Only two ranked teams are in action Friday night in a seven-game slate scheduled for Oahu.
Don’t look now but Leilehua has won two of three since that brutal 0-3 start against three top-five teams. The Mules (2-4, 2-3) and the Castle Knights (2-3, 1-3) have an important game Friday. The winner is pretty much assured a playoff berth minus a crazy finish to the regular season. A Castle loss would turn next week’s game against Nanakuli into a must-win to make the playoffs.
HISTORY: Leilehua leads the all-time series 13-2 with six straight wins. Castle’s only victory against the Mules since 1989 was a 41-0 shutout in 2001.
Live updates of the 7:30 p.m. kick to follow below:
10:58 p.m.: And we go final. Great turnaround for the Mules after a bad start to the season, they look dangerous.
10:46 p.m.: Kona Andres with an 1-yard score and Akoni Makue PAT puts Leilehua ahead 41-14 with 5:19 remaining.
10:32 p.m.: Serafi Ulai 1-yard score extends Leilehua’s lead to 34-14, 9:29 left in the game.
10:23 p.m.: End third, Leilehua leads 28-14
10:16 p.m.: Kaleoaloha Piceno rushes for a 5-yard score and Akoni Makue makes PAT to extend Leilehua lead to 28-14 with 3:25 left in the third.
10:06 p.m.: Castle cuts deficit to 21-14 when Makana Smith connects on an 8-yard pass to Chris Sakuma. Two-point conversion is good with 7:05 left in the third. The Knights opened the third quarter by intercepting Leilehua.
9:24 p.m.: Leilehua’s DeShayne Stevens intercepts a pass from Makana Smith in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining. Mules lead 21-6 at halftime.
9:14 p.m.: Leilehua extends lead to 21-6 on Kalika Anderson Seumanutafa-Bryant’s 1-yard score. Akoni Makue makes PAT with 1:33 left in the second.
8:59 pm.: Akoni Makue misses 36-yard field goal attempt for Mules. Leilehua leads 14-6 with 4:59 left in second.
8:44 p.m.: Leilehua driving and has Felipe Ojastro impressed. Kawai Phifer hangs onto a 11-yard pass from Kaleoaloha Piceno at the edge of the end zone for a touchdown. Ball was tipped by a Castle defender before Phifer caught it. Akoni Makue makes PAT to give Mules 14-6 lead with 8:53 remaining in the second.
8:38 p.m.: End 1st, Leilehua leads 7-6
8:21 p.m.: Leilehua responds quickly to take 7-6 lead on Kona Andres’ 80-yard pass to Kaleo Aloha Piceno. PAT is good with 4:51 left in the first.
8:20 p.m.: Castle strikes first as Jaylen Uyemura-Lee connects on an 8-yard throw to Jeremy McGoldrick to put Knights up 6-0 with 5:55 left in the first.