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.
The putting the 1st string defence n the last minute to preserve a shut out by York, was kinda pilau. Is this what HS football coming to? Like another poster said, the defense was recruited in. The 2nd string was actually last year’s starters. For shame.
What’s pilau about Mililani putting there first string in? You can’t blame them because all of the teams they played against can’t get to the goal line and when they do what’s a better time to practice their red zone defense. I think this is brilliant by the coaching staff and it’s not about blowing teams out and ranking and by the way they rank #20 in the nation now they just preparing themselves for teams like Bosco, St. Louis and Ponahou which they play towards the end of the season. Practice makes perfect and what a better way to get ready for stack teams like them.
94….”what a better way to prepare for stack them like them”? Aahhh, Mililani is a recruited stack team. You were speaking of them?
@sam siti- There were 2nd and 3rds mixed in with some starters! When you become mililani coach next year you can make all the changes you like, but for now sit down and enjoy the game!! Smh!
They don’t recruit kids like what you think. Kids just like to play for the Coach. I am sure parents have a big say in this. You can’t hate on Mililani football program and it shows in the past years. So you can’t hate on them. If you say majority of the team is from Mililani then I guess so you can say they are stack with local kids from the area.
I can say maybe 25 players from out of district? Would that be close? If you maybe 94 grad then maybe Millhouse was coach? I like ask, how come many players left? To Moanalua,Aiea etc? The reason get choke recruit is a Mililani player bought suit against the DOE about district exemption. He won. But surrounding schools lost..
@Mililani hammer. When Kam was at the 3 yardline, with a minute left, York put in,DeBlake and Hoohuli from Saint Louis, Seamalu from Kapolei,Amina from Bishop Gorman, Kim from Moanalua. Those are the teams they played for last year. Why? There was no threat of a lost. Even Cal doesn’t do that. Well come saturday, I hope John Bosco”s coach is pono. Next year Yorks going draft dbs.
I don’t know where you trying to get at and I don’t see no point in what you trying say. All I see is haters hating and if this is the case just keep talking because it’s going no where. I don’t know what happen and why kids transferring in and out of Mililani. All I see is kids just playing there heart out. Mililani is a good team….
No I never grad 94.
Good job MillVill. Good win and go rep for the OIA. RR4L
What’s wrong with trying to preserve the goose egg. That’s what football is. Do your best to keep opponent out of end zone.
Go get’um this week Trojans!! Shock the nation!! Represent Hawaii! #RR4L