This week in MIL Football

Bishop Wickes and Baldwin High School will play their regular-season opener Saturday. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Bishop Wickes and Baldwin High School will play their regular-season opener Saturday. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Maui High vs. Lahainaluna

Today, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Overview

A key game for each division in first-round MIL play — Lahainaluna can take sole possession of the D-II lead with a win, while Maui High needs a victory to continue controlling its own fate in D-I. The Sabers ran for 202 yards in their loss to Kamehameha Maui last week, while the Lunas allowed just 33 yards on the ground in their win over King Kekaulike.

Sabers at a glance

Maui High found the end zone twice on offense last week after being limited to only special-teams points in two nonleague games. Justin Pulido led the attack with 163 yards on 27 carries, including two touchdown runs. First-year coach Rodney Figueroa expects his roster to include more than 50 eligible players tonight.

Lunas at a glance

Elijah Ragudo led 12 Lahainaluna rushers last week with 54 yards and two touchdowns on two carries. Etuati Storer was 5-for-7 passing for 95 yards, and William Kai Bookland had three catches for 64 yards. On defense, Siale Hafoka, Nyles Pokipala-Waiohu and Tausinga Hafoka led a unit that had 21 plays allowing two yards or less.

King Kekaulike vs. Baldwin

Saturday, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Overview

Baldwin opens league play after being outscored 100-14 by a pair of nationally ranked nonleague opponents. King Kekaulike has been outscored 395-12 in its last nine MIL games dating to the start of last season. The Bears have won their last 15 meetings with Na Alii, Baldwin’s longest active winning streak against any team, with five shutout victories in that run.

Na Alii at a glance

Quarterback Trey Hunter ran for 51 yards on 12 carries last week in a loss to Lahainaluna, but also was part of three errant snaps that cost the team 40 yards. Na Alii were the least penalized team in MIL play last week, with just three infractions for 15 yards. On defense, Na Alii were led by Nichlous Wenger and Lucas Tamayose.

Bears at a glance

Baldwin will have two-time MIL Offensive Player of the Year Chayce Akaka at quarterback for the first time since a loss to eventual champion Mililani in last year’s D-I state quarterfinals. Linebacker Aloalii Laga played fullback last week against Mission Viejo and ran 10 times for 75 yards and a touchdown, all in the second half.

MIL Standings

DIVISION I

– W L Pct PF PA

Baldwin 0 0 .000 0 0

Maui High 0 1 .000 13 21

DIVISION II

– W L Pct PF PA

KS Maui 1 0 1.000 21 13

Lahainaluna 1 0 1.000 45 0

King Kekaulike 0 1 .000 0 45

Thursday, Aug. 17

Lahainaluna 45, King Kekaulike 0

Friday, Aug. 18

Kamehameha Maui 21, Maui High 13

Saturday, Aug. 19

Mission Viejo (Calif.) 39, Baldwin 14

Today’s Games

Valley Center (Calif.) at Kamehameha Maui, 6 p.m. (nonleague)

Maui High vs. Lahainaluna at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Game

King Kekaulike vs. Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1

Baldwin vs. Lahainaluna at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2

King Kekaulike at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.

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