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Maui High's last football win over Baldwin? Nov. 4, 2000

August 22, 2013 - Robert Collias
With the two teams meeting tonight, a lot of folks have been asking me recently: When was the last time the Maui High School football team beat Baldwin?

After some research on our old microfilm machine (ever use one of those? What fun), here are some notes on what I found:

The Sabers under legendary Curtis Lee were as tough as they came in the 1990s and into the 2000 season when they cruised to a 9-0-1 MIL record behind quarterback David Tufaga, receiver Cody Loui, fullback Saia Lotulelei, and perhaps the most important piece to their success, tailback Andrew Malafu.

It turned out to be the one and only state tournament team Lee would guide among his six MIL title teams and it lost in the quarterfinals to Waianae, 21-0.

That Maui High team rallied from a 22-0 deficit to tie Baldwin 22-22 on Sept. 23, 2000, finishing the comeback on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Tufaga to Loui on fourth-and-14 with 1:45 to play.

The next time the two biggest schools in the MIL faced off, the Sabers won the game 37-20 to wrap up the league title on Nov. 4, 2000 — Malafu had 137 yards rushing on 17 carries that included touchdown runs of 7, 2 and 17 yards.

It is the last time the dark blue and white has won the game against the maroon and light blue.

The Baldwin streak in The Big Game is now at 24 straight wins — the two teams play the MIL opener tonight at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.

In 2001, A.J. Garbin scored four touchdowns in a 39-23 Baldwin win on Sept. 22 and Garbin caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Michael Donahoo for the winning score with 7:03 to go in a 13-9 Baldwin victory — the closest the game has been in the current 12-season streak.

In 2003, when Maui High had its last winning season at 7-3, two of the losses were to Baldwin — on Sept. 27 when J.J. Eno scored twice in a 16-6 Bears' win, and 25-12 on Nov. 7. Eno went onto a baseball career at Brown University and is now a doctor.

Since that last winning season, the Sabers have been through a 2-37-1 streak in MIL play from 2006 to 2010 with winless seasons in 2007, 2008 and 2010. In the last two seasons, coach David Bui — the fourth man to take on Lee's seat since he left — has Maui High on the upswing with back-to-back 3-5 MIL records.

Baldwin is somewhat of a question mark after losing coach A.J. Roloos, standout quarterback Keelan Ewaliko and four-star linebacker Jordan Hoiem from last season's team that won its 10th league crown in 11 years.

The Sabers this month have beaten St. Francis 51-0 and rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit for a 47-37 victory over Konawaena. Baldwin's only result so far is a 55-0 loss to top-ranked Saint Louis.

What do you all think about who will win the game today?


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