Mules Pre­pare For Sabers’ Triple Threat, Sam­son An­guay

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By JACK DANILEWICZ

Since that hu­mid Au­gust night in 2007 when Camp­bell’s Sam­son An­guay scored three touch­downs in his pub­lic un­veil­ing against Kame­hameha, he’s been the fo­cal point of nearly ev­ery op­pos­ing team’s de­fense.

That won’t change Fri­day night when An­guay and the Sabers visit Leile­hua for the Mules’ home­com­ing.

“As soon as the ball goes into his hands, I hold my breath be­cause I know he’s go­ing to be in the end zone soon,’” Leile­hua coach Nolan Tokuda said of An­guay, who has al­ready com­mit­ted to UH.“He’s elec­tri­fy­ing.”

Tokuda also worked with him at a foot­ball com­bine for col­lege-bound prospects in the past. “He’s a great kid,” Tokuda said of An­guay, who is a re­turn spe­cial­ist in ad­di­tion to play­ing slot back.“He ac­tu­ally got hurt in the game I scouted them against Damien re­cently, and I got to talk to him at the half. He said he was hurt­ing but that he re­ally wanted to get back into the game. I told him that this in­ter-league game means noth­ing. You have to score against us and not Damien.’”

Tokuda hopes those words won’t come back to haunt him. An­guay scored 11 touch­downs in his sopho­more sea­son and was equally ex­plo­sive as a ju­nior in 2008. More­over, af­ter drop­ping their OIA Red West opener to Mililani Aug. 22, the Mules need a win over the Sabers to re­main in the mix in the league race.

The good news is that de­fense has been hit­ting its stride. “I’m real happy with the de­fense,” he said.“They’ve been keep­ing us in it. This week, all 11 on de­fense have to fly to the ball like we usu­ally do.”

Tokuda praised the play of safety Dil­lon Pauu and Ja­cob Sch­midt, who is do­ing dou- ble duty as start­ing line­backer as well as car­ry­ing the ball.

“Dil­lon lets his pads do his talk­ing,” said Tokuda. “He doesn’t have to talk. He’s a quiet leader by ex­am­ple.

“Ja­cob brings a great mo­tor and in­tel­li­gence to the field,” he added of Sch­midt.

While de­fense should be tested, how well the of­fense can man­age against the Camp­bell de­fense is also key. “Their de­fense looks pretty good. I think our of­fen­sive line ver­sus their front seven is go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing matchup.”

Tokuda is hop­ing for more con­sis­tency from his of­fense, which has been plagued at times by self-im­posed mis­cues. “We need to trust one an­other on of­fense and get into a rhythm, which is some­thing we haven’t done yet. There’s no such thing as a lit­tle mis­take. A mis­take is a mis­take, pe­riod. We have to clean that (penal­ties) up. We’ve been get­ting in each other’s way with penal­ties and with the way we prac­tice.

“Rep­e­ti­tions (in prac­tice) will help, and we’ve been sim­pli­fy­ing and short­en­ing the play book.”

One point of em­pha­sis for the of­fense has been its play in what was for­merly called the Red Zone at Leile­hua and else­where.

“The red zone is not a place to stop,” Tokuda said.“We call it (in­side the op­po­nent’s 25yard line) the green zone now. Green means go. We need to get into the end zone and fin­ish (plays).”

Some play­ers were not at 100 per­cent head­ing into the Kapolei game over the week­end, but Tokuda ex­pects every­one to play like a starter.

Ler­rion Jones prac­tices un­der the watch­ful eye of Leile­hua coach Dar­rin Mat­sumiya. Photo by Nathalie Walker, nwalker@mid­week.com.

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