Can Hurd take down the Trojans?

by Billy Hull on November 13, 2013

Campbell QB Isaac Hurd lunged for the end zone in the OIA playoffs against Kahuku. (Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser)

Campbell QB Isaac Hurd lunged for the end zone in the OIA playoffs against Kahuku. (Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser)

Division I State Semifinals

The matchup: Campbell (9-3) vs. Mililani (10-1)
Location/Time: Aloha Stadium, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Head-to-head (since 1973): Mililani leads 14-8-1
Biggest margin of victory: Mililani, 48-12, Sept. 10, 2010
*Smallest margin of victory: Campbell, 23-21, Sept. 20, 2002
*Teams played to 0-0 tie on Sept. 1, 1995

Campbell’s offensive leaders

Updated: Nov. 18
PASSINGGC-A-IYdsTD
Isaac Hurd13195-339-92,56523
RUSHINGGAtt.YdsTD
Austin May131167014
Isaac Hurd1316850812
RECEIVINGGRec.YdsTD
Kainoa Perry13616355
Jayce Bantolina13345565
Amosa Amosa Jr.11304194
Galuenga Castro13253133
Keola Himan11194364

Mililani’s offensive leaders

Updated: Nov. 25
PASSINGGC-A-IYdsTD
McKenzie Milton13136-228-61,62016
Robert Faleafine1165-116-27107
RUSHINGGAtt.YdsTD
Vavae Malepeai122381,37520
McKenzie Milton13695834
Pakelo Lee11502212
Dayton Furuta11362176
RECEIVINGGRec.YdsTD
Bronsen Ader13666214
Kainoa Wilson13456223
Bronson Ramos11203932
Ryan Reedy10172322

The list of candidates for state player of the year on offense begins with Punahou quarterback Larry Tuileta and Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai.

Campbell quarterback Isaac Hurd should be right there in the mix as well.

The Sabers senior put together one of the best performances in state tournament history last weekend in the opening round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships against Hilo, throwing for 388 yards on 78 percent (28-for-36) passing with four touchdowns. He also ran for a TD in the 42-27 win over the Vikings, setting up a rematch in the semifinals against Mililani.

Hurd set a Campbell single-game record for passing yards and only three quarterbacks (Punahou’s Tuileta and Cayman Shutter and Leilehua’s Keenan Sadanaga) have ever thrown for more yards in a state tournament game.

Hurd has been very good for the Sabers and is the main reason Campbell is in the Division I state semifinals for the first time in school history. For the season, Hurd is completing 59 percent (186-for-315) of his throws for 2,438 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 516 yards and 11 touchdowns, giving him 34 total.

Hurd is one of five quarterbacks on Oahu to throw for over 2,000 yards this season.

2013 2,000-yard passers on Oahu

Name
School
Yards
C-A-I
TD
Noah BrumKalani2,804189-351-938
Micah KaneshiroMoanalua2,719231-406-625
Cody Lui-YuenRadford2,662162-291-932
Isaac HurdCampbell2,438186-315-923
Ryder KuhnsSaint Louis2,014124-187-625

Of the five, only Hurd is still playing, and among Division I players, he only trails Moanalua’s Micah Kaneshiro. He’s also the only quarterback in the group who doubles as a legit running threat.

Campbell’s scored at least 21 points in all but two games this season, including a 42-21 loss to Mililani in the regular season. In that game, which was televised on OC16, Campbell led 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-7 at halftime, only to be outscored 35-0 in the second half.

Campbell ran the ball on 25 of 42 plays, averaging 3.7 yards a carry. Hurd completed just eight of his 17 throws for 107 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Mililani ran 23 more plays (65) than the Sabers, who outside of a couple of big plays, couldn’t sustain drives, especially in that second half.

Campbell did force two turnovers, which led to 14 points. Linebacker Solomon Matautia returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and the Sabers turned a Malepeai fumble into seven more points in a first half they clearly won.

Everyone has Mililani and Punahou penciled in for the state final in a rematch of a game the Buffanblu won, 24-14, in mid-August. And why shouldn’t they? The Trojans have won nine in a row since then, beating every OIA team they have played by double digits.

Quarterback McKenzie Milton has only gotten better as the season has worn on and pulled off a rare feat in the OIA title game against Farrington, throwing for a touchdown, running for a touchdown and catching a touchdown pass.

Malepeai is the leading rusher on Oahu with 1,266 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 126.6 yards a game and 6.2 yards a carry. Defensively, the Trojans are allowing 13.5 points per game and have held five of their 11 opponents to single digits. Senior Kelii Padello is a defensive player of the year candidate with 16 sacks but the entire unit is stout, with linebackers Jacob Afele and a healthy Dayton Furuta, tackle Rex Manu and safety Ian Namu able to make big plays at opportune times.

They will all have to be aware of Hurd at all times. Farrington contained him and as a result, Campbell was shut out for the first time in four years. Kahuku and Hilo couldn’t find a way to stop Hurd and as a result, both of its seasons are over.

Of all the OIA teams, one could argue Campbell provides the toughest challenge to the Trojans. Mililani has rolled through every game since August. Can Hurd be the one to stop the Trojans?

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charley November 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

good luck to the Sabers against Mililani, if any team is poised to beat the Trojans, I believe the Sabers can do it. Play smart, and play with a lot of heart…… its the Poly style…cheeeeehuu!!!

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