COUNTDOWN: No. 4 Mililani charts a robust course

Mililani’s Ezra Save (94), top, and Mykah Tuiolemotu (7) ganged up to tackle St. John Bosco’s Keith Savage (20) in a game last season in California. St. John Bosco will return the favor and play Mililani at John Kauinana Stadium in September. Photo by Steven Georges/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

It’s easy to say you will take on anybody in the nation. It’s another thing to actually do it.

Mililani, ranked No. 4 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s preseason Top 10 and featured in today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which you can read by clicking here, takes on all comers.

Weaker opponents to pad the schedule? No way. Coach Rod York is always looking for teams who will present the most difficult challenge and he’s done it again this year.

The Trojans have one of the toughest schedules in the nation, with nothing coming close to a lightweight among the 10 opponents.

At the tippity top of that chart in terms of strength is St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.). The Braves finished 2018 as the No. 3 team in the nation in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and is there again to start the 2019 season.

The Braves’ season ended in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section final with a 17-13 loss to Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), which went on to beat De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) in the Open championship game and finish at No. 1 in the country.

Mililani hosts St. John Bosco on Sept. 21.

The Trojans did not stop there as far as scheduling tough out-of-state opponents. They also play Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) at home on Aug. 30. The Patriots advanced to the Division 4A semifinals before a loss to eventual Nevada state champion Bishop Gorman.

Of course, the Open Division in Hawaii is a major challenge in itself. That string of challenges includes state Open Division champion Saint Louis, which starts the year ranked No. 11 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 after finishing at No. 7 last season.

In its season opener Aug. 9, Mililani visits Campbell in a rematch of last year’s state Open Division semifinal won by the Trojans 24-2.

Punahou, Kahuku and Kamehameha are also on the Mililani calendar.

The Trojans, who lost 38-17 to Saint Louis in the state Open Division final a year ago, went 5-0 to take the OIA Open Division crown in the first season of the OIA-ILH alliance.

Their three other opponents — Waianae, Farrington and Kapolei — all had just one win in 2018, but are retooling for a better outcome this year.

To start it all off, Mililani scrimmaged some of Samoa’s top teams within the last week while on a preseason trip. They return to Oahu on Wednesday.

“It’s been a great, awesome trip so far,” York texted recently. “An eye-opener.”


  1. Blah July 30, 2019 8:31 am

    good luck hahaha

  2. Bulukex July 30, 2019 9:17 am

    At least they go after top teams. Unlike this other team I know who’s declined multiple opportunities to play top teams.

  3. HLI July 30, 2019 11:54 am

    For what, still didnt help them beat St. Lulu.

    Great recruiting tool though. Wink, wink.

  4. Trojan4Life July 30, 2019 12:58 pm

    Do what’s best for your program and your kids Coach York! Haters gonna hate!

  5. You can't handle the truth July 30, 2019 9:32 pm

    The schedule doesn’t make a team. Good luck (Trojans) with that daunting slate. St.Louis(Cal Lee) is in an entire different league, all other schools are 2nd rate. Sorry

  6. YUP July 31, 2019 7:21 am

    People complain St Louis recruits. It appears Mililani is definitely doing that this year…..
    Bumping out their own players.

  7. HLI July 31, 2019 8:12 am


    What is the plan for when Coach Cal leaves??

  8. ??? July 31, 2019 12:10 pm

    The plan is STL will shut down like STF because only Cal can keep the STL boosters on board!

  9. ??? July 31, 2019 4:10 pm

    @You can’t handle the truth
    You’re right, Cal is in a different league!
    He’s in a league with unlimited recruiting and talent from all around the state. But like I said before, Ron is the Real reason for STL success! Give Ron the Punahou job and he would dominate Cal & STL! (Facts)

  10. And Still State Champs August 1, 2019 8:37 am

    I see mililani taking the OIA Division this year, but with Millville being the strongest team in the OIA,
    Saint Louis hands down takes the crown , Puns will also beat the trojans. Good Luck this season to everybody, high school football in hawaii will be good one to watch this year.

  11. Katosan August 1, 2019 10:08 am

    At least the Trojans have some balls facing schools like SJB unlike St. Louis. Gorman would lose by 40 to SJB.

  12. Truth August 1, 2019 11:07 am

    MILILANI 2019
    Campbell..St.Louis..Punahou…Kahuku…Liberty…St. John
    Mililani dont have QB previlage this year…Agbayani will be the weakest link for the team…

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