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Lunas win, MIL 1-4 in nonleague games

August 21, 2011 - Robert Collias
Lahainaluna High School struck a chord for the MIL with a decisive 26-6 win over Keaau on Saturday at "The Imu," the only win in five nonleague games for the MIL with one to play — Friday, Southern California powerhouse Edison visits War Memorial Stadium to take on Baldwin and the regular season begins with two games next Saturday. So far, the MIL has been outscored 104-33 in five nonleague games and been shut out three times.

Here is the start of our story on the Luna game by Lehia Apana, the newest member of The Maui News sports staff who is picking up this covering-prep-football thing quickly (not an easy task):

LAHAINA - What a difference a week makes.

A week after being shut out, the Lahainaluna High School football team rebounded with a decisive 26-6 win over Keaau from the Big Island on Saturday at "The Imu."

The Lunas opened the prep football season on Maui with a 14-0 home loss to Pac-Five on Aug. 13.

For the Lunas, it was all a matter of getting back to the basics.

"Fundamentals," co-head coach Garret Tihada said of the team's marked improvement. "That's all we ask of the kids - that every game we have to improve on our blocking and tackling. We got a little better this week on our blocking and tackling, and we just have to keep taking those little steps."

The Lunas' offense fired away early, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives, which racked up a total of 137 yards. Lahainaluna's first touchdown drive covered 65 yards in nine plays - eight of which were rushes. The lone pass, a 4-yarder from Kiko Kohler-Fonohema to Bronson Kaina, put the ball on the Cougars' 9-yard line, and Semisi Filikitonga scored from 2 yards out with 8 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter.

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