It was the kind of weather that only offensive linemen and running backs really love.
For Jasiah Alcover, the move from linebacker to running back endures through any obstacle. No. 2 Mililani (6-0, 4-0) took its ground-and-pound approach to a season-high 45 rushing attempts on Saturday night in a 34-0 win over No. 9 Kamehameha (1-4, 0-4). Alcover rushed for a game-high 124 yards on 18 carries, tag-teaming with Malosi Sam (19 attempts, 88 yards, two TDs).
“This is my first year playing running back. I used to play linebacker and safety,” said Alcover, better known as Kena by teammates.
“I feel great. Me and Kena better each other,” Sam said of the rotation.
“It keeps us fresh,” Alcover added.
The offensive line of Mililani pounded away for a tough 171 rushing yards, not necessarily because of the deluge of showers before and during the game.
“We didn’t know it was going to rain, but I think Coach (Rod York) called it because they ran a 4-1 box,” left guard Sergio Muasau said. “So then, it’s going to be five on five all the time, it’s always going to be open.”
Muasau was delighted earlier in the week when he was invited to play in the Polynesian Bowl.
“I was very excited. I know lot of the coaches watch that game. I’ll play with the best kids in the country. I’m just happy about that,” said Muasau, a 6-foot, 315-pound left guard.
The Trojans came into the game averaging a shade over 30 rushing attempts per game. On Saturday, following a heavy deluge before the opening kickoff, the Trojans ran the ball 23 times in the first half alone. Trojan rushers did not lose a fumble.
“I love it when we run the ball a lot. The line, they do all the work for us. It’s like a broken A/C, you notice it when it’s not working,” said Sam, who had a 43-carry game earlier in the season before injuring his ankle.
Coach York seemed quite content to gash the Warrior front seven bit by bit, chewing off considerable chunks of time.
“By second quarter, I already knew we could take them,” Muasau said.