Football

This could’ve been the year Lahainaluna finally broke through to win the Division II state championship. Instead, ‘Iolani proved once again why it is the class of D-II with an utterly convincing 31-14 win on Friday in the final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships. That’s eight state championships in the last 11 seasons […]

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Quarterback McKenzie Milton used the word “surreal” to describe the way he felt after Mililani’s gripping 53-45 victory over Punahou in the Division I state championship game Friday night. But the game itself and the atmosphere inside Aloha Stadium was, to name-drop a rock band from the ’60s, a “Surrealistic Pillow” for fans to sit […]

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Mililani’s last man standing did it all. While the Trojans suffered key injuries to right tackle Jordan Agasiva and running back Vavae Malepeai, quarterback McKenzie Milton never lost focus of the task at hand. The junior signal caller broke the Mililani single-game passing record with 421 yards on 29 of 47 passing and threw seven […]

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First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I Football State Championships Aloha Stadium Championship game No. 1 Punahou (8-0) vs. No. 2 Mililani (12-0) First quarter PUN Series 1: Game’s first down is a third-and-9 pass to Heisman Hosoda, who is apparently healthy enough to play (leg). Buffanblu are in usual no-huddle mode, but not a true hurry-up […]

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The top two players in the state still uncommitted square off head-to-head as Punahou OL Semisi Uluave (6-6, 315, Sr.) will try to hold off Mililani defensive tackle Rex Manu (6-2, 290) in the Division I state final. As always, this is purely for fun. Each series is scored like a boxing round with a […]

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It’s time for the big boys as Punahou’s Canton Kaumatule (6-7, 290, Sr.), who is headed to Oregon in the spring, will face off with Mililani’s Jordan Agasiva (6-3, 290, Sr.), who will stay home and play for Hawaii, in this episode of Trench Warfare. As always, this is purely for fun. Each series is […]

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TRENCH WARFARE: Mowat vs. Ide

by Billy Hull on November 21, 2014

It’s Oahu vs. Maui in the Division II state final as ‘Iolani, winner of seven of the last eight state football titles, takes on Lahainaluna, looking for its first state crown. Our battle in the trenches features Lahainaluna’s two-way lineman, Connor Mowat (6-feet-0, 270 pounds, Senior), on defense, going up against ‘Iolani center Devin Ide […]

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There’s no secret to Lahainaluna’s success. The Lunas are going to try to pound the ball down ‘Iolani’s throat. If there’s one player on the ‘Iolani defense that can stand out and have a big game it’s defensive end Christian Naeole. Our Trench Warfare episode on this side of the ball pits Naeole (5-9, 186, […]

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First Quarter ‘Iolani wins the toss and elects to receive. Interesting. Raiders are in white jerseys, black helmets, black pants. Lunas are all red, top to bottom. IOL Series 1: Big third-down completion from Austin Jim On to Tyler Teruya prevents a three-and-out. Teruya is big on this drive, catching four passes. Jim On hits […]

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Lahainaluna and ‘Iolani have been mainstays in Division II football from the start. One difference: ‘Iolani has seven state titles in D-II while Lahainaluna has come so close, yet hasn’t reached the pinnacle yet. The Lunas last reached the final in 2012, losing to the Raiders 36-33. Could this be the year? Lahainaluna coach Garrett […]

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