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This week in MIL football

Piercen Evans of Maui High carries the ball during the Sabers’ victory over King Kekaulike on Sept. 2. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Baldwin vs. King Kekaulike

Tonight, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Overview

Baldwin celebrates homecoming tonight still seeking its first win. Na Alii have the MIL Division II first-round title in hand and have a huge game with Kamehameha Maui next week. Na Alii won the first meeting 27-6. Bears are fifth in MIL team offense and defense. Na Alii are second on offense, third on defense.

Na Alii at a glance

Kalelepono Wong is the No. 2 passer and No. 2 rusher in the MIL. Tysin Zackious is the No. 3 rusher in the league, Kalani Puu is No. 4. King Kekaulike is leading the league in rushing — 83.6 percent of its offense comes on the ground.

Bears at a glance

Baldwin’s offense woke up late last week when it scored three touchdowns — the Bears had two TDs in their first four games. Baldwin compiled 198 yards last week after entering the game with 177 total yards in its first three MIL games.

Quotable

“At the end of the day, we’re trying to get ready for Kam. So, this was a good test for us to see where we’re at. … we made some progress … We’ve got some things that we need to put into play.”

— Tyson Valle, King Kekaulike head coach after last week’s loss to Lahainaluna

Maui High vs. Lahainaluna

Saturday, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Overview

The game of the year arrives early this year on the night the Sabers celebrate homecoming. Lahainaluna won the first meeting 17-10 in a slugfest that had just 286 total yards of offense combined. Lunas are No. 1 in the MIL in team offense and defense. The Sabers are third on offense, second on defense.

Lunas at a glance

Kaulana Tihada and Ian-Jay Cabanilla are Nos. 5-6 in MIL rushing. L.J. Morikawa, Jaysen Akahi-Vida and Kuola Watson lead a defense that allows just 133.8 yards per game. Lunas had just 24 yards of offense in first half vs. Sabers on Aug. 20.

Sabers at a glance

Sabers need a win to keep viable MIL D-I title hopes alive. Piercen Evans is No. 1 in MIL rushing, Joe Cariaga is No. 7. Ofa Falekaono, Viliami Vakalahi, Selemiah Koka and Kupono Soberano lead a defense that allows just 147.0 yards per game. 

Quotable

“I’m sure that everyone’s excited and we just hope that our fans will be there because we know that Maui High is going to be there. If I’m not mistaken, isn’t that their homecoming? Is it? I’m not sure.”

— Dean Rickard, Lahainaluna co-head coach after last week’s game

MIL standings

DIVISION I

W L Pct PF PA

x-Lahainaluna 4 0 1.000 108 30

Maui High 3 1 .750 88 20

Baldwin 0 4 .000 25 168

DIVISION II

W L Pct PF PA

x-King Kekaulike 2 2 .500 57 74

KS Maui 1 3 .250 88 74

x-clinched first-round championship

Friday, Sept. 16

Kamehameha Maui 55, Baldwin 19

Saturday, Sept. 17

Lahainaluna 28, King Kekaulike 6

SECOND ROUND

Today’s Game

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

Saturday’s Game

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

Friday, Sept. 30

King Kekaulike at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1

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

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