Mililani/Kapolei destroys record books

Mililani's McKenzie Milton and Vavae Malepeai played big parts in Saturday's record-breaking game. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Mililani’s McKenzie Milton and Vavae Malepeai played big parts in Saturday’s record-breaking game. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

A day later and it’s still hard to process the show that both Mililani and Kapolei put on Saturday night at John Kauinana Stadium.

Mililani QB McKenzie Milton was so good that he even had Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez calling him the best quarterback he’s ever seen.

Offensive records dropped like crazy so let’s take a closer look at just exactly what transpired.

>> Milton threw for 515 yards to become the fourth quarterback on Oahu to top 500 yards passing in a game. He broke his own school record set in the state final last year against Mililani (421 yards) and tied Pac-Five’s Kainoa Ferreira for second all-time, trailing only the 574 yards thrown by Moanalua’s Kawika Keama-Jacobe last year against Farrington.

>> Mililani senior receiver Kalakaua Timoteo set the Trojans’ single-game receiving mark with 193 yards on 10 receptions, sliding by Kris Andrews in 1998 and Deshawn Duncan-Benson in 2011 who had shared the high of 189 yards. Timoteo now has three of the seven best single-game marks ever at Mililani.

>> Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who is only a freshman, obliterated the Kapolei single-game passing mark of 291 yards by Brad Padayao that had stood for 10 years. Tagovailoa was 33-for-60 for 394 yards and three touchdowns, passing Padayao’s mark by more than 100 yards. Tagovailoa has clearly won the starting QB job over Campbell transfer Ezra Savea, who is now working as a receiver and caught one of Tagovailoa’s touchdown passes.

>> Kapolei running back L.J. Esperas is the new single-game receiving record holder at Kapolei, becoming the first Hurricanes player to top 200 receiving yards in a game. Esperas finished with 221 yards on 11 catches to pass Naliko Kea‘s record of 158 yards set last season. Kapolei has had a receiver top 130 yards in a game only twice in its 13-year existence. Expect that to change. Esperas’ total was also good enough to place him 10th all-time in OIA games.

In other games on Saturday night…

>> Saint Louis junior Tua Tagovailoa, the older brother of Kapolei’s Taulia, threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another in a 43-16 win over Liberty High from Nevada. Tagovailoa’s passing yards were the sixth-most in a game at Saint Louis and 5 yards less than his career high set last year against Kamehameha.

>> Farrington QB Bishop Rapoza, who has won that job after splitting time with two other players, became just the fourth different Govs player to top 300 yards passing in a game. Rapoza was 21-for-33 for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Only Elijah Filifili has thrown for more yards in a game at Farrington.

>> Govs receiver Kingston Moses-Sanchez had 10 catches for 177 yards and a touchdown against Na Menehune. His 177 yards are tied for fourth-most in a game at Farrington.

>> Moanalua QB Alakai Yuen become the fourth Na Menehune QB to top 300 yards passing in a game before going down with an injury late against the Govs. Yuen was 21-for-35 for 345 yards and five touchdowns, ranking sixth on Moanalua’s single-game list.

>> Kailua QB Noah Auld threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-21 win over Aiea. Auld’s total was the highest at Kailua in 13 years and only two Surfriders have thrown for more yards (Taleki Mailau and Ranson Kepa).

Of the four games on Oahu on Saturday night involving Division I teams, there were six quarterbacks to top 300 yards passing and 11 receivers to go over 100 yards receiving.


  1. st. anthony trojan August 30, 2015 12:44 pm

    These QB’s n coaches got it all wrong…it is run…run…pass punt…sO no more
    records to break…

    Take the advive of the “guru” up at UH…

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