Coach York’s Mililani Trojans Dominate OIA Football Awards
After a disappointing 2011 season by their standards, Mililani returned to the high-rent district of island football in a big way this fall, going 10-3 overall and advancing to the OIA title game and a state tournament berth.
Among the catalysts for the break-through season was senior quarterback Jarin Morikawa, who led the team’s prolific offense, which averaged 348 yards and 32 points per game.
Morikawa was recently rewarded for his efforts by being selected the OIA Red West Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,570 yards and 37 touchdowns. Teammates Erren Jean-Pierre (wide receiver), Ekolu Ramos (wide receiver), Kainoa Wan (line) and Joey Anglemire (line) joined him on the First Team Offense. (OIA All-Conference teams are chosen in a vote of league coaches at season’s end.)
Wide receiver Kainoa Wilson was named to the Second Team from Mililani.
On the defensive side, Dakota Turner (line), Mene Parese (line), Dayton Furuta (line-backer), Beau Winchester (secondary) and Ian Namu (secondary) all were First Team picks for the Trojans, while KK Padello (line), Jacob Afele (linebacker) and Bronson Kaleinamoku-Chun (secondary) made the Second Team.
The team’s Honorable Mentions were Kainoa Wilson, Mene Atuaia, Kainoa SouzaPaaluhi, Antonio Boies, Kamalii Olayen-Keawe, Colton DayacosGaspar, Dustin Camarillo, Preston Sinn, Bronson Ramos, Tyler Hill, Ryan Reedy, Kody Yamada, Holden Young, Taylor Fernandez, Keelan Obedoza, Nathan Ortiz, Lance Tumanavao, Rex Manu, Russel Satele, Tamatoa Silva, Javien Kahele, Mike Atuaia, Blaze Cosner, Blake Kondo, Kaleo Entendencia and Ryan Carlomany.
Mililani’s Rod York was named Coach of the Year.
Leilehua also has a heavy presence on the All-Star lists with five First Team picks. Keoni Piceno (wide receiver) and Jaryn Villegas (line) were selected on the offensive side of the ball, while Andrew Sesepasara (line), Branson Funakoshi (secondary) and Shai Pulawa (Util) made the Defensive First Team.
The Mules also placed Nick Rodriguez (wide receiver) and Josh Jenks (wide receiver) on the Second Team Offense. Robert McCarthy (line) and Samson Zimmerman (linebacker) made the Second Team Defense. The Mules also had 10 players – Justin Jenks, Ikaika Piceno, Siaosi Haunga, Kendric Nunes, Jeremy Taua, Chavez Moala, Leland Wong, Keanu Kamakaiwi, Malik Morton and Shaldan Kalaau – chosen for Honorable Mention.
In Division II, Waialua boasts these Honorable Mentions: Caelan Alejandro, Taleon Lele, Jallel Fabro, Shawn DeSantos, Jarret Felix, Thomas Pule, Xavier Repollo, Gage Baptista, Kaimi Kamai, Sam Leigh, Larry Basilio, Bradley Malinay, Kebi Dellatan, Tala Fuatiga, Josiah Kalama, Brennon Abad, Micah Lunasco, James Onizuka, Vincent Smith, Kaimana Eguires, Kupono Apau-Lagapa and Dustin Ibrao.