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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, September 23, 2001

Kamehameha knocks off Punahou, 26-7

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kamehameha needed a half to shake off three weeks of rust and beat pesky Punahou, 26-7, in Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I football last night at Aloha Stadium.

Damien's Gaison Ganiko has his punt blocked by Pac-Five's Kimo Lee (53) in the first quarter at Aloha Stadium.

Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser

Besides a bye in the original schedule, the No. 3-ranked Warriors (1-0 ILH, 4-0 overall) were idle last week with the rest of the ILH as the nation mourned for those lost in the Sept. 11 tragedies in New York and Washington.

"Everybody was anxious, but rusty," Kamehameha defensive lineman Abu Ma'afala said. "Punahou gave St. Louis a good challenge (two weeks ago), so this was kind of our test to see where we're at in the ILH."

Running back Kelena Ho'okano rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors. But it was Tyler Perkins' 90-yard kickoff return to start the second half that put the Warriors up for good.

Kamehameha's defense kept it in the game. After struggling to contain Punahou quarterback Todd LaFountaine during the Buffanblu's first two series, the Warriors clamped down. In the second half, it wasn't until Punahou's fifth series that it crossed midfield.

The key for the Warriors was the line play of J.P. Kennedy, Nikolas Soo, Brandon Ala and Ma'afala. They accounted for eight plays that netted negative yardage, seven against LaFountaine. Ala recorded 3ý sacks.

Linebackers Brandon Tom and Brenden Nakata also registered tackles for losses.

"We had to keep our eyes focused on where we had to be, not looking at the backfield because their offense, it's confusing," Ma'afala said. "We had to contain LaFountaine because he's a good runner."

Punahou coach Kale Ane could attest to the Warriors' defense.

"They're good, very physical, strong, aggressive," he said. "They played very well."

LaFountaine finished with 49 yards on 28 carries. He was up to 74 at one point, until the defense got to him.

Kamehameha's offense also had trouble in the first half. Its only touchdown was set up by an errant snap from center in punt formation; Ho'okano scored on first down on a two-yard run. But with so much time off, Kamehameha coach Kanani Souza said he wanted to keep the offense simple, so the Warriors used their brute strength against the Buffanblu (0-2, 2-2).

KAMEHAMEHA 7 0 13 6 — 26
PUNAHOU 7 0 0 0 — 7

Kam—Kelena Ho'okano 2 run (Kekoa Smith kick)
Pun—Tamatoa Hackney 1 run (Hackney kick)
Kam—Tyler Perkins 90 kickoff return (Smith kick)
Kam—Ho'okano 5 run (kick failed)
Kam—Ho'okano 8 run (pass failed)

RUSHING—Kamehameha: Caleb Spencer 3-(minus 4), Kelena Ho'okano 27-121, Dane Montez 4-7, Travis Beyer 2-3. Punahou: Todd LaFountaine 18-49, Tamatoa Hackney 5-3, Jason Sakata 1-0, Michael Tanuvasa 1-0.

PASSING—Kamehameha: Spencer 6-12-0—65, Kawai Akina 1-2-1—9. Punahou: LaFountaine 17-24-0—142.

RECEIVING—Kamehameha: Josh Vierra 3-23, Keoni Ruth 3-42, Asti Merion 1-9. Punahou: David Dowsett 4-45, Hackney 1-(minus 3), David Marsh 2-29, Jason Ching 2-15, Sakata 3-26, Marcus Asahina 4-37, Chris Overton 1-(minus 6).

Pac-Five 42, Damien 6: McShane Dator passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolfpack in an ILH Division II contest at Aloha Stadium.

Dator, who missed all three of Pac-Five's non-league games because of injury, completed 13 of 24 passes, including a 79-yard TD to Matthew Friedman. Friedman had eight receptions for 159 yards.

Running back Michael Yamauchi-Yamate rushed for 98 yards on 19 carries for the Wolfpack (1-0 ILH, 2-2 overall).

Damien is 0-2 and 0-3 overall.

PAC-FIVE 14 14 7 7—-42
DAMIEN 0 6 0 0— 6

Pac—Ryan Leong 15 pass from McShane Dator (Darci Hata kick)
Pac—Alika Durington blocked punt recovery in end zone (Hata kick)
Pac—Michael Yamauchi-Yamate 4 run (Hata kick)
Dam—Michael Lau 6 pass from Ranson Decosta (run failed)
Pac—Matthew Friedman 79 pass from Dator (Hata kick)
Pac—Ryan Urabe 11 run (Hata kick)
Pac—Shane Lawrence 4 run (Hata kick)

RUSHING—Pac-Five: Dator 7-10, Chad Rayno 4-15, Yamauchi-Yamate 19-98, Durington 4-21, Urabe 1-11, Lawrence 4-12, Cheyne Abbey-Chong 1-22. Damien: Decosta 13-12, Daniel Chaves 5-6, Lau 3-11, Andrew Canoy 3-12, Cory Mullen 2-13, Fehi Sevelo 1-0, Shea Andres 3-3, Tevita Williams 1-2, Team 1-(minus 5), Sean-Michael Stoltzman 1-0.

PASSING—Pac-Five: Dator 13-24-1—208. Damien: Decosta 9-20-2—45, Canoy 1-2-0—7, Williams 3-4-0—53.

RECEIVING—Pac-Five: Friedman 8-159, Travis Tyler 4-34, Leong 1-15. Damien: Canoy 6-55, Lau 5-35, Micah Komine 1-8, Decosta 1-7.


Wai'anae 17, Farrington 7: Travis Rodrigues had a 9-yard touchdown run and Salvador Paragas had a 5-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Seariders (2-2) defeated the Governors (0-3) in a Red Conference game.

The game was scoreless at halftime.

Wai'anae (2-2) 0 0 3 14—17
Farrington (0-3) 0 0 0 7— 7

Waian—FG Kalani Hoopii 36
Farr—Falaniko Noga 1 run (Fredrick Dona kick)
Waian—Travis Rodrigues 9 run (Hoopii kick)
Waian—Salvador Paragas 5 interception return (Hoopii kick)

RUSHING—Wai'anae: Kawena Rosario 16-79, Rodrigues 11-17, Caleb Paakaula 10-4, James Woodard 3-5. Farrington: Paul Laga 8-42, Calvin Rilveria 5-(minus 1), Noga 2-4, Yeoland Tamapua 1-47, Jeffrey Acido 1-(minus 2).

PASSING—Wai'anae: Paakaula 3-10-1—30, Kekoa Reyes 0-3-0—0. Farrington: Royce Machado 6-19-4—54.

RECEIVING—Wai'anae: Teacel Hines 2-19, Daryl Correa 1-11. Farrington: Tamapua 2-38, Chad Mock 2-14, Rilveria 1-2, Acido 1-0.

JV—score not reported

Waipahu 28, Nanakuli 8: The visiting Marauders (3-1) limited Nanakuli to 152 total yards and built a 28-0 lead late in the third quarter to hand the Golden Hawks (3-1) their first White Conference loss.

Waipahu had six sacks, caused two fumbles, had an interception in the end zone and held Nanakuli to 20 yards rushing on 28 carries.

Waipahu (3-1) 7 13 8 0—28
Nanakuli (3-1) 0 0 0 8— 8

Waip—Avei Moevao 1 run (Hanalei Emmsley kick)
Waip—Paulo Aga 14 run (Emmsley kick)
Waip—Andy Hale 10 run (kick blocked)
Waip—Hale 2 run (Moevao run)
Nana—Marcus Simpson 19 pass from Brian Garret (Ikaika Asinsin run)

RUSHING—Waipahu: Hale 17-124, Travis Atualevao 8-45, Moevao 7-33, Aga 4-28, Ben Jelf 6-13, Branden Chung 1-3. Nanakuli—Asinsin 6-21, Rusty Lawson 6-13, Kaleo Enos 4-11, Phillip Pall 6-8, Chelsey Kaimi 1-3, Jerome Kekino 1-2, Garret 4-(minus 38).

PASSING—Waipahu: Aga 4-13-0—66. Nanakuli: Lawson 3-10-1—61, Garret 3-7-0—71.

RECEIVING—Waipahu: Reynolds Fruean 2-15, Chung 1-35, Atualevao 1-16. Nanakuli: Simpson 2-56, Asinsin 2-52, Garret 1-16, Ronald Strode 1-8.

JV—score not reported

Reported by Advertiser Staff

Radford 35, Pearl City 0. At Pearl City, no details reported.

Friday's Result

• Moanalua 28, Waialua 16: James Strombach caught eight passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns as the Menehune defeated the Bulldogs.

Waialua (0-3) 10 0 0 6—16
Moanalua (1-3) 7 14 7 0—28

Moan—James Strombach 35 pass from Ric Fukushima (Thomas Foster kick).
Waial—Sione Fotu 84 pass from Daniel Nacario (Charlie Tantog kick)
Waial—Tantog 25 FG
Moan—Strombach 8 pass from Fukushima (Foster kick)
Moan—Foster 18 pass from Fukushima (Foster kick)
Moan—Demetrius Hawkins 13 run (Foster kick)
Waial—Grant Yamanouchi 17 pass from Nacario (run failed)

RUSHING—Waialua: Fotu 7-6, Gavin Nakamura 1-7, Keone Peiler 1-4, Tantog 4-8, Nacario 7-8, Larry Ladao 1-5. Moanalua: Hawkins 13-110, Adamm Bird 5-44, Fukushima 9-6, Noah Palmerton 3-8, Jon Bren 2-3, Joel Bareng 1-1.

PASSING—Waialua: Nacario 15-36-1—306. Moanalua: Fukushima 16-39-2—241.

RECEIVING—Waialua: Ladao 5-64, Fotu 1-84, Pookela Gasper 3-58, Peiler 1-(minus 1), Yamanouchi 4-74, Tantog 1-27. Moanalua: Bird 3-13, Palmerton 2-36, Strombach 8-150, Foster 1-18, Brian Bertulfo 2-24.

JV—Waialua 26, Moanalua 2

Reported by Jose Guevara