Posted: October 5, 2012 - 11:28pm
Mililani takes to the air in 49-14 win over Waipahu
MILILANI - An aerial assault was on display in Central Oahu Friday night.
Jarin Morikawa passed for 405 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mililani to a 49-14 win over Waipahu before a crowd of about 2,500 fans at John Kauinana Stadium.
It was the fourth straight win for the Trojans, ranked third in this week's ScoringLive/OC16 Power Rankings, who improved to 7-1 overall and clinched the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West Conference regular season title with a 5-1 record. It was the second consecutive loss for the Marauders, who fell to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in league play.
"We've worked hard all season and all the hard work paid off," said Morikawa, who completed 30 of his 42 pass attempts to eight different receivers without an interception. "We're not playing our best football yet, but we're peaking and we're feeling good."
Mililani was dominant from start to finish. The Trojans aired out 420 yards of total offense and picked up 23 first downs, including 19 by passes.
"I'm happy for the kids, because they set the goal of winning the West and they executed tonight," said Trojans coach Rod York, who noted Morikawa was calling the offensive plays. "Waipahu is a tough team, this was not an easy win by any means."
Mililani came across just seven third downs for the game, converting on four of them. The Trojans were efficient enough through the air to not attempt a run until inside of the final two minutes of the second quarter.
"I love to have the ball in my hands all the time and I love to throw the ball, but I can't do it without everyone else," Morikawa said. "The offensive line did a great job, the receivers were getting to their spots and everyone did a hell of a job tonight."
The Trojans were as impressive on the defensive side of the ball, limiting Waipahu to just 64 rushing yards. The Marauders converted on just 3 of 9 third downs.
Defensive lineman Dakota Turner led the charge for the Mililani defense with one sack and a fumble recovery that led to a Trojan touchdown. Linebacker Ian Namu returned an interception for a 100-yard touchdown and defensive lineman Rex Manu had two sacks. KK Padello, Mike Atuaia and Mene Perese also recorded a sack for the Trojans.
"Mike Atuaia re-routed the receiver really well and it threw off his route, so the quarterback threw it right to me and I just ran to the house," said Namu, who had a 70-yard fumble return for a score in a 35-10 win at Aiea last week.
Morikawa capped the Trojans' first drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Turner, who was aligned in the right slot out of the five-receiver set.
Kainoa Souza-Paaluhi blocked a Waipahu field goal try late in the first quarter and four plays later, Morikawa hit a wide-open Kainoa Wilson for an 18-yard scoring strike. After the Ryan Carlomany extra point, the Trojans held a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The score held until a 1-yard Dayton Furuta touchdown run with 1:27 until halftime to cap a 12-play, 81-yard drive.
Waipahu got on the board with a 3-yard Kaimi Paredes touchdown run with 13 seconds left in the quarter, but Morikawa hit Wilson for a 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play of the half. Mililani led 28-7 at the intermission.
"We thought that we had a little bit of momentum going into the half, but that just broke the camel's back on that," Marauders' coach Eric Keola said. "That really deflated some of our momentum going into the second half."
Morikawa had 282 passing yards and three touchdowns by halftime.
Furuta closed out Mililani's first second-half possession with his second rushing score - a 2-yarder - early in the third quarter.
Waipahu answered with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Kai Mercado-Aiona to Dylan Pakau on the very next play, but two plays later, Morikawa hit Wilson for a 25-yard scoring strike to extend the Trojans' lead to 42-14.
Pakau, who finished with a game-high 123 receiving yards on five catches, left in later in the third quarter with a hip injury, according to Keola.
Wilson finished four receptions for 100 yards and Preston Sinn added seven grabs for 82 yards.
"They're a pretty good team," Keola said of the Trojans. "Defensively their front four on our pass rush - they come really hard - but I give them credit, they took away our running game and we had to try some short passes, but they're overall a good team."
Namu's 100-yard interception return midway through the fourth quarter closed out the scoring.
Mililani will be the top seed from the Red West in the 12-team OIA Red Tournament that begins next week. The Trojans, along with the to-be-determined second seed, will draw a first-round bye.
October 5, 2012
Kainoa Wilson, 51 yard touchdown pass from Jarin Morikawa.
Ian Namu, 100 yard interception return for touchdown.
Dylan Pakau, 80 yard touchdown pass from Kai Mercado-Aiona.
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The Mililani defense applied pressure on Waipahu all night, notching six sacks in the contest. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL
Mililani's Dakota Turner celebrates after a score against Waipahu. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL
Waipahu RB Matapua Tulafale carries the ball against Mililani. Joshua Lopez | Mililani HS
Mililani's Ian Namu breaks free on a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against Waipahu. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL