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Baldwin, Lunas May Host Playoff Games

November 1, 2011, 5:08 PM HST
* Updated November 1, 6:40 PM
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By Fred Guzman

None of this information is official, but this is what we heard through the grapevine regarding the matchups for the upcoming state high school football playoffs:  Both Baldwin and Lahainaluna are likely to host first-round games at War Memorial Stadium. 

The Division-I Bears are penciled in to face the OIA’s second-place team —  the loser of this week’s showdown between top-ranked Farrington and No. 2 Kahuku.

The D-I quarterfinal game on Maui will be played on Friday, Nov. 11, and will be televised state-wide on OC 16   Let’s hope the battered field at War Memorial is looking better for the cameras by then.

The D-II Lunas will likely play Saturday, Nov. 12, against the survivor of this week’s Big Island  showdown between Konawaena and Kamehameha-Hawaii.

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Hawaii Prep Academy initially was in title contention on the Big Island before withdrawn for its final two games because of undisclosed team issues.

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Both seventh-ranked Baldwin and Lahainaluna clinched their MIL titles three weeks ago.  Friday night’s rivalry game represents a good final tune-up going into the state tournaments.  The Bears dominated the earlier metting, 40-0.

Although the championship races were decided weeks ago,  that doesn’t mean that the MIL football campaign has been devoid of drama.

A case in point:  Maui High rallied for a stunning 14-13 victory last  Friday night, putting a damper on Lahainaluna’s homecoming festivities.   The Sabers got an excellent performance from the versatile Siueli Vaha.  The senior quarterback ran for 100 yards and threw for 74 as the long-suffering Sabers won their third game of the season while handing the Lunas only their second MIL setback.

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Maui High hadn’t won that many games in six years during a more than-decade-long drought on the gridiron.  The Sabers will be looking to make it four wins on Saturday against Kamehameha-Maui in a 3 p.m. game.  The rare kickoff time was set to accommodate a number of other Homecoming activities.

The Warriors also are coming off a victory after defeating King Kekaulike 32-18 win as junior quarterback Connor Yap twice connecting with Dylan Machado on key touchdown passes.

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