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MIL FB preview No. 2: Kamehameha Maui Warriors

August 24, 2011 - Robert Collias
Kamehameha Maui was as middle as middle could be in the MIl last season — third in team offense, third in team defense, third in the standings at 4-4, sweeps of Maui High and King Kekaulike, and two losses each to Lahainaluna and Baldwin.

As they try to climb higher on the ladder — and perhaps challenge the young Lunas for the league's Division II state berth — the Warriors are ready to open league play Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium against Maui High.

Here is the start of my preview of the Warriors, who under the tutelage of Kevin O'Brien are following the Lahainaluna plan of not allowing any players to be interviewed during the season (O'Brien actually takes that to a higher level, not even commenting on or mentioning any players by name, so I did that myself)):

PUKALANI - Kevin O'Brien had a goal in his first season as head coach at Kamehameha Schools Maui last year - setting a foundation for the future.

"I think to a degree, there is a learning curve," O'Brien said of getting that No. 1 priority in place in last season's 5-4 campaign, the school's first winning record ever in its seventh year of varsity football. "One of my goals was to become a physically stronger and more physical team. I think last year's team really tried hard to do that. Last year, we had a senior-heavy team, they had a sense of urgency, they saw the finish line, they hadn't had much success.

"My getting hired was something they could rally around and get excited about. Not because of me, because it was something new - I want to make that clear. . . . Any time there is a change makes it exciting."

With O'Brien's multiple-set offense in place along with Anthony Perry's defense, the team made strides with a 4-4 Maui Interscholastic League mark and team statistics that placed it directly in the middle of the five-team league.

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