Mililani had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the OIA Open Division tournament and had its homecoming Saturday against Kapolei.
The Hurricanes aren’t going to the playoffs, but viewed their season finale as a “bowl game.”
The factors might have led to a closer game than expected.
Mililani scored all its points in the second half in a 21-0 victory to clinch a third consecutive undefeated OIA regular season.
On the first drive of the second half, the Trojans scored on a 33-yard pass from Brendyn Agbayani to Kanoa Gibson on a fourth-and-5.
In the fourth quarter, Malosi Sam scored on an 11-yard run and a 9-yard pass from Agbayani to Raysen Motoyama, who made a diving catch in the end zone, put the final touches on a win.
“We just had to refocus,” said Mililani coach Rod York. “The first half, every time we got a drive going, we killed ourselves with the holding penalties. I question that. I question those holding penalties. In the second half, we ran the ball and we caught the ball.”
The Trojans (7-2, 5-0) had clinched the No. 1 seed in the OIA Open playoffs prior to the game and were playing their home finale. Mililani concludes the regular season next week against Punahou, which held off Kahuku 21-13 on Saturday night.
“It’s homecoming. It’s probably my fault. We were too into the homecoming and not into the execution of the game,” York said.
Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez was very happy with his team’s performance.
“I’m so proud of them because we’re not going to the playoffs, so this is like our bowl game,” he said. “I told the boys, ‘This is it, let’s do it for the seniors and let’s play as hard as we can.’ ”
The defenses dominated the first half.
Mililani had 49 yards of total offense and Kapolei had minus-28 yards rushing.
Agbayani was 4-for-13 for 34 yards and was plagued by drops before halftime.
“It was really frustrating. We couldn’t catch the ball,” said Agbayani, a junior, who finished 10-for-28 for 145 yards. “I thought we should have done better.”
Despite being on the field a lot, Mililani kept coming up with stops.
“The defense was great,” York said. “The thing is we don’t sustain drives and leave them on the field too long.”
The only threat for the Hurricanes (4-6, 1-4) was De’Zhaun Stribling, who finished with eight catches for 126 yards. Stribling will play in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl.
“We tried to isolate Stribling, but we couldn’t get the ball to him enough,” Hernandez said.