Leilehua Goes for First OIA Title Since 1984

Josh Cruz
Josh Cruz

(KHNL)--Friday night is championship day for OIA football, and the lights at Aloha Stadium will welcome in the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mules in the red conference title game. But for the Bules in particular, nobody expected them to get this far.

"You wouldn't want to script it any other way when you talk about a success story that these guys are, you talk about heart and this is a true definition of Leilehua football,"said Mules head coach Nolan Takuda.

It's one of the most improbable runs of the year. Leilehua entered the OIA playoffs as the lowest ranked team with a 3-3 record. However, their unity and belief in themselves helped them overcome all obstacles.

"We had some tough times, but if we stuck together as a team we knew we could do it, it's a surprise but I felt we could do it," said linebacker Josh Cruz.

The road to the title game wasn't easy either. against Castle both Leilehua quarterbacks were injured. They Mules needed overtime to stun Mililani in the quarterfinals. And last week in the semis, they managed to hold Farrington to no touchdowns

"These guys are enjoying the moment and enjoy playing for each other and i think that's why we've been successful in the playoffs," said Takuda.

Friday night Leilehua will try to bring home the conference crown for the first time since 1984, but they'll face a stiff test against Waianae, a program that's won it eight times since the Mules last win.

"They're a perennial power and also angry, we beat them in the regular season on their homecoming, so i'm sure they're going to be fired up for us."