It’s time for the big boys as Punahou’s Canton Kaumatule (6-7, 290, Sr.), who is headed to Oregon in the spring, will face off with Mililani’s Jordan Agasiva (6-3, 290, Sr.), who will stay home and play for Hawaii, in this episode of Trench Warfare.
As always, this is purely for fun. Each series is scored like a boxing round with a 10-point must system.
Hoping the two square off but Kaumatule opens on the other side of Agasiva, the right tackle. Anotnio Ala, the left tackle, gets the job of blocking Kaumatule and does so effectively. Kaumatule forces Milton to scramble and has two chances to try and get him but he can’t touch the elusive Milton. We’ll focus on Ala against Kaumatule on this drive as Ala has gotten some help on double teams but isn’t letting Kaumatule out of his grasp. Second-and-10 at the Punahou 13 after a roughing-the-passer penalty. Ala blocks Kaumatule one-on-one and it’s a Mililani touchdown. 10-9 Mililani.
We’re going to try and focus on both edges and call this more of a Mililani vs. Punahou matchup as long as the two stay on opposite sides of each other. Kaumatule tries to rush outside on Ala but Ala gets help from Malepeai in the backfield as Mililani tries to go deep. Another quick pass as Kaumatule is stuffed by Ala. Third-down rush forces Milton to scramble but Kaumatule continues to get doubled by the running back. Agasiva with the seal block on the other side on a short Malepeai run away from Kaumatule. Agasiva is down on the play. Looks like it’s something with his left leg. Ankle, knee, unsure. He walks off slowly but under his own power for the most part. Kaumatule stays on Ala’s side and Mililani throws a deep TD on the very next play. 10-9 Mililani.
Nick Abramo reports from the Mililani sideline that it’s a left ankle injury for Agasiva, who doesn’t return for the next series. Kaumatule whiffs on a tackle of Malepeai to give up a 9-yard run and then a quick pass goes for a first down. Kaumatule moves inside and is eaten up by a double team by Andru Tovi and Brett d’Amato. Kaumatule is back on the outside now. Touchdown Punahou. Trojans cleaning house every way imaginable. 10-9 Mililani.
Kaumatule lines up inside near the ball and jumps early on the first play. Quick pass outside is dropped. Kaumatule combines with a defender to bring down Milton on a designed run. Three-and-out. 10-9 Kaumatule.
Punahou fumbles the punt and Mililani is back on the field. First pass is way overthrown. Next play is a screen away from Kaumatule and 700 yellow flags fly. Holding on Mililani. Touchdown Mililani. 10-9 Mililani.
Still no Agasiva so we focus on Kaumatule, who gets into a back-and-forth with D’amato. Kaumatule on the inside now and bowls over D’amato but it’s a screen pass to the right. Derrick Fetui-Suapaia comes in from his left guard spot and blocks Kaumatule to allow Malepeai to get the first down. Milton keeper for a few yards as Kaumatule is blown back. Kaumatule isn’t lined up on time as Mililani fires for a first down. Kaumatule starts inside and runs outside on Ala. Maybe thinking Milton would roll out to his left? Second-and-15. Long bomb to a wide-open receiver. Touchdown Mililani. 10-9 Mililani.
Agasiva still out. Kaumatule rushes upfield on Ala and forces Milton back inside where the Buffanblu linebacker can make the tackle. Third-and-5 and Mililani runs away from Kaumatule for a first down. Short gain up the middle as Kaumatule helps jam the Trojans up. Pass is away from Kaumatule who had stood up the blocker had Mililani handed it off. Quick pass outside but Kaumatule with a quick rush and got his hands on Milton, shoving him to the ground just after the throw. Kaumatule is doubled as Milton fires a completion over the middle. 4-yard run as Fetui-Suapaia just run blocked Kaumatule to perfection. Quick pass to the right. Big run from Malepeai on a hole Fetui-Suapaia helped to open with his block of Kaumatule. Punahou’s D-line is getting worked. Timeout Buffanblu with 1:14 remaining in the half. Milton speeds around Kaumatule for the score but it’s called back because of a penalty. Touchdown Mililani. All the time in the world to throw. 10-9 Mililani.
Two plays that go away from Kaumatule’s side to start. A quick pass to the left this time leaves not much going on in the trenches. Kaumatule gets pressure up the middle but Milton is just too good at scrambling. First down. Punahou with the INT in the end zone. Not much there. 10-10.
Kaumatule blocked on a 9-yard run. Kaumatule gets pressure up field but Milton scrambles away. False start Mililani. Pass is quick and away from Kaumatule. Mililani just too fast with it’s tempo. Now they go quick and run right at Kaumatule and he’s not ready as Mililani bowls him over. Mililani RB Vavae Malepeai is hurt on the play and has to be carried off. Kaumatule charges up the field but can’t get near Milton. Another quick pass away and Kaumatule slows up a bit. Walking a little gingerly. Third down. Mililani goes quick away from Kaumatule and is stopped. Fourth-and-1 and Kaumatule goes down. A couple of teammates quickly help him to the sideline. Both guys out now as Mililani converts fourth-and-1. We will just focus on general line play I guess. This is a Trench Warfare first. Punahou blows up a screen pass on second down. Third-and-10. Akahi Troske, who came in for Kaumatule I believe, gets a huge sack but a face-mask penalty moves it to the 11. No pressure and it’s a quick pass over the middle. Tyler Santos, who replaced Agasiva, called for a false start on first-and-goal from the 6. It’s a touchdown anyway. 10-9 Mililani.
Kaumatule back in the game but limping. He gets ahold of Ala and puts him on the ground and then helps force a three-and-out. Big return to the game for him. 10-9 Kaumatule.
Kaumatule on the field giving it all he’s got. Ala doing a good job for Mililani. Kaumatule goes inside and Mililani runs off tackle for a first down. Kaumatule stunts inside and Milton tries to go outside but slips. Second-and-10. Milton has time and throws deep, incomplete. Trojans working together on the ofensive line as Punahou rushed only three. Punahou blitzes and Kaumatule goes up field but Milton scrambles. Fourth-and-3. Buffanblu bunch inside on the d-line and the quick pass is broken up. Mililani ball. 10-9 Mililani.
Some technical difficulties on the site here. Kaumatule has been neutralized on this drive so far. Third-and-3 from the 48 after a Punahou penalty. Trojans get the first down. Kaumatule is really limping around out there and can’t do much of anything, but he’s fighting. Fourth-and-2 at the 12. Punahou gets the stop so have to give the Buffanblu d-line the win 10-9.
Final notes: Mililani takes this one 8-3-1 on the judges’ scorecards but for the first time we had both guys featured get hurt. Agasiva injured his left ankle in the first half and did not return and Kaumatule was hobbled the entire time after hurting what looked like his foot. Mililani controlled the line of scrimmage which was huge because Milton had all day to throw. It allowed him to set a school record with 421 passing yards to give Mililani its first state championship.
PREVIOUS TRENCH WARFARES:
Oct. 4: Farrington’s Breiden Fehoko vs. Campbell’s Boss Tafai
Oct. 23: Mililani’s Rex Manu vs. Campbell’s Amosa brothers
Oct. 23: Campbell’s Josiah Mageo vs. Mililani’s Jordan Agasiva
Oct. 24: Punahou’s Canton Kaumatule vs. Saint Louis’ Fred Ulu-Perry
Oct. 24: Saint Louis’ Tanielu Evaimalo vs. Punahou’s Semisi Uluave
Oct. 31: Mililani’s Andru Tovi vs. Kahuku’s Salanoa-Alo Wily
Oct. 31: Kahuku’s Aleeki Vihimahi vs. Mililani’s Kaimana Padello
Nov. 7: Maui’s Logan Cabrera vs. Farrington’s Tatum Tanuvasa
Nov. 7 Hilo’s Kiliona Pomroy vs. Kahuku’s Siotame Uluave
Nov. 15: Mililani’s Rex Manu vs. Farrington’s Louis Matagi
Nov. 15: Farrington’s Breiden Fehoko vs. Mililani’s Derrick Fetui-Suapaia
Nov. 15: Punahou’s Canton Kaumatule vs. Kahuku’s Victor Tualau
Nov. 22: ‘Iolani’s Christian Naeole vs. Lahainaluna’s Danny Sulunga-Kahaialii
Nov. 22: Lahainaluna’s Connor Mowat vs. ‘Iolani’s Devin Ide