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September 9, 2013 - Robert Collias
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A look at the week 3 MIL football statistics — compiled by sports editor Brad Sherman — show a few eye-popping numbers, but none more stunning than Lahainaluna's defense. The Lunas have nine shutouts in their last 14 games, eight in the last 11 MIL contests, and through two games this season have given up seven points.
Since the beginning of 2012, they have surrendered 30 points to league foes.
Cool numbers, to be sure, but try these on for size:
The Luna defense this season has given up 126 total yards in two games, their 63 yards per game surrendered is 229 yards per game better than the MIL's second-ranked defense, Maui High.
Lahainaluna has given up 10 — 10! — yards on the ground in two MIL games. Whoa.
The Lunas' running game is purring along, too, to help their 402.5-yard average. Baldwin, off a monster 529-yard offensive performance against Kamehameha Maui, leads the league with 421.5 yards of offense per game.
The Bears (2-0) need one win in their next two to claim the MIL Division I first round, while Lahainaluna (2-0) clinched the D-II first round when Kamehameha lost to Baldwin in a 42-35 thriller Saturday night.
The unbeaten Lunas and Bears meet Friday night in their first game of the season — should be a good one and will be a packed house at War Memorial Stadium.
Keep in mind that Kamehameha Maui and King Kekaulike have played three MIL games, while the Lunas, Bears and Sabers have all played two.
Baldwin's Dusty Flores leads the league in rushing with 339 yards and three TDs on 41 carries. His 8.3 yards per carry is impressive, but not as good as Lahainaluna's Christian Whitehead, who has 192 yards and a 10.7-yard average and four TDs. Luna QB Makoa Filikitonga is fifth in the league in rushing on just six carries (two for TDs) and averages 21.2 yards per rush.
KSM's Chase Newton leads the league with 490 yards passing, nearly double second-place Jeremiah Badillo of Baldwin (258). Newton has six TD passes and four interceptions, Badillo has five and two.
KSM's Joshua Hiwatashi has a league-best 12 receptions, two for scores. Baldwin's Chris Kazanecki is second with nine catches, one for a score. Keoni Keanini of Kamehameha and Kawela Kaeo-Mata of Baldwin each have eight grabs and two TDs.
Lahainaluna's Jared Rocha-Islas leads the league in scoring with 31 points (3 TDs, 13 PATs) and Whitehead is second with 24 (4 TDs).
The MIL stats, as always, will be published in Tuesday's edition of The Maui News.
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