Key Waianae, Moanalua High Gridiron Matches Still Ahead
run-oriented Marauders to go to the air, the Trojans should have enough offense to escape with a win.
Make plans for the State Tournament if: the offense doesn’t turn the ball over. The Trojan defense is stout, beginning in the trenches where a group of relative newcomers have arrived ahead of schedule, so Mililani’s first priority is to avoid beating itself with self-imposed miscues. Waialua Players to Watch: OL/DL Graham Rowley, OL/ DL Micah Hatchie, QB/ DB William Sacapulo, DB/WR Branden Galapia, RB/WR/DB Kamalei Rosa, LB/RB Christian Whittaker, LB/OL Rudi Galapia, PR Pilialoha Tupou Offensive MVP: Sacapulo Defensive MVP: Rowley
What we like: Hatchie and Rowley in the trenches. At the point of attack, at least, Waialua may have its best team since its breakthrough season of 2006.
Must-see game: Oct.2 at home versus Moanalua. Na Menehune showed they were going to be a factor in the White Conference race in Week Two when they scored late twice to beat a seasoned Kalaheo team. For their part, the Bulldogs hope to be in the hunt for a playoff berth, and this could be the tide-turning game in that quest. Following the Moanalua game, an equally tough encounter with Radford looms for Waialua the next week.
Upset Alert: Friday night versus Kalani ( at Kaiser High School). This game will mark the third time in as many weeks that the Bulldogs have to make the long trek to Hawaii Kai, having played against Kaiser and Anuenue on the road the last two weekends. While they figure to be big favorites on paper, playing on the road is seldom easy, and the Falcons were down just 14-0 to Aiea in Week One.
Make plans for the State Tournament if: the Bulldogs’ run defense comes around and they win the turnover battle in most games. Kaiser running back John Gonda averaged 8.1 yards per carry on his 19 attempts in the Cougars’win over Bulldogs. The more time the Bulldog defense is on the field, the less attempts for Waialua’s spread offense.