GAME NIGHT 9/15: Mililani/Kapolei

It’s been a disappointing season so far for the boys out at Kapolei, but with Bishop Gorman transfer Lonenoa Faoa at quarterback, the Hurricanes can change their entire season in one night with a win over No. 3 Mililani.

Top performances in series
Mililani passing vs. Kapolei: McKenzie Milton with 515 yards in 2015
Mililani rushing vs. Kapolei: Kekoa Perbera with 181 yards in 2005
Mililani receiving vs. Kapolei: Kalakaua Timoteo with 193 yards in 2015
Kapolei passing vs. Mililani: Taulia Tagovailoa with 394 yards in 2015
Kapolei rushing vs. Mililani: Brad Padayo with 97 yards in 2005
Kapolei receiving vs. Mililani: L.J. Esperas with 221 yards in 2015

NO. 3 MILILANI TROJANS (5-0, 4-0 OIA Red)
Head coach: Rod York
Trojans roster

VS.
KAPOLEI HURRICANES (3-3, 2-3)
Head coach: Darren Hernandez
Hurricanes roster

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No. 3 Mililani 42, Kapolei 21, Final


BOXSCORE
At Kapolei
Mililani (6-0, 5-0) 14 12 9 7 — 42
Kapolei (3-4, 2-4) 7 14 0 0 — 21
MIL—Nayyir Muhammed 6 pass from Dillon Gabriel (Damien Santiago kick)
KAP—Isaiah Ahana 52 pass from Lonenoa Faoa (Braedon Bantolina kick)
MIL—Ryan Chang 35 pass from Gabriel (Santiago kick)
MIL—Gabriel 14 run (run failed)
KAP—Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala 64 pass from Faoa (Bantolina kick)
KAP—Junior Tuia 55 fumble return (Bantolina kick)
MIL—Shane Kady interception in end zone (run failed)
MIL—Santiago FG 38
MIL—Gabriel 5 run (run failed)
MIL—Chang 13 pass from Gabriel (Santiago kick)
JV—Mililani 30, Kapolei 21.

RUSHING—Mililani: Reichel Vegas 1-5, Kilifi Malepeai 9-33, Gabriel 18-43, Kailiohu Kila 1-2, Raysen Motoyama 12-69, Jalen Olomua 1-(-4). Kapolei: Faoa 1-(-7), Keoki Kaluhiwa 1-(-2), Jarad Fonoti 1-4, Josh Kansana 3-8, Dreyden-Steele Kawewehi 1-14, team 1-(-6), Nainoa Afong 2-(-15).

PASSING—Mililani: Gabriel 28-44-2-376. Kapolei: Faoa 19-37-2-194.

RECEIVING—Mililani: Josiah Sampaga 8-53, Chang 4-98, Muhammed 5-64, Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi 2-31, Vegas 5-91, Malepeai 1-6, Darius Muasau 1-15, Motoyama 1-15, Keola Lanias 1-3, Kapolei: Ahana 7-85, Mokiao-Atimalala 7-84, Keanu Barboza 1-5, Titus Mokiao-Atimalala 1-13, Kansana 2-10, Keoki Kaluhiwa 1-(-3).

No. 3 Mililani 42, Kapolei 21, 7:35, Q4

Another three and out for Kapolei, punt, fair catch.

No. 3 Mililani 42, Kapolei 21, 10:03, Q4

Gabriel picking his spots and picking up big yardage. He connects with Muhammed and Vegas for key gains, then runs 13 yards to set up a 13-yard TD pass to Chang, which is Chang’s second TD of the game. PAT is good.

THIRD QUARTER ENDS
The third quarter ends with the Trojans driving into Kapolei territory, still in the no-huddle, still with Gabriel distributing to a wide array of targets.

Kapolei’s drive stalls at the Mililani 45, punt.

No. 3 Mililani 35, Kapolei 21, 4:48, Q3

Kapolei avoids a huge loss when their punter hustles after a snap that went over his head. Instead of a major loss, it’s a 15-yard punt. But Mililani still scores, going 61 yards in seven plays. Gabriel with a key 25 yard run down the right sideline, and he caps it with a 5-yard keeper, slicing through two defenders near the right pylon. PAT: Offsides on Kapolei, Mililani calls time out, then Jalen Olomua run is stopped. Huge series for the Trojans.

No. 3 Mililani 29, Kapolei 21, 8:14, Q3

Huge break for Mililani, which faced fourth and long, but Kapolei jumped offside. Santiago sent onto the field and he drills a 28-yard field goal. MIL 29, KPO 21.

Halftime
This is easily the craziest and zaniest first half I’ve seen all season.

BOXSCORE
At Kapolei
Mililani (5-0, 4-0) 14 12 — 26
Kapolei (3-3, 2-3) 7 14 — 21
MIL—Nayyir Muhammed 6 pass from Dillon Gabriel (Damien Santiago kick)
KAP—Isaiah Ahana 52 pass from Lonenoa Faoa (Braedon Bantolina kick)
MIL—Ryan Chang 35 pass from Gabriel (Santiago kick)
MIL—Gabriel 14 run (run failed)
KAP—Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala 64 pass from Faoa (Bantolina kick)
KAP—Junior Tuia 55 fumble return (Bantolina kick)
MIL—Shane Kady interception in end zone (run failed)

JV—Mililani 30, Kapolei 21.

RUSHING—
Mililani:
Reichel Vegas 1-5,
Kilifi Malepeai 9-33,
Gabriel 10-10,
Kailiohu Kila 1-2,

Kapolei:
Faoa 1-(-7),
Keoki Kaluhiwa 1-(-2),
Jarad Fonoti 1-4,
Josh Kansana 2-6,

PASSING—
Mililani:
Gabriel 16-27-2-259,

Kapolei:
Faoa 10-20-1-173,

RECEIVING—
Mililani:
Josiah Sampaga 1-25,
Chang 3-85,
Muhammed 3-33,
Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi 1-22,
Vegas 2-56,
Sampaga 4-17,
Malepeai 1-6,
Darius Muasau 1-15,

Kapolei:
Ahana 4-68,
Mokiao-Atimalala 3-75,
Keanu Barboza 1-5,
Titus Mokiao-Atimalala 1-13,
Kansana 1-12,

No. 3 Mililani 26, Kapolei 21, :28, Q2

Mililani ball at its 30 with a minute left, completion to Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi for 22 yards, ball at the Kapolei 48, but Gabriel’s bomb on the next play is intercepted by Saige Mactagone-Kuhaulua, down at the 7-yard line. Next play, :33 left, Faoa looks to pass, he’s mauled and the ball pops into the air while he’s in the end zone. WHAT IS GOING ON? Shane Kady hauls the pigskin in for what appears to be an interception, and Mililani leads with :28 left. Gabriel tries to scramble on the PAT but he is stopped short.

Kapolei has the ball back with 1:46 at its 46. Three and out, punt.

Trojans should have great field position with Kapolei backed up on the kickoff, but they commit a personal foul on the return and get pushed all the way back to their 12. Series goes nowhere, punt.

Kapolei 21, No. 3 Mililani 20, 3:12, Q2

Crazy sequence. Gabriel is whistled for intentional grounding, which was questionable because he had a receiver on the sideline in the area. Not close, not far. Ball moves back to the Mililani 3, and Gabriel finds Reichel Vegas, who gains 51 yards. Then Gabriel runs a keeper, tries to break a tackle and loses the ball, and Kapolei defensive tackle Junior Tuia returns the ball 55 yards to the end zone. One of the Kapolei coaches runs onto the field to celebrate with Tuia and that’s so bizarre in the middle of the hashes at the goal line. Penalty assessed on the kickoff. PAT kick is good by Braedon Bantolina and the Hurricanes lead for the first time, 21-20.

No. 3 Mililani 20, Kapolei 14, 4:08, Q2

Faoa with a quick out pass to Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala on third and 4, and he breaks a tackle near the sideline and goes the distance for a 64-yard TD. WOH. PAT is good.

No. 3 Mililani 20, Kapolei 7, 5:16, Q2

Trojans drive 14 plays, 75 yards, still in hurry-up mode, just not as fast as earlier. Gabriel buys time and ends up running to the left pylon for a 14-yard TD. He made it look easy. PAT snap is too high, kicker downs the ball way back near midfield.

Faoa with the long ball to Ahana, but he can’t hold on, good defense, and Ahana tweaks his left ankle. He jogs off a minute later. Faoa has great velocity when he needs it between the hashmarks, but has a nice touch on the deep ball. Josh Kansana carries for first time, 4 yards. He’s been out with injuries the past two years, nice comeback, #7.

Trojans drive to the Kapolei 48, where RB Kilifi Malepeai moves the scrum further and further until the ball is stripped away by Dylan Toilolo. Nice return, but a personal foul brings the ball back to Kapolei’s 41. Kind of a strange stretch of possessions.

Kapolei drive stalls, punt, bounces off a Hurricane player’s helmet. Mililani ball at its 32.

END FIRST QUARTER
The first quarter ends with Kapolei driving into Mililani territory.

No. 3 Mililani 14, Kapolei 7, 2:47, Q1

Mykah Tuiolemotu recovers a Kapolei fumble in the backfield and the Trojans have the ball. Sudden change opportunity and right on cue, it’s Gabriel with the left-side bomb to the always reliable Ryan Chang for a 35-yard TD. Presto, magic.

Hurricanes stall, three and out, and Mililani calls time out with 6:00 left in the first quarter before the punt.

Trojans start their next possession at their 25, move to the Kapolei 40, but Gabriel’s long deep post pass is picked off by Christian Broome. Kapolei ball at its 11.

No. 3 Mililani 7, Kapolei 7, 7:54, Q1

Two plays after the big defensive stop, QB Lonenoa Faoa fires a bullet deep over the middle to Isaiah Ahana for a 52-yard TD. He catches it near the 25, shreds the tackle and races to paydirt. We’re tied up. Faoa is the real deal.

Fair catch by Mililani on the punt, ball at its 42. Fourth and 1, Gabriel’s sneak is stopped. Kapolei ball at its 48.

Kapolei’s first series: incompletion, incompletion, sack, punt.

No. 3 Mililani 7, Kapolei 0, 10:46, Q1

Instant offense at warp speed by the Trojans, who go 75 yards in just over 1 minute. Dillon Gabriel with a strike to Nayyir Muhammed on a post route in the end zone, 6-yard TD.

Mililani will receive the opening kickoff. The Trojans will defend the Kalaeloa end zone. Kapolei will kick off from the Makakilo side of the field. Trojans in white helmets, jerseys, yell

COMMENTS

  1. Alpha September 15, 2017 9:08 pm

    Uhoh. . .. like I said, if Mililani can stay healthy…. and right now Kapolei is way more physical.


  2. Shmuck September 15, 2017 10:25 pm

    Where the hell all those sole’s live in Mililani


  3. Chicken Grease September 15, 2017 11:59 pm

    What was with Kapolei’s coaches wearing their last names on the back of their . . . well what the heck kind of shirt WAS that? When the very Hurricane players don’t have their own last name emblazoned on the back of their jerseys?

    Grow up Kapolei coaches. Understand who’s doing the real work here.

    And will someone PLEASE look into whether Hernandez should be allowed to do play-by-play for other high school games. Heck, bet he’d love to do the same for Hurricane games while on the sideline!


  4. Chicken Grease September 16, 2017 12:04 am

    Alpha September 15, 2017 9:08 pm
    Uhoh. . .. like I said, if Mililani can stay healthy…. and right now Kapolei is way more physical.

    Would rather know how to effectively handle that physicality (read: Gabriel ALONE can run a clinic not just for Kapolei but for ALL high schools, public and private) than just “having” it, like a Kapolei apparently has (and that’s it).


  5. Alpha September 16, 2017 2:10 am

    @chickengrease. . . Let me reiterate, Kapolei is probably the most physical team they’ve played against to this point. Mililani is obviously not healthy (Olomua, Malepeai). The 1st half of the game was not a fluke for Kapolei, it was the adjustments Millani coaches made during the half that was the difference. If Mililani wants to make a run at States their going to need both Olomua and Malepeai at full strength running the ball. St. Louis, Punahou, Kahuku will be a whole lot faster and physical for Gabriel to run a clinic on. Mililani IS my dark horse to win states, but all the pieces need to fall in place. . .


  6. Chicken Grease September 16, 2017 6:58 am

    he 1st half of the game was not a fluke for Kapolei, it was the adjustments Millani coaches made during the half that was the difference.

    This is part of what makes a successful team, Mr. Alpha. Cannot sit and cry about injuries.


  7. Alpha September 16, 2017 8:37 am

    @chickengrease. . . I agree with you about not crying about injuries, but I does make a difference. And Mililani knows all to well about injuries ie: M. Milton. . .


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