This week in MIL football
King Kekaulike vs. Lahainaluna
Today, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
A Lahainaluna victory would eliminate King Kekaulike from contention for the Maui Interscholastic League’s Division II state tournament berth. The Lunas have won six MIL games in a row, while Na Alii have lost 27 straight. Lahainaluna ranks second in the league on offense and defense, while King Kekaulike is fifth in both. The Lunas won 45-0 in the teams’ first meeting of the year on Aug. 17.
Na Alii at a glance
Trey Hunter, the No. 3 passer and 10th-ranked rusher in the MIL, left last week’s game with an apparent injury and did not return. Rilee Peters took over at quarterback and ran for his second touchdown of the season. Arik Mendoza is the league’s No. 4 receiver. King Kekaulike has more than doubled its scoring offense from last season.
Lunas at a glance
Etuati Storer missed last week’s game with an injury, but the league’s No. 7 passer could be back this week. Elijah Ragudo is the No. 2 rusher, two spots in front of teammate Joshua Tihada — that duo has combined for 11 rushing touchdowns. Lahainaluna generates 82.6 percent of its offense on the ground.
Maui High vs. Kamehameha Maui
Saturday, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Maui High celebrates homecoming and Kamehameha Maui opens its second-round schedule. The Sabers are coming off an overtime loss to Lahainaluna, which had trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter. Maui High ranks third in the MIL on offense and defense, while Kamehameha Maui is fourth in each. The Warriors beat the Sabers 21-13 on Aug. 18.
Sabers at a glance
Naia Nakamoto and Justin Pulido, fifth and sixth on the MIL rushing list, did not dress for last week’s loss. Kainalu Tancayo is fifth in passing yards. Solomone Tongi has 207 rushing yards in the last two games while running the team from the wildcat formation. The running game accounts for 78.6 percent of Maui High’s offense.
Warriors at a glance
Kainoa Sanchez has passed for a league-high 815 yards, with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has completed 66 percent of his throws, and is also seventh on the MIL rushing list, two spots in front of teammate Damon Martin. Nathan Facuri leads the league in receiving, Tristan Catan is second and Karsyn Pupunu is fourth.
MIL SECOND-ROUND STANDINGS
Overall MIL record in parentheses
W L Pct PF PA
Baldwin (3-2) 1 0 1.000 55 6
x-Maui High (2-3) 0 1 .000 17 24
W L Pct PF PA
x-Lahainaluna (5-0) 1 0 1.000 24 17
KS Maui (2-2) 0 0 .000 0 0
King Kekaulike (0-5) 0 1 .000 6 55
x-won first-round championship
Friday, Sept. 22
Baldwin 55, King Kekaulike 6
Saturday, Sept. 23
Lahainaluna 24, Maui High 17, OT
King Kekaulike vs. Lahainaluna at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Maui High vs. Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6
Baldwin at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7
King Kekaulike at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.