For the first time in almost two full years, Mililani takes the field tonight coming off a loss to a team from Hawaii.
The Trojans had a 22-game winning streak against Hawaii teams end in a 20-7 loss to Kahuku last week in the OIA title game. Freshman QB Dillon Gabriel was lost with a broken collarbone and the Trojans have called up freshman Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi, who coach Rod York said will start tonight.
However, reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser all-state offensive player of the year McKenzie Milton is out on the field warming up. Milton hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder Sept. 26 against Kailua. He hasn’t played in Mililani’s last four games.
The Trojans are the defending state champions and take on a hungry Hilo team that gave Kahuku all it could handle in the state tournament last season.
Kickoff is set for 7:40 p.m.
No BIIF team has ever won a state tournament game at Aloha Stadium. Hawaii Prep beat Waipahu at Radford in 2004 and won at Moanalua in 2009.
Here is Milton with a quick warm-up throw courtesy of Paul Honda.
Hilo: Pono Landford, Dallas Mata, David Pakele, Cody Raymond
Mililani: McKenzie Milton
Trojans win the toss and will receive.
Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi with the start and throws complete to Rico Sallas for a loss of 2 yards. RB Vavae Malepeai, who is 268 yards shy of Joe Igber‘s all-time career rushing mark, picks up 10 on his first carry. Malepeai picks up seven on third down for a first down. Third-and-1 and Kuboyama-Hayashi throws to Sallas, who is stopped for a loss of 2 yards. Fourth-and-2 and Mililani goes for it. Malepeai lines up at QB and runs for 4 yards and a first down. Malepeai again for a yard. Malepeai now rumbles for 40 yards but is caught from behind by a defender and fumbles. Hilo recovers. DB Ka’aina Lewis caught Malepeai and forced the fumble and LB Rylen Kaniaupio recovers on the Hilo 12.
After a nice pass out to the 31, Kalei Tolentino-Perry runs for 8 yards to make it third-and-2. Hilo moves early. 12-yard pass from Ka’ale Tiogangco to Ke’aho Kaawa-Wilson is enough for a first down. Hilo doing a nice job mixing pass and run on this opening drive. Tiogangco fakes the handoff and keeps for 13 yards and a first down inside the Trojans 40. Third-and-11 and Tiogangco has an open receiver but great closing speed by Tielu Mamea to make the hit and break up the pass to force a punt. After a Mililani timeout, Vikings with a great punt down to the 2.
Milton comes out to start the second drive on offense for the Trojans. Vikings jump offsides. His first pass goes to Makana Tauai for 8 yards. Milton to Bryson Ventura for 11 yards and a first down after a false start. Malepeai runs for 9 to the 30 for a first down. Pass to Sallas who makes two guys miss and there he goes. 47 yards on the play. Timeout Hilo. Back to action and Milton goes short to Kalakaua Timoteo, who has his first catch for 12 yards to the 11. Milton throws low to the far side of the field. First incomplete pass for Milton. Short pass to Timoteo who just outmuscles the defenders and gets into the end zone. Touchdown Trojans. 7-0, 3:10, Q1.
Milton on that drive becomes the fourth QB from an Oahu school to surpass 7,000 career passing yards, moving past Punahou’s Larry Tuileta for fourth on the all-time list.
37-yard return by Kahale Huddleston but an illegal block is called. Hilo will start on its 20. Mamea has a ball thrown right to him but can’t make the interception. Third down pass to Ka’onohi’okala Boteiho who tries to stretch for the first down but instead he fumbles. Dustin Gapusan on the recovery.
Milton with an 18-yard completion to Makana Tauai to the 19. Handoff to Malepeai who bounces outside and is in. A 19-yard TD run for his 69th career rushing TD. 14-0, 1:44, Q1.
Rain coming down at Aloha Stadium as Hilo starts on its 19. Tiogangco’s first pass is intercepted by sophomore AJ Burris.
Trojans ball on the 21. Encroachment moves the ball to the 16. Malepeai runs for 14 yards to the 2. Milton throws it for Timoteo and the throw is incomplete (high). Milton takes his first real shot on a hit by DE Malu Lapilio. Malepeai takes it on the next one for a 2-yard TD run. Career rushing TD No. 70. 21-0, 1:09, Q1.
Pono Landford with a nice 9-yard run but it comes after a 5-yard loss. Third-and-6 to start the second quarter.
Short pass to Lucas Kuipers for a first down as he just gets past the tackle of Mamea for a first down. Tioganco scrambles for 2 yards. Landford now with 12 yards straight up the middle. Hilo will have to punt though as DL Kingston Maae comes up with a sack on third down.
Mililani starts with a reverse to Tauai for 5 yards. Milton with his first deep pass down the middle and it hangs up and is intercepted by Dallas Mata. Vikings ball at their 42.
Impressive running by Isaac Lerma as the Vikings have it inside the Trojans 35. 9-yard run there. Tiogangco with a nice run to make it third-and-short but a holding call on Hilo backs the Vikings up. Third-and-17 at the 39. Hilo makes it worse with a delay of game. Lerma picks up 3 yards and Hilo will punt.
9-yard punt and Mililani will have it at the 32. A 13-yard pass from Milton to Timoteo. Trojans keep it up-tempo as Milton hits Tauai for a short pass and run after scrambling out of a sack. Easy throw for Milton to Ventura but Milton launches it high. Incomplete. Still some rust for Milton there but that’s why it’s important to get him some playing time in this game. He hits Timoteo for 13 yards to the 10. First-and-goal. Pass out to Tauai who bowls over the defender and into the end zone for a 10-yard TD. Second TD pass for Milton.
Kaimana Padello makes his presence felt with his first sack of the game on third down and Hilo goes three-and-out.
Mililani takes over on the 41. Malepeai is stopped for a 2-yard loss as he’s gang-tackled by the Vikings defense and whistles sound as Malepeai is down on the field. Malepeai comes off the field but it looks like it’s his right shoulder bugging him. Kuboyama-Hayashi in at QB now. Why risk it if you’re Mililani? Timeout Trojans. Third down and great play call by Mililani as the screen pass goes to Tauai for a 43-yard TD. First career TD pass for Kuboyama-Hayashi. Extra point is no good. 34-0, 2:08, Q2.
Hilo tries a screen pass on third down but nobody is there. Vikings will have to punt with 1:26 remaining.
Tauai picks up the punt off the bounces and runs for 19 yards to the Hilo 36. 1:12 remaining. Timoteo gets 12 on the pass from Kuboyana-Hayashi. Another pass to Timoteo for 9 yards as Hilo plays soft coverage on the outside. Second-and-1 at the 15. Same play again as Timoteo gets 7 yards to the 8. Tauai runs for no gain with Malepeai on the bench with his shoulder pads off. Tauai runs down to the 4. Third-and-goal at the 4 as the clock runs down. Kuboyama-Hayashi finds Bryson Ventura on the slant for a 4-yard TD pass. 41-0, :04, Q2.
Milton 11-15, 170 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT.
Kuboyama-Hayashi 7-8, 76 yards, 2 TD.
Malepeai 12 carries, 127 yards, 2 TD.
Kalakaua Timoteo, 7 catches, 77 yards, TD.
Makana Tauai 5 catches, 96 yards, TD.
Tiogangco 7-18, 74 yards, INT.
Pono Landford 6 carries, 20 yards.
Second half will kick around 9:10 p.m.
Also of note in first half. Mililani’s Vavae Malepeai, who we’re told suffered a shoulder stinger but is OK, passed Kahuku’s Aofaga Wily for second on the all-time rushing list. He has 4,291 yards at halftime and trails Joe Igber by 137 yards.
Hilo runs twice with Landford then hits a big pass for 27 yards to the 50. David Pakele in on offense to run the ball. No gain. Mililani’s Lomani Vili with a sack to force a punt.
Sallas with an 87-yard punt return for TD that is going to be called back. Heckuva return though. Milton in at QB and Fabian Johnson-Slay at RB. First pass is incomplete but then Timoteo gets 10. Almost shocked to see Milton in the game. 14-yard completion to Tauai. Quick pass to Ventura out to the right and Ventura cuts back inside, breaks a tackle, runs through another and he’s off to the races. 69-yard TD pass from Milton to Ventura makes it 48-0, 6:15, Q3.
Career touchdown pass No. 80 for Milton.
Hilo still fighting as Joe Pagan gets it across midfield with a 12-yard reception. Tiogangco runs for 6 yards to the 36. Boteilho now with a 14-yard reception to the 22. Down to the 11 after a pass interference on Mililani and Tiogangco with great touch on the fade pass to Ke’aho Kaawa-Wilson for an 11-yard TD and Hilo is on the board with 1:28 left in the third quarter. Two-point conversion is no good.
Mililani playing like Kahuku on this drive, putting a back at QB and then running out of a big set. Third quarter ends with Mililani first-and-10 on the Hilo 45.
Nicholas Culp getting his turn to run out of the jumbo set and he takes a couple of big hits. Hilo whistled for a personal foul and then Culp runs for 21 yards. First-and-goal at the 5. Culp 5-yard TD run. 55-6, 11:09, Q4.
Mililani’s 55 points are the fifth-highest total in a state tournament game (Saint Louis 63, Kaiser 59, Kahuku 57, Saint Louis 56).
Tiogangco throws his second TD pass of the game — 26 yards to Lerma — to make it 55-12 with 6:09 remaining.
Mililani continues to run it out of the same formation and Fabian Johnson-Slay scores on a 29-yard run to give the Trojans 62 points.
Tiogangco adds a 75-yard TD run for the Vikings on a broken play. Showed some speed late in the game despite playing a ton. Two-point conversion is no good.
There have been only three higher-scoring games in state tournament history. Mililani 53, Punahou 45 in 2014 D-I final. Waianae 48, Mililani 41 in 2010 D-I semifinals. ‘Iolani 41, Kaimuki 40 in D-II first round in 2006.
Mililani 62, Hilo 18
At Aloha Stadium
Hilo (7-5) 0 0 6 12 — 18
Mililani (10-2) 21 20 7 14 — 62
Mil—Kalakaua Timoteo 12 pass from McKenzie Milton (Isaiah Kuloloia kick)
Mil—Vavae Malepeai 19 run (Kuloloia kick)
Mil—Malepeai 2 run (Kuloloia kick)
Mil—Makana Tauai 10 pass from Milton (Kuloloia kick)
MI—Tauai 43 pass from Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi (kick failed)
Mil—Bryson Ventura 5 pass from Kuboyama-Hayashi (Kuloloia kick)
Mil—Ventura 69 pass from Milton (Kuloloia kick)
Hilo—Ke’aho Kaawa-Wilson 11 pass from Ka’ale Tiogangco (pass failed)
Mil—Nicholas Culp 5 run (Kuloloia kick)
Hilo—Isaac Lerma 26 pass from Tiogangco (pass failed)
Mil—Fabian Johnson-Slay 29 run (Kuloloia kick)
Hilo—Tiogangco 75 run (pass failed)
RUSHING—Hilo: Tiogangco 11-111, Pono Landford 8-26, Lerma 7-25, Kalei Tolentino-Perry 1-8 Kore Ohumukini 2-4, Malu Lapiliio 1-0, Kahale Huddleston 1-(-5). Mililani: Malepeai 12-127, Tauai 5-21, Culp 10-61, Johnson-Slay 1-29.
PASSING—Hilo: Tiogangco 14-30-1-182. Mililani: Milton 14-19-1-262, Kuboyama-Hayashi 7-8-0-76.
RECEIVING—Hilo: Lucas Kuipers 2-26, Tolentino-Perry 2-17, Ka’onohi’okala Boteilho 2-28, Kaawa-Wilson 2-23, Lapiliio 1-27, Lerma 1-26, Josiah Factora 1-12, Joe Pagan, 1-12, Ikaika Kamahele 1-6, Huddleston 1-5. Mililani: Timoteo 8-87, Tauai 6-109, Ventura 3-85, Rico Sallas 4-57.