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Wild football weekend now moves to NFL for Mauians

September 29, 2013 - Robert Collias
One game that wouldn't end — King Kekaulike's first win in a long time Friday night — and a quick one tonight in the lowest-scoring MIL contest I can ever remember, Baldwin's 7-0 defensive slugfest over Maui High (read the whole story in The Maui News in the morning) gives me time to catch up with some graduated MILers.

Arkansas tight end Mitchell Loewen started again in the Razorbacks' three tight end offense (scroll down the participation section, check the starting lineup), but did not catch a pass. In five games this season, the former MIL Defensive Player of the Year from Lahainaluna has one catch and one tackle for the 3-2 Hogs — his catch was a 24-yard TD, the first score of the season for the SEC team.

Oregon State senior defensive tackle Mana Rosa had three tackles in the Beavers' 44-17 win over Colorado and now has 27 tackles for the season, a gargantuan number in five games for an interior defensive lineman. He is the third-leading tackler for the 4-1 Beavers and has three tackles for loss, one sack, a pass breakup, a pass defensed, and a blocked kick.

Rosa is making a run at postseason honors and mentioned to me in the story above that he has the NFL is on his mind. The numbers he is posting will get noticed.

A former teammate Baldwin, Jordan Pu'u-Robinson caught his second pass of the season in Hawaii's wild 42-37 loss to Fresno State Saturday night. The tight end has two catches for 19 yards in two games, including a start against the Bulldogs.

A former Baldwin teammate of both Rosa and JPR, John Lotulelei played for the first time last week for the Seattle Seahawks (3-0), who travel to Houston today to take on the Texans (2-1).

Kaluka Maiava's Oakland Raiders (1-2) host the Washington Redskins (0-3) today.

At Baldwin, then USC, and the Cleveland Browns for four seasons before this year, Maiava set the stage at Baldwin for all the guys mentioned above.

If there is anybody out there at any level who I am missing — and there definitely are some — let me know and I will try to keep track of them.


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