Mililani’s last man standing did it all.
While the Trojans suffered key injuries to right tackle Jordan Agasiva and running back Vavae Malepeai, quarterback McKenzie Milton never lost focus of the task at hand.
The junior signal caller broke the Mililani single-game passing record with 421 yards on 29 of 47 passing and threw seven touchdown passes in a 53-45 win over Punahou on Friday night at Aloha Stadium to give the Trojans their first Division I state football championship.
Milton finished with 459 total yards of offense in a game that featured 60 first downs and a ridiculous 1,214 total yards of offense.
Milton had six touchdown passes at the half and capped off an amazing season in which he will almost surely be named the offensive state player of the year.
In leading the Trojans to a perfect 13-0 record, Milton threw for 3,339 yards and 35 touchdowns in 12 games (one win was a forfeit). He is the seventh quarterback to top 3,000 passing yards in a season and he finishes with the fifth-highest total overall, trailing only Timmy Chang (Saint Louis), PJ Minaya (Pac-Five), Andrew Manley (Leilehua) and Jarin Morikawa (Mililani).
Receiver Kalakaua Timoteo had seven catches for 117 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the first player to find the end zone four times in either a Division I state final or Prep Bowl.
Punahou, which had its 19-game winning streak end, got 260 rushing yards from Wayne Taulapapa, falling 11 short of the school record held by Ryan Tuiasoa and 14 of the state tournament record held by Hawaii Prep’s Michael Kopra.
Punahou’s Kanawai Noa had just 18 receiving yards until the fourth quarter, when his 28-yard reception on Punahou’s final drive gave him the state’s career receiving record. Noa finished with five receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown to give him 3,510 for his career, breaking Gerald Welch‘s mark of 3,490. Noa finishes his distinguished career with 172 receptions and 36 touchdowns in 28 games.
Here are the final numbers:
Mililani 53, Punahou 45
At Aloha Stadium
Mililani (13-0) 26 20 7 0 — 53
Punahou (8-1) 7 24 14 0 — 45
Mil—Kalakaua Timoteo 13 pass from McKenzie Milton (Marc Matas kick)
Pun—Kala’i Santos 48 pass from Ephraim Tuliloa (Jet Toner kick)
Mil—Kainoa Wilson 57 pass from Milton (kick blocked)
Mil—Ty Purcell-Apana 83 interception return (Matas kick)
Mil—Timoteo 13 pass from Milton (kick failed)
Pun—Tuliloa 4 run (Toner kick)
Mil—Timoteo 27 pass from Milton (Matas kick)
Pun—Kanawai Noa 6 pass from Ephraim Tuliloa (Toner kick)
Mil—Makana Tauai 36 pass from Milton (run failed)
Pun—Wayne Taulapapa 20 run (Toner kick)
Mil—Wilson 17 pass from Milton (Matas kick)
Pun—FG Toner 53
Pun—Taulapapa 1 run (Toner kick)
MIl—Timoteo 10 pass from Milton (Matas kick)
Pun—Taulapapa 5 run (Toner kick)
First downs 28 32
Rushes-yards 37-163 48-345
Passing yards 421 285
Total yards 584 630
Punts-Avg. 2-33.0 3-31.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 4-2
Sacks by-yards 0-0 1-4
Penalties-yards 11-75 9-68
Possession time 24:12 23:48
RUSHING—Mililani: Malepeai 13-89, Cheyne Constantino 9-41, Milton 13-38, team 2-(minus 5).
Punahou: Taulapapa 36-260, Tuliloa 10-65, Noa 2-20.
PASSING—Mililani: Milton 29-47-1-421. Punahou: Tuliloa 17-33-1-285.
RECEIVING—Mililani: Bryson Ventura 8-77, Timoteo 7-117, Wilson 4-98, Bronson Ramos 4-50, Tauai 2-41, Malepeai 2-26, Joshua Butac 2-12. Punahou: Heisman Hosoda 6-82, Noa 5-61, MIcah Ma’a 3-34, Santos 2-95, Matthew Christman 1-13.