Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • August 10, 2022
Mega Football Matchups: Mililani vs. Mater Dei, And Kahuku Vs. St. John Bosco In One Showcase

 

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Hawaii football is very much on the map and it has been for years. The top teams across the state continue to schedule games against some of the best competition in the country.

Two of the state’s top football teams will be part of one two-day event in September, according to a HighSchoolFootballinAmerica.com story. Altogether, there are six known games involving Hawaii teams vs. mainland competition in 2022.

Mililani meets Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) on Sept. 16, and then Kahuku takes on St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) on Sept. 17.

The two games are part of the 3rd Annual Trinity League vs. USA Showcase, and St. John Bosco is hosting it.

Mater Dei won the High School Football America national championship in 2021. St. John Bosco won that title in 2019. Both schools play in the Trinity League in Southern California, which was named by MaxPreps as the toughest high school football league in the country in 2019 by MaxPreps.com.

Kahuku is the reigning Hawaii state Open Division champion and Mililani, which last won a top-tier state title in 2014, made it to the Open semifinals in 2021, losing to eventual runner-up Saint Louis.

One player from St. John Bosco — Matayo Uiagalelei — is in the Top 25 list of overall recruits from the Class of 2023, according to composite rankings by 247Sports.com.

At least three ILH teams — Saint Louis, Kamehameha and Punahou — have also scheduled mainland opponents.

The Warriors visit Liberty (Henderson, Nevada) on Sept. 17.

The Crusaders, who won state Open titles from 2016 through 2019 and finished as runner-up in 2021, are also in a big national game this year — the finale of a home-and0-home series against Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman to be played at Mililani High School on Sept. 2. A year ago, the Gaels beat Saint Louis 42-21 in Nevada.

The Buffanblu visit Orem (Utah) on Sept. 9.

Mililani definitely didn’t sleep during its scheduling. Aside from playing Mater Dei, the Trojans also have Mission Viejo (California) on the schedule — at home on Aug. 19.

Some of these Hawaii schools have a history of playing these mainland teams, and the Hawaii squads are 3-6 in those contests since 2014 (see scores bel0w).

2022 Hawaii vs. Mainland Teams

>> Friday, Aug. 19: Mission Viejo (California) at Mililani
>> Friday, Sept. 2: Saint Louis vs. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), at Mililani High School field
>> Friday, Sept. 9: Punahou at Orem (Utah)
>> Friday, Sept. 16: Mililani vs. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California), at St. John Bosco High (Bellflower, California) field
>> Saturday, Sept. 17: Kahuku at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calfornia)
>> Saturday, Sept. 17: Kamehameha at Liberty (Henderson, Nevada)

2021 won-lost records

>> Bishop Gorman (12-1)
>> Kahuku (10-0)
>> Liberty (10-2)
>> Mater Dei (12-0)
>> Mililani (5-3)
>> Mission Viejo (9-2)
>> Orem (7-6)
>> Punahou (1-4)
>> St. John Bosco (10-2)
>> Saint Louis (6-4)

Scores involving the above 10 schools

2021

>> At Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 42, Saint Louis 21

2019

>> Saint Louis 31, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 19, at Aloha Stadium
>> At Mililani 34, Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 22
>> St. John Bosc0 (Bellflower, California) 42, at Mililani 10

2018
>> At St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) 52, at No. 3 Mililani 14

2016
>> At Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 35, Kahuku 7

2015

>> Saint Louis 43, Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 16, at Aloha Stadium
>> At Liberty (Henderson, Nevava) 76, Mililani 53

2014

>> St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) 63, Saint Louis 14, at Aloha Stadium

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