Thursday, May 12, 2016

Away Days Done As Leafa Storm Past Colorado State In Storm

Away Days Done As Leafa Storm Past Colorado State In Storm

By Reiko Arisugawa-Bell
The Spirit News
October 31, 2077

The stormy weather chased Dan Harding's Leafa College Spirit to Fort Collins, Colorado, but it wasn't anything the Gridiron team couldn't handle as they outlasted the Colorado State Rams, 78-26. Halfback Brett Inohara was best on ground for Leafa, rushing for 291 yards and four touchdowns on the day. However, the team will be sweating on the status of Shae Katou-Aki, who left the game early due to an injury.

"We're going to evaluate Shae and see if we can get him lined up for Nevada next week but by the looks of things, it's going to be a nervous wait," said Coach Harding after the match in the postgame presser. "Brett's had to battle from being lost to injury before and he's been able to pick up the pieces. He and Kaz [Kasumigaoka] have lifted the team despite the setback and we didn't change our gameplan because our main main took a knock.

"The great things about this team is the continuity from our offence, defence and special teams units. We have depth and players that can step up when the going gets tough. What we plan to do for the next few weeks is to ease in our second team and get other players some time to contribute, as we are at home for all of our remaining matches.

"Our team does not start and end with Shae. We are going to have to prove to a lot of people that if Shae can't finish the rest of the season, we have Kaz and Rocky (Naoe) and even Keisuke (Natsume) to fill in the holes. But we need to be fit and proper and keep plugging away. We won't let Shae's injury discourage this side, they have been fantastic so far through 10 rounds."

Leafa improve to 8-0 on the season. Colorado State drop to 1-7 and are eliminated from bowl contention.