GAME NIGHT 9/29: Mililani/Kahuku

No. 4 Mililani 38, No. 2 Kahuku 10, FINAL

At Carleton E. Weimer Field
Mililani (6-2, 4-0) 14 3 7 14 — 38
Kahuku (4-2, 1-1) 0 3 7 0 — 10
MIL—Kilifi Malepeai 5 run (Kekoa Kuloloia kick)
MIL—Maka Hill 25 pass from Dillon Gabriel (Kuloloia kick)
MIL—Liam McGahee FG 46
KAH—Duke Heffernan FG 25
MIL—Ryan Chang 12 pass from Gabriel (Kuloloia kick)
KAH—Robbie Sauvao 55 run (Heffernan kick)
MIL—Malepeai 2 run (Kuloloia kick)
MIL—Malepeai 1 run (Kuloloia kick)
JV—Kahuku 20, Mililani 14.

RUSHING—Mililani: Kilifi Malepeai 13-46, Kuloloia 1-1, Gabriel 3-(-8), Team 1-(-19), Raysen Motoyama 2-9. Kahuku: Robbie Sauvao 13-117, Wes Alo-Maiava 12-33, Toalei Lefau 3-12, Team 2-(-9), Thorton Alapa 3-9.

PASSING—Mililani: Gabriel 31-47-0-312. Kahuku: Sauvao 11-22-1-83, Alapa 4-6-0-32.

RECEIVING—Mililani: Ryan Chang 4-42, Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi 7-60, Keola Lanias 2-11, Malepeai 3-41, Hill 5-58, Kai Banks 1-10, Jansen York 3-13, Reichel Vegas 4-56, Motoyama 2-21. Kahuku: Zealand Matagi 1-(-1), Lefau 2-39, Alo-Maiava 6-40, Heffernan 2-5, Kainoa Crimson 3-27, Paniau Lindsey 1-5.
Kahuku down three touchdowns. Drive stalls at its47. Mililani ball with 7:39 to play. The Trojans eat up the clock and Malepeai scores on a 1-yard run. MILILANI 38, KAHUKU 10, 1:39, Q4.

Mililani drives 64 yards in 11 plays. Ransen Motoyama is key with a 12-yard reception to the 2, and Malepeai scores on a 2-yard run. Kahuku’s 51-game win streak at home is in danger. MILILANI 31, KAHUKU 10, 11:05, Q4.


Red Raiders finding more success running left with Sauvao and march to the 19, but a bad snap in the shotgun leads to a 17-yard loss and Kahuku turns the ball over on downs. Huge momentum shift.

Mililani drives to the Kahuku 46, fourth and 3, tries to draw Kahuku offside. Time out with 5:33 left in the third. Momentum with the Red Raiders if they get a stop. Gabriel’s pass to wide-open Chang is off target, Kahuku ball. Big opportunity.

Kahuku answers on its next snap from scrimmage. Sauvao runs the option left, beautiful fake pitch and goes the distance, 55 yards like Julius Caesar Watts. Instant offense. Maybe they keep running the option? MILILANI 24, KAHUKU 10, 7:39, Q3.

Mililani comes out storming, going 66 yards in just four plays. A 43-yard bomb from Gabriel to Reichel Vegas leads to a 12-yard TD toss from Gabriel to Ryan Chang in the left corner of the end zone. MILILANI 24, KAHUKU 3, 8:06, Q3.

Kahuku opens the second half with a drive that stalls in its territory. Punt.


At Carleton E. Weimer Field
Mililani 14 3 xx xx — 17
Kahuku 0 3 xx xx — 3
MIL—Kilifi Malepeai 5 run (Kekoa Kuloloia kick)
MIL—Maka Hill 25 pass from Dillon Gabriel (Kuloloia kick)
MIL—Kuloloia FG 46
KAH—Duke Heffernan FG 25
JV—Kahuku 20, Mililani 14.

#9 Kilifi Malepeai 7-24,
#46 Kuloloia 1-1,
#3 Gabriel 2-(-10),
Team 1-(-19)

#23 Robbie Sauvao 6-32,
#13 Wes Alo-Maiava 8-29,
#44 Toalei Lefau 3-12,
Team 1-(-2)

#3 Gabriel 16-26-0-158

#23 Sauvao 6-14-1-62

#11 Ryan Chang 3-30,
#6 Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi 3-18,
#4 Keola Lanias 1-6,
#9 Malepeai 3-41,
#81 Hill 4-51,
#20 Kai Banks 1-10,
#16 Jansen York 1-2

#26 Zealand Matagi 1-(-1),
#44 Lefau 1-30,
#13 Alo-Maiava 3-31,
#2 Heffernan 1-2

Kahuku punts, but roughing the punter is called on Mililani. The Red Raiders drive to the Mililani 25 with 9.7 seconds left in the first half. Savuao to Alo-Maiava for a 16-yard completion to the 9, and the Red Raiders get a 25-yard FG from Duke Heffernan as time expires for the half. MILILANI 17, KAHUKU 3, :00, Q2.

Red Raiders drive to the 16, their best march yet, but I think it’s Wes Alo-Maiava who fumbles, and speedy defensive tackle Mykah Tuiolemotu returns it 79 yards to the Kahuku 6. Didn’t get who made the saving tackle, but it is huge. Three plays later, a bad snap on the FG try and it’s a 19-yard loss. Kahuku dodges a bullet with 2:34 left in the first half.

Big Red punts again, but Gabriel fumbles just a couple of snaps later. Ball is wet and Kenai Liua recovers for Kahuku.

The left-footed Liam McGahee rips a 46-yard field goal through the mauka uprights. Impressive on this slick turf. The rain came down for about 5 minutes a little earlier. MILILANI 17, KAHUKU 0, 9:23.


The Trojans just need two plays to reach paydirt. Gabriel connects with Malepeai out of the backfield over the middle for a 23-yard gain. Then Gabriel fires a 25-yard TD to Hill on a deep post. Major pass protection so far. MILILANI 14, KAHUKU 0, 1:47.

Red Raiders go three-and-out, punt and Mililani takes over at the Kahuku 48.

Sauvao pass intercepted by Mckenna Alcover and returned to the Kahuku 25. Penalty advances it to the 12, but the Trojans stall out and the snap on a field-goal try is high. PK Kekoa Kuloloia is stopped after just one yard and Kahuku takes over.

Mililani’s second series ends with a TD, a 5-yard run by Kilifi Malepeai, who bounced outside to the right and scored. Dillon Gabriel connected with Maka Hill for three passes, including two first downs. MILILANI 7, KAHUKU 0, 7:07, Q1.

Robbie Sauvao starts at QB for Kahuku and they go no-huddle. Pass, loss of 1. Keeper for 2 yards and then a deep route that’s open, but Sauvao leads Toalei Lefau a bit too much. That could’ve been 6. Ethan Erickson with a sky-high 43-yard punt, fair catch.

Opening drive for Mililani stalls at the Kahuku 42. Punt is a touchback.


6:38 p.m. Kahuku wins the coin toss and defers. Mililani will receive facing the makai end zone. Not windy at all, 0-5 mph trades. The mauka right upright is a bit tilted forward. That’s about it.

6:35 p.m. The area on the field between the hash marks got a good smashing during the JV game, but there has not been any rain, so the field is not as drenched as it was a couple of days ago. A little spongy, maybe, but not enough for extreme challenges. Note: There were some snap problems (under center) for Kahuku in the JV game, not sure if that had to do with moisture on the field or not. We’re done with the national anthem and Hawaii Pono‘i, and both teams’ alma maters.

6:05 p.m. Kahuku rallies for a 20-14 win over Mililani in a JV game. TD pass with 4.5 seconds left after an interception on a Mililani trick play.

3 p.m. It is scorching hot here at Carleton E. Weimer Field. 86-88 degrees. The moat circles the field, but it’s sunny with trades 5-10 mph. Worries about rain and flooding on homecoming night have subsided. No. 4 Mililani vs. No. 2 Kahuku kicks off with JV, then varsity.

For Mililani’s roster, click here
For Kahuku’s roster, click here
SERIES HISTORY: Kahuku leads 12-2

The Mililani JV team warms up under dry skies at Carleton E. Weimer Field. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser
The Kahuku JV team warms up under dry skies at Carleton E. Weimer Field. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser


  1. Ilh guy September 29, 2018 7:35 pm

    Kahuku needs to get back to what they do best, pound the ball. All this other passing stuff and trick plays tells me man for man they don’t think they can hang with the top open teams. To me they have the talent to run everyone over.

  2. Coach C September 29, 2018 8:15 pm

    Nice pic of Lake Kahuku..

  3. 88 September 29, 2018 8:34 pm

    Kahuku is getting the hammer! Bring back Coach Leslie!


  4. Notes September 29, 2018 8:36 pm

    Forget the ILH teams kahuku cant even play in the mud, whats up with that. Key injuries on O and D, terrible 1st half.

  5. Realist808 September 29, 2018 8:37 pm

    The ILH agenda……they probably flooded the field on purpose. SMH lol.

  6. Lets go Hammahh September 29, 2018 9:02 pm

    Yo I hear last night someone went to the Kahuku field and bent the goal post so it would be easier for field goals. SMH 🤦‍♀️ ILH probably behind it 😪

  7. bulldog4life September 29, 2018 9:07 pm

    I like how Mililani fans don’t need to come on here to make excuses or talk trash. Stay classy Trojans.

  8. Austin Chang September 29, 2018 9:13 pm

    here we go with these excuses from the kahuku fans

  9. The Hammmah September 29, 2018 9:13 pm

    These refs are probably paid by the ILH!!

  10. Rrforlifebaby September 29, 2018 9:15 pm

    Getting pounded at home. Embarrassing. Head coach has got to go. No improvement from the Punahou game til now. Hats off to the Trojans. Well deserved win.

    Keep your heads up boys and get back to work. Still alot of season left.

  11. 88 September 29, 2018 9:16 pm

    Eh Bulldog4life. Us Kahuku fans come on here cuz we got nothing betta to do uso!


  12. 88 September 29, 2018 9:17 pm

    The games not over until the Samoan Fat Lady sings!


  13. Coach C September 29, 2018 9:19 pm

    Lol, good game Mililani. Great game Gabriel, good coaching York. All good in the OIA. Regroup Kahuku. Is that Byron Beatty coaching?

  14. Jimmy H September 29, 2018 9:24 pm

    @Rrforlifebaby….you’re right. Regression is unusual for this team at this time in the season. Yes, injuries have happened, but that’s true for all teams and it’s never stopped Kahuku in the past.

    This field sucks and it looks like it’s hurting Kah more than Millz.

    Good news for Millz or Kahuku is you only need one great game against STL in the tourney versus having to face both Punahou and STL.

  15. 38-10 September 29, 2018 9:26 pm

    Kahuku needs a QB!

  16. Notes September 29, 2018 9:30 pm

    Kahuku sucked why would we make excuses?, with a high caliber QB like Gabriel he was able to expose that one db. Anyways we sucked plain and simple but I still think we come back strong in the playoffs. Next man up is not happening this year we need the 1st stringers and Miki Ahyou was a very very big loss, I bet the state of Hawaii was happy when that happened knowing how much you all hate Kahuku. #Enemyofthestate

  17. Hawaii born September 29, 2018 9:31 pm

    Good game good playing by the players..always changing coaches is really what hurts us so long term growth..too many different styles confuses the kids…new offense every year or other year…keep playing hard boys..congrats millilani

  18. Choloropicrin September 29, 2018 9:34 pm

    Kahuku got outplayed, outcoached tonight and out recruited in the off season.

    They’ll be back, something about that mystic that they have during the post season, I anticipate Mililani won’t be able to hold it together late in the season. For example like last year’s championship game, 2010 when they lost to Waianae in the state semis, 2012 when they got pounded by the big red and Afoga Wiley.

  19. Rrforlifebaby September 29, 2018 9:39 pm

    No cohesion. No rhythm. No identity on O. D lacks any kind of intensity. Most of the time, secondary is out of position. Big difference between Mililani and Crusaders who play with purpose and focus. Sterling is poison for the team. Congrats again to the Trojans.


  20. 88 September 29, 2018 9:40 pm

    Ah You could play and we still wouldn’t win. Kahuku usos stop crying and making us look bad. We suck.


  21. 88 September 29, 2018 9:45 pm

    The only reason we are the enemy of the state is cuz we make excuses. Someone is hurt. People steal kids from our community even though their families think it’s best to go to school elsewhere. Clowns like anywaaays and now notes cry and whine. And stupid slogans like enemy of the state.

    That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. The only enemy of the state are usos that don’t pay taxes. It’s so annoying living in this community and having to read about ILH’s agenda. How Cal Lee is ruining football. Blaming the coach. There are so many excuses it’s sickening.

    We lost, deal with it and get better.


  22. JKP September 29, 2018 9:45 pm

    I was surprised to see the field conditions- I mean, Kahuku is state champions, OIA champions for YEARS and this is their field? They deserve so much better than the river around the field.

  23. 88 September 29, 2018 9:48 pm

    As for changing coaches, why would a coach want to stay here? Most of the people are crazy!

  24. JKP September 29, 2018 9:52 pm

    Wth my comment didn’t get posted
    I was commenting on the horrible field kahuku has- this powerhouse team – OIA and State champions on the north shore has a river around the field! They deserve better
    Regroup kahuku !!! Get back to basics!

  25. Rrforlifebaby September 29, 2018 10:13 pm

    This coach was a political pick. This is the same coach who lost the OIA JV championship two years in a row.
    ..the second while it was played at home..against Mililani nonetheless. Like I said , no progress whatsoever since the Punahou game. Something is off with this team. Injuries affect everyone, so no way that is an excuse. Comes down to coaching. The last time I saw a Red Raider team this disjointed was under coach Reggie, and even then he still had alot of community support. Even with all the injuries, any one of a number of prior coaches would be able to take this team to a level above what we saw tonight.

    Trojans came out focused and just killed us.

  26. crybaby losers September 29, 2018 10:29 pm

    waaah waaaaah waaah

  27. Notes September 29, 2018 10:30 pm

    88 copycat is education first. Hi!!

    Everyone in the know knew we had some key injuries and Mililani exposed it, plain and simple.

    I think I am getting fed up with the Kahuku AD and principle who is a self righteous mormon that continues to Sh$$t on her own people. Like you seriously gonna put the black screen barriers to block views from the outside? My uncles sit there every game since the 90s. Go back to Utah or wherever you from.

  28. Wake up September 29, 2018 10:40 pm

    Who the hell calls Kahuku the enemy of the state? You gave your own selves that name and you the only ones that use that term. As for STL playing mainland teams that would be too expensive to play more than one team. It would cost around $1000 per kid. Majority of the players pay $18000 already for tuition and struggle. Granted there are a few on financial aid

  29. HI HS FAN September 29, 2018 11:03 pm

    Kahuku looked DREADFUL tonight. They seemed to play without any emotion, passion, or focus. The defense, which usually blitzes a lot, couldn’t even get to the QB. Mililani’s O-line dominated. The change at OC didn’t produce any improvement. They looked confused and unprepared. Sometimes it’s just better to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Go back to your strength, which is running the ball. Coaching transitions and philosophies sometimes cause more chaos than optimism. Kahuku better right the ship or else they might not have a difficult chance qualifying for the OIA playoffs.

  30. Choloropicrin September 29, 2018 11:03 pm

    I think this is Kahuku’s worse lost since losing to a Kamehameha 43-10 in 2010 and Waianae in 1999 43-7.

    First home loss in like 10 years. That’s pretty impressive.

  31. Notes September 29, 2018 11:03 pm

    Wakeup – no offense but $18,000 for a state title is quite much, but it may pay off if your kid gets the exposure and a college scholarship. Kahuku is a free public school we dont pay anything if we win a state title.

    Maybe thats why Cal and the ILH admins fight so hard to tilt the advantages in their favor. Lots of familys paying their salary. Now I know why the ILH wanted all 3 of their open div schools in the playoffs, cause the paying for it.

  32. Rrforlifebaby September 29, 2018 11:13 pm

    Still got time to right the ship. But all the enthusiasm from early in the season is diminished. Normally, I would say guarantee we win the next 3 games, but after tonight, not so confident. Really strange feeling. The talent is there to make a strong run, but not much faith in the coaches right now. The Trojans did a really good job of exposing every weakness.

    On to the next.

  33. No Can Li’ Dat September 29, 2018 11:19 pm

    STOP ALREADY! All this talk about recruiting, the ILH advantage, transfers, enough. Kahuku got beat badly tonight. It was brutal watching them being dominated by the second best team in the state. Sure key players are out due to injuries, but like one of Kahuku’s previous coach use to say, “Next man up.” However, it looks like this year Kahuku doesn’t have a lot of depth. It was apparent tonight. There was a significant drop in level of play. Offensively Kahuku seems to be trying out different schemes that are unfamiliar to them. Like UH, they got to go back to basics and what they are comfortable with, running & pounding the ball.

  34. No Can Li’ Dat September 29, 2018 11:24 pm

    All you coaches out there dust off your resumés because there’s going to be a Head Coaching job opening at Kahuku after the season, again.

  35. Tokotoko September 29, 2018 11:28 pm

    Hats off to Mililani, they came to play. Their offense controlled the tempo, and was very meticulous in their execution. Gabriel is undoubtedly the best QB in the state. I hoped Kahuku would run ball more, but after being down early, they probably figured they’d have to air it out. Why don’t they use their Tight End, doesn’t he have an offer from BYU? How is that possible? Is BYU recruiting him as a punter?

  36. Wainakea September 30, 2018 12:03 am

    People who are complaining about ILH while they lost to Mililani is hilarious.
    Kahuku is getting too complex for its own good. It always thrived on a dominant run game, which is a double-edged sword. Carvalho probably wants to balance the offense because he thinks that’s the only way to beat St. Louis at the moment, but Kahuku doesn’t have Maiava anymore. If he seriously wants to change tradition he’s gonna see a bunch of losses before it actually becomes feasible, but I doubt the community will let that go.

  37. to good times September 30, 2018 1:46 am

    Hey Anywaaays do you think the OIA agenda was behind not moving the game to Aloha Stadium?

    Coach Sterling….Stay the course!

  38. 88 September 30, 2018 6:31 am

    Notes = anywaaays

  39. Mililani hammer September 30, 2018 7:16 am

    Kahuku fans,no pilikia!! There’s 3 oia spots to the ship, you’ll definitely be there. A lot of key players were out due to injuries, let your kids heal folks! They still got alot of hammers on this redraider squad.
    Congratulations Trojans!! Keep on the grind and you’ll get there!! Go Trojans!!

  40. Jimmy H September 30, 2018 8:06 am

    Red Raiders…bring back the triple option, control the clock, and pound the ball all night with the once every 20 plays bomb down field. Many people dogged on Reggie as the HC, but he knew if Kahuku stuck to the basics they’d win. It was never sexy, but it was successful. You are not beating STL or Millz in a shootout so make it a dogfight.

  41. Rrforlifebaby September 30, 2018 9:08 am

    @ Miililani Hammer. Congrats. As a football fan, you guys played incredible last night.

    @ Jimmy H, lol, I don’t know about throwing every 20 times, but under Livai with Funaki running the O, we had really good times passing and running. We have the tools on O to do the same this year. D needs alot of tweaking. Somebody on D needs to step up and take control.

    Back at work boys. Win or lose, we got your back! RRFL!

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