This week in MIL Football
Maui High vs. Baldwin
Today, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Baldwin has dominated this game for 13 years, winning the last 26 in a row dating to 2000, the last year Maui High went to the state tournament. Junior quarterbacks – Taje Akaka-Foster for the Bears and Austin Hoe for the Sabers – will each be making the biggest starts of their careers. Hoe threw the ball four times last week, while Akaka-Foster had 28 passes.
Sabers at a glance
Daniel Kelley has 375 rushing yards in Maui High’s first two games and last week Onosai Emelio ran for 111 in a 48-11 victory over Kamehameha Maui. Tristan Nichols, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end, caught both of Hoe’s completions in the game, for 50 yards. The Sabers forced five fumbles and intercepted three passes.
Bears at a glance
Akaka-Foster found five different receivers last week, all for at least two completions, in a 49-10 loss to Southern California power Edison. Dane Elf led the way with six receptions. Kelii Kaiama kicked a 38-yard field goal and also caught two passes. The Bears held the Chargers to 130 rushing yards.
Lahainaluna vs. Kamehameha Maui
Saturday, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Lahainaluna is the top-ranked Division II team in the state by all three major polls, and has won 10 straight MIL games. Kamehameha Maui is 1-8 in league play under second-year coach Cody Nakamura. The Warriors’ Chase Newton led the league in passing last season, while the Lunas’ Jared Rocha-Islas led the league in rushing and scoring.
Lunas at a glance
Connor Mowat, last year’s MIL Defensive Player of the Year, suffered a knee injury in last week’s 47-7 win over King Kekaulike and did not return. The Lunas rushed for 445 yards against Na Alii – Makoa Filikitonga, Rocha-Islas, Ansen Cabanilla and David Kawabata all ran for more than 50.
Warriors at a glance
Newton passed for 225 yards and rushed for 73 last week, and Joshua Hiwatashi had 13 receptions for 196 yards. Kamehameha Maui had 306 yards of offense in the game after averaging 286.5 per game last season. The Warriors’ defense forced five fumbles against Maui High, recovering four of them, and scored on a safety.