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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, August 26, 2006

Mililani turns back Iolani, 26-23

 •  Kahuku knocks off Kailua

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

MILILANI — Senior running back Jordan Torres rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries last night to help Mililani hold off visiting Iolani, 26-23, in nonleague football action.

The Trojans (2-0) recovered an onside kick with 3:19 remaining and drove to the Raiders' 11-yard line before taking a knee on the game's final play. Iolani, the defending Division II state champion, had closed to 26-23 on Kody Adams' extra point after an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Dung to Lionel Fujioka.

The Raiders, with only four players weighing over 200 pounds, were threatening to knock off a second straight O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red (Division I) Conference opponent. They rallied past Radford, 22-16, last week.

"They're very disciplined and very well-coached, and they execute well," said Mililani coach James Millwood, who has 23 players weighing over 200. "I was very impressed with them. But even watching the film of the Radford game, I noticed they wait for the other team to make mistakes, and we had our share of them."

But it was an Iolani mistake on the last play of the first half that gave the Trojans some long-sought momentum.

Trying to avoid two blitzing defenders, Raiders sophomore backup quarterback Kela Marciel threw a swing pass to the right flat. Safety Curtis Murakami intercepted the ball and ran it back 46 yards for a touchdown. The Trojans botched the extra-point attempt, but went into halftime leading 19-10.

"That was big," Torres said of Murakami's interception and score. "After that, we had so much motivation going into the second half."

Iolani coach Wendell Look said Marciel, who played varsity baseball and basketball last year and quarterbacked the Raiders' intermediate team to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu football title, simply was trying to make something happen.

"He's a playmaker, and he'll turn broken plays into big gains," said Look, who said the plan was to let Marciel play two series at quarterback. "(The interception) was a big play, an important play, but when you have a guy with his athleticism and talent, you cannot rein him in. You take the good with the bad, and he made a lot of good plays, too. He made some big throws and big tackles (playing cornerback) and picked up a fumble (on defense). The interception was not the one thing that lost us the game."

Mostly it was Torres, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback who breaks tackles and quickly gets into the secondary. He also has the benefit of five returning starters on the offensive line — Brandon Dela Cruz, David Otani, Kenneth Peneku, Chivas Antoque and Tyson Nishihara. Shane Um, another lineman, also started several games last season.

Mililani finished the game with 296 yards rushing.

Torres' 16-yard touchdown run gave the Trojans a 6-0 lead four minutes into the game, but the extra-point attempt was blocked and Iolani answered with Dung's 68-yard TD pass to Fujioka, who finished with nine catches for 209 yards. The Raiders went up 10-6 later in the quarter on Adams' 47-yard field goal.

Mililani then took the lead for good, 13-10, on Torres' 4-yard touchdown run with 7:48 left in the half. The Trojans went up 26-10 early in the second half on Isaiah Lawelawe's 5-yard TD run.

Iolani cut it to 26-16 at the end of the third quarter on Dung's 32-yard touchdown pass to Justin Yamamoto. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

IOLANI (1-1) 10 0 6 7—23

MILILANI (2-0) 6 13 7 0—26

Mili — Jordan Torres 16 run (kick blocked)

Iol — Lionel Fujioka 68 pass from Ryan Dung (Kody Adams kick)

Iol — FG 47 Adams

Mili — Torres 4 run (Colin Lund kick)

Mili — Curtis Murakami 46 interception return (pass failed)

Mili — Isaiah Lawelawe 5 run (Lund kick)

Iol — Justin Yamamoto 32 pass from Dung (pass failed)

Iol — Fujioka 8 pass from Dung (adams kick)

RUSHING — Iol: Yamamoto 8-33, Kela Marciel 2-11. Mili: Torres 32-241, Tyran Onizuka 5-31, Rustin Funakoshi 2-(minus-8), Robert Fisher 1-7, Lawelawe 5-20.

PASSING — Iol: Dung 10-23-0—182, Marciel 3-6-1—68. Mili: Zachary Villanueva 2-2-0—26, Funakoshi 5-9-1—82.

RECEIVING : Iol: Fujimoto 9-203, Travis Muraoka 1-2, Ryan Renfro 2-38, Yamamoto 1-7. Mili: Joey Cadiz 1-15, B.J. Ogg 3-32, Scott Burns 1-9, Kala Perbera 1-38, David Rivers 1-14.


Kyle Blair caught touchdown passes of 11, 63 and 45 yards as Radford rallied for a preseason victory.

Jordan Ho Ching caught eight passes for 174 yards and two TDs for Pac-Five.

PAC-FIVE (1-1) 14 0 2 7—23

RADFORD (1-1) 0 12 6 13—31

Pac—Jordan Ho Ching 29 pass from John-Ray Rodrigues (Josh Mun kick)

Pac—Phillip Sarubbi 2 run (Mun kick)

Rad—Ezekiel Pulou 24 pass from Epa Mika (kick failed)

Rad—Kyle Blair 11 pass from Mika (pass failed)

Pac—Safety, punter muffs ball out of end zone

Rad—Scott Ruehl 62 pass from Justin Lord (kick blocked)

Rad—Blair 63 pass from Lord (kick failed)

Rad—Blair 45 pass from Lord (Jonathon Atangan kick)

Pac—Ho Ching 12 pass from Bryson Beirne (Mun kick)

RUSHING—Pac-Five: Shandon Augustus 8-16, Liko Satele 6-18, Jaime Rivera 2-12, Bryson Beirne 3-(minus 9), Phillip Sarubbi 3-6, Jordan Ho Ching 1-0, Team 1-(minus 2). Radford: Ezekiel Pulou 9-29, Epa Mika 6-12, Brad Osborne 1-(minus 8), Antone Day 6-(minus 7)

PASSING—Pac-Five: John-Ray Rodrigues 1-2-0—29, Beirne 22-43-2—256. Radford: Osborne 0-1-0—0, Mika 4-15-0—59, Lord 3-7-0—170.

RECEIVING—Pac-Five: Matthew Bayan 1-10, Augustus 4-33, Ho Ching 8-174, Zachary Fujimoto 9-68, Sarubbi 1-0. Radford: Blair 3-119, Pulou 2-31, Ruehl 2-79.

JV score—Radford def. Pac-Five


Jesse Lee ran for touchdowns of 47 and 40 yards and Campbell amassed 375 yards rushing to trounce visiting Damien in nonleague play.

Obadiah Mataio ran for one score and passed for another for the Sabers.

Kama Bailey rushed for 72 yards and scored on a 62-yard pass reception to lead the Monarchs.

DAMIEN (1-1) 0 0 0 7— 7

CAMPBELL (2-0) 14 14 3 7—38

Campbell—Briceson Aiona 13 pass from Obadiah Mataio (Kia Kapana kick).

Campbell—Jesse Lee 47 run (Kapana kick).

Campbell—Lee 40 run (Kapana kick).

Campbell—Mataio 2 run (Kapana kick).

Campbell—FG Kapana 16.

Damien—Kama Bailey 62 pass from George Martin (Wayland Sakamoto kick).

Campbell—Kevin Newcomb 1 run (Kapana kick).

RUSHING—Damien: Bailey 13-72, Martin 7-7, Chris Cross 1-7, Rein Ota 3-4, J.J. Kaina 1-2, Kaimana Baianon 1-1. Campbell: Berzil Kelii 7-80, Bronson Ellis-Riveria 9-43, Lee 3-88, Pita Feleunga 6-88, Mataio 4-21, Demitrious Nealy 6-3, Danilo Bantolina 4-40, Jayden Ercanbrack 3-4, Lowen Tynanes-Perez 3-16, Keneke Kapule 1-0, Newcomb 3-minus 8.

PASSING—Damien: Martin 5-10-0-99, Bailey 0-2-0-0. Campbell: Mataio 3-5-47, Newcomb 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING—Damien: Kawaika Andres 1-3, Bailey 1-62, Christian Vasconcellos 1-3, Rhema Sabat 1-22, Kaina 1-9. Campbell: Martin 1-11, Aiona 1-30, Lee 1-6.

JV score—no score reported.

Reported by Iman Nejad


Jordan Helle passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bears routed the Sabers in a Maui Interscholastic League game.

Helle threw touchdowns of 37 and 23 yards to Chase Nakamura, and hit Colton Quinabo for a 22-yard score.

Quinabo also ran for a 16-yard touchdown, and Skyler Cabacungun added a 58-yard touchdown run.

MAUI (0-1) 0 0 0 0— 0

BALDWIN (1-0) 14 6 12 9—41

Baldwin—Colton Quinabo 16 run (Dane Fernandez kick).

Baldwin—Chase Nakamura 37 pass from Jordan Helle (Fernandez kick).

Baldwin—Helle 1 run (kick failed).

Baldwin—Nakamura 23 pass from Helle (pass failed).

Baldwin—Quinabo 22 pass from Helle (kick failed).

Baldwin—FG Fernandez 30.

Baldwin—Skyler Cabacungun 58 run (kick failed). Reported by Rodney Higa


Kaua'i scored in the first quarter then held off a late Konawaena comeback.

KONAWAENA (0-1) 0 0 0 6—6

KAUA'I (2-0) 7 0 0 0—7

Konawaena—Renaud 1 run (Ceria-Lux kick)

Kaua'i—Kunitomo 11 pass from Kanuha (kick blocked)

RUSHING—Konawaena: Knittel 6-23, Balucan 1-4, Reed 6-4, Kanuha 17-(minus 12). Kaua'i: Young 11-40, Matthews 3-7, Alayvilia 1-3, Kanehe 1-(minus 1), Renaud 8-(minus 28).

PASSING—Konawaena: Kanuha 17-34-3—126. Kaua'i: Renaud 18-34-3—203.

RECEIVING—Konawaena: Whiting 10-71, Fulton 3-13, Kunitomo 2-29, Unger 1-8, Knittel 1-5. Kaua'i: Gebauer 5-72, Matthews 4-21, Semana 3-52, Ceria-Lux 2-34, Young 2-16, Alayvilia 1-7, Kanehe 1-1.


McKinley defeated Kapolei in nonleague play. Details were not available.

Reach Wes Nakama at wnakama@honoluluadvertiser.com.