Trojans take the opening kickoff, return it 27 yards to the 40, and then drive 60 yards in four plays. Kaysen Higa to Bryson Ventura for a 25-yard TD pass (catch and run). MOA penalty on the PAT, half the distance. York sends the offensive unit back on the field. Vavae Malepeai runs in for 2 points. MIL 8, MOA 0, 10:26.
I don’t know who calls the count on PATs for Mililani, but they must have a magic spell because it seems like every week they draw the defense offside and go for 2 after that.
Touchback on the kickoff, then MOA goes three and out. Big pass rush by MIL. Next play from scrimmage, Malepeai picks up a head of steam on the left, 55-yard TD run. MIL 15, MOA 0, 9:06.
Third series for MIL. Higa to Kalakaua Timoteo for a 23-yard TD to cap a five-play, 8-yard drive. MIL 22, MOA 0, 6:22.
Fourth series, MIL goes 80 yards in 12 plays. Malepeai turning the corner every time. Looks as fresh as I’ve seen in a while. He scores on a 5-yard blast. MIL 29, MOA 0, :18.
Na Menehune on the board. Amazing catch and run by Brandon Bender, who broke three tackles on route to an 82-yard TD. MIL 29, MOA 7, 11:41.
MOA defense stiffens and MIL turnover on downs in series 5. But in series 6, 15 plays and 79 yards to paydirt. Malepeai left, middle and right. He scores on a 1-yard push by his O-line. MIL 36, MOA 7, 3:24.
What a play. Alaka‘i Yuen escapes the pass rush, heaves up a long spiral that is deflected by a Mililani DB and falls into the hands of Michael Feliciano, who goes the rest of the way for a 54-yard TD. MIL 36, MOA 14, 2:07.
Dillon Gabriel is in a groove off the bench, and he’s been in for the past few series. Interesting. He’s just up from the JV, but I thought Higa would play at least a half. Gabriel has nice command and can throw the ball deep pretty well for a young QB.
Malepeai scores his fourth TD, a 17-yard power surge up the middle, dragging tacklers, stiff-arming smaller defenders and bigger ones. MIL 43, MOA 14, :40.
Malepeai has 193 rushing yards on 23 carries to go with the four TDs. Wondering if he’ll play in the second half.
MOA driving nicely out of a Power I set. Feliciano has a nice pickup on a fly sweep, then gets tripped by one of his linemen and is down for a minute.
There he goes. After MOA punts, MIL’s first play from scrimmage on the next series is an 89-yard TD jaunt by Malepeai, shredding tacklers at the point of contact. MIL 50, MOA 14, 7:04.
Malepeai now has 282 rushing yards on 24 carries. I believe that’s a career high for No. 19, as are the five TDs. Is he pau for the night?
Next series, a new RB is on the field and Malepeai is done.
Mililani has reserves on defense and MOA takes advantage. Eight plays, 60 yards and Yuen scrambles for a 10-yard TD. Yuen to Feliciano on the 2-point pass. Feliciano playing all over, RB, slot, making plays all night. MIL 50, MOA 22, 8:32.
Kuloloia boots a 31-yard FG. MIL 53, MOA 22, 7:10.
Gabriel with a TD pass to Tommy Factora. MIL 60, MOA 22, 6:42.
Feliciano scores on a 1-yard run. MIL 60, MOA 28, 3:43.
Kaimi Kinni with a 7-yard TD pass from Yuen. They connect on the 2-point conversion. MIL 60, MOA 36, :03.
Beautiful afternoon at Moanalua. It’s been sunny and breezy all day with fairly low humidity (65 percent). Temperature is 84 degrees as of 5:10 p.m. with no rain clouds visible.
Moanalua coach Jason Cauley and some of his staff did a nice job of painting fuscia pink paint on the midfield logo, the 50-yard line and the 20-yard lines in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Mililani comes into the game at the top of the OIA Blue standings 6-0 mark (6-1 overall). This will be sophomore QB Kaysen Higa’s first start. He looked great last week in a 45-21 win at Kailua after a difficult stretch when McKenzie Milton got hurt.
The Trojans have potent offensive weapons in RB Vavae Malepeai and WR Kalakaua Timoteo. Malepeai’s role will draw more attention than usual with Milton out 3-5 weeks (shoulder). Timoteo is back after missing last week’s game with an ankle injury. Bryson Ventura was outstanding as Higa’s favorite receiver last week.
Moanalua’s Alaka‘i Yuen is healthy and ready to load up from the pocket. With two pass-heavy offenses, this could be a long game, somewhere in the 3-hour to 3 1/2 hour range. Michael Feliciano is a huge weapon for Na Menehune, but he was dinged up with injuries from the start as defenses focus on the versatile RB.
Moanalua is 2-4 in conference play (3-4 overall).
JV game kicks off 5:30 p.m.