Mules Prepare For Sabers’ Triple Threat, Samson Anguay
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.