This week in MIL football
Baldwin vs. Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Today, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Mission Viejo is the Orange County Register’s No. 1-ranked team and comes to town to open its season with plenty of NCAA Division I-caliber talent. Last season, the Diablos finished 11-1 and won a playoff game before their season ended with a 21-16 loss to Long Beach Poly. Baldwin enters the game off a convincing 33-13 win over Maui High after losing 55-0 to Saint Louis.
Bears at a glance
Jeremiah Badillo passed for 134 yards and three touchdowns last week against Maui High, and ran for another score. Dusty Flores ran 14 times for 113 yards in the first half, while Kawela Kaeo-Mata and Chris Kazanecki each had three catches. The defense counts on linebackers Nohea Keahi, Afoa Laga and Teva Eldridge.
Diablos at a glance
All-Orange County quarterback Ian Fieber, All-County running back Alex Suchesk, Stanford-bound fullback Daniel Marx and Sean Modster, one of the county’s top receivers, return. Nick Passaglia, listed as 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, and Jacob Arlotti (6-2, 255) anchor the offensive line. Safety Hunter Remington had five interceptions last year.
Maui High at King Kekaulike
Saturday, King Kekaulike Stadium, 7 p.m.
After starting its season with two impressive nonleague victories, Maui High fought back with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and recovered an onside kick in a 20-point loss to Baldwin last week. In a 29-0 loss to Kamehameha Maui, King Kekaulike committed 14 penalties for 170 yards that yielded nine first downs, and permitted nine sacks.
Sabers at a glance
Maui High appeared to find a passing combination with sophomore quarterback Austin Hoe and senior receiver Jared Kapisi late in the loss to Baldwin. They connected four times for 84 yards, double the completion total the Sabers had in their preseason games. Onosai Emelio gained 74 yards on six carries against the Bears.
Na Alii at a glance
Ryley Widell gained 49 yards on six rushes last week, while losing 58 on the nine sacks. Austin Ferreira was denied a 60-yard touchdown reception on the game’s first possession when the play was called back by a penalty. Ramsey Crenshaw and Kawika Homalon lead the King Kekaulike defense.
Lahainaluna vs. Kamehameha Maui
Saturday, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
This game is a showdown for early control of the Maui Interscholastic League Division II race. Lahainaluna got two defensive scores in a win over Kapaa earlier this month, and recorded its eighth shutout in 12 games last week against Mount Douglas (British Columbia). Kamehameha Maui limited King Kekaulike to 80 yards and six first downs last week, forcing eight punts.
Lunas at a glance
Christian Whitehead had 119 of Lahainaluna’s 231 rushing yards last week. Makoa Filikitonga is looking to duplicate the passing prowess he showed off last season. Hercules Mataafa and Connor Mowat are defensive keys, with Kiko Kohler-Fonohema, Jared Rocha-Isalas, Jeffery Ancog and Bronson Kaina also major contributors.
Warriors at a glance
Chase Newton is the offensive leader for Kamehameha Maui after accounting for 160 of the Warriors’ 237 yards last week. Joshua Hiwatashi had four receptions and Keoni Keanini three to combine for 81 of Newton’s 122 passing yards. Ian Armitage ran 17 times for 70 yards.