Paul Honda

8 is enough (extended)

by Paul Honda on September 2, 2014

(Here’s the longer version of the story that was published in this morning’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Game video highlights from the MIL and BIIF by Sports Viz and Cyrus Perry are posted below.) Thirty-one is a good number. Fifteen is certainly not, not in football. More than a year ago, Laurie Koustik had a complex issue […]

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To be sure, there is an ache in Darren Hernandez’s heart. In his soul. You lose a beloved mentor, that’s part of life. But it still hurts, not losing football games, not really. He stepped onto the field at Kapolei with his mind on his football team and its game with No. 2-ranked Mililani. But […]

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It’s warm. It’s muggy. No breeze. For the Kapolei Hurricanes, it’s no big deal. This is their home turf. They embrace the humidity and sweltering conditions. But I think the visiting Mililani Trojans and their explosive offense won’t mind one bit. By 6 p.m. (or so) kickoff, the temperature will cool a bit. Can Kapolei […]

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I‘ve seen Mililani and came away impressed, wowed enough to change my ballot and place the Trojans atop my list at No. 1. Sure, Punahou is defending champion and deserves to be at the top until they prove otherwise, right? Well… I’ve seen Punahou now. I’m changing my vote back to the Puns. (Don’t e-mail […]

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First quarter Ephraim Tuliloa finds Kanawai Noa in single coverage deep for a 45-yard bomb. That’s the kind of big-play action I remember from the Punahou-Farrington scrimmage weeks ago. Buffanblu 7, Crusaders 0, 3:11. Second quarter Saint Louis had a nice drive going, getting to the PUN 7-yard line, but fumbled on a run play. […]

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Traffic this afternoon — I left town around 1:30 p.m. — was smooth, effortless. Beautiful. From my vantage point here at the stadium, it looks like it’s moving nicely in both directions. (It had been jammed up in the other direction from the West side due to a car accident.) I’ve been looking forward to […]

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Here we go. A lot of shuffling, but the top slingers remain at the top. QUARTERBACKS 1. McKenzie Milton, Mililani, 5-11, 150, Jr. >> Pupule rating: 98 ∆∆∆ vs #3 Saint Louis: 21-31-0-369, 4 TD; rush 9-204, 3 TD (53, 1, 47) ∆∆∆ vs Kailua: 13-15-0-270, 2 TD; rush 2-22, TD ∆∆∆ Total: 34-46-0-639, 6 […]

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WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS 1. Kanawai Noa, Punahou, 6-1, 185, Sr. >> Pupule rating: 98 > First game is this weekend against Saint Louis. 2. Tsubasa Brennan, Pac-Five >> Pupule rating: 92 ∆∆∆ vs King Kekaulike: rec 19-292, 4 TD ∆∆∆ Total: rec 19-292, 4 TD 3. (tie) Kalakaua Timoteo, Mililani, 6-1, 195, Jr. >> Pupule […]

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RUNNING BACKS 1. Vavae Malepeai, Mililani, 6-0, 190, Jr. >> Pupule rating: 96 ∆∆∆ vs Saint Louis: rush 25-112, 2 TD; rec 1-15 ∆∆∆ vs Kailua: 9-80, 3 TD; rec 0-0 ∆∆∆ Total: 34-192, 5 TD; rec 1-15; YPC 5.7; YPG 96.0 2. Wayne Taulapapa, Punahou, 5-11, 185, Jr. >> Pupule rating: 95 ∆∆∆ Like […]

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As of Wednesday morning, the sturdy Na Koa of Anuenue are hanging tough. Despite suiting up just 16 players against Kaimuki on Saturday, Anuenue is continuing on with its football season. Na Koa will play Kalani on Friday. “We don’t really have a (roster) number,” OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka said of minimum requirements. In […]

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