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  • September 10, 2022

Sep 9, 2022
Makana Kamaka-Brayce of Kamehameha Maui follows through on a pass during a loss to Lahainaluna last Saturday. The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER photo
Maui High vs. Kamehameha Maui
Tonight, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Overview
The Sabers bring the league’s top team defense and No. 3 offense into this game — they need a win to keep their slim MIL D-I first-round hopes alive. The Warriors, D-II state runners-up last season, are fourth on offense and fifth on defense.
Warriors at a glance
Kamehameha has the MIL’s top passer, Makana Kamaka-Brayce, and top receiver, Frank Abreu. Kaonohi Casco leads a defense that has allowed just 55 total passing yards in two games this season.
Sabers at a glance
Ofa Falekaono, Kupono Soberano, Viliami Vakalahi, Nathaniel Russell and Aizley Lakalaka lead a defense that has three shutouts in four games. Junior RB Piercen Evans leads the MIL in rushing.
Quotable
“I barely played with him during my Pop Warner season because he got hurt, so when I got to play with him last year, it was the best feeling, playing with my brother.”
— Ofa Falekaono, Maui High junior linebacker on what it was like to play with older brother Lafaele last season
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Baldwin vs. Lahainaluna
Saturday, War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Overview
The Bears come into this game off a much-needed bye, while the Lunas can nail down the Division I first-round title with a win. Baldwin ranks last in team offense and fourth on defense. Lahainaluna is No. 2 in both offense and defense. The Lunas swept the 2021 season series.
Lunas at a glance
Lahainaluna has completed just three passes in two MIL games, including none last week in tough weather conditions. Ian-Jay Cabanilla, Kaulana Tihada and T.J. Borges are 5-6-8 on the MIL rushing list.
Bears at a glance
Gavin Acosta and Joseph Randolph are Baldwin’s leading rushers, while Kaimana Kahoopii and Antone Sanches have both shown flashes at quarterback. The Baldwin defense has surrendered just 108 yards passing.
Quotable
“I don’t think anybody in the MIL ever gives up, that’s what makes the MIL so great because every week you come out and you’re going to get good competition, great competition.”
— Dean Rickard, Lahainaluna co-head coach
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MIL Standings
DIVISION I
W L Pct PF PA
Lahainaluna 2 0 1.000 38 24
Maui High 2 1 .667 78 17
Baldwin 0 2 .000 6 71
DIVISION II
W L Pct PF PA
x-King Kekaulike 2 1 .667 51 46
KS Maui 0 2 .000 30 45
x-clinched first-round championship
Friday, Sept. 2
Maui High 24, King Kekaulike 0
Saturday, Sept. 3
Lahainaluna 21, Kamehameha Maui 14
Today’s Game
Maui High vs. Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s Game
Baldwin vs. Lahainaluna at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16
Baldwin vs. Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17
King Kekaulike at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.
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