Posted: September 8, 2012 - 1:40am
Morikawa leads Mililani over Campbell, 45-26
Mililani QB Jarin Morikawa passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Campbell. Sherwin Acidera | SL
'EWA BEACH-It's not the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red West. It's the Resilient West.
A week after a heart-breaking loss to Central O'ahu rival Leilehua, Mililani rolled over Campbell, 45-26, Friday night at the Sabers' field. The game also was televised on OC 12, though it's still referred to as OC 16.
Quarterback Jarin Morikawa passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns to pull the Trojans (4-1 overall, 2-1 West), ranked sixth in the ScoringLive/OC 16 Power Rankings, into a tie for the division lead with the No. 7 Sabers (4-1, 2-1).
"It was very, very important," Trojans' coach Rod York said of his team's bouncing back from the 17-13 loss to the Mules last week. "It's about the mental mindset about how we react to certain situations. It was a tough loss, but credit Leilehua. We turned around and showed how we can really play."
"It was a big game for us, coming into Campbell who were 4-0, undefeated," added Morikawa, who completed 22 of 42 passed with one interception. "They're a great team. We just had to have a short-term memory, forget about the Leilehua game. Learn from the experience of that game and just come out strong in this game."
The West got more interesting when 'Aiea stunned Leilehua, 18-16, Friday night, leaving no unbeaten team left in the West. And with Waianae squeezing past Waipahu, 23-20, only one game separates the leaders from the trailers in the division.
The Trojans used a short passing game and screens to neutralize Campbell's speed on defense. Morikawa hit on four of his first five passes in a five-play, 60-yard opening drive that was capped with a 27-yard screen pass to running back Dayton Furuta for a touchdown just one minute, 14 seconds into the game.
"They're a fast defense," Morikawa said. "They're were blitzing a lot, so you try to get the ball in (the receivers') hands quick. Credit to the receivers and the O-line did a great job tonight."
The Sabers, hampered by 13 penalties totaling 111 yards, had back-to-back infractions on the PAT that the Trojans elected to go for the 2-point conversion that Furuta easily ran in to give Mililani an 8-0 lead.
Mililani then controlled the ball with short passes on an 18-play, 72-yard drive that ate up 7:42 of the first quarter with Morikawa scoring from one yard. The drive was kept alive by three pass interference penalties on Campbell. The first came on fourth-and-6 at the Sabers' 25, the second on third-and-9 from the 10 and the third on third-and-goal from the 15. Ryan Carlomany's PAT extended the Trojans' lead to 15-0 at the end of the first quarter.
"Some were judgment calls and some were kind of obvious," Campbell coach Amosa Amosa said of the interference calls.
But the Sabers contributed to their downfall. They faked a punt deep in their territory on there ensuing series and gave the Trojans the ball at the Campbell 15. Morikawa needed only three plays to get the Trojans on the board with a 10-yard TD pass to Kainoa Wilson to make it 22-0.
Meanwhile, the Trojans defense did its part by making the Sabers punt on their next three series. That gave the Trojans one more series to score before the half. A 47-yard pass from Morikawa to Wilson set up a 15-yard TD between the duo with four seconds left in the half to make it 29-0.
It was 32-0 with 4:22 left in the third quarter when Carlomany hit a 44-yard field goal for the Trojans.
With the mercy rule looming, the Sabers scored quickly when Justin Tago-Su'e hit Brannon Bantolina on a 64-yard TD pass.
In fact, that score sort of jump-started the Sabers, who then scored on their next series on a six-yard run by Tago-Su'e to pull Campbell to 32-13 with 10:29 left in the game.
Then a 39-yard interception return for a TD by Campbell DB Corian Reyes-Thomas off Morikawa all of a sudden made it a game at 32-20.
The Trojans appeared to flustered as they punted on their next series, but the Sabers gave them a break when they muffed the punt, giving Mililani possession a the Campbell 25. That set up Furuta's eventual five-yard TD run that made it 39-20.
Then it was the Sabers who appeared shaken. A personal foul after the TD allowed Mililani to kickoff from the Sabers' 45, where it successfully executed an onside kick, recovering the ball at the Campbell 34. Backup Ryan Reedy took over the series and capped the short drive with a five-yard TD run with 3:44 left to make it 45-20.
"We were yelling at them to look for the onside kick, keep their eyes on the ball," Amosa said. "But they were still backing up."
The Sabers added a score with 14 seconds left when backup QB Isaac Hurd completed 2 of 3 passes for 44 yards, ending the three-play, 44-yard drive with a five-yard TD pass to Brant Cadelina.
Amosa said he had hoped to run the ball more, but RB Paul-Andrew Rhoden sat out with a neck injury he sustained in last week's win at Waipahu.
The loss dropped the Sabers from the unbeaten ranks. Leilehua's loss to 'Aiea also left the Red West without an unbeaten team.
September 8, 2012
Mililani's Kainoa Wilson makes a reception against Campbell. Sherwin Acidera | SL
Campbell's Makaio Hopean-Lampitoc and Mililani's Bronson Ramos battle on a passing play. Asia Valle | Special to SL
Campbell QB Justin Tago-Su'e is pursued by Mililani's Dakota Turner. Sherwin Acidera | SL