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No Burning Couches: Leafa College defend BCS crown against West Virginia

No Burning Couches: Leafa College defend BCS crown against West Virginia

By Naoto Suzukawa
The Spirit News
January 8, 2076

There will be no burning couches in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA this week. But then again, we're on the the other side of the world; what do we care? Your Leafa College Spirit Gridiron Team are champions of collegiate American football. Again. At the confines of the Louisiana SuperDome in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA, quarterback Shae Katou-Aki passed for 300 yards, ran for 546 and scored 14 touchdowns on offence as the Leafa Spirit disemboweled the West Virginia Mountaineers, 164-51 to win their fourth collegiate crown. Defencively, cornerback Luca "Night Fever" Mizushima capped off his playing career with 12 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception, one of eight picks conceded by embattled Mountaineers quarterback Ford Childress.

Halfback Jackson Tatara ran for 304 yards and three touchdowns, Heisman winner (in name only) Archer Hiiro ran for 133 yards and two scores while catching five pases for 75 yards, wide receiver Dayne Tsunashi caught five passes for 69 yards and a major to go with 74 rushing yards, and wide receiver Connor Yasaka wrapped up his career with 26 pancake blocks to lead the blockers. Tsunashi also had 24 pancakes, while wideout Xavier Kim had 18 to go with a touchdown reception.

Free safety Jay Madanbashi, the Provost's Son, signed off on an illustrious career at the position with 17 tackles and an interception to lead the defence in tackling. Middle linebacker Roy Hanamura had 13 tackles and a pick, while cornerback Vic Tsuchimikado completed his captaincy with eight tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 22 yards for a score. Three other players on defence also had an interception, while defencive tackle Levi Iori had two sacks to pace the pass rush.

"What can I say? These boys are really capable players and they perform on the field and off the field, what more can I say?" asked Coach Harding after the game. "They gave it their all, and all the fourth-years wanted to finish this one off with a bang. We're gonna have a rough 2076 campaign and we'll need to hope for big contributions from our new faces coming in. For now, we're gonna celebrate this moment and start the preparations for next year. This has been one hell of a season, I reckon."

Leafa conclude the 2075 college gridiron season with a 14-0 record. A victory rally and parade will take place at Parliament House on Australia Day, 26 January 2076.