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MIL football: Molokai-Seabury Hall 8-man game, midway numbers for 11-man

September 24, 2013 - Robert Collias
First of all, my apologies that the Roblog has been a little dormant lately. One of the busier weeks of the year last week — outside of the Maui Invitational and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions — with breaking news all over the place.

For a review of last week on the MIL gridiron (and more) check out The Maui News Sports Report.

This week, the first big 8-man game of the season takes place Thursday when Molokai comes to Maui to play Seabury Hall Thursday night at 6:30 at War Memorial Stadium. We will be there for full coverage.

The Farmers (1-0) are coming off a 42-0 win over Hana — Molokai piled up 304 yards of offense, led by Noah Caparida, who had 124 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 21 carries. Quarterbacks David Rapanot, John-Michael Mokiao-Duvauchelle and Sheyden Kaholoaa combined to go 5-for-11 passing for 76 yards — both of Rapanot's completions went for touchdowns.

Rapanot, a baseball standout, also ran for a touchdown, Kaimana Kahale had a touchdown catch and one miscellaneous (that's what it says on the stat sheet sent to me), and Alika Kaahanui had the Farmers' other score.

Kaholoaa and King Kahana-Kalua led the defense with six tackles apiece. Kaholoaa had a sack and Kahana-Kalua had two, accounting for half of the team's six sacks.

Seabury Hall rolled past St. Anthony 47-7 last Thursday and coach Andrew Burger immediately turned his attention to Molokai.

"That's the game, that's the one that counts," Burger said of Molokai. "It will be physical, a very physical game. Our guys are ready."

In limited playing time, the Spartans' Cayde Omura had 61 yards rushing and two TDs on six carries rushing and 87 yards on two returns, including a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown. Quarterback Jaxson Stinger was 3-for-6 passing (with at least two drops) for two touchdowns, and ran seven times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Marcus Thomas had a nifty 52-yard touchdown run to finish the night.

The Spartans finished with 348 yards of offense, 267 on the ground.

Should be fun on Thursday — Seabury Hall won a pair of close ones last year in the inaugural season of the first 8-man league in Hawaii. These two teams are the class and pioneers of the 8-man game in the 50th state.

Got word Sunday evening that the first regular-season televised game in MIL history will start at 6:30 p.m. when Baldwin and Lahainaluna tangle for the second time this season on Oct. 18. The early kick is to allow the OC16 television crew to pack up and return to Oahu that night. The speed with which they pack up is remarkable.

The 11-man MIL reached the midpoint and I just took a look at the statistical leaders.

The most eye-popping stat of all may be the Lunas' 1,555 yards rushing through four games — that's an average of 388.8 per game. The Lunas have 882 yards on the ground in their last two games. Their passing number of 175 yards is last in the league by a lot, but who needs passing (when you can run it like that)?

The Lunas' defense is not quite putting up the shutout numbers and 98 yards per game they finished last season with, but their 121.5 yards per game surrendered leads second-place King Kekaulike (yes, winless Na Alii) by 194.5 yards per game. Whoa.

Individually, Baldwin's workhorse running back Dusty Flores leads the MIL with 486 yards and 75 carries, while his four TDs are tied for third. The next three on the list are closely-bunched Lunas — Jared Rocha-Islas has 399 yards on 34 carries and a league-best seven touchdowns, quarterback Makoa Filikitonga has 392 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries, and Christian Whitehead has 354 yards and six touchdowns on 46 carries.

The next two Lunas on the rushing list are both keys in the defensive secondary — Kiko Kohler-Fonohema stands 11th on the rushing chart with 129 yards on 15 carries and Jeffery Ancog is 12th on the list with 125 yards on eight carries.

Kamehameha Maui's Chase Newton leads the league in passing, 45-for-132 for 667 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Baldwin's Jeremiah Badillo is by far the league's most accurate passer, 34-for-51 for 432 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

Kamehameha Maui's Joshua Hiwatashi (17 catches, 250 yards, 3 TD) and Keoni Keanini (13 catches, 242 yards, 3 TD) are first and fourth on the receptions list, sandwiching Baldwin's Chris Kazanecki (16 catches, 200 yards, 1 TD) and Kawela Kaeo-Mata (15 catches, 173 yards, 2 TD).

Rocha-Islas is the runaway scoring leader with his touchdowns and 22 PATs for 64 points. Whitehead and Maui High running back Onosai Emelio are tied for second with 36 points (6 TDs apiece).


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