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This week in MIL football

Isaiah Souza and the Baldwin Bears take on the Maui High Sabers tonight at War Memorial Stadium. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Baldwin vs. Maui High

Today, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Overview

The game between the two largest schools in Maui County is always big, and this one is no different. Baldwin can clinch the MIL Division I first round with a win, while Maui High has to win to keep its hopes alive. Baldwin is fourth in MIL team offense and defense; Maui High is third in each.

Sabers at a glance

Brex Delray is the No. 2 passer in the MIL so far — he has completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 358 yards. Naia Nakamoto and Rusty Abalos are Nos. 8-9 on the rushing list, while Kaeo Miguel is No. 1 in receiving with 11 receptions.

Bears at a glance

Laakea Asuega-Stark is the No. 3 passer in the league — he has completed 48.2 percent of his passes for 239 yards. Isaiah Souza is No. 6 on the MIL rushing list, and Maui High transfer Isaiah Richards leads to the team with seven receptions.

Quotable

“We told the kids, ‘We have a timeout, we have got to keep battling, we’ll come back, stay in the game, keep playing the game, and you know, we have to keep going, we have to keep battling.’ “

— Rodney Figueroa, Maui High coach after a 14-12 loss to King Kekaulike

Kamehameha Maui at King Kekaulike

Saturday, King Kekaulike Stadium, 7 p.m.

Overview

The battle of Upcountry neighbors will serve as a boost into the second round for each team — Lahainaluna has already clinched the MIL D-II first-round crown. Kamehameha Maui is second in MIL team offense and defense. King Kekaulike, coming off its first league win in five years, is fifth in each.

Warriors at a glance

Alec Tolentino and Tiliti Adams have shared the quarterback position — they are Nos. 4-5, respectively, on the MIL passing list with 432 combined yards. Teva Pimental is second in the MIL in rushing yards, with 194 on 32 carries.

Na Alii at a glance

Before their losing streak-ending wins over McKinley and Maui High, Na Alii’s last win was Sept. 5, 2014 over Kamehameha Maui. Franco Melgar Martich and Trey Hunter are Nos. 6-7 on the MIL passing list. Hunter is also third in rushing.

Quotable

“That’s definitely huge for us, but even with that said we still have a lot of mistakes, a lot of opportunities that we need to fix, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s definite.”

— Tyson Valle, King Kekaulike coach after a win over Maui High

MIL Standings

DIVISION I

W L Pct PF PA

Baldwin 1 1 .500 36 57

Maui High 0 2 .000 20 45

DIVISION II

W L Pct PF PA

x-Lahainaluna 3 0 1.000 114 21

King Kekaulike 1 1 .500 26 58

KS Maui 1 2 .333 54 69

x-clinch first-round championship

Friday, Sept. 6

King Kekaulike 14, Maui High 12

Saturday, Sept. 7

Lahainaluna 34, Kamehameha Maui 0

Today’s Game

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

Saturday’s Game

Kamehameha Maui at King Kekau­like, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

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

Saturday, Sept. 21

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