Key Wa­ianae, Moanalua High Grid­iron Matches Still Ahead

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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.

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