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Wednesday, April 16, 2014         

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No. 7 Leilehua bounces back after last week's upset

By Billy Hull

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Leilehua's football program has been one of the most successful in the state over the past decade.

Part of the reason is its ability to bounce back from a loss.

The seventh-ranked Mules haven't dropped two games in a row since early in the 2009 season after throttling host Kapolei 47-0 on Friday night in an OIA Red West game.

Leilehua (2-1, 4-1), which was stunned by Aiea, 18-16, last week, improved to 6-0 after a defeat since 2009 in a big way, handing Kapolei (1-2, 3-2) its worst loss in school history.

"We have a great coaching staff that I've put together where we're not just coaches, we're friends," Nolan Tokuda said. "After that loss, we ourselves as coaches said that's our fault and we had two meetings (on Monday and Tuesday) ... basically to make sure we have the kids play fast and have fun."

Leilehua played fast and efficiently in the first half, scoring on all five possession to take a 32-0 lead into the break.






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