Posted: October 20, 2012 - 1:32am
Mililani surges past Campbell and into Red semis, 42-14
Mililani WR Erren Jean-Pierre drags a defender into the endzone for a score against Campbell. Sherwin Acidera | SL
MILILANI - In what started as a thriller ended in a 42-14 blowout as Mililani, ranked third in the ScoringLive/OC16 Power Rankings, advanced to the semifinals of the OIA playoffs with a convincing win over Campbell Friday night.
"Great win, felt like we proved it all year," said Trojans senior quarterback Jarin Morikawa. "I mean we are in the number one seed and now we've just proven it."
The Trojans, who beat the Sabers earlier during the regular season (45-26), racked up 422 total yards of offense with Morikawa going 24 of 40 for 372 yards in the air.
"It's not about me, it's about the team. Can't do anything without the offensive line. They gave me more than enough time to throw the ball tonight," said Morikawa. "Slots and receivers turning it up and making it happen."
The Sabers got off a hot start on the opening kickoff of the first quarter. Finding a seam and taking the ball back 95-yards to the house was senior Brannon Bantolina. With the point after try good, Campbell got on the board first 7-0.
Campbell finished the night with 268 yards of total yards of offense.
Mililani responded with a 2-yard score as junior Dayton Furuta pounded his way up the middle for a touchdown. Furuta's score tied the game at 7-7 about 6 minutes into the first quarter.
"A lot of people think that when Mililani goes to the playoffs, they choke," said Furuta. "But we proved everybody wrong."
Campbell countered with 48 seconds left go in the first. Senior quarterback Justin Tago-Su'e called his own number on an 11-yard quarterback keeper. Faking the ball to his running back, Tago-Su'e bounced to the outside and galloped his way to the end-zone to go up 14-7.
"Campbell played hard" said Furuta. "We knew they would come in with nothing to lose."
Morikawa would connect with junior Preston Sinn for a score at the 11:11 mark of the second quarter. Sinn, fighting his way into the end-zone after the catch, tied the game up at 14-14 with the 26-yard touchdown. He finished the night with four catches for 37 yards and a score.
"Jarin's a beast, there is a reason why he's number one in the state," said Furuta. "He's going to prove it next week too."
Furuta scored another 2-yard touchdown at the 2:22 mark of the second quarter. He finished the night with ten carries for 45 yards and three touchdowns.
"(Furuta) is our captain. He's our leader," said York. "He's been our captain since his sophomore year. And that's the reason why Dayton is Dayton."
An onside kick recovery by junior Kaleo Entendencia would set up the next score for Mililani. Two plays after the kickoff, Morikawa found senior Erren Jean-Pierre for an easy pitch and catch score for 41-yards. Jean-Pierre ended the night with four catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. The score by Jean-Pierre put the score at 28-14 going into the locker room.
"Erren has so much potential. He can make things happen," said Morikawa. "Did a great job. All I had to do was put it up for him and he was making plays."
The score held steady until the 1:47 mark of the third quarter. The Trojans continued to rack up the points with a score by senior Ekolu Ramos. After grabbing a pass from Morikawa, Ramos bounced and weaved his way through the Campbell defense for a 21-yard score. Ramos finished the night with seven catches for 115 yards receiving and a score.
"(About Ramos) big deep threat for us. Got some great speed," said Morikawa. "He knows where he has got to be and make things happen."
The game would be sealed with another touchdown by Furuta at the 3:36 mark of the fourth for six-yards and a two point conversion by Trojans Ryan Reedy set the final score at 42-14.
"Our team came out, we executed right, we dominated," said Furuta. "Feels great to win."
The Trojans, first seed out of the Red West, will meet up with Farrington next week in the semifinals of the OIA playoffs. The last time these two teams met was in the OIA playoffs last year, with Farrington squeaking past Mililani 25-20.
"We are fortunate to get the win," said York. "We just got to regroup and move on to the next game."
October 20, 2012
Brannon Bantolina, 95 yard kickoff return for touchdown.
Erren Jean-Pierre, 41 yard touchdown pass from Jarin Morikawa.
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Mililani QB Jarin Morikawa gets set to make a throw against Campbell. Sherwin Acidera | SL
Campbell QB Justin Tago-Su'e scrambles for yardage against Mililani. Sherwin Acidera | SL