D-I STATE SEMIFINAL: Mililani vs. Saint Louis

Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai rushed for 112 of Mililani's 732 total yards it racked up in its last meeting against Saint Louis. Photo by Krystle Marcellus/Star-Advertiser.
Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai rushed for 112 of Mililani’s 732 total yards it racked up in its last meeting against Saint Louis. Photo by Krystle Marcellus/Star-Advertiser.

The matchup: Saint Louis (8-1) vs. Mililani (10-2)
Date: Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Aloha Stadium
Head-to-head: Saint Louis leads 4-1
Last meeting: Mililani 63, Saint Louis 47 (Aug. 16, 2014)
Biggest margin of victory: Saint Louis 47-12 (Nov. 21, 2003) and Saint Louis 55-20 (Aug. 27, 2011)
Smallest margin of victory: Mililani 63, Saint Louis 47 (Aug. 16, 2014)
Passing: Jeremy Higgins, 291 yards (Saint Louis 48-20, Aug. 23, 2008)
Rushing: Kamana Pimental, 175 yards (Saint Louis 55-20, Aug. 27, 2011)
Receiving Desmond Hanohano, 307 yards (Saint Louis 47-12, Nov. 21, 2003)
Passing: McKenzie Milton, 369 yards (Mililani 63-47, Aug. 16, 2014)
Rushing: McKenzie Milton, 204 yards (Mililani 63-47, Aug. 16, 2014)
Receiving: Deshawn Duncan-Benson, 189 yards (Saint Louis 55-20, Aug. 27, 2011)

Saint Louis’ offensive leaders

Updated: Nov. 21, 2015
Tua Tagovailoa10187-298-72,93224
Chevan Cordeiro848-59-05046
Maika Bonner43-4-0210
Tua Tagovailoa107748111
Jahred Silofau8432693
Saitaua Lefau8722453
Jimmy Gonsalves7371794
Dylan Silva8351591
Austin Tuisano719622
Jon Manalo310560
Maika Bonner46170
Chevan Cordeiro82380
Ronson Young10180
Jahvin Spear9170
Isaac Slade-Matautia11350
Ronson Young10394764
Jahvin Spear9394314
Drew Kobayashi10346954
Leelan Oasay7344156
Lanakila Wilson7235103
Saitaua Lefau8162284
Noah Alejado4121850
Chandler Washington-Villanueva691031
Jahred Silofau87920
Joshua Tokunaga47840
Jimmy Gonsalves77770
Tosh Kekahuna35381
Jon Manalo32831
Chris Sykes11180
Dylan Silva7190
Kainalu Reyes-Hackney1180
Austin Tuisano7150

Mililani’s offensive leaders

Updated: Nov. 14, 2015
McKenzie Milton9139-211-72,34430
Kaysen Higa938-85-35367
Dillon Gabriel446-82-14727
Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi217-23-12414
Maka Chun44-6-0430
Bryson Ventura100-1-100
Vavae Malepeai132271,93028
McKenzie Milton9434252
Makana Tauai13141251
Jalen Olomua1015851
Nicholas Culp410611
Fabian Johnson-Slay514571
Dillon Gabriel412522
Deven Ieriko515471
Stanton Lee21130
Rico Sallas112120
Maka Chun46112
Tommy Factora2190
Iain Vaovasa1140
Bryson Ventura10200
Andrew Valladares8100
Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi21-50
Kaysen Higa915-71
Kalakaua Timoteo12701,34522
Rico Sallas11414212
Bryson Ventura103673310
Makana Tauai13364944
Andrew Valladares8172892
Vavae Malepeai13101715
Chad Senas781262
Noah Thomas34150
Noah Domagsac13650
Tommy Factora33491
Nicholas Culp43260
Jarod Alama22180
Takai Villisoni22150
Jacob McLaughlin11200
Roman Tovi11120
Roy Ibrao11110
Kainalu Wong1190
Jordin Villanueva1190
Jalen Olomua10170
Tasi Malepeai1140
Stanton Lee21-10
Fabian Johnson-Slay51-20

It might be the most memorable August high school football game in history.

Mililani was coming off a loss in the state final to Punahou the year before while Saint Louis was welcoming back Cal Lee for his third stint as Crusaders’ head coach. It was the first game for both teams after a potential Hurricane wiped out opening weekend.

Mililani QB McKenzie Milton absolutely thrashed the Crusaders defense to the tune of 369 passing yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 204 yards and three more TDs. Running back Vavae Malepeai rushed for 112 yards and receiver Kalakaua Timoteo caught nine passes for 167 yards and a touchdown as the Trojans put up the most points a Saint Louis team had ever allowed in a 63-47 win.

It was also the first time fans were made aware of a then-sophomore quarterback named Tua Tagovailoa, who played in relief of starter Ryder Kuhns and threw for six touchdowns.

It was the first of 22 consecutive wins against Hawaii teams by the Trojans, who went on to win the 2014 state title. Saint Louis lost in an ILH playoff game to eventual state-runner up Punahou, but is now back in the state tournament for the first time since Marcus Mariota led the Crusaders to the 2010 title.

Friday night’s second semifinal game in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Aloha Stadium has a lot to live up to compared to the previous meeting.

And it just very well might.

Mililani is healthy with Milton back after missing four games with a shoulder injury. Tagovailoa has dealt with a calf issue all season but looked his best since suffering the injury in a winner-take-all ILH clinching win over Punahou. That was three weeks ago and Tagovailoa has had 21 days to rest up even further.

The Trojans are averaging 52.8 points per game, which puts them just ahead of Lee’s 1998 Saint Louis team that averaged 52.7 points a contest for the most in the Prep Bowl/state championship era. Saint Louis is averaging 37.8 points per game but has put up 51 against Kamehameha and 45 against Punahou — two pretty good defenses.

The teams do have one common opponent this season in Liberty High in Nevada. The Patriots came to Hawaii and lost 43-16 to the Crusaders before pounding the Trojans 76-53 a week later at their own place.

Talent wise, the game has players committed to Hawaii (Milton, Timoteo), USC (Saint Louis LB Jordan Iosefa), Oregon (Malepeai), Stanford (Saint Louis OL Nate Herbig) and Cal (Saint Louis WR Drew Kobayashi). That doesn’t include Crusaders juniors Tagovailoa and LB Isaac Slade-Matautia, who are both ranked in Scout.com’s Top 300 overall for the Class of 2017, and others with legitimate D-I offers (Saint Louis DB Luca Vartic, Mililani OL Andru Tovi).

(UPDATE: Iosefa will not play due to suspension)

They started the year holding the top two spots in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. One of them will have to watch the state final from home. The Crusaders and Trojans, powered by two of the best quarterbacks Hawaii has seen in recent memory, meet Friday night in the second D-I semifinal at Aloha Stadium. Is Saint Louis ready to move on and reclaim the throne it held for so long under Lee in the Prep Bowl days? Or does Mililani’s threesome of Milton, Malepeai and Timoteo lead the Trojans back to a third straight appearance in the state final?

Kickoff is 7:50 p.m.


  1. tcaravalho November 12, 2015 1:26 pm

    The winner of this matchup will go on and be crowned the state champion this year. No offense to Waianae and Kahuku, both of which are great teams, but healthy, Mililani and St Louis are the 2 best teams in the state with the 2 best quarterbacks in the state. Looking forward to a great matchup and expecting a shootout much like we saw last August between these two teams and most recently in last years state title between Mililani and Punahou.

  2. Lee Boy November 12, 2015 2:55 pm

    This game will be an epic battle the Crusaders face a healthy Mililani. It will be an awesome game, I will be in the stadium cheering the the Crusaders. Hopefully they will pull it off and beat Kahuku in the finals. Mililani is a totally different team with Milton in the line up. Good luck to both teams. “Be First In all Aspects of the Game”

  3. "UNITY=STRENGHT" November 12, 2015 3:01 pm

    Braddah I think you just set one other chain reaction on this blog like bet we get more then thirty hit or miss or take the over and under I giving ten.:)

  4. Jjjj November 12, 2015 8:41 pm

    Is this game going to be aired live online? Please post a website. Thanks!

  5. Lee Boy November 12, 2015 10:29 pm

    try oc16.tv

  6. Homegrown November 12, 2015 10:41 pm

    Are they the two best teams in the state or two decent teams that rely heavily on stud QB’s? What happens if they both get hurt? Are they still “the best” trams??

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  8. hi808 November 12, 2015 11:44 pm

    Mililani is a one man team behind Milton and can not win if they are playing a top 2 team like Kahuku with out Milton. But against Hilo, Kaiser, Kailua they many weapons and all their players look good.

  9. GoBigRed November 13, 2015 2:17 pm

    Speculation about “if” St Louis or Mililani didn’t have their respective QBs is a moot point at this time. They have them…and opposing defenses have to account for them.

    Excited to watch the matchup! I think the key will be the secondaries… and that advantage goes to St Louis. Still…should be epic!

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