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Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, October 16, 2000

N F L _ I S L A N D E R S

NFL Hawaii

Mili scores again
for Seattle

Pat Bigold

Former Kahuku High and BYU tight end Itula Mili scored his second touchdown of the season for Seattle in the Seahawks' 37-24 loss to Indianapolis yesterday.

Mili caught a 7-yard scoring pass from Brock Huard in the second quarter to draw Seattle within three points of the Colts, 17-14. He finished with four catches for 21 yards.

Bullet Two weeks after winning the No. 2 halfback job behind Jerome Bettis, Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala might lose the job to Richard Huntley.

But it won't be because the St. Louis School and University of Utah product wasn't effective. He gave Pittsburgh one of the best one-two rushing punches in the NFL.

It's because he's the only other fullback the Steelers have available after Bettis' "bus driver," Jon Witman, broke his right leg in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 15-0 victory over Cincinnati.

The Steelers evened their record at 3-3.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala also plays on special teams, and to alternate between third-down back and fullback would probably be impossible.

He has not played fullback before this season but has been forced to learn the position since training camp as the No. 2 fullback.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala's addition to the backfield with Bettis will give the Steelers another offensive threat they didn't have with Witman.

He has 106 receiving yards to go along with 129 rushing yards this season.

"Fu has been playing the position since day one of summer camp, so it's not like he hasn't been forced to learn those things," said Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

The Steelers host Cleveland this weekend.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala had two receptions for a yard and no rushes yesterday as the Steelers were led by Bettis' 101 yards on 29 carries. He had one solo and one assisted tackle on special teams.

Bullet Molokai's Kimo von Oelhoffen had two solo tackles and a deflection at nose tackle for the Steelers.

Bullet Former University of Hawaii kicker Jason Elam had field goals of 22, 45 and 46 yards in the Denver Broncos' 44-10 victory over Cleveland.

Bullet Former Mililani High and UH defensive lineman Ma'a Tanuvasa had an assisted tackle for the Broncos.

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