No. 2 Mililani’s incredible come-from-behind 35-34 win over No. 4 Campbell had to be seen to be believed.
The statistics were large enough, but the wide swings of momentum, the clutch plays by offensive and defensive units, and the amazing resilience of a Mililani team trying to bounce back from a loss to CIF powerhouse Mission Viejo all played into what might be the game of the year.
Rowan Bucao was exceptional. The Campbell running back had a modest 20 rushing yards, but was seldom stopped on screen plays. He finished with four catches for 121 yards and two TDs. Sabers wide receiver Mason Muaau, at 6 feet, 5 inches, showed splashes of brilliance with his speed. The Colorado State commit had five receptions for 44 yards and one TD.
Mililani’s Gavin Hunter spent the latter part of the game covering Muaau. Hunter and Jordan Fetu each had two interceptions, and Hunter added four grabs for 52 yards, including a 20-yard, fourth-down TD haul. Raymond Roller (eight catches, 95 yards, TD) and Hunter drew double teams, which opened the gate for sophomore Onosa‘i Salanoa. The former Saint Louis JV/I-AA standout came through with a 41-yard TD on a perfect pass from Kini McMillan to give Mililani the lead for good with 2:18 left.
Then the last 2:18 turned out to be a nail biter for Trojan fans at a packed John Kauinana Stadium. Final note: Campbell sophomore QB Jaron-Keawe Sagapolutele did not surprise, looking as pristine as he did as a freshman in 2021 at Saint Louis JV/I-AA. At times, the lefty resembled another spectacular 10th grader not so long ago: Tua Tagovailoa. The numbers — 23 for 48, 336 yards, three TDs, four picks — weren’t entirely dominant. However, he was a threat from beginning to end, all the way to that final Hail Mary as time expired.
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