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VIDEO: Highlights of Saturday’s Mud Bowl between No. 6 Hilo and No. 9 Leilehua

By Paul Honda on November 25, 2019

In the rain, the Hilo Vikings are in their element. The Viks withstood a comeback attempt by Leilehua for a 19-9 win in the Division I semifinal round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships on Saturday night at Dr. Francis Wong Stadium. Whether it was the ability to throw water-logged footballs or avoid the slippery pitfalls of the outfield grass and mud at Wong Stadium, the Vikings were well equipped to defend their turf.

Mark Kurisu proud of big step forward taken by his Mules

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2019

HILO >> At one time, not so long ago, the Leilehua Mules were quite familiar with mud-bog conditions. The natural surface at Hugh Yoshida Stadium used to turn into a swamp with lakes aplenty. Eventually, that led to the installation of synthetic turf, and the Mules ran and cut happily ever after. Except tonight. Playing on the road for a second week in a row, the OIA Division I runners-up flew to soggy Hilo. They marched into Dr. Francis Wong […]

GAME NIGHT 11/23: Leilehua/Hilo

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2019

No. 6 Hilo 19, No. 8 Leilehua 9, Final Third and 5, Miyasato to Haasenritter in the flat for a first down. Silva through the masses for 34 yards to the Leilehua 9. Time runs out before Silva can punch it over. Hilo advances to the championship game and will the ‘Iolani-Moanalua winner at Aloha Stadium next week. Leilehua three-and-out. Punt. Two plays after the fumble recovery, Miyasato fires a bullet to Kilohana Haasenritter, and the CB misses the pick […]

Defense, special teams spark Leilehua in 34-7 win over Baldwin

By Paul Honda on November 15, 2019

Baldwin’s hearty core of seniors did all it could against Leilehua’s ground-and-pound attack. The Bears trailed 14-7 at the half, but Leilehua was determined to go with blows to the solar plexus of Baldwin’s gritty defense. By the end, Leilehua had a 34-7 win in the first round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I State Championships. Leilehua (10-2), the OIA runner-up, will travel again to meet Hilo next weekend. Jemell Vereen made the most of his 28 carries, running […]

GAME NIGHT 11/15: Leilehua/Baldwin

By Paul Honda on November 15, 2019

Leilehua 34, Baldwin 7, FINAL Leilehua will play at Hilo next Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the D-I bracket. Baldwin closes the season 5-5. Vereen caps a fantastic night with a 7-yard TD run. That’s 174 yards on 28 carries, tough yards between the tackles most of the time. And he never seemed to tire. Gabriel Akaki with a major sack for Leilehua. Then Julyan Mebane picked off a sideline pass and returned it 85 yards for a back-breaking […]

How Leilehua ended the state title dreams of Baldwin 2007-10

By Paul Honda on November 15, 2019

When Baldwin hosts Leilehua tonight in the opening round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships in Division I, the ghosts of the past won’t linger far from the grass surface of War Memorial Stadium. In fact, the biggest menace in Baldwin’s storied history may well be upstairs in the press box. Andrew Manley was the man-child gunslinger who ended each of Baldwin’s postseasons from 2007 to ’09. “I never thought I would have a quarterback like Bryant Moniz […]

VIDEO: Coaches spent mini-break on date nights, family time

By Paul Honda on November 11, 2019

The short break between the league playoffs and the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships gave coaches and players a bit of down time. Darren Johnson (Campbell), Sterling Carvalho (Kahuku), Savaii Eselu (Moanalua), Mark Kurisu (Leilehua), Philip Rapozo (Kapaa), Dean Rickard (Lahainaluna), Kaeo Drummondo (Hilo) and Shaun Perry (Kamehameha-Hawaii) responded with a variety of answers.

Leilehua lands on wrong side of instant classic with Moanalua

By Christian Shimabuku on October 26, 2019

Two of the OIA’s best teams in Division I provided an instant classic in Saturday night’s championship game. No. 8 Moanalua and No. 7 Leilehua both had its opportunities to win in regulation, making it all the more agonizing for whoever would lose. It was Leilehua which fell 21-20 in double overtime. The Mules also had two prominent chances to win, but potential game-winning field goals by Konapiliahi Raymond were missed at the end of regulation and in the first […]