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Maui High Clinches State Tourney Berth With Win

October 18, 2014, 4:08 PM HST
* Updated October 18, 10:32 PM
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Maui High's Hanisi Lotulelei scored two touchdowns for the Sabers Friday against King Kekaulike. Photob y Rodney S. Yap.

Maui High’s Hanisi Lotulelei scored two touchdowns for the Sabers Friday against King Kekaulike. Photob y Rodney S. Yap.

By Rodney S. Yap

Maui High had five different running backs score touchdowns Friday en route to a lopsided 48-0 victory at King Kekaulike High School.

The win sealed the Sabers’ MIL Division I championship and the team’s first berth to the state tournament since 2000. Maui High improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the MIL second round.

As MIL champion, Maui High will likely host a quarterfinal game against an Oahu Interscholastic Association team at War Memorial Stadium on Nov. 7.

Sophomore running back Hanisi Lotulelei scored two touchdowns for the Sabers, the first coming on a 93-yard run with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. He finished with 127 yards on six carries.

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Maui High’s offense rushed for 359 yards and its defense posted its second straight shutout. The Sabers defeated Baldwin last week, 27-0.

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King Kekaulike closed out its 2014 campaign 1-7.

Maui High will celebrate its homecoming against Lahainaluna on Saturday, Oct. 25, at War Memorial Stadium.

Friday’s MIL Scoring Summary

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At King Kekaulike Stadium

SABERS 48, NA ALII 0

Maui High ……….. 7 ……. 20 ….. 8 …… 13—48

King Kekaulike ….. 0 ….. 0 ….. 0 ….. 0—0

First Quarter

MH—Hanisi Lotulelei 93 run (Jayden Wilhelm kick), 0:35.

Second Quarter

MH—Lotulelei 6 run (kick failed), 10:49.

MH—Lusitania Tongi 6 run (Pika Fakava pass from Tyson Takabayashi), 5:13.

MH—Feleti Afemui 28 pass from Austin Hoe (kick failed), 1:26.

Third Quarter

MH—Daniel Kelley 22 run (Ericson Hirose pass from Tyson Takabayashi), 4:19.

Fourth Quarter

MH—McNel Guillermo 40 run (Wilhelm kick), 9:34.

MH—Hirose 11 run (kick failed), 7:29.

Junior varsity: Maui High 28, King Kekaulike 0.

* All statistics complied by Rob Collias of The Maui News.

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