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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, September 9, 2001

Kahuku remains undefeated

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

MILILANI — After a sluggish first half last night, the Kahuku High School football team returned to its explosive form to beat Mililani, 34-19.

The victory improved the Red Raiders to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference. The Trojans dropped to 2-2, 1-2.

Mililani had its home crowd thinking upset in the first half, especially after a safety, followed by Thomas Brown's 37-yard field goal gave the Trojans a 5-0 lead with 2:34 remaining in the first quarter.

Only a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kahuku quarterback Inoke Funaki to Mulivai Pula on fourth-and-16 with 50 seconds left in the half prevented Mililani from being the first team this season to lead the Red Raiders at intermission.

"We had them scouted pretty well and did a good job with our base defense," Trojans coach James Millwood said. "We tried to take away their weapons, but they have so many of them. They're an awesome team."

As it was, the Trojans trailed 7-5 at halftime, having stopped Kahuku on downs three times in Mililani territory.

"They put eight (defenders) in the box and were really attacking us," Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai said.

"We weren't making the right reads, it was hard to adjust. But we made the adjustments at halftime."

The results showed early, as Funaki connected with Loga Fonoimoana on a 63-yard touchdown pass on the Red Raiders' third offensive play of the third quarter. Kahuku recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, then scored again two plays later on an 18-yard scoring pass from Funaki to Fonoimoana. Solomon Lee's extra point made it 21-5 with 9:02 left in the quarter.

After the Red Raiders allowed Mililani only 21 yards on its next possession, Fonoimoana returned a punt 74 yards for another touchdown to make it 28-5 with 5:32 remaining.

The Trojans closed to 28-11 after a 29-yard touchdown pass from Mana Au to Billy Barbour with 28 seconds left in the quarter, but Kahuku answered with Pula's 10-yard touchdown run to make it 34-11 with 9:51 remaining in the game.

Mililani got to within 34-19 with 4:15 left after an 8-yard touchdown pass from Au to Trey Brown, but the Red Raiders managed to run out most of the remaining clock.

Kahuku, held to 71 yards rushing in the first half, finished with 226 yards on the ground. Funaki completed 11-of-17 passes for 178 yards

KAHUKU (3-0) 0 7 21 6—34
MILILANI (1-2) 5 0 6 8—19

Mili—Safety, Mulivai Pula tackled in end zone
Mili—FG Thomas Brown 37
Kah—Mulivai Pula 21 pass from Inoke Funaki (Solomon Lee kick)
Kah—Loga Fonoimoana 63 pass from Funaki (Lee kick)
Kah—L. Fonoimoana 18 pass from Funaki (Lee kick)
Kah—L. Fonoimoana 74 punt return (Lee kick)
Mili—Billy Barbour 29 pass from Mana Au (run failed)
Kah—Pula 10 run (run failed)
Mili—Trey Brown 8 pass from Au (Jose Santos pass from Au)

RUSHING—Kahuku: Earvin Atuaia 6-79, Pula 12-52, Travis Kaka 4-36, Robert Tuifua 4-25, Funaki 5-15, Kekoa Kamekeaina 2-11, Hans Fonoimoana 1-5, Tyler Oto 2, Moana Hafoka 1-1; Mililani: Peter Enomoto-Hahn 3-10, Thompson Ah Loo 2-5, Barbour 5-2, Gino Doane 1-0, Au 3-(-16).

PASSING—Kahuku: Funaki 11-17-0--178, Fonoimoana 0-1-0--0, Kaka 0-1-0--0; Mililani: Au 17-36-2--210.

RECEIVING—Kahuku: L. Fonoimoana 3-95, Hafoka 3-26, Pula 2-22, Ola Kubota 1-18, Kaka 1-13, Gideon Perez 1-4; Mililani: Brown 4-66, Barbour 9-63, Kepa Morris 1-40, Sean Fujimoto 1-16, Kaipo Patoc 1-14, Ah Loo 1-11.

More OIA

• CAMPBELL 21, LEILEHUA 14: Shauncey Saito started the Sabers' scoring with a 20-yard run, then scored their last touchdown in the second quarter with a 22-yarder.

CAMPBELL (1-2) 14 7 0 0—21
LEILEHUA (0-3) 0 0 14 0—14

Camp—Shauncey Saito 20 run (Saito kick)
Camp—Leroy Perreira 7 yard fumble return (Saito kick)
Camp—Saito 22 run (Saito kick)
Lei—Jonathan Sanborn 22 yard interception return (kick failed)
Lei—Joshua Perez 49 pass from Spencer Omalza (Sean Palea from Omalza)

RUSHING—Campbell: Saito 24-91, Jonah Canionero 3-12, Ali'ikea Basham 1-7. Leilehua: Palea 10-19, J. Perez 4-22, Yonni Perez 9-50, MacKenzie Hanson 1-2.

PASSING—Campbell: Canionero 11-25-2—158. Leilehua: J. Perez 3-14-1—35, Omalza 7-21-0—113.

RECEIVING—Campbell: Basham 6-95, Saito 3-22, Romeo Mayrena 1-34, Prentiss Anderson 1-7. Leilehua: Hanson 3-44, J. Perez 1-49, JaWann Jackson 2-37, Kimo Kalaikai 3-15, Palea 1-3.

JV—Leilehua 26, Campbell 20

• Nanakuli 20, Radford 14: Ikaika Asinsin rushed 19 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns (13, 76 yards) as the Golden Hawks remained unbeaten in the OIA White Conference.

Nanakuli (3-0) 6 0 14 0—20
Radford (1-2) 0 0 6 8—14

Nana—Rusty Lawson 21 run (kick failed)
Nana—Ikaika Asinsin 13 run (Asinsin run)
Nana—Asinsin 76 run (run failed)
Rad—Jason Opetaia 37 fumble return (kick failed)
Rad—Danton Julian 30 pass from David Foster (Shane Roberson run)

RUSHING—Nanakuli: Asinsin 19-102, Lawson 17-76, Jerome Kekino 2-0, Brandon Absher 1-(minus 6), Phillip Pall 2-22. Radford: Jeremy Hoover 4-22, Justin Rellin 10-69, Roberson 6-29, Foster 4-18, Mat Failauga 1-4, Cortez McCoy 2-(minus 2).

PASSING—Nanakuli: Lawson 4-7-0—24. Radford: Foster 6-17-2—119.

RECEIVING—Nanakuli: Marcus Simpson 2-9, Pall 2-15. Radford: Failauga 3-68, Julian 2-38, Hoover 1-13.

JV—Nanakuli 28, Radford 0

Reported by Chrissy Miyaji

• KALAHEO 26, KALANI 0: B.J. Chong rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a victory over the Falcons at Kaiser

KALAHEO (2-0) 6 14 6 0—26
KALANI (0-3) 0 0 0 0—0

Kalah—B.J. Chong 35 run (kick failed)
Kalah—Kiona Siliga 10 pass from Michael Garcia (run failed)
Kalah—Chong 3 run (Neil Bowers run)
Kalah—Garcia 2 run (kick failed)

RUSHING—Kalaheo: Garcia 17-38, Chong 12-108, Tyson DeCambra 1-9. Kalani: Stephen Travis 3-0, Nicholas Wong 1-1, Travis Canonizado 1-3, Keaka Lee 1-6, Dane Souza 7-43, Chris Butt 1-(minus 6).

PASSING—Kalaheo: Garcia 11-21-0—179. Kalani: Travis 10-21-0—31, Daniel Dabbs 2-2-0—16.

RECEIVING—Kalaheo: DeCambra 6-47, Neil Bowers 1-35, Brandon Pelekai 1-15, Kiona Siliga 1-10, Michael Gayle 2-72. Kalani: Wong 3-0, Dabbs 1-2, Jon Kuba 1-1, Lee 3-4, Teetai Ane 1-12, Yorke Ashiba 1-7, Souza 2-21

JV—Kalaheo 18, Kalani 0

Reported by Joddie Kamalu


• Waimea 29, Kaua'i 7: Adrian Agan threw for one touchdown and kicked two field goals Friday as the Menehune rolled over the Red Raiders in a Kaua'i Interscholastic Federation game.


• St. Louis' Tito Sallas caught a 20-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first quarter in the Crusaders' win Friday night. Another player was listed.

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