Mud can't slow Stevenson, Mililani


POSTED: Sunday, October 19, 2008

When Mother Nature came calling, Taz got choppy.

Dalaunte “;Taz”; Stevenson ran for two second-half touchdowns as Mililani outlasted Kailua 21-12 last night in a mud bog at John Kauinana Stadium.

Mililani (5-4, 5-2 league) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red playoffs. The steamrolling Trojans will visit Kahuku, the top seed in the East, next week.

“;This is a new chapter in our book,”; said Stevenson, who bolted for scoring runs of 18 and 3 yards after Mililani's defense and special teams stepped up. The speedy junior made adjustments to the muddy frosting that covered most of the field. A downpour before kickoff gave the field a squishy texture that put a lid on big breakaway runs.

“;My coaches said to close up our feet, take choppy steps,”; Stevenson said. “;Just keep two hands on the ball.”;

In their roles as punter and long snapper, Iosua Manuma and Trevor Lee turned into ultra-valuable factors.

“;Those two did a great job. Our defense and special teams did a great job,”; Mililani coach Darnell Arceneaux said. “;This time of year, you have to be able to run the ball, win the turnover margin and win the kicking game.

Manuma, who shared quarterbacking duties with Matt Milton, proved to be a major weapon on the muddy field as a punter. He boomed punts of 40, 51 and 58 yards in one stretch of the first half, pinning the Surfriders back with poor field position.

Kailua ended the season 2-6 (2-5 OIA Red), but gave a gutsy effort in its swan song. Defensive tackle Manako Tuifua led a hard-hitting defense with 13 tackles, including 12 solo. Linebacker Tyson Tynanes-Perez added eight tackles.

“;Taz did a good job,”; said Tuifua, a 5-foot-9, 267-pound senior. “;We had some missed assignments.”;

Linebacker Brenden Kimura had seven tackles to lead Mililani's defense.

Still, the visitors drove 65 yards in six plays to score on their opening possession. Lastimosa completed passes of 35 yards to Isaac Sato and 11 yards to Corey Lau to spark the drive. Calen Friel's 3-yard touchdown burst up the middle gave Kailua a 6-0 lead with 9:22 left in the first quarter.

The PAT kick was wide right.

Mililani struggled early but finally got a break when a low snap to punter Aloanu Meagher gave Mililani's Willy Coleman enough time to knock the ball loose, and Fred Culp hustled after the loose ball in the end zone for a Trojans touchdown. Corey Nakagawa's extra-point kick gave Mililani a 7-6 lead with 6:47 lead to go in the second quarter.

Manuma soon had a 37-yard coffin-corner punt that pinned Kailua at its 5-yard line. That set up Mililani's ensuing possession, which began at the Kailua 45-yard line.

Mililani needed just five plays to hit paydirt. Stevenson went in motion from the slot to the backfield, took a handoff from Manuma and sliced through the heart of Kailua's defense for an 18-yard touchdown run. The Trojans led 21-6 with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter.

The muddy field made it tough for quarterbacks to get their footing in the first half. By the fourth quarter, simply holding onto the ball was an issue. Manuma lost the ball on a snap under center, and Kailua's Kona Kahalewai recovered at the Mililani 16-yard line.

Kailua drove to the 5-yard line and gave the ball to Isaac “;Bubba”; Sato, who ran right and was upended by Kaipo Entendencia. Sato flipped over and landed awkwardly on his head at the 1-yard line. Sato received medical attention for several minutes and seemed to have movement in his arms and legs before he was transported by ambulance to Wahiawa Hospital.

At John Kauinana Stadium





Kailua (2-6, 2-5)600612
Mililani (5-4, 5-2)0714021



Kai—Calen Friel 3 run (kick failed)
Mil—Fred Culp recovered fumble in end zone (Corey Nakagawa kick)
Mil—Dalaunte Stevenson 18 run (Nakagawa kick)
Mil—Stevenson 3 run (Nakagawa kick)
Kai—Manako Tuifua 1 run (kick failed)

  RUSHINGKailua: Keoki Reis-Moniz 1-26, Isaac Sato 15-23, Styren Kahale 5-16, Calen Friel 3-8, William Kekauoha 4-7, Bob Lastimosa 5-(-10), TEAM 2-(-27), Ioane Aipa 1-5, Tuifua 1-1. Mililani: Stevenson 9-45, Kekai Trout 15-29, Iosua Manuma 7-16, Kris Ornellas 2-16, Trevor Lee 2-6, Matt Milton 1-7, TEAM 2-(-25).

PASSING—Kailua: Lastimosa 6-14-0-78, Kahale 0-1-1-0. Mililani: Milton 1-2-0-5, Manuma 4-8-0-27.

RECEIVINGKailua: Corey Lau 2-15, Sato 1-35, Kekauoha 1-13, Kahale 1-12, Kapena Alameda 1-3. Mililani: Fred Culp 3-18, Stevenson 2-14.


OIA White

Radford 28, Waialua 15
The Bulldogs could not overcome three scoreless quarters as the Rams overpowered Waialua early to set the stage for the remainder of the game.

James Jennings began the scoring surge for Radford with a 5-yard run and sealed the deal with a 6-yard scoring catch in the third quarter.

  At Waialua





Radford (6-2, 6-1)7147028
Waialua (2-5, 2-5)0001515



Rad—James Jennings 5 run (Tama Fiaseu kick)
Rad—Brad Osborne 3 pass from Pouesi Togiailua (Fiaseu kick)
Rad—Fiaseu 3 run (Fiaseu kick)
Rad—Jennings 6 pass from Douglas Brown (Fiaseu kick)
Wail—Kaleo Lopez 90 run (Kainoa Rosa kick)
Wail—Rosa 9 run (William Sacapulo-Uepa 10 run)

  RUSHINGWaialua: Lopez 2-93, Rosa 9-49, Sacapulo-Uepa 6-(minus 2). Radford: Jennings 10-73, Fiaseu 10-51, Brown 3-16, Mosiah Manuma 1-15, Togiailua 1-8, Amo Seei 3-7, Ikaika Shawn Putman-Curry 1-3, Kamaka 1-2, Joseph Omstead 3-1.

PASSINGWaialua: Sacapulo-Uepa 7-24-3-82. Radford: Manuma 10-18-0-146, Brown 5-9-0-35, Togiailua 1-1-0-2.

RECEIVINGWaialua: Lopez 4-34, Rosa 2-48. Radford: Brad Osborne 6-55, Putman-Curry 2-42, Jennings 2-26, Deshawn Robinson 2-25, Fiaseu 1-13, Zach Lagier 1-11, Christopher Nichols 1-6, Pierre Verrett 1-5.

Junior varsity—Radford 42, Waialua 7.

  Campbell 34, Kaiser 14
Lalo Respicio tossed for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Sabers over the Cougars.

Daniel Masifilo caught a pair of long scoring passes from Respicio and added another from backup quarterback Damon Fuentes.

  At Kaiser

CAMPBELL(8-1, 7-1)701413—34
KAISER(3-6, 3-5)14000-14

Kais — Jarrin Inagaki fumble recovery in end zone (Kekoa Kim kick).
Camp — Daniel Masifilo 44 pass Lalo Respicio (Robert Repgala kick).
Kais — Inagaki 5 run (Kim kick).
Camp — Brandon Ahuna 25 pass from Respicio (Repgala kick).
Camp — Masilio 40 pass from Respicio (Repgala kick).
Camp — Arthur Aiwohi 66 pass from Respicio (Repgala kick).
Camp —Masifilo 13 pass from Respicio (kick blocked).

RUSHING — Campbell: Ahuna 6-26. Samson Anguay 3-42, Damon Fuentes 1-4, Respicio 2-(minus 15). Kaiser: Laa Awong 2-(minus 22), Jesse Kauhola 26-165, Inagaki 11-65.

PASSING — Campbell: Respicio 17-33-1—334, Fuentes 0-3-0—0. Kaiser: Awong 4-8-2-19, Inagaki 0-2-1-0, Kauhola 2-4-0-21.

RECEIVING — Campbell: Masifilo 3-97, Aiwohi 4-101, Braxton Maluenda 2-32, Anguay 5-57, Ahuna 3-47. Kaiser: Cory Hironaka 3-21, Todd Takanishi 1-8, Jordan Woodall 1-5, Kauhola 1-6.

JV score — Campbell 21, Kaiser 14.


Saint Louis 49, Word of Life 0
Kamehameha 45, Pac-Five 7



Keaau 20, Honokaa 8
Hawaii Prep 17, Kamehameha-Hawaii 7



Kamehameha-Maui 23, King Kekaulike 19
Baldwin 40, Trojans 0