Liberty High School scored arguably the biggest win in school history on Friday night when the Patriots upset visiting defending Hawaii state champion and nationally ranked Mililani, 76-53.
A big reason for that was the outstanding two-way play of junior Ethan Dedeaux.
All the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder did was score seven touchdowns, including a 91-yard kickoff return, and intercept two passes in helping Liberty (1-1) snap the 16-game winning streak of the Trojans (3-1). Mililani came into the contest ranked No. 10 in the nation in the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings and No. 24 in USA Today’s Expert Rankings.
Dedeaux, whose only scholarship offer so far is from Northern Arizona, rushed eight times for 153 yards and had touchdown runs of 30, 35, 12 and 15 yards. He also caught three passes for 121 yards including TD grabs of 46 and 65 yards.
Liberty finished with 628 yards in total offense, including 460 rushing, while the Trojans ended with 623 total yards, including 431 yards and five touchdown passes from Hawaii-bound quarterback McKenzie Milton.
Junior running back Chad Tebay finished with a game-high 207 yards rushing on 27 carries including a 26-yard touchdown while sophomore quarterback Kenyon Oblad finished 8-of-13 for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Vavae Malepeai, who has verbally committed to Oregon, scored three touchdowns and rushed for 143 yards on 16 carries while 6-foot-1 Hawaii commit Kalakaua Timoteo had nine catches for 193 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mililani.
Liberty has two weeks to enjoy its milestone victory. The Patriots are off until Sept. 18 when they travel to Centennial.