THIS MIL WEEK IN FOOT­BALL

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La­hainaluna at Kame­hameha Maui To­day, Kana­iaupuni Sta­dium, 7 p.m. Overview

La­hainaluna has won 17 games in a row over­all and can clinch its 12th straight Di­vi­sion II state berth with a win. Kame­hameha Maui must win this game and next week against King Kekaulike to force a play­off game with the Lu­nas, who won the first game be­tween these two teams 14-0 on Sept. 8.

Lu­nas at a glance

La­hainaluna ranks sec­ond in the league on of­fense, be­hind Kame­hameha Maui. The Lu­nas are first on de­fense, just in front of the War­riors. Joshua Ti­hada is sec­ond in rush­ing and Nainoa Ir­ish is sec­ond in pass­ing.

War­riors at a glance

Af­ter 626 yards last week, the War­riors now av­er­age 400.4 yards per game on of­fense. Tris­tan Catan is sixth in rush­ing and fifth pass­ing, af­ter one game at QB. Karsyn Pupunu and Makani Smith-Kem­fort are 2-3 re­ceiv­ing.

Quotable

“Oh, 100 per­cent, he looks so nat­u­ral back there. We ex­pected that from the very first game they played, but that never hap­pened.” — Gar­ret Ti­hada, La­hainaluna co-head coach on if he ex­pects to see Tris­tan Catan start at QB for the War­riors

Bald­win vs. King Kekaulike Satur­day, War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, 7 p.m. Overview

This is a must-win for Bald­win to re­main in con­tention for a state berth. King Kekaulike has not won a game since 2014, but trailed by one point in the sec­ond half of a 37-22 loss to the Bears on Sept. 7. Bald­win is fourth on of­fense, one spot in front of King Kekaulike. Na Alii are fourth on de­fense, while the Bears are fifth.

Na Alii at a glance

Trey Hunter is fifth on the MIL rush­ing list and leads the league with 464 re­ceiv­ing yards — he av­er­ages 35.7 yards per catch. Hunter has scored five touch­downs, good for a tie for sixth in scor­ing. T.J. Per­kett is fourth in pass­ing.

Bears at a glance

La‘a Asuega-Stark’s 11 scor­ing passes lead the MIL. Bishop Wickes is third in rush­ing and scor­ing. Kapena Ka­mai leads the league with 24 re­cep­tions, while Kili Madrid and Kevin Varner are tied for fourth with 16.

Quotable

“The at­ti­tude is still good from our play­ers. I think ac­tu­ally it’s grow­ing a lit­tle bit more with the guys. We’re start­ing to see a lot more lead­er­ship com­ing out of the younger guys.” — Tyson Valle, King Kekaulike co-head coach on the out­look of his play­ers

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

La‘a Asuega-Stark of Bald­win High School leads the MIL with 11 touch­down passes this sea­son. The Bears face King Kekaulike on Satur­day.

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