Moanalua takes a four-game winning streak into John Kauinana Stadium against the third-ranked Mililani Trojans in the quarterfinals of the OIA Division I playoffs. Mililani has won seven in a row against Moanalua with Na Menehune’s last win in 1995.
Top performances in the series:
Moanalua passing vs. Mililani: Kawika Keama-Jacobe with 284 yards in 2014
Moanalua rushing vs. Mililani: Heikoti Fakava with 188 yards in 1983
Moanalua receiving vs. Mililani: Michael Feliciano with 162 yards in 2015
Mililani passing vs. Moanalua: McKenzie MIlton with 276 yards in 2014
Mililani rushing vs. Moanalua: Vavae Malepeai with 282 yards in 2015
Mililani receiving vs. Moanalua: Colton Dayacos-Gaspar with 89 yards in 2012.
No. 3 Mililani 49, Moanalua 14, FINAL
10:06 p.m.: That’s your game, ladies and gentlemen. Trojans dispatch Na Menehune, advance to OIA semifinals and await Waianae/Farrington winner.
No. 3 Mililani 49, Moanalua 14, 0:20 4Q
10:04 p.m.: Moanalua gets it! Nick Au finds Ezra Grace for some impressive completions, capped with Au’s 23-yard TD pass to Grace over the middle of the end zone.
9:57 p.m.: Trojans take a knee at the Moanalua 9 instead of going for another score. Classy move. Na Menehune seeing if they can score once more before their season ends.
No. 3 Mililani 49, Moanalua 7, 0:31 3Q
9:42 p.m.: Mililani has a pick-six wiped off for Noah Oyama because of a pass interference call. After the penalty yardage is assessed up to the Trojans 36, Nick Au hits Ezra Bantolina with a shovel pass that goes to the house. Moanalua on the board, XP is good near the end of the third.
9:39 p.m.: Mililani’s backups advance the ball to the Moanalua 14 and turn it over on downs.
9:34 p.m.: New QB in for Mililani. It’s Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi.
9:30 p.m.: Moanalua goes three-and-out to open the third quarter. Just nothing doing. They had a third-and-2 but Makana Spencer was dropped for a loss of 2.
9:14 p.m.: Mililani’s Dillon Gabriel was masterful in that half, going 16-for-24 for 195 yards and five touchdowns. Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi has two TD grabs, while Ryan Chang, Reichel Vegas and Kaysen Higa have one apiece. Kilifi Malepeai and Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua each have one on the ground.
9:10 p.m.: The first half mercifully comes to an end. We’re at running clock status, and then some, coming out of the break.
No. 3 Mililani 49, Moanalua 0, 2:38 2Q
9:02 p.m.: Things keep getting worse for Moanalua. They fumble the kickoff return and Mililani recovers at the 2. Kilifi Malepeai immediately runs it in for the score on the first play. Yikes.
No. 3 Mililani 42, Moanalua 0, 2:53 2Q
8:58 p.m.: This is getting obscene. Gabriel directs his team effortlessly down the field again for a 63-yard drive, and finds Kuboyama-Hayashi in the end zone for the second time tonight, this time from 22 yards.
8:56 p.m.: Poor Moanalua goes three-and-out again. Mililani has 3:36 to tack some more points on from their 37 before halftime.
No. 3 Mililani 35, Moanalua 0, 6:13 2Q
8:49 p.m.: Moanalua gets a first down by virtue of some Mililani penalties, but then must punt it away to midfield. Gabriel has a very impressive 34-yard dart to Raysen Motoyama to get into the red zone. Two plays later, Gabriel finds Kaysen Higa for an 18-yard strike for the QB’s fourth TD toss of the half.
No. 3 Mililani 28, Moanalua 0, 10:06 2Q
8:40 p.m.: Talk about your sudden changes. On Moanalua’s first play of the drive, Nick Au gets picked off by Charm Lomibao for a short return. On the very next play from the Na Menehune 29, Gabriel finds Reichel Vegas for a catch-and-run, complete with spin move through the secondary for the touchdown. Yikes, that was fast. Touchdowns 16 seconds apart on the clock for the Trojans.
No. 3 Mililani 21, Moanalua 0, 10:22 2Q
8:36 p.m.: Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua doesn’t get this one called back. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound RB rumbles in for a 23-yard TD. Trojans have a player down after the play. It’s center Noah Williams. He’s able to walk off with some support. Score is good, XP pending … good by Damien Santiago, and it’s a three-TD game.
8:31 p.m.: Au tries to go deep to Ezra Grace, and nearly has him. But he can’t quite haul it in on a diving attempt and Mililani begins the drive at the Moanalua 35 after the punt return.
8:29 p.m.: First quarter comes to an end with Moanalua backed up to its 10 on third down.
No. 3 Mililani 14, Moanalua 0, 1:39 1Q
8:25 p.m.: Gabriel converts a big fourth-and-12 throw to Ryan Chang for a 13-yard first-down play, then finds Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi on a fade for a 14-yard TD.
8:22 p.m.: Mililani marches downfield and so far has had two touchdowns on this drive called back due to penalty — a hold and a false start. It’s now second-and-14 from the 29.
8:17 p.m.: An all-out Trojan blitz on second-and-10 sacks Au back into Na Menehune territory. Moanalua goes three-and-out, Mililani ball at their 21.
8:14 p.m.: Mililani can’t make it 2-for-2 scoring drives to open the game, as the Trojans get pushed back due to a holding call on their side of midfield. A short punt and Moanalua takes over at the Mililani 45. Good chance for QB Nick Au here.
8:09 p.m.: Moanalua gets a nice run from Michael Williams into Trojan territory. They go for it on fourth-and-3 from the 31 and domes up a couple yards short, turning it over on downs.
No. 3 Mililani 7, Moanalua 0, 11:27 1Q
8:00 p.m.: Huge kickoff return by Reichel Vegas for 69 yards to the Moanalua 20. Dillon Gabriel needs three plays to hit Ryan Chang for a 7-yard score.
7:58 p.m.: Moanalua kicks off to Mililani left to right to begin the game.
7:50 p.m.: Moanalua is mistakenly introduced as Campbell (then corrected) over the PA. Let’s see if Na Menehune come out with a shoulder chip because of the slight.
7:25 p.m.: JV playoff game between Mililani and Campbell ends in favor of the Trojans, 27-25. Well-played game. We’re looking at a 7:50 kickoff, or so, between No. 3 Mililani and visiting Moanalua.