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Leilehua ready to tackle role of underdog

Nolan Tokuda Nolan Tokuda
Andrew Manley Andrew Manley

By Jason Tang - bio | email

WAHIAWA (KHNL) - They've been in this position before. Last year Leilehua toppled top ranked St. Louis to win the State championship. This Friday, they plan to do the same against top ranked Punahou.

"We won it last year, so we want to redeem ourselves that is wasn't a fluke, just come out there and play hard," said junior Leilehua quarterback Andrew Manley.

Both teams feature exciting offenses as both have high powered quarterbacks behind center. However, Leilehua head coach Nolan Tokuda believes the game won't be a touchdown bonanza.

"I think it might a low scoring game too, because both defenses will play well and scheme up for each other, so I think it will come down to turnovers and field position and penalties, so hopefully we can be a more disciplined team and take care of that part," said Tokuda.

Leilehua knows some people have already crowned Punahou as champions. The Buffanblu have the higher ranking, and are full of division one prospects. But does that intimidate the mules?

"Not at all, we take care every team the same, we come out and our coaches prepare us well, we play hard, play on this muddy field and that's what we do every week," said Manley.

Week after week Leilehua's won the games they've needed to, and it's all because of their unity.

"When you rely on one another as family, you don't ever have quit inside of you, they know how blessed they are to be playing another week of football, so they're not going to quit till the end of the game," said Tokuda.

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