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OIA's best defense, offense advance to championship game

Kahuku's Sefa Ameperosa after a second-quarter touchdown on Friday. Kahuku's Sefa Ameperosa after a second-quarter touchdown on Friday.
Mililani QB Dillon Gabriel (96) and WR Kala Timoteo (81) talk during a break in Friday's game. Mililani QB Dillon Gabriel (96) and WR Kala Timoteo (81) talk during a break in Friday's game.
Mililani's Vae Malepeai scores on a screen pass on Friday. Mililani's Vae Malepeai scores on a screen pass on Friday.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Kahuku Red Raiders and Mililani Trojans will meet at Aloha Stadium in the OIA Championship game next week, a match-up that will feature the state's best offense and the state's best defense. 

Senior linebacker Hirkley Latu and the Kahuku defense smothered Farrington in the early game on Friday, holding the Governors offense to 130 total yards, including just 41 on the ground. Senior running back Challen Faamatau, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2015, was held to 30 yards on 12 carries against Kahuku, which won the semifinal game 43-0.

Kahuku senior quarterback/running back Kesi Ah-Hoy, who rushed for 175 yards on 23 carries in the first half, sat out the second half with an ankle injury. Kahuku head coach Vavae Tata said Ah-Hoy's injury was not serious and he was expected to be okay.

Tata also said that Kahuku has yet to play it's best football. 

"Alignment, assignment, executement at the highest level," Tata told Hawaii News Now after the game. "[We forced Farrington] into third-and-long, getting into situations where we could pin our ears back and get after the passer, and that's what we did. Still looking for that complete game."

Playing with freshman Dillon Gabriel at quarterback in place of the still-injured McKenzie Milton, the Mililani Trojans' offense completely deconstructed the Waianae defense in the late game on Friday. Gabriel passed for a career high 297 yards and 4 touchdowns, including two to senior receiver Kala Timoteo, and added another score on the ground.

Senior running back Vae Malepeai, Mililani's workhorse in Milton's absence, rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. He also caught a 31-yard screen pass for a score.

Timoteo caught 8 passes for 199 yards, breaking his own school record for receiving yards in a single game.

Friday's OIA Division 1 championship game is set to kick-off at 8 p.m. Radford and Kaimuki will play for the OIA Division 2 championship at 5 p.m.

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