Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, November 26, 2001


NFL Hawaii

Fatafehi, Forney, Mili move
into starting lineups

Three players with Hawaii ties moved from backup roles into NFL starting lineups yesterday.

Mario Fatafehi (Farrington High School/Kansas State) started at defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals and made one tackle in a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Kynan Forney (University of Hawaii) started at guard for the Atlanta Falcons in a 10-7 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons' offensive line opened holes for four running backs to gain a total of 145 yards, but it also allowed three sacks.

Itula Mili (Kahuku High School/Brigham Young) started at tight end for the Seattle Seahawks in a 19-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Mili carried his load as a blocker but didn't catch a pass.

Of the 10 other NFL players with Hawaii ties, five played yesterday, two are on injured reserve, two played on Thanksgiving and one plays tonight.

Jeff Ulbrich, 49ers: The starting linebacker (Hawaii) made five tackles with four solos in San Francisco's 40-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Kimo von Oelhoffen, Steelers: The starting defensive end (Molokai High School/Boise State) made two tackles with one solo in Pittsburgh's 34-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Steelers: Aside from his blocking duties, the backup running back (St. Louis School/University of Utah) rushed one time for 1 yard in Pittsburgh's win.

Chris Naeole, Saints: The starting guard (Kahuku High School/University of Colorado) and his teammates on the offensive line allowed just one sack against quarterback Aaron Brooks, but New Orleans lost to New England 34-17.

Olin Kreutz, Bears: The starting center (St. Louis School/University of Washington) and his linemates helped Chicago to a 13-6 ball-control victory and allowed just one sack against Minnesota.

Backup guard Kaulana Noa (Honokaa High School/Hawaii) and the St. Louis Rams play against Tampa Bay tonight.

Backup tackle Adrian Klemm (Hawaii) of the New England Patriots and backup defensive tackle Ma'a Tanuvasa (Mililani High School/Hawaii) are on injured reserve, while place-kicker Jason Elam (Hawaii) of the Denver Broncos and backup center Dominic Raiola (St. Louis School/University of Nebraska) of the Detroit Lions played on Turkey Day.

Nick Abramo, Star-Bulletin

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