa, strong safety Joe "Mojo" Takajou and athlete/right guard Blaine "Big Bear" Okuma, all from Launceston, Tasmania. Leafa improve to 6-0 and return to action at home next week against the New Mexico Lobos.