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VIDEO: Moanalua improves to 4-0 with win over Leilehua

By Paul Honda on September 16, 2018

The OIA Division I showdown between Moanalua and No. 9-ranked Leilehua, two football teams unbeaten in league play, promised to be an offensive explosion. Instead, this turned into a battle in the trenches, the lowest-scoring game for the visiting Na Menehune and the host Mules. Led by defensive lineman Tupu Alualu, Moanalua limited one of the state’s top running backs, James McGary, to 12 yards on eight carries. Moanalua prevailed 23-10 to seize sole possession of first place.

Moanalua gets defensive in upset of No. 9 Leilehua

By Paul Honda on September 14, 2018

Not a single Moanalua fan could be blamed if the thought of a low-scoring game brought shivers to the spine. After all, surging Moanalua had scored 40, 38 and 42 points in OIA Division I play so far, racking up a 3-0 mark heading into a showdown at Leilehua on Friday night. The ninth-ranked Mules had extra incentive on homecoming night. Moanalua got defensive, limiting Leilehua’s normally potent offense to 199 total yards, including minus-5 on the ground, in a […]

VIDEO: Highlights, No. 9 Leilehua vs. Moanalua

By Paul Honda on September 14, 2018

Video highlights from Friday’s Leilehua-Moanalua game at Hugh Yoshida Stadium. The teams came into the game tied at 3-0 atop the OIA Division I standings.

GAME NIGHT 9/14: Leilehua/Moanalua

By Paul Honda on September 14, 2018

Moanalua 23, No. 9 Leilehua 10, final At Hugh Yoshida Stadium Moanalua (4-0, 4-0) 3 10 3 7 — 23 Leilehua (4-2, 3-1) 0 10 0 0 — 10 MOA—Griffin Motas FG 27 LEI—Akoni Tom-Makue FG 36 MOA—Trequan Henderson 99 kick return (Luke Palalay kick) LEI—Jeremy Evans 23 pass from Max Nichols (Tom-Makue kick) MOA—Motas FG 40 MOA—Motas FG 26 MOA—Makana Spencer 5 run (Palalay kick) JV—Leilehua 33, Moanalua 6. RUSHING—Moanalua: Jacob Copeland 6-37, Drayden Von Oelhoffen 1-0, team 2-(-2), […]

8 takeaways push Na Menehune into first place

By Jeremy Nitta on September 8, 2018

Forcing a turnover is an exciting moment for a defense. Often, coaches will point to takeaways as key moments or turning points in ball games. In Moanalua’s 42-7 rout over visiting Kailua on Friday, those moments came early and often. “Our defensive backs coach told us that when the quarterback throws the ball, we’re supposed to see the ball and we’re supposed to take it,” defensive back Trequan Henderson said. “Tonight, there were opportunities to be made.” Henderson had two […]

GAME NIGHT 9/7: Kailua/Moanalua

By Jeremy Nitta on September 7, 2018

Moanalua 42, Kailua 7,F Interception by Rashad Tanner returned 58 yards for a touchdown! Moanalua now leads 42-7 Moanalua adds another, as Au finds Grace again for a 54 yard score. Moanalua now leads 35-7 Moanalua stretches out its lead, as Au finds Javon Monico in the end zone from 7 yards away. With the PAT, Moanalua back up by three scores, 28-7 Kailua finally gets on the board, as Brian-Allen Kamanu takes it in from 10 yards out. Moanalua […]

GAME NIGHT 8/17: Aiea/Moanalua

By Jeremy Nitta on August 17, 2018

Moanalua 38, Aiea 26, F That’s the ball game. Moanalua knocks off Aiea 38-26. Note of concern: Kayson Castillo, the Aiea quarterback, was hurt earlier in the fourth quarter on a sack. Castillo being taken to the hospital now as the teams shake hands. Trequan Henderson with the interception! Henderson picks off Fabian Bautista at the Moanalua 12, and returns it 88 yards for a touchdown! Moanalua with some breathing room with 2 minutes left in the game. Third down […]

Moanalua turns to “plan W” to get ‘W’

By Billy Hull on August 11, 2018

In a game in which Moanalua outgained its opponent 408 total yards to 73, Na Menehune found themselves trailing Castle by two points with less than three minutes to go. And that wasn’t even their biggest worry. Moanalua coach Savai’i Eselu found himself without an available player who had practiced a single rep at quarterback leading up to the season. Starter Nick Au, who threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns, was knocked out of the game after taking a […]