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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
Mililani's Zachary Payomo sliced between Campbell defenders Solomon Leaeno, left, and Togi Tupuola last night.

Mililani’s defense showed it can be stout, and opportunistic, all at the same time.

The Trojans held Campbell to 19 total yards in the first half and forced three turnovers in the second, returning two fumbles for touchdowns, in a 48-12 victory last night at John Kauinana Stadium.

Trent McKinney finished 16-for-20 for 194 yards and three touchdowns (two rushing), and Zachary Payomo rushed for 143 yards and a score as No. 6 Mililani (2-1 Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West, 4-1 overall) bounced back from a 42-28 upset loss to Waianae last week.

"Campbell was still in the game in the third quarter, so definitely the scoreboard is not indicative of how (the game) played out," Trojans coach Rod York said. "They were missing their No. 1 quarterback and it’s always tough for any team to lose their signal caller."

Campbell senior Nilo Agbayani-Omalza started in place of sophomore Justin Tago, who missed the game after getting hurt in last week’s loss to Leilehua. After a slow start (Campbell trailed 21-0 at halftime), Agbayani-Omalza came alive with two touchdown passes in the third quarter to make it 27-12.

"The frustrating part is we knew what Mililani was going to do coming in, but we just didn’t execute," Campbell coach Amosa Amosa said. "We’re trying all different things with these kids and trying to find the right plays that work for us."

The Trojans defense, which started to give up some yards in the second half, made up for it by forcing three turnovers. The Sabers got the ball back after scoring on their opening possession of the second half, but Agbayani-Omalza was hit by Chase Rojas in the end zone. The ball came loose, and Mililani senior Klandon Fetaui picked it up for the score to put the Trojans back up by three touchdowns.

Campbell looked to regain the momentum as Agbayani-Omalza hooked up with Keoni Piceno for a 40-yard touchdown. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Jonathon Makaiau caught the onside kick in stride and blew past the oncoming Sabers to take it 52 yards to the house to put Mililani up 34-12.

Mililani put the game away, returning its second fumble for a touchdown. Fetaui busted through the middle to sack Agbayani-Omalza and pop the ball loose. Senior Ati Patu scooped up the ball and ran 29 yards untouched for the score to give Mililani a 41-12 lead.

"I thought it was dead at first, but they kept going so I just picked it up and ran," Patu said.

Mililani forced four turnovers in all as senior Elijah Lagafuaina and Jeff Havelock had two big interceptions. Lagafuaina had a 58-yard return for a score called back because of a penalty and Havelock’s pick came deep in Mililani territory early in the fourth quarter.

Agbayani-Omalza finished 13-for-28 for 95 yards, and Aries Pihi completed all three of his pass attempts in the fourth quarter for 31 yards. Nicholas Molia-Penitusi came in and jump-started Campbell’s offense with 59 rushing yards after halftime, averaging more than 6 yards a carry.

"Those two guys are real workhorses for us," said Amosa, whose Sabers fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in league play. "With all the problems we have on offense, we really look to them to help carry the load."

 

At John Kauinana Stadium

Campbell (2-3, 1-2) 0 0 12 0 12
Mililani (4-1, 2-1) 7 14 13 14 48

Mililani–Zachary Payomo 1 run (Elizabeth Gustafson kick)
Mililani–Trent McKinney 1 run (Gustafson kick)
Mililani–McKinney 1 run (Gustafson kick)
Campbell–Keoni Paglinawan 6 pass from Nilo Agbayani-Omalza (kick failed)
Mililani–Peter Pia fumble recovery in endzone (kick failed)
Campbell–Keoni Piceno 40 pass from Agbayani-Omalza (run failed)
Mililani–Jonathon Makaiau 52 kickoff return (Gustafson kick)
Mililani–Ati Patu 29 fumble return (Gustafson kick)
Mililani–DeShawn Benson 13 pass from McKinney (Gustafson kick)

RUSHING–Camp: Nicholas Molia-Penitusi 9-59, Aries Pihi 9-41, Piceno 1-(minus 5), Agbayani-Omalza 5-(minus 21). Mil: Payomo 18-143, McKinney 7-40.

PASSING–Camp: Agbayani-Omalza 13-28-2-95, Pihi 3-3-0-31. Mil: McKinney 16-20-1-198.

RECEIVING–Camp: Piceno 3-43, Galuega Castro 3-18, Jaelan Subia-Etrata 2-36, Paglinawan 2-16, Amosa Amosa Jr. 2-0, Molia-Penitusi 1-12, BJ Halmos 1-4, Kaimana Rivera 1-2, Pihi 1-(minus 5). Mil: Bryson Calma 3-58, Benson 3-40, Hassan Richardson 2-26, Payomo 2-11, Ervan Jean-Pierre 2-5, Colby Lum 1-25, Taylor Searle 1-23, Kevin Fuentes 1-9, Darius Calma 1-6.

Junior varsity — Campbell 48, Mililani 34

 

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