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First look at MIL football statistics, really good fun
September 2, 2014 - Robert Collias
Being the sports and numbers guy that I am, I always look forward to the MIL football statistics that we gernerate every season.
It is me during games keeping play-by-play track of things, but that is the easy part compared to the painstaking work it is to add them all up, a job that falls to sports editor Brad Sherman.
The numbers will run in the paper either this morning or next — Sherman did his first compilation of things Monday and sent em to me, so I'm going to share a little bit early.
The rushing list is close and crowded at the top, with four ballcarriers — Maui High's Daniel Kelley (200 yards) and Onosai Emelio (195), Kamehameha Maui's Chase Newton (194), and Lahainaluna's Makoa Filikitonga (191) — all within nine yards of each other.
Kelley and Emelio are the Sabers' tailback and fullback, respectively — think of Curtis Lee's best teams — with Emelio seeing significant time on defense as well. Newton and Filikitonga are quarterbacks, who are also 1-2 in passing yards. Newton is 29-for-68 for 341 yards with 2 TDs and 3 interceptions, while Filikitonga is 15-for-24 for 175 yards, 3 TDs, 0 interceptions.
Kamehameha Maui's Joshua Hiwatashi has 17 catches — no one else has more than seven. He has 272 receiving yards — no one else has more than 94.
Filikitonga leads the scoring list with four TDs, 24 points, but perhaps the most versatile player in the league, Maui High's Soane Vaohea, is tied for second with 3 TDs, 18 points. Vaohea is also eighth in the league with 86 rushing yards on 10 carries, has two catches for 30 yards, and has two interceptions on defense, including a 42-yard pick six.
Lahainaluna, as it has the last two seasons, leads both team offense (442 ypg) and team defense (197 ypg). With a new emphasis on passing, the Lunas have 185 yards through the air in two games — they had 443 yards passing in eight league games last season.
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