GAME NIGHT 9/5: Kapolei/Mililani

Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai rushed for 156 yards as a sophomore in a 2013 win over Kapolei. Photo by Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai rushed for 156 yards as a sophomore in a 2013 win over Kapolei. Photo by Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Monday night football hits the 808 state for the second time in as many years. Last year, it was lightning that forced two games to be postponed to a Monday. This year, the threat of Hurricane Lester has given us three Monday night games on the slate.

No. 4 Mililani (3-0, 3-0 OIA Red) puts itself in the drivers seat in the OIA Red with a victory over No. 8 Kapolei (2-1, 3-1). The Hurricanes have scored at least 38 points in their three wins this season but were held to 14 in the one loss.

History: Mililani leads the all-time series 10-2 and has won the last six meetings by at least 27 points. McKenzie Milton threw for 515 yards in a 67-21 win over the Hurricanes last season.

Live updates of the 6:30 p.m. kickoff at John Kauinana Stadium will follow below:

6:22 p.m. We’re a few minutes away from kickoff at John Kauinana Stadium. Picture-perfect weather. Slight breeze, no rain, no rain clouds, just a classic Waianae Mountain Range backdrop. And, oh, the high-powered offense of Kapolei is here featuring QB Taulia Tagovailoa, coordinated by June Jones.

Word up here, not confirmed, is that Mililani WR Roman Tovi will miss the game due to an eye injury. Arguably the most experienced receiver in the Trojans’ pass-catching corps.

It’s homecoming night for the Trojans, plus a TV game. Plus two teams that won’t hesitate to sling the ball up and down the field. We might be in for a long, fun game.

FINAL: Kapolei 40, Mililani 12.

At John Kauinana Stadium
Kapolei (4-1, 3-1) 14 10 8 8 — 40
Mililani (3-1, 3-1) 0 6 0 6 — 12
KAP—Wyatt Perez 19 pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Beau Meyer kick)
KAP—Perez 35 pass from Tagovailoa (Meyer kick)
MIL—Kailiohu Kila 5 run (run failed)
KAP—Meyer FG 28
KAP—Kalani Segovia 53 interception return (Meyer kick)
KAP—Safety, Mililani fumble out of end zone
KAP—Perez 10 pass from Tagovailoa (kick blocked)
KAP—Jaymin Sarono 8 pass from Tagovailoa (Leighton Rosa pass from Tagovailoa)
MIL—Darius Muasau 1 run (pass failed)
JV—Mililani 35, Kapolei 0.

RUSHING—Kapolei: Josh Kansana 6-23, Leighton Rosa 3-8, Tagovailoa 8-(-17), Dreyden-Steele Kawewehi 2-1, Solomon Suan 2-3. Mililani: Darius Muasau 4-8, Adrian Knight 1-2, Kila 11-112, Jalen Olomua 2-2, Kaine Park 2-4, Dillon Gabriel 2-(-7),

PASSING—Kapolei: Tagovailoa 31-54-0-379, Leonard Lee 0-2-0-0. Mililani: Gabriel 12-25-3-110, Andrew Vallasdares 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING—Kapolei: Jaymin Sarono 12-139, Perez 4-75, Kansana 4-25, Isaiah Ahana 7-75, Kaeo Alvarez-Ranan 3-60, Rosa 1-5. Mililani: Vallasdares 5-35, Noah Domagsac 2-7, Ryan Chang 2-56, Kila 1-3, Roy Ibrao 1-4, Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi 1-5.

That’s it for Tagovailoa, who finishes 31-for-54, 379 yards, four TDs and no picks.


The Trojans drive 68 yards in seven plays. Muasau pounds in from the 1-yard line. PAT pass incomplete. KPO 40, MIL 12, 6:49.


Gabriel picked off for a third time. Deflection by Leonard Lee, interception by Adam Berg near midfield. Tagovailoa still in the game. He finds Sarono, who gets into the end zone for the first time tonight on an 8-yard TD pass. Rosa catches the PAT pass from Tagovailoa. KPO 40, MIL 6, 9:08.

The quarter ends with Mililani on offense, ball at its 43. Tagovailoa is 27-for-47, 345 yards, three TDs, no picks. Mililani has done pretty decent defensively against him, but he is still in control, not forcing anything. Their punter has been a nice weapon, too.

Tagovailoa is 25-for-44, 328 yards, three TDs, no picks as we head near the end of the third.

Trojans trying to fight back, and they have some momentum driving near the red zone, but Gabriel’s pass to the deep post is picked off by Kekoa Kaopuiki and returned to the Kapolei 28.


All this guy does is catch touchdown passes. Perez does it again, beating his man to haul in a 10-yard TD strike from Tagovailoa. KPO 32, MIL 6, 7:34.


Trojan defense again with a stop, but a 71-yard punt by Kapolei pins Mililani at its 4. First down, the snap is low to Gabriel and goes out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Wow. KPO 26, MIL 6, 10:14.

At John Kauinana Stadium
Kapolei 14 10 x x — 24
Mililani 0 6 x x — 6
KAP—Wyatt Perez 19 pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Beau Meyer kick)
KAP—Perez 35 pass from Tagovailoa (Meyer kick)
MIL—Kailiohu Kila 5 run (run failed)
KAP—Meyer FG 28
KAP—Kalani Segovia 53 interception return (Meyer kick)

JV—Mililani 35, Kapolei 0.

Josh Kansana 3-15,
Leighton Rosa 3-8,
Tagovailoa 3-(-6)

Darius Muasau 2-4,
Adrian Knight 1-2,
Kila 6-90,
Jalen Olomua 1-(-1),
Kaine Park 1-4,
Dillon Gabriel 1-(-5),

Tagovailoa 17-32-0-222.

Gabriel 5-12-1-30,
Andrew Vallasdares 0-1-0-0.

Jaymin Sarono 9-100,
Perez 2-54,
Kansana 2-20,
Isaiah Ahana 4-48,

Vallasdares 3-14,
Noah Domagsac 1-7,
Ryan Chang 1-9,

A 45-yard kick return by Dustin Gapusan sets up the Trojans at the Kapolei 40. Gabriel finds Vallasdares wide open for a 25-yard gain and then he spikes the ball with 11 seconds left in the half. Pass interference on a trick play moves the ball to the 8 with 2.1 seconds to go. Time out.

Then another trick play, handoff to Vallasdares, who stops running right and heaves a pass to the left pylon. His pass to just a bit short as Darius Muasau dives for the ball at the goal line. Incomplete and the half ends with the visiting ‘Canes ahead 24-6.


Big stop by the Mililani defense as Kapolei goes for it on fourth down from the 39. However, three plays later, Gabriel overthrows his target and is picked off by Kalani Segovia, who sprints down the left sideline for a 53-yard pick-6. Huge play. KPO 24, MIL 6, :33


The ‘Canes have been deliberate, no hurry-up, even huddling before every snap. On this drive, following Mililani’s first TD, they’re in a groove. Rhythm. They began at their 35 and get to the Mililani 6 before LB Isaiah Longboy sacks Tagovailoa. Two drops later, the ‘Canes settle for a 28-yard field goal by Beau Meyer. KPO 17, MIL 6, 3:47.

Next play, Kapolei recovers a squib kick between the hash marks. First down at the Mililani 35.


Mililani defense getting stingy and forcing a second Kapolei punt. Biggest play from scrimmage so far follows. Kailiohu Kila explodes up the middle, spins by a tackler and sprints down the left sideline for a 62-yard gain to the Kapolei 19. With the help of a defensing holding call, Mililani scores four plays later on a 5-yard run up the middle by Kila. PAT: After a penalty by Kapolei, Mililani decides to go for 2. Power I set, Jalen Olomua stopped short. KPO 14, MIL 6, 7:43.


Kapolei’s third series begins at its 13, or rather, its 28 after a personal foul on Mililani during the punt. That’s 65 penalty yards on the Trojans already. The ‘Canes cover 80 yards in nine plays. Tagovailoa hits a big third-down pass to Jaymin Sarono and later finds Perez on fourth and 2 for a 35-yard TD pass. KPO 14, MIL 0, :30. The quarter ends 14-0.


Mililani’s second series is a little more productive. Dillon Gabriel completes two short passes to Andrew Vallesdares, but then misses on his next three attempts. Good coverage and positioning by the Kapolei defense. There are a lot of mirror images when it comes to these two wide-open offenses.

Another 42-yard punt by Kainalu Wong, Kapolei takes over at its 21. Late hit by the Trojan defense is a gift for Kapolei and Rod York calls time out. He’s wasted no time in calling time outs early in games with this young roster. It usually works.


The Trojans receive the opening kickoff and go three and out. Punt to the Kapolei 43, ball downed. Then the Hurricanes drive 57 yards in eight plays. Tagovailoa is mostly sharp, 3-for-4, 56 yards. He finds Wyatt Perez on a quick slant against zero coverage for a 19-yard TD. KPO 7, MIL 0, 8:54.

Maybe I’m too much of a UH and run-and-shoot nerd, but seeing a June Jones offense LIVE for the first time in ages… it’s making me giddy.

The Kapolei Hurricanes warm up.
The Kapolei Hurricanes warm up.
The Mililani Trojans warm up.
The Mililani Trojans warm up.


  1. Checkyoself September 5, 2016 3:21 pm

    Hurricanes 42-28 Trojans

  2. TGOD September 5, 2016 4:56 pm

    Could go either way in a high scoring game. I’ll give Millz the +1 home field advantage on homecoming night.

    35 – 34 Trojans

  3. anywaaaays!! September 5, 2016 6:29 pm

    in a high scoring no defensive game like this I say the team with the ball last wins.

  4. red x September 5, 2016 7:25 pm

    The two best oia QBs and they both just sophomores!

  5. Insideoutsidein September 5, 2016 7:30 pm

    This looks like an offensive and high scoring game. Olomua solid for Milz. If he stayed with Kahuku, He would probably have less playing time.

  6. anywaaaays!! September 5, 2016 8:16 pm

    uhhhhh…this is looking like its going to be a blow out, and Kapolei was supposed to go to the D1 tourney while Mililani goes to the Open div tourney?

    Maybe we need to make five divisions instead of three.

    Open div – Pun/STL/Kah
    D1 div – Kapolei/Waianae/Kam/Farrington/
    D2 div – Mililani/Leilehua/Campbell/Moanalua/Kailua
    D3 div – Castle/Iolani/Maui league/Bigisland league/Kaiser
    D4 div – Waialua/St.Francis/Damien/Pearl city/Aiea/Kalani

    or maybe make 20 divisions which will assure that everyone gets a trophy?

  7. Alpha September 5, 2016 8:21 pm

    Mililani is lucky Sarono is the only one catching the ball for Kapolei…. Should’ve been out of reach by now…..

  8. Manley September 5, 2016 9:34 pm

    That #10 Olomua is a cheap shot artist. No wonder he didn’t make the Kahuku team. Why does Felipe refer to Halawa as a Mililani neighborhood?

  9. Chloropicrin September 5, 2016 9:42 pm

    Growing / regrouping year for “St. Louis Central Oahu” Trojans. Is Kapolei that good or is it an off night for Mililani? It seems like it’s past Coach Price’s bedtime already.

  10. anywaaaays!! September 5, 2016 9:52 pm

    I think Felipe made it a goal this year to expose all the transfering and “recruiting” going on in the state. At first I was annoyed because I thought he was picking on Kahuku and digging deep for info about where the players were at 3 years ago, where they were born, when they turned 18 etc….But now it seems that he is digging up info on all schools that he does a broadcast for.

    Cant wait till he calls an ILH game.

  11. Chloropicrin September 5, 2016 9:57 pm

    Wonder if Mililani will use Yellow when they play Nanakuli? I noticed they used their “Dark” jersey in their last road game against Castle.

  12. oia#1 September 5, 2016 10:21 pm

    No, felipe is not out for all schools. Just the ones with transfers lol!!

  13. Alpha September 5, 2016 10:43 pm

    If I remember correctly olomua was the starting rb on the jv at Kahuku, Harmon Brown was his backup…. why didn’t Mililani use him on offense this game, he started rb the last 2 games. Kapolei’s D had no care for Mililani’s running game tonite…… If Tagovailoa can get alil more help on the receiving end his numbers would be off the charts….

  14. TooMeke September 6, 2016 4:23 am


    True to form York = crybaby when they lose. Whining about no holding calls against Kapolei. Who needs to hold against a crappy D-line???

    Canes… Everybody looks good until they play Big Red. Go ask Waianae.


  15. 808 RR4L September 6, 2016 5:42 am





  16. RidgeRunnerE-5 September 6, 2016 8:50 am

    The Trojans were getting in some cheap shots and taunting Kapolei the whole night. What’s worse is that coach York didn’t seem to have a problem with it. Looks like Mililani’s newest recruiting class isn’t up to par with the 2014 class.

  17. rrforlifebaby September 6, 2016 10:27 am

    Yup, I saw the cheap shots too. I think only one was called all night. There was one play where Olomua pushed a Kapolei Olineman. The Kapolei player was injured and then got up and wanted to start something.

    Although I’m laughing at Coach York for his comment(on ScoringLive) re the lack of holding calls against the Kapolei Oline, it is rather shocking not that many were called.

  18. anywaaaays!! September 6, 2016 2:33 pm

    Did Felipe tell us the age of the Kapolei QB? or does he only do that to Kahuku players?

  19. Checkyoself September 7, 2016 7:28 am

    Hernandez-Jones and company is beginning to pull it together. What a very exciting offense to watch!!!!!!!
    It’s like watching college ball with this run and shoot.
    Two more years of this from Tagovailoa… Definitely worth the 8 bucks to watch this young super star develope.
    As for York, looks like the Trojans are starting to unravel. There was a lot of laundry on the feild. Mililani could have opened up a laundry mat.
    His hat on backwards and full of frustration is what I got from him. Gabriel has yet to develope and he is still just a sophomore. Keep your head up young qb it could’ve been worse. All those holds could have been sacks and injuries that was prevented by them.
    Mililani needs to settle down get back to playing football instead of cheap shot style play for Hudl Highlights. Reload but using wrong kind of gun powder.
    Will the Trojans improve? Luckily this time no one turned off the light switch…..

  20. oia#1 September 9, 2016 8:09 am

    Anywaaays, stop complaining. Why are you so angry and taking it out on Felipe?! He interviews the kids and they give him info and he broadcasts it. These kids are proud of their age or being transfers, they dont have a problem why should you?

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