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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, August 25, 2001

Kailua overcomes Campbell

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

KAILUA — Overcoming a case of fumbleitis and the dropsies, the Kailua High School football team broke away for a 35-14 victory over Campbell last night.

Kailua's Ryan Lum can't hang on while being tightly guarded by Campbell's Travis Alcos-Whitley.

Jeff Widener • The Honolulu Advertiser

It was the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference regular-season opener for both teams.

Kailua (1-0) outgained Campbell (0-1) 246-82 in the first half, but led only 14-6.

"We had too many dropped passes and fumbles," Kailua coach Darren Johnson said.

"We gotta eliminate those if we want to keep winning in the Red."

Surfriders' quarterback Taleki Mailau, a first-team all-Red selection last year, completed 4 of 11 passes for 117 yards in the first two quarters. Two potential touchdown passes were dropped.

In the second half, two Kailua fumbles deep in Campbell territory prevented the Surfriders from widening their lead.

Kailua fumbled three times, losing two, and dropped five passes.

The Sabers, however, also fumbled opportunities away.

Campbell actually fumbled six times, losing five.

Kailua's Ranson Kepa recovered one in the second quarter and ran it in 1 yard to give the Surfriders a 6-0 lead.

Later, Kailua's Koa Sniffen recovered a fumble in the end zone after the ball was snapped over Campbell punter Shauncey Saito's head.

That helped give Kailua a 21-6 lead with 8:57 left in the game.

Campbell drove to the Kailua 13 on its next possession, but lost the ball on downs.

On the next play, Nathan Leaver dashed 87 yards for a touchdown to help make it 28-6 with 6:10 remaining.

Campbell answered on its next offensive play with a 62-yard touchdown run by Anthony Dutro.

But a 1-yard sneak by Mailau put the game away with 3:35 left.

Mailau completed 6 of 19 passes for 145 yards. He also rushed 10 times for 51 yards.

Leaver finished with 163 yards on eight carries.

For Campbell, Saito gained 144 yards on 17 carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Dutro added 109 yards on 13 carries.

Campbell 0   6  0   8—14
Kailua 0  14  0  21—35

Kail—Ranson Kepa 1 fumble recovery (kick failed)
Kail—David Kaihenui 56 pass from Taleki Mailau (Norjay Abejon pass from Mailau)
Camp—Shauncey Saito 50 run (kick failed)
Kail—Koa Sniffen recovered fumble in endzone (John Heu kick)
Kail–Nathan Leaver 87 run (Heu kick)
Camp—Anthony Dutro 62 run (Gino Venti pass from Saito)
Kail—Mailau 1 run (Heu kick)

RUSHING—Campbell: Saito 17-144, Dutro 13-109, Fetali Tavui 2-12, William Ishikawa 2-9, Ben Buchanan 1-0, Kalani Wright 1-(minus 2), Jonah Canionero 5-(minus 9). Kailua: Leaver 8-163, Micah Brown 12-82, Mailau 9-50, George Kalaau 5-40, McDonald Abejon 1-0.

PASSING—Campbell: Ali‘ikea Basham 2-7-0—30. Canionero 1-6-0—12. Tavui 0-1-0—0. Kailua: Mailau 6-19-0—145.

RECEIVING—Campbell: Ivan Kahalewai 1-24, Basham 1-12, Prentiss Anderson 1-6. Kailua: Ryan Lum 2-53, Kaihenui 1-56, Leaver 1-22, Brad Ching 1-8, M. Abejon 1-6.

JV—Kailua 56, Campbell 32
Reported by Advertiser Staff