Mules approaching must-win territory

Leilehua's Kona Andres had thrown six touchdowns in three games this year. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser
Leilehua’s Kona Andres had thrown six touchdowns in three games this year. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

Last year Leilehua coach Nolan Tokuda preached the process, saying that if they do the right things the wins will come.

And they did. The Mules started 5-0, finished 6-2 and lost those two games by a touchdown or less.

Tokuda hasn’t changed his stance this year, but the results are certainly different.


The Mules visit Castle on Friday saddled with an 0-3 record and none of the final scores were close.

Historically, Castle should be just what the doctor ordered. The Knights have not beaten the Mules since 2001, a span of five games, and Castle coach Nelson Maeda has never beaten Tokuda.


But Maeda has never taken on Gang Green with as explosive a receiver as Jeremy McGoldrick, who has caught more touchdowns (8) than Leilehua has scored this year.


The Mules have not given up a 100-yard receiver yet this year despite their defensive shortcomings, and will try to keep the Knight to his 93 yard-per game average.

Notes: The Knights have never had a rusher gain more than 97 yards against the Mules, Alvis Satele came the closest with 98 in 1980 … Nate Green is the last Castle receiver to go over 100 yards against Leilehua, gaining 102 in 1999 … The only Castle quarterbacks to beat Leilehua were Joel Botelho in 2001 and Alika Kekoaanui in 1989 … The Mules have not had a rusher go over 100 yards against Castle since John West rumbled for 193 in 1996 … Jason Shannon was the last Mule to go over 100 yards against the Knights, getting 136 in 1999.

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