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Leilehua Mighty Mules looking to blaze their own trail

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Andrew Manley Andrew Manley

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HALAWA (KHNL) - We all can't forget the Warrior's greatest season last year.

But what about the Leilehua Mighty Mules.

Going from barely making the playoffs, to Division One State Champions.

The team begins its title defense.

Last year they snuck up on everyone.

This year they don't have that luxury.

But a newly reloaded Leilehua football team isn't riding the coat tails of the past.

They're looking to blaze their own trail, by using the lessons they learned from last year.

They're the defending Division One State Football Champions, but the Leilehua Mighty Mules will be the first to tell you that's in the past.

2007 was the State Champions and not us."

After losing a number of their seniors, this year's team wants to prove the championship wasn't a fluke.

So far so good.

The Mules are ranked 4th in the state with a 7-1 record. They say the loss turned out to be a good thing.

"I guess losing is a big wake up for us, we're beatable, any day we could lose to any team."

Last week the Mules won the Oahu Interscholastic Red West, earning a bye in the first round of the post season.

And unlike last year, they won't be sneaking up on anyone.

"We have the target on our chest, target on our backs, target everywhere but we just need to come out there, play as a team during the week, love each other and play and prove ourselves every week," said Mules quarterback Andrew Manley.

The mules say loving each other is the foundation for their success.

And it's one of the biggest lessons they're taking from last season's improbable championship run.

The thing we learned last year was to love your teammates, love them like your brother, your family your coaches, that's all your family," said Mules lineman Bronson Smithe.

Now, with the spotlight shining on them, Leilehua is looking to defend their title one game at a time.

We just say we want to play the best football we can and week to week just get better and get ready for the 2nd season which is where we are now," said Mules head coach Nolan Tokuda.

The Mighty Mules will await the winner of Friday's Kaimuki - Waipahu game.

Leilehua beat Waipahu 27-21 last week.

Kaimuki is coming off a 41-nothing loss against Farrington.

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