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Sunday, September 5, 2004



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Mililani’s
wishbone wins

» Yesterday's scores and summaries


The Mililani Trojans are bad to the bone.

Using a wishbone ground attack, the Trojans wore down Punahou en route to a 27-7 win last night at Mililani Stadium.

Kekoa Perbera busted loose for 92 of his 101 rushing yards in the second half. Mililani's offensive line took a toll on Punahou's defense, racking up 132 yards on the ground after halftime.

Mililani improved to 3-0. Punahou fell to 2-1. All three games have been against Oahu Interscholastic Association opponents.

"This was a good test for us. Their offensive line is big and athletic, and they kept going all game," Punahou coach Kale Ane said of the Trojans. "Their quarterback did a good job."

Mililani quarterback Maka Kahoano was his usual efficient self. The senior was 8-for-12 for 117 yards through the air, and rushed eight times for 34 yards. He executed Mililani's throwback offense without a hitch. The Trojans didn't lose a fumble all night and amassed 279 total yards.

"All summer, we worked on the wishbone for certain situations," Mililani coach James Millwood said. "We wanted to work the middle, then start going outside. The boys and Maka did an excellent job."

Punahou finished with 143 total yards. The Buffs opened the game with a one-back set, but soon gave way to their normal run-and-shoot shotgun attack. Sophomore Brett Kan completed 13 of 24 attempts for 102 yards, but was sacked three times in the second half.

Mililani broke the ice late in the first quarter after Perbera's 18-yard punt return gave his team a first down at the Punahou 35-yard line. Kahoano ran left for 12 yards to spark the drive, and Ryan Aguon scored on a 5-yard run to give Mililani a 7-0 lead with 1:18 to play in the first quarter.

After Jay Angotti broke off a 39-yard kickoff return, Punahou drove 48 yards to paydirt. Kan connected with Brian Matsumoto on fourth-and-goal from the 2 for Punahou's first score. River Kim's PAT kick tied it at 7 with 6:48 left in the second quarter.

Kahoano bolted in on a keeper to the left with 6 seconds left in the half to give Mililani the lead for good. His touchdown gave the Trojans a 14-7 advantage.

Turnovers plagued the Buffanblu in the second half, along with Mililani's swarming blitzes. Jordan Apduhan scored on a blast from the 1 to push Mililani's lead to 21-7 with 10:07 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Pac-Five 27, Aiea 21: Kamalu Kealoha caught the game-winning touchdown as the Wolfpack rallied to beat Na Ali'i and remain undefeated.

Trailing 14-13 in the third quarter, Kealoha caught Bryson Bernie's 16-yard pass to give Pac-Five the lead for good.

Nanakuli 21, Damien 0: Senior quarterback Jaycee Alapai threw for 100 yards as the Golden Hawks shut out the Monarchs.

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