It was rush week for Mililani offense

Mililani running back Kailiohu Kila got  past Castle defensive back Paul Tyquiengco during the Trojans' 42-0 win Friday night. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Mililani running back Kailiohu Kila got past Castle defensive back Paul Tyquiengco during the Trojans’ 42-0 win Friday night. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Can run. Can pass.

It won’t be easy for opponents to stop Mililani this season, even without the three departed superstars that fired up the offense for three seasons in a row.

The sixth-ranked Trojans rushed (yes, you read that correctly … rushed) for 335 yards in a 42-0 home rout of previously unbeaten Castle. But, what’s more, sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel was highly effective, completing 14 of 20 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

Gabriel released his passes quickly and he was on target on the short, medium and long throws. He nimbly moved around in the pocket, making it difficult for the Knights to get a clean hit in. The Castle defense sacked him just once (by Darrien Fauolo), and even then he almost escaped.

But passing, though impressive, was not what made people’s heads turn. It was running backs Jalen Olomua and Kaliohu Kila who did that. Both went over 100 yards and both benefitted from the solid play of the offensive line, which is anchored by senior Noah Williams and junior Scottie Agasiva.

“We don’t go unless the O-line goes,” Trojans head coach Rod York said.

Defensively, Mililani pitched the shutout, getting some big plays from Mykah Tuiolemotu (fumble recovery) and Xayvion Kenion (interception). Keawe Fox, Joshua Banks, Darius Muasau and Jacob McLaughlin all recorded a sack, and Tasi Malepeai and Olomua (a linebacker on defense) each had a tackle for loss.

A junior defensive lineman, Malepeai is the brother of Hawaii’s all-time leading rusher Vavae Malepeai, who is a 2016 Mililani graduate now playing for USC.

Overall, the Mililani defense held Castle to 100 yards from scrimmage.

Olomua, who rushed for 126 yards on six carries and a touchdown, talked about his transfer from Kahuku, where he played two seasons ago, and about where the Trojans (2-0, 2-0 Oahu Interscholastic Association Red) are at this early stage of the season.

“At first, I missed (Kahuku), but as the days went along, we just bonded,” he said. “I did it to stay home with grandpa, who lives in Mililani. He wanted me closer, so I just moved in with him.

“All we have to do is improve from today, always getting better. It all shows in the games if we work or not. Practice makes better.”

Asked if York felt the Trojans were clicking, Olomua said, “He’s happy, but he said we can do better, and I believe it. If we did way better than today, then he would have been the happiest man on Earth.”

Castle (2-1, 1-1) had trouble getting the ball to playmaker Jeremy McGoldrick, a senior receiver. He finished with minus-2 yards rushing and three catches for 35 yards.

Also, Knights starting quarterback Jaylen Uyemura-Lee missed some time with minor injuries, giving way to backup Makana Smith.

“Jaylen got dinged up and came back into the game,” Castle head coach Nelson Maeda said. “I was surprised he came back in because the (assistant) coach wanted to hold him out. He has some bruises and I know he’ll be back next week.

“We couldn’t quite get him (McGoldrick) the ball like we would have liked to.”


  1. Alpha August 21, 2016 5:34 am

    Tasi Male peak IS NOT VAVAE’S BROTHER…… CMON MAN!!!!! (1st cousins)….

  2. Aku Bird August 21, 2016 10:07 am

    Thats a big accusation, cheerleaders & benefits. Wow!
    Once again Kahuku, Waianae & Mililani looking like top dogs…

  3. Jeezy33 August 21, 2016 6:32 pm

    What I said was the truth, Aku Bird. Anyone who is familiar with these programs and college football the way I am (you can check me out on the warrior beat blog) knows that what I said is the truth. In fact, the biggest proof is that my comment was deleted. Who are you trying to protect, Hawaii Prep World??

  4. Outlaw Jose-y August 22, 2016 2:38 am

    Good win Trojans! What did Jeezy 33 say? Something about recruiting, I bet? Anyway, in life it all works out, Trojans should enjoy the ride now, because it will end someday. Too bad Castle couldn’t start QB Smith, but maybe they meet in OIA playoffs.

  5. Alpha August 22, 2016 6:10 am

    @outlaw jose-y….. Jeezy33 is accusing certain ilh and oia schools of prostitution. Pimpin out their cheerleaders to bring football talent, making claims he has a “source”. IMO that comment was thee most ignorant in the history of this website and there have been alot. I read the comment, also @jeezy asking HPW who they trying to protect, while he doing his own protection by not naming his “source”.

  6. The Red Sea August 22, 2016 7:54 am

    One thing about Nelson Maeda. He coaches with class and pride. ALL of his players are from Kaneohe. KANEOHE PRIDE. Country style.

  7. TooMeke August 22, 2016 1:20 pm



    Castle. Nuff said.


  8. TGOD August 23, 2016 4:48 pm

    Mililani’s young squad will be tested this week against Farrington. The winner goes 3-0 early in the season. Can’t wait, gonna be a good one.

  9. Chloropicrin August 23, 2016 6:49 pm

    Wow, prostitution and pimpin? Lol. I heard Yorks kids takes his driving classes..

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