Councilmembers Menor and Martin Honor Mililani Varsity Football Team

4 02 2014

Mililani HS Football

(HONOLULU)—Councilmember Ron Menor (Council District 9) and Council Chair Ernie Martin (Council District 2) presented an honorary certificate to the Mililani High School Varsity Football team players and coaches for winning the 2013 OIA Red Division Championship and placing second in the 2013 HHSAA Division I State Football Championship. The presentation was made during the Council’s meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

The Trojans raced to a 7-1 record, outscoring opponents by a combined 292-111. Their high-powered offense, led by sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton and sophomore running back Vavae Malepeai, averaged 37 points per game. And a stingy defense limited opponents to a meager 14 points per game.

The Trojans rolled into the OIA Red Division playoffs, beating Leilehua, Kahuku and Farrington to capture the OIA Red Division Championship and earn a second seed in the State Championship Tournament. Mililani dispatched Campbell in the semifinals, then faced ILH champion Punahou in the State Championship Game.

The Trojans trailed for much of the game and were down 28-8 early in the fourth quarter. Mililani’s offense scored two quick touchdowns to make the score 28-22 with less than four minutes to play. The Trojan defense stiffened, giving the ball back to the offense with about two minutes left. The offense marched downfield for a game winning touchdown but an interception sealed the game’s final score.

“I was at the State High School Football Championship game at Aloha Stadium, and I tell you, the Mililani team played its heart out,” says Councilmember Menor. “They never gave up and nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback.”

Despite the heart-breaking loss, hundreds of Mililani residents cheered and lined Meheula Parkway in a show of support as the team drove back to campus. The Trojans ended the season with an 11-2 record—the most successful ever for a team from Mililani.

“Each week, the players got better, stronger, faster and most importantly, came together as a team,” says Council Chair Martin.

Martin says much of the team’s success was due to the players’ never-say-die attitude and a commitment to excellence. They continually regrouped, practiced hard and made improvements.

“Congratulations to the team for a tremendous season,” says Councilmember Menor. “Hats off also to Coach Rod York and his staff for teaching these young men how to win not only on the gridiron, but more importantly in the game of life. With several key players returning, next season promises to be just as exciting.”


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