Posted: August 17, 2012 - 12:02pm
Defense leads Mililani in 35-7 win over Pac-Five
MILILANI - A stout defensive effort and another sharp passing night by Jarin Morikawa led the way for Mililani in a 35-7 non-league win over Pac-Five Friday night.
A crowd of about 1,000 at John Kauinana Stadium saw the Trojans improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Wolf Pack dropped to 1-1.
Morikawa threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, while the Mililani defense allowed just 107 yards of total offense by Pac-Five, which got its only score on a 96-yard kickoff return by Nicholas Kwon in the second quarter.
"Our defensive line controlled the front, our offensive line controlled their front and the rest is on the guys," Trojans coach Rod York said. "It was a great team effort overall, they played hard."
Mililani caused four turnovers (three fumbles, one interception), got four sacks and allowed just eight first downs by the Wolf Pack, who were just 3-of-17 on third downs.
"They're a tough team," defensive tackle Tamatoa Silva said of Pac-Five. "They beat Waipahu last week and we just practiced hard this whole week and it paid off."
Silva recovered two of the Wolf Pack fumbles and KK Padello - who also forced a fumble - recovered the other loose ball.
Meanwhile, Morikawa and backup quarterback Ryan Reedy completed 30-of-48 passes to 11 different pass-catchers for 261 yards. Ekolu Ramos caught two of Morikawa's passing scores: a 33-yarder in the first quarter and a 34-yard reception to close out the scoring in the third.
"It was a good game for the offense and the defense," said Ramos, who finished with four grabs for a game-high 91 yards. "(Pac-Five) was in a lot of cover-4 (zone) and the safeties were up and left the middle of the field open for us."
Mililani's first score came off a short field after a Pac-Five fumble was recovered by Padello at the Wolf Pack 33-yard line. Two plays later, Morikawa hit Ramos - who beat the cornerback on the play - for the wide-open touchdown.
The Wolf Pack answered with Kwon's 96-yard return to the house on the ensuing kickoff, but Dayton Furuta put Mililani ahead for good with his 28-yard touchdown run off right tackle, which was set-up by a 42-yard kickoff return by Erren Jean-Pierre.
Pac-Five fumbled - forced by Padello and recovered by Silva - on the very next play and Morikawa recycled the turnover into a 17-yard scoring strike to Jean-Pierre one play after that. On the scoring play, Jean-Pierre was aligned as the lone wideout on the right side of the formation and he out-jumped the defender as Morikawa found him on the fade pattern. The Trojans led 21-7 after the first quarter.
The score held until Morikawa extended his team's lead to 28-7 on a 5-yard run midway through the third quarter. On first-and-goal, Morikawa faked a handoff to Furuta to the right and ran a bootleg to the left, turned the corner and found the end zone.
Ramos hauled in his second touchdown from Morikawa with 9:32 to play in the game, culminating an eight-play, 66-yard drive, for 28 unanswered points by the Trojans.
"His speed and his knowledge of the offense was on display tonight, but it was set-up by other things that the other guys do," York said of Ramos. "The great thing is we were able to run the ball when we wanted to run, so we improved from last week and hopefully we'll take this momentum and go into our first conference game against Waianae."
Morikawa finished 21-of-36 passing and was sacked twice by Pac-Five's Titus Failauga. Milani ran 22 times for 90 yards, led by Furuta's 49 yards on six carries. Place kicker Mark Matas made all five of his extra-point attempts for the Trojans.
Wolf Pack coach Kip Botelho said it was hard to find a rythym with all the offensive miscues.
"The turnovers killed us and gave them a short field," Botelho said. "We just have to get better offensively. We have a young quarterback and some young receivers and they need to get better."
August 17, 2012
Nicholas Kwon, 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 1st quarter.
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Mililani QB Jarin Morikawa drops back for a pass in the first half against Pac-Five. Greg Yamamoto | SL
A trio of Mililani defenders converge to make the tackle on Pac-Five's Keoni Tom-Millare. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Mililani RB Dayton Furuta attempts to ward off a Pac-Five defender for extra yardage. Joshua Lopez | Mililani HS