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Lunas vs. Bears, your predictions?
September 7, 2012 - Robert Collias
Lots of talk about tonight's Lahainaluna-Baldwin football game, so let's get some things on the record for tonight's game between the two dominant football teams in the MIL for the last decade.
I will say this, Baldwin's leaders on offense and defense are out, which WILL make a difference.
Hawaii commit Keelan Ewaliko, the two-time MIL Offensive Player of the Year and third-team All-State QB last season, is still out with a broken rib. Jordan Hoiem, the MIL All-Star junior linebacker with offers from Hawaii, Utah, Utah State and UNLV, is out for the second straight week with the flu.
Missing those two can't help but make a difference.
This will also make a difference: the Bears play one guy two ways — safety-running back Abraham Reinhardt — and have a roster of 64. The Lunas play four linemen — Connor Mowat, Lovai Hong, Hercules Mataafa, and Joshua Coston — and running back-defensive backs (or linebackers) Tytus Lucas, Semisi Filikitonga, and Jared Rocha-Isalas also go both ways. The Lunas have a roster of 37, three of whom were in street clothes last week.
Lahainaluna hasn't allowed a point in two MIL games so far this season and don't have a single turnover in three overall games. Baldwin's defense was pretty stout last week against Maui High, allowing just two net rushing yards. Lahainaluna hasn't scored against Baldwin in the last three games between the two — dating back to a 27-20 loss in Sept. 2010 — while Baldwin put up 41 and 40 points in shutout wins against the Lunas last season.
I will say Baldwin's depth wins out in the end tonight, 21-14.
What do y'all think?
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