POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 10, 2010
The Wild West was won in wild fashion, indeed.
Despite blowing a 28-0 lead, Mililani came back in the second overtime on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Trent McKinney to DeShawn Benson as the Trojans edged Leilehua 42-35 last night at Hugh Yoshida Stadium.
The win gave Mililani (7-1, 5-1) first place and the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West's top seed entering the playoffs.
Their head-to-head win over the Mules (5-2, 5-1) is the primary tiebreaker. If not for a controversial finish, the teams could've gone to a third overtime.
Leilehua receiver Darrien Shealy, with 11 receptions for 217 yards, appeared to be pushed out of bounds at the 5-yard line before a pass from backup quarterback Jordan Kalaau reached him on fourth down in the second overtime.
Shealy didn't want to complain about the non-call after the game.
"We just talked about, it's not how you start, it's how you finish," the senior wide receiver said.
Mililani seemed to have the game under control after waltzing to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter, but the Mules answered with 28 points of their own.
"The first half, we had the intensity," said McKinney, who passed for 196 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 78 yards and three more scores.
"The second half, we come out slow, you know. We come out complacent," he said.
Down 28-7 at the half, the Mules rallied on the hot passing of Kenan Sadanaga, who finished with 363 yards (23-for-35) with three touchdowns. His 15-yard bullet to Fred Padrones brought Leilehua within 28-14 with 9:40 left in the third quarter.
Leilehua used a trick play, a halfback option pass from Austin Schmidt to Kalaau from the 2-yard line, to get within 28-21 with less than 4 minutes remaining.
With 1:23 left and the Mules on their own 20, Sadanaga hit Shealy with a screen pass, and Shealy went the distance to tie the game at 28-all and force overtime.
Mililani's throng of fans were exhilarated in the first half. The Trojans calmly dissected Leilehua's normally resistant defensive unit with surgical precision.
Going mostly no-huddle, McKinney directed the Trojans on a 13-play, 79-yard drive to open the battle.
Going mostly with draws and option pitches, they drove with the help of three keepers by McKinney for 41 yards. He ended the drive with a quick 13-yard strike to Bryson Calma for a 7-0 lead with 8:48 to go in the first quarter.
A tipped pass, picked off by Mililani safety Elijah Lagafuaina, halted Leilehua's first series. The Trojans, using a 24-yard cutback run by McKinney, drove 77 yards for another score. McKinney's 7-yard keeper gave the visitors a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter.
Leilehua's offense, which mustered just two first downs in the opening half, did little to give its defense much rest. The Trojans scored on their fourth possession with a lift from Nainoa Pihana, who pulled in a 37-yard bomb from McKinney to give the Trojans first down at the 2-yard line.
Mililani got tricky after a timeout, using backup Jarin Morikawa's quick toss to McKinney in the slot for a 2-yard touchdown, and the Trojans led 21-0 with 4:26 remaining in the half.
It went from bad to worse for the Mules on the ensuing kickoff when a short pooch kick was muffed. Mililani's Jonathon Makaiau recovered at the Leilehua 43-yard line, and four plays later, McKinney snuck over the goal line from the 1. The Trojans led 28-0 with 2:58 to go in the half.
Jeremiah Andrade brought the Mules to life with an 88-yard return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff, and they trailed 28-7 at intermission.
|Mililani (7-1, 5-1)||0||7||7||14||7||7||-- 42|
|Leilehua (5-2, 5-1)||14||14||0||0||7||0||--35|
MIL--Bryson Calma 13 pass from Trent McKinney (Jarin Morikawa kick)
MIL--McKinney 7 run (Morikawa kick)
MIL--McKinney 2 pass from Morikawa (Morikawa kick)
MIL--McKinney 1 run (Morikawa kick)
LEI--Jeremiah Andrade 88 kick return (Tim Momiyama kick)
LEI--Fred Padrones 15 pass from Kenan Sadanaga (Momiyama kick)
LEI--Jordan Kalaau 2 pass from Austin Schmidt (Momiyama kick)
LEI--Darrien Shealy 80 pass from Sadanaga (Momiyama kick)
LEI--Padrones 10 pass from Sadanaga (Momiyama kick)
MIL--McKinney 3 run (Morikawa kick)
MIL--DeShawn Benson 20 pass from McKinney (Morikawa kick)
RUSHING--Mil: Zachary Payomo 32-158, Calma 2-19, McKinney 19-78, Kaimi Andes-Kamikau 4-15, Colby Lum 1-2, Pihana Nainoa 1-3. Lei: Stan Mersburgh 3-9, Allen Racette 3-2, Sadanaga 5-(-26), Kalaau 2-(-1), team 1-(-2), Schmidt 2-1.
PASSING--Mil: McKinney 17-26-0-196. Lei: Sadanaga 23-35-1-365, Kalaau 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING--Mil: Calma 5-50, Payomo 4-34, Pihana 2-46, Benson 2-23, Kalaau 2-17, Hassan Richardson 1-28, Ervan Jean-Pierre 1-(-2). Lei: Shealy 11-217, Mersburgh 3-36, Padrones 3-31, Barro 3-15, Elijah Andrade 2-32, Racette 1-32, Kalaau 1-2.
Junior Varsity--Leilehua 27, Mililani 13.