Posted: October 14, 2011 - 11:30pm
Morikawa's 4 TDs lift Trojans past Knights, 37-7
MILILANI - Jarin Morikawa was on point Friday night.
The junior quarterback passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns - all in the first half - to lead Mililani to a 37-7 rout of Castle in an opening-round game of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Division Tournament.
A crowd of about 2,000 at John Kauinana Stadium saw the Trojans pile up 384 yards of total offense to improve their record to 4-5. Castle, which suited up just 30 players, saw its season come to an end at 2-7.
"We studied a lot of film, had some great practices and the O-line played great tonight and the defense played a great game and got us the ball a lot," said Morikawa, who completed 15 of his 21 pass attempts with no interceptions. "We just came out ready to play this week. We opened out real hot and got the ball down the field a lot."
The Trojans were nearly flawless in the first half on both sides of the ball. They scored on five of their eight possessions and racked up 15 first downs in the process. Mililani converted on five of six third-down chances offensively and defensively, allowed just 64 yards in the first two quarters. Castle was 0-of-9 on first half third-down tries and 1-of-11 for the game.
"Mililani looked very sharp out there and I think they're peaking at the right time," said Knights' head coach Nelson Maeda, whose team was held to zero rushing yards on 17 attempts. "We wish we could have given them a better game. We didn't bring our A-game, which made it very difficult, but give credit to Mililani, also. They are very athletic, Morikawa did a great job and their coaches had them very well prepared for us."
The Trojans scored on their first three drives to take a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Mililani began its opening drive with a short field and needed just four plays to get on the board with Morikawa's 14-yard touchdown pass to Erren Jean-Pierre, who was left wide open in the right side of the end zone. Morikawa tacked on the extra point and Mililani led early, 7-0.
After a Castle punt, the Trojans scored again - this time on a five-play drive that covered 57 yards in just 42 seconds and was capped by a 12-yard run by Kaimi Andres-Kamakau. The score was 14-0 after Morikawa's kick with 7:02 left in the first.
Mililani forced another punt by the Knights to follow and took over at their own 26-yard line. Two plays later, Morikawa hooked up with a wide-open Kaimi Wilson downfield for a 74-yard scoring strike with 4:06 to play in the first. Following the PAT by Morikawa, the Trojans extended their lead to 21-0.
"Kaimi did a great job getting on top, Erren did a great job, all of those guys did a great job of using their speed and getting on top and all I had to do was throw it up to them," said Morikawa, who completed passes to seven different receivers.
On Castle's first possession of the second quarter, a low snap was bobbled by quarterback Kela Shea and Mililani's Mene Perese took him down in the end zone to give his team a safety and a 23-0 lead.
The Trojans fumbled on their next drive, but their defense forced Castle's sixth punt of the first half and got the ball back at their own 7-yard line. Morikawa threw a 37-yard completion to Trent Cole a few plays later and found DeShawn Duncan-Benson for a 23-yard pick up three plays after that to set-up an 11-yard TD pass to Dustin Camarillo. Elizabeth Gustafson's PAT made the score 30-0 with 4:57 to play in the first half.
The Trojans added a score with 3:05 left on a 43-yard connection between Morikawa and Cole. On the scoring play, Morikawa used a pump fake to the right flat to pull in the Knights' secondary before he found Cole down the right sideline. Mililani led 37-0 at halftime after the Gustafson kick.
"We ran a fake screen, I pumped it and the corner bit on that, so Trent was wide open down the sideline," said Morikawa, who sat for the entire second half, along with numerous other starters for the Trojans.
Castle's lone score came in the closing minutes on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Brett Harrison to Makana Bee. The extra point by Adam Aquino was good. The entire second half was played under the 35-point differential mercy rule.
Trojans' head coach Rod York said his team has approached each week as a playoff game since a road game at Aiea back on Sept. 23.
"The team confidence is there - it's always been there since that Aiea game," said York. "What we told the team from then is that we're getting ready for the playoffs and we needed to re-focus on all three phases of our game."
Mililani, the reigning league champion and fourth seed from the Red West, will play top ranked and Red East champion Farrington in next week's quarterfinal round.
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October 14, 2011
Kaimi Wilson, 74 yard pass from Jarin Morikawa.
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Mililani WR Kaimi Wilson had 2 catches for 88 yards against Castle. Scott Nishi | SL
Castle RB Olycon Finau carries the ball against Mililani. Scott Nishi | SL