Friday Night Lights: 9/4

Can the Kailua Surfriders make it a 5-0 start to the season tonight against Campbell? Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Can the Kailua Surfriders make it a 5-0 start to the season tonight against Campbell? Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The top two teams in the state in action tonight are playing a long way from home.

No. 1 Mililani is in Henderson, Nev., to take on Liberty High while the third-ranked Punahou Buffanblu invade Memorial Stadium on the campus of Cal-Berkeley to face Del Oro (Calif.) Both games start at 4 p.m. We have reporters at both games and will bring you updates here.

Five games on Oahu will be played tonight with Pearl City defeating Anuenue by forfeit as Chargers coach Robin Kami found out about on Wednesday.

OIA Red games feature Kaiser at Waipahu and Leilehua at Castle while the OIA Blue has Farrington traveling to Aiea and Campbell facing undefeated Kailua. Nanakuli hosts Waialua in OIA D-II action.

Everything goes down starting at 4 p.m.

Two records to watch for tonight. Mililani QB McKenzie Milton needs 161 yards to become the 11th quarterback from Oahu to throw for 6,000 in a career. He’s also 350 yards away from tying Jarin Morikawa‘s school record of 6,189 yards.

Trojans running back Vavae Malepeai needs 92 rushing yards to reach 3,000 for his career and is six shy of tying Joe Igber‘s career rushing touchdown mark of 56.


Liberty (Nev.) 76, Mililani 53, FINAL
Punahou 22, Del Oro (Calif.) 15, FINAL
Nanakuli 52, Waialua 15, FINAL
Farrington 28, Aiea 20, FINAL
Kailua 34, Campbell 21, FINAL
Leilehua 27, Castle 26, FINAL
Kaiser 60, Waipahu 34, FINAL

The legend, Paul Honda, is live blogging Campbell vs. Kailua.

3:58 p.m.: Tim Guesman is our man on the ground in Henderson tonight. He says it’s 91 degrees on kickoff, which is cool compared to the 107 it was a week ago.

4 p.m.: Liberty does the haka again like it did last week against Saint Louis but this team is doing it with their backs to the field. Probably the right decision. Mililani wins the coin toss and will receive.

4:03 p.m.: Liberty is ready to go and the Trojans jog out to the field a couple of minutes late.

4:11 p.m.: Mililani takes an early 6-0 lead as Milton goes deep down the right sideline and hits Kalakaua Timoteo for a 58-yard touchdown pass.

4:19 p.m.: Liberty comes right back on an 82-yard drive as QB Kenyon Oblad scores on a 30-yard TD run. Score tied 6-6 as both teams miss extra point.

4:24 p.m.: Mililani answers right back as Milton hits on another long TD pass. Bryson Ventura hauls in an 80-harder from Milton and it’s 13-6 Trojans. That took two plays.

4:27 p.m.: Punahou doing its alma mater as it gets set to kick against Del Oro (Calif.). Awesome scene in Berkeley. Both the Trojans and Buffanblu have traveled well. Guesman says Mililani travels as well as almost any team he’s seen in that area of Nevada.

4:31 p.m.: Ethan Takeyama with a short return for Punahou to the 15. Buffanblu get the ball first.

4:32 p.m.: We are headed for a shootout in Nevada. Ethan Dedeaux scores on a 25-yard TD run for the Patriots. They go for 2 and don’t get it so Mililani leads 13-12.

4:37 p.m.: Two quick punts in Del Oro/Punahou. Buffanlu got one first down before punting and then forced a three-and-out.

4:39 p.m.: Three touchdown passes in the first quarter for Milton, who is now the 11th Oahu quarterback ever to throw for 6,000 yards in his career. He’s got Timmy in his sights…Timoteo with his second TD reception on a 10-yard slant pass.

4:42 p.m.: Oblad with a long TD pass and Liberty answers yet again. The Patriots already have more points in the first quarter against the Trojans than they had all game against Saint Louis last week. Ethan Dedeaux with the 46-yard TD reception.

4:50 p.m.: First punt of the game belongs to the Trojans. Patriots take over. Meanwile, Punahou QB Ephraim Tuliloa is intercepted inside the Del Oro 5-yard line. Buffanblu 0-for-1 in red zone.

4:55 p.m. Milton 7-for-13, 200 yards, 3 TD after one quarter. Trojans with 257 total yards and the Patriots already have 215. Buffanblu and Del Oro tied 0-0 after one quarter.

4:57 p.m.: Punahou blocks a 37-yard field goal try by Del Oro and the Buffanblu take over after a return to the 37.

5:03 p.m.: Alofania Teveaseu scores on a 5-yard TD run and the 2-point conversion is good. Liberty leads 26-20. First deficit for Mililani this season. Tebay has 101 rushing yards on 10 carries for the Patriots.

5:07 p.m.: Mililani RB Vavae Malepeai scores on a 47-yard TD run but the extra-point try is no good. Trojans and Patriots tied at 26.

5:11 p.m.: That six-point deficit was the first time Mililani trailed in a game since falling behind 7-6 to Kahuku in second quarter of 2014 OIA title game.

5:15 p.m.: Liberty back on top again, 33-26, as Dedeaux scores on a 12-yard TD run. Patriots with an onsides kick and Liberty recovers. Unbelievable. Now a 15-yard penalty on Mililani and a 24-yard run makes it first-and-goal at the Trojans 8. Calvin Tubbs is in for an 8-yard TD run. We’re officially on UPSET ALERT. Patriots lead 39-26. 4:22, Q2.

5:24 p.m.: Del Oro takes a 3-0 lead on Punahou with a 27-yard field goal with 1:20 left in first quarter. Meanwhile Trojans go three-and-out and are hit with another 15-yard penalty.

5:31 p.m.: Milton hits Timoteo for a 4-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left in the half. XP is no good. 39-32. Meanwhile Del Oro gets the ball back and scores on a 3-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left in first half to make it 9-0.

Punahou RB Wayne Taulapapa has found it hard to run in the first half against Del Oro (Calif.). Photo by Tony Avelar/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Punahou RB Wayne Taulapapa has found it hard to run in the first half against Del Oro (Calif.). Photo by Tony Avelar/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Mililani: 370 total yards. Milton 11-for-20, 242 yards, 4 TDs. Malepeai 7 carries, 101 yards, TD. Malepeai is now over 3,000 career rushing yards. Timoteo 5 catches, 126 yards, 3 TDs.

5:52 p.m.: Liberty will receive second-half kick. Nope. It’s an onsides kick and Trojans recover on the Liberty 48. Milton starts with a 46-yard pass to Makana Tauai to the 2. Fourth-and-goal and Milton is intercepted in the end zone. Patriots ball.

6:03 p.m.: THE UPSET ALERT IS REAL. Oblad finds Dedeaux for a 66-yard TD and the 2-point conversion is good. Liberty leads Mililani 47-32. That’s 296 rushing yards for Patriots now.

6:07 p.m.: Back come the Trojans as Malepeai scores on a 14-yard TD run for his 52nd career rushing touchdown, passing Kahuku’s Mark Atuaia and Saint Louis’ Pesefea Fiaseu. He’s now four away from tying Joe Igber.

6:10 p.m.: Christian Guerrero 1-yard TD run. Del Oro up 15-0 with extra point coming. Two-point try is no good.

6:15 p.m.: Dedeaux returns the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a TD for Liberty. Two-point try is good as Tebay runs it in. Liberty with a 55-39 lead.

6:16 p.m.: Trojans go for it on fourth-and-10 at the Liberty 24 and it’s incomplete. Patriots take over.

The 55 points allowed by Mililani are tied for the most ever in 40-year history of the program.

6:19 p.m.: Nainoa Banks with a 20-yard TD pass to Keanu Momoa and Nanakuli leads Waialua 7-0 early in quarter 1. Wayne Taulapapa with a short TD run to get Punahou on the board. Buffanblu trail Del Oro 15-7 with 1:28 left in third quarter.

6:22 p.m.: Logan Williams with a big sack for Punahou to force third-and-long. Buffanblu showing some life finally.

6:26 p.m.: Liberty has scored the most points Mililani has ever allowed as Dedeaux scores on a 15-yard TD run. Two-point conversion is good. 63-39. :30, Q3.

6:29 p.m.: Punahou is finally moving the ball on offense and Tuliloa ends a nice drive with a 1-yard TD run. Tuliloa runs in the 2-point conversion and Punahou ties Del Oro, 15-15, with 8:45 remaining in the game.

6:31 p.m.: Milton is intercepted in the end zone by Dedeaux on the first play of the fourth quarter.

6:40 p.m.: Paulo-Meyers with a 59-yard punt return TD for Nanakuli. Meanwhile the Buffanblu are driving. Taulapapa run inside the 15.

Milton 17-for-36, 387 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs midway through fourth quarter. Liberty’s Tevaseu carted off with leg injury. Patriots have 538 total yards.

6:44 p.m.: Jet Toner has go-ahead field-goal try blocked and Del Oro takes over on its 20 with 3:35 left. Game tied 15-15.

6:49 p.m.: Malepeai scores on a 26-yard TD run to make it 63-45 with 7:11 left. Trojans recover onsides kick. Nanakuli leads 22-0 in Q2. HUGE INTERCEPTION BY PUNAHOU’S LOGAN WILLIAMS. He returns it to the Del Oro 10 with 55 seconds remaining. Game tied 15-15.

6:52 p.m.: Wayne Taulapapa scores on a 3-yard TD run with 5 seconds remaining and Punahou, which trailed 15-0, leads 22-15 and should hold on. What a comeback.

6:53 p.m.: Mililani isn’t dead yet. Timoteo with his fourth TD reception from Milton, who has 5 TDs. Two-pointer is good. It’s 63-53 with 6:40 left.

6:56 p.m.: Punahou game has gone final. What a comeback by the Buffanblu.

Ephraim Tuliloa and the Punahou Buffanblu pulled it out against Del Oro, scoring 22 unanswered points to win. Photo by Tony Avelar/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Ephraim Tuliloa and the Punahou Buffanblu pulled it out against Del Oro, scoring 22 unanswered points to win. Photo by Tony Avelar/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

7:02 p.m.: Trojans just can’t stop Liberty. Dedeaux, who is having the game of his life, with a 41-yard run down to the 1. Touchdown Patriots. It’s 69-53 with 3:48 left.

7:05 p.m.: Milton fumbles and Liberty takes over. That should do it. Mililani hasn’t lost by more than two touchdowns since the 2012 state semifinals against Punahou and will see a 16-game winning streak dating back to the 2013 state final come to an end. Trojans were ranked No. 10 in the country by MaxPreps. What a stunner.

7:11 p.m.: Dedeaux caps off an unbelievable game with a 26-yard TD run. Extra point is good and Liberty has dropped 76 on the defending state champions in Hawaii.

7:17 p.m.: Liberty wins 76-53. That was Mililani’s first game against a mainland school and it wasn’t pretty. Last week against Saint Louis, the Patriots had only 72 rushing yards total. Tonight? A tad more…

7:58 p.m.: Back at it. Banks with a monster 84-yard TD pass to Clifford Cunningham and Nanakuli is going to hand Waialua its second consecutive loss after a 3-0 start. 37-6.

8:08 p.m.: Stan Lee reports Castle-Leilehua will start after 8:30 p.m. Looks like Kaiser-Waipahu is the same way.

Kaiser warms up for its game at Waipahu tonight. Photo by George Lee/Star-Advertiser.
Kaiser warms up for its game at Waipahu tonight. Photo by George Lee/Star-Advertiser.

8:19 p.m.: Aiea junior DB Gage Asing is hurt on a tackle on Farrington’s first drive.

Leilehua's offensive line gets ready to face Castle. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Leilehua’s offensive line gets ready to face Castle. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

8:24 p.m.: Paulo-Meyers with another punt return for a TD for Nanakuli. It goes for 75 yards and starts running clock against Waialua.

8:27 p.m.: Aiea takes over possession after stopping Farrington on fourth down and Govs star Challen Faamatau is down on the play. Meanwhile Kailua scores on its opening drive to take a 7-0 lead over Campbell. Govs had a 14-play drive stall out.

8:29 p.m.: Aiea QB Kobe Kato fumbles as Foi Sila punches it out. Govs recover on the Aiea 15. Faamatau back in the game for Farrington. Govs stopped on fourth down again and Aiea takes over.

8:33 p.m.: Kawika Ulufale scrambles for a 25-yard TD and the Sabers tie up Kailua 7-7 in the first quarter. Watch out for the Sabers tonight.

8:43 p.m.: Sounds like Asing is done for Aiea. He had five tackles in six plays. Big loss for Na Alii defense.

8:46 p.m.: Ariq Vergado-Duclayan scores on 1-yard TD run and Na Alii out to a surprising 6-0 lead over Farrington late in the first quarter.

8:47 p.m.: Kaiser’s Andrew Kafusi returns the opening kickoff of the game 91 yards for a touchdown to give Kaiser the early 6-0 lead.

8:49 p.m.: Surfriders take first lead on Campbell, 14-13, on Isaiah Damo-Agcaoili TD run.

8:54 p.m.: Christian Acorda with a pick-six for Farrington to give the Govs a 7-6 lead. 50-yard return for TD.

Bit of a delay but let’s get you caught up. Kingston Moses-Sanchez just caught a touchdown pass and a two-pointer gives Farrington a 15-6 lead over Aiea. Kaiser got out to a 12-0 lead as Jensen McDaniel caught an 88-yard TD pass from Nic Tom, but the Marauders answered with a 13-yard TD run by Gavin Marques.

Kaiser DE Chance Kalaugher scoops up an errant shogun snap, returns it 32 yards for a TD. Cougars up 19-7, 1st qtr.

9:19 p.m.: Willie Ewaliko, the QB for Castle, scores on a short TD run to tie Leilehua 7-7 late in the first quarter.

9:22 p.m.: Tyreek Keough returns the kickoff 89 yards for a TD to put the Mules back in front 13-7.

9:30: Andres connects with Ugalino for TD to open the 2nd and extends Leilehua’s lead to 20-7 over Castle, 11:51, 2Q

9:31: Kaiser leads Waipahu 19-7 after one quarter. Seems to be the M.O. for the Cougars, start strong and then try to hold on with players going both ways. The second quarter is going to be very important.

9:38: Over in Waipahu, Marques throws a 50 yard TD pass to Andrew Simanu on fourth-and-4. PAT good. Waipahu closes to 19-14, 2nd qtr. Did we say the second quarter would be huge?

9:42: The Maui News reports Maui High beats Lahainaluna 14-3. What happened to the Lunas? Maybe they are saving it up for a wrestling repeat.

9: 45: Jensen McDaniel carries the ball on all five plays of a 59-yard drive, scores on a 7 yard run. PAT good. Kaiser leads 26-14, 6:05 2nd qtr. Will Waipahu respond?

9:46: Paul Tyquiengco with a 36-yard pick six for Castle.

9:55: Nope. Waipahu will not respond. Nic Tom finishes off a four-play drive with a 1 yard keeper. PAT good. Kaiser extends its lead to 33-14, 2:34, 2nd qtr.

9:57: Leilehua hits the half with a 20-14 lead over Castle. We know that the Mules can’t possibly go winless this year, but the Knights never make it easy for anyone.

10:04:Kaiser hits the half with a 33-14 lead. The Cougars have scored 78 points in six quarters against Waipahu under Cameron Higgins.

10:08: I only have one eye on the TV, but Felipe Ojastro seems to be saying “dropped by the Farrington receiver” quite a bit. The Governors holding on to a slim 15-13 lead over Aiea in the third quarter and Na Alii just blocked a punt inside the 20. Definitely worth watching if you can. And Kato just threw a touchdown pass, Farrington is in trouble after blowing out Na Alii 52-0 last year. Aiea leads 20-15 with 6 minutes left in the third.

10:14: This is the first time Aiea has ever scored more than 15 points against Farrington. Ever.

10:15:For all of the talk about blowouts early in the season, they aren’t happening this week. Here is a theory: I don’t remember a time when the smaller schools like Waipahu, Aiea and Castle all had a difference maker at receiver. Usually it is a running back, since he doesn’t have to rely on all of the moving parts that make up a complete pass, but these three schools all have pass catchers who need to be accounted for at all times. With Kame Kim Choy Keb-Ah-Lo, Waipahu’s Simanu and Jeremy McGoldrick of Castle, All-State selections at the end of the year are going to be very interesting.

10:22: Bad snap by Leilehua and Castle comes up with a fumble recovery. Leilehua is usually better than that on the line.

10:23: Challen Faamatau hauls in the TD pass from Bishop Rapoza and Farrington is back in front 21-20 with 4:17 left in the third.

10:26: Kailua gets to the third quarter with a 27-21 lead over Campbell. Amosa Amosa is one of the most unflappable guys around, but I wonder what he thinks when he sees talented quarterbacks like the Tagovailoas and Ezra Savea, last year’s starter for the Sabers, drive down Fort Weaver Road every day on their way to different schools.

10:32: Still, Campbell is giving Kailua a game. In the last eight meetings between the schools the margin of victory has been less than 20 only once. That was Campbell’s 13-7 win in 2012.

10:41: Kingsley Moses-Sanchez with a 67-yard TD reception and Farrington takes a 28-20 lead over Aiea with 11:12 left in the game.

10:42: Simanu strikes again. Andrew Simanu‘s 48-yard reception highlights an 8-play Waipahu scoring drive. Gavin Quelnan 3 yd TD run. PAT wide. Kaiser leads 33-20, 3rdQ. A Waipahu receiver has never had a 100-yard game against Kaiser, but he’s gotta be close. Erin Meneses came closest with 92 yards against the Cougars in 1992.

10:48: Waimea topped Kauai 17-0 Friday at Hanapepe stadium. Kailen Simao-Castillo and Waika Corr each scored rushing touchdowns in the 2nd quarter for Waimea.

10:55: Parker Higgins rumbles 35 yards to the Waipahu 1. Scores on the next play. PAT good. Kaiser leads 40-20, 1:01 3rd qtr. Billy Hull has said it before and I agree: Kaiser might have the best 8-man football team ever. Every time someone scores, it is the name of a great football player.

11:03: Another of those big names. Nic Tom returns a punt 70 yards for a TD. PAT wide. Kaiser leads Waipahu 46-20, end 3rd qtr.

11:06: Kailua goes final with a 34-21 win over the Sabers. Surfriders stay unbeaten and the Sabers are still winless. I wonder if any teams have every gone unbeaten a year after going winless, because that is what Kailua is working on. It’s their best start since 2003 when they started 6-0. Up next for the Surfriders is fellow unbeaten Farrington. If the Surfriders can win that, the score will probably be 34-20 since that has been their score two weeks in a row. Kailua has lost four in a row to Farrington.

Kailua quarterbacks to beat Farrington: Kahaku Iaea, Nathan Alvarado, Ranson Kepa, Taleki Mailau (twice), Kui Fox, Gilbert Rexenttes, Chris Hampe, Zachary Himan and Guy Toyooka.

11:16: And the Govs set up the East showdown with Kailua: FINAL: Farrington 28, Aiea 20

11:17: Ewaliko 9-yard TD pass to McGoldrick ties game but PAT attempt botched. Leilehua pulls ahead 27-20 over Castle on Andres 42-yard TD to Keough, 4:01, 4Q. Ewaliko is picked off with just over 2 minutes left, that might bring Leilehua a much-needed win.

11:23: Paul Tyquiengco with an amazing catch from Ewaliko pulls Castle within 27-26 with 2:19 left! And the kick is wide right. Leilehua holding on. Incredible. Somewhere Laura Tyler, last year’s Castle kicker, just cringed.

11:32: Nelson Maeda‘s record in games decided by a single point: 6-2, soon to be 6-3 barring another miracle. (Castle is 13-9 in 1-point games). Nolan Tokuda‘s record in one points games is 3-3, the school’s is 11-9.

11:37: Keoua Mahiko catches a 24 yard TD pass from Kamalu Simeona and Kaiser leads Waipahu 53-26, 4th qtr.

11:38: Leilehua gets onsides kick but fumbles on next play and Castle recovers. Knights ball on their 44 with 2:08 left down 1. Castle is still in this, the Knights will get the ball back with 30 seconds left. Leilehua punting from its own one, Mules call timeout.

11:41: Castle will have 20 seconds to get into field goal range from 55 yards out. Incomplete. 14 seconds left. Ewaliko incomplete again, 8 seconds left. SACKED with a second left, all that is left is a hail mary except officials call the game over, the clock expired.

11:45: Kaiser going to win. Keoua Mahiko catches a 24 yard TD pass from Kamalu Simeona and Kaiser leads Waipahu 53-26, 4th qtr. Tom returns an interception to the house, 60-34.

11:49: And that does it for this week’s Friday update, thanks for sticking around. Nearing midnight and the Kaiser game is still going on. There has to be a solution to keeping prep athletes up until midnight playing a football game.


  1. hiro September 4, 2015 4:40 pm

    @trojan808….. like i said on the last post…. mililani’s front 7 too small to handle the run game… from what i hear the mlb #23 olomua did not make the trip also, so they must be really small at LB…. just hope they outscore liberty…. UPDATE 13-12 mililani …. Liberty 185 yrd rushing so far….. Farr nd Kahuku gon be taking notes…

  2. 88 September 4, 2015 6:31 pm

    At this rate Liberty might just drop 100 on the Trojans. Whats up with Mililani’s D?

  3. Jerry Campany September 4, 2015 6:47 pm

    Can’t stop the run, it appears. But word is Mililani is without three starters on that side of the ball.

  4. Redroots September 4, 2015 7:08 pm

    This is a wake up call for mililani and York! You ain’t invincible. Their defense and special teams are their weaknesses. Offense wins games defense wins championships. #rr4l

  5. 88 September 4, 2015 7:20 pm

    What are the final stats for the Liberty RB? He must have some TechMo Bowl like rushing yards.

  6. hiro September 4, 2015 8:08 pm

    @88…. leading rusher went 16 for 125, another one went 6 for 97uds 2tds and the last rusher 4 for 29yds 1yd total Rush yds allowed 268… pass yd only 68 i think…..

  7. hahashandah September 4, 2015 11:01 pm

    Wow, there’s already the story about Punahou winning, id love to see the spin on the story of Mililani losing… Ouch, these are some basketball numbers being put up.

  8. Jerry Campany September 4, 2015 11:57 pm

    446 yards, 7 touchdowns, two interceptions. The other running back had more than 200 yards. crazy.

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