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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, September 14, 2002

Kahuku holds off McKinley

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kahuku quarterback Waika Carvalho throws down field as the McKinley defense closes in during the second quarter.

Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser

The Kahuku High School football team barely kept its 26-game win streak alive last night, holding off McKinley, 14-13, and preserving its showdown of unbeatens next week with Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.

Playing before an Aloha Stadium crowd of 2,978, the Red Raiders trailed 7-6 at halftime and needed a blocked field goal with 2:55 remaining in the game to hold on to its 14-13 lead. McKinley then forced Kahuku to punt and got the ball back at its own 34-yard line with 47 seconds left, but junior quarterback Abel Werner was sacked three times and the Tigers had no timeouts to stop the clock.

"McKinley played a heck of a game," Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai said. "I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff and their boys. They're gonna be a tough team down the road."

Kahuku, 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association's Red-East Conference, struggled again on offense. But the Red Raiders' defense picked up the slack for the third straight week, shutting out McKinley (2-1, 1-1) four times in the red zone and scoring on Kyle Juliano's 90-yard interception return 23 seconds before halftime.

In a key third-quarter series, McKinley lost the ball on downs after gaining second-and-goal on the 2-yard line.

"We can go between the 20s, but we couldn't punch it in," Tigers coach David Tanuvasa said. "But give credit to Kahuku — they have excellent corners and safeties, and they shut us down with their man-to-man coverage."

The Red Raiders' defense came up with another big play with 10:46 remaining in the game, after the Tigers' Michael Vasconcellos scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-13. McKinley opted to go for a two-point conversion, but Werner was stuffed at the line on a quarterback draw.

"We didn't come here to tie," Tanuvasa said of the decision to go for two. "When we play Kahuku, we figure we're gonna leave here as a winner or loser. There's no ties in the book of winning. I have no regrets."

McKinley looked impressive on its opening drive, going 65 yards on 12 plays before losing the ball on downs at the Kahuku 20. The Tigers scored on their next drive, a seven-play, 59-yard effort culminating in Vasconcellos' 35-yard touchdown run on a draw.

John Mai's extra point made it 7-0 with 1:29 remaining in the first quarter.

McKinley advanced to the Red Raiders' 38 just before the half, but Juliano intercepted a pass from Werner and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-6 with 23 seconds left. Kahuku failed on the two-point conversion attempt.

The Tigers outgained the Red Raiders, 157 yards to 82, in the first half.

"Coach (Byron Beatty, co-defensive coordinator) told us that if the offense can't do it, then the defense has gotta get one," Juliano said. "We had to put one in ourselves."

Juliano also scored on a 35-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter, with Waika Carvalho's two-point conversion pass to Robert Tuifua giving the Red Raiders a 14-7 lead.

KAHUKU (3-0) 0 0 8 6 — 14
MCKINLEY (1-1) 7 0 0 6 — 13

McK — Michael Vasconcellos 35 run (John Mai kick)

Kah — Kyle Juliano 90 interception return (run failed)

Kah — Juliano 35 run (Tuifua pass from Waika Carvalho)

McK — Vasconcellos 1 run (run failed)

RUSHING — Kah: Sione Fotu 6-28, Cy Naki 3-19, Spencer Hafoka 10-35, Robert Tuifua 2-8, Carvalho 4-23, Juliano 6-57, George Perry 3-22, Michael Garcia 3-23; McK: Abel Werner 20-33, Vasconcellos 13-58, Joshua Bumanglag 2-25.

PASSING — Kah: Hafoka 1-1-0—8, Carvalho 3-9-0—20; McK: Werner 17-27-1—171, Anapuni Coleman 1-1-0—21.

RECEIVING — Kah: Keli'i Kahananui 1-8, Fotu 1-2, Hafoka 2-18; McK: Isaiah Iaea 8-97, Golden Lawrence 3-12, Vasconcellos 2-14, Iakopo Taumua 2-21, Bumanglag 3-48.

JV —Kahuku 32, McKinley 13

De La Salle, Long Beach Poly win: De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) defeated visiting Archbishop Mitty, 24-0, last night to extend its winning streak to 126 games.

Maurice Drew had 11 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns, but sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter and didn't return to the game.

Coaches don't know how serious the injury is or if Drew will play against St. Louis in the doubleheader at Aloha Stadium on Saturday.

Leon Jackson threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns to lead Long Beach Poly (Calif.) to a 45-0 blowout of host Westchester last night.

Long Beach Poly plays Kahuku in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Aloha Stadium.

The Long Beach Poly defense held the Westchester offense to minus 30 yards.

Poly had 14 penalties for a loss of 115 yards.

Kaiser 26, Kaimuki 18: Quarterback Steven Pratt passed for two touchdowns and 210 yards to give the Cougars their first win for first-year coach David Maeva.

Trailing 18-13, Pratt hit Blain Ching for a 16-yard TD pass with 5:59 left in the third quarter to give Kaiser a 19-18 lead, and again on a five-yarder with 2:20 left in the game.

Kaimuki turned two Kaiser turnovers into scores to take a 12-0 lead before the Cougars got on the board on a two-yard TD run by running back Ekahi Sallas to make it 12-7.

The Cougars took a 13-12 lead early in the third quarter when Richard Chung returned a blocked punt 9 yards for a touchdown.

But 25 seconds later, Bulldogs quarterback Shelden Sarcedo scored on an 85-yard run in which Kaimuki had 10 players on the field.

KAISER (1-2) 0 7 12 7—26
KAIMUKI (2-1) 6 6 6 0—18

Kaim—Tupou Kuliha'aai 6 pass from Shelden Sarcedo (kick failed)

Kaim—Daniel Tautofi 1 run (kick failed)

Kais—Ekahi Sallas 2 run (Joshua Curtis kick)

Kais—Richard Chung 9 blocked punt return (pass failed)

Kaim—Sarcedo 85 run (kick failed)

Kais—Blain Ching 16 pass from Steven Pratt (pass failed)

Kais—Ling 5 pass from Pratt (Curtis kick)

RUSHING—Kais: Pratt 5-(minus 31), Ryan Paulo 8-12, Sallas 7-19, Chris Assily 5-(minus 1), Kaimanakane LeBlanc 1-(minus 1). Kaim: Shelden 6-111, Darin Fujimoto 15-34, Semi Qoro 10-32, David Taumalolo 1-2, Kellen Kawasaki 2-(minus 1), Daniel Tautofi 2-10.

PASSING—Kais: Sarcedo 5-9-1—47 Kaim: Pratt 17-23-3—210, Ling 0-1-0—0.

RECEIVING—Kais: Keoni Esteban 1-5, Ling 3-25, Paula 1-1, Sallas 1-6, Kainoa Tauotaha 2-39, Curtis 6-98, Waikoloa Noa 3-36. Kaim: Kuliha'apai 1-6, Josha Kua 1-20, Tautofi 1-5, Dyla Kuratsu 1-12, Kawasaki 1-4.

JV—Kaimuki 40, Kaiser 15

Campbell 53, Radford 6: Shauncey-Blaine Saito rushed for three touchdowns and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jonah Canionero, and kicked three extra points, as the Sabers beat the Rams.

Campbell (2-1) 12 21 14 6—53
Radford (1-2) 0 6 0 0— 6

Camp—Shauncey-Blaine Saito 10 run (kick failed)

Camp—Saito 20 pass from Jonah Canionero (pass failed)

Camp—Mapa Malupo 7 run (Alii Basham from Canionero)

Camp—Saito 11 run (run failed)

Camp—Ronson Correia 13 pass from Canionero (Saito kick)

Rad—Samuela Manoa 15 pass from Stephen Baughn (kick failed)

Camp—Malupo 33 pass from Canionero (Saito kick)

Camp—Saito 33 run (Saito kick)

Camp—Daniel Stanton 48 run (kick blocked)

RUSHING—Camp: Saito 11-132, Canionero 1-(minus 3), Anthony Dutro 5-77, Stanton 3-60, Malupo 14-128, Jordan Cadelina 1-(minus 1), Kenny Amaral 2-(minus 4). Rad: James Armstrong 4-11, Rodrick Price 4-12, Lino Kakiva 6-41, Adrian Ragadio 5-39, Baughn 2-(minus 10).

PASSING—Camp: Canionero 13-18-0—170. Rad: Baughn 10-26-1—112.

RECEIVING—Camp: Basham 8-100, Saito 1-20, Malupo 1-13, Dutro 1-26, Correia 1-13, Gino Venti 1-(minus 2). Rad: Manoa 5-59, Chris Thorpe 3-36, Keone Tawata 1-(minus 2). Raymond Burciaga 1-19.

JV—Campbell 36, Radford 22

Reported by: David Lane

Leilehua 33, Waipahu 24: John Sanborn had 183 of Leilehua's 309 rushing yards and scored on a 40-yard run to lead the host Mules.

Andrew Hale scored on a 91-yard run with 1:03 left.

Waipahu (1-2) 10 6 0 8—24
Leilehua (2-1) 7 19 0 7—33

Leil—John Sanborn 40 run (Joshua Perez kick)

Waipahu—Andrew Hale 90 kickoff return (Austin Benito kick)

Waip—Bryson Carvalho FG

Waip—Sandy Bishop 4 run (kick blocked)

Leil—Blake Furtado 13 run (Perez kick)

Leil—Justin Raquino intercepted pass from Carvalho for 30 return

Leil—Cedrick Thomas 28 run

Leil—Perez 68 run (Perez kick)

Waip—Hale 91 run (Austin Benito to Travis Atualevao)

RUSHING—Waip: Sandy Bishop 13-82, Andy Hale 13-114, Trvis Atualevao 1-5. Lei: John Sanborn 13-183, Joshua Perez 3-55, Cedrick Thomas 12-48, Blake Furtado 3-18, Shawn Somera 2-5.

PASSING—Waip: Bryson Carvalho 0-4-2—0, Austen Benito 3-5-0—25. Lei: Joshua Perez 0-3-0—0.

RECEIVING—Waip: Val Ventura 2-10, Andy Hale 1-1.

JV—Leilehua 35, Waipahu 6.

Reported by: Udie Algoso

Nanakuli 55, Moanalua 32: Ikaika Asinsin (118 yards, two touchdowns) and Kyle Beck (218 yards, 2 TDs) led the Golden Hawks in a win over the Menehune.

Moanalua's Demetrius Hawkins rushed for 276 yards and four touchdowns.

MOANALUA (0-3) 13 13 0 6—32
NANAKULI (2-1) 16 8 16 15—55

Nana—Albert Distajo 1 run (Ikaika Asinsin run)

Moan—Demetrius Hawkins 80 run (Nick Dang kick)

Moan—Noah Palmerton 2 run (kick failed)

Nana—Kyle Beck 57 run (Asinsin run)

Nana—Joseph Wilkins 65 interception return (Asher Valenzuela run)

Moan—Hawkins 18 run (run failed)

Moan—Hawkins 15 run (Dang kick)

Nana—Asinsin 21 run (Asinsin run)

Nana—Beck 86 run (Asinsin run)

Nana—Asinsin 12 run (Asinsin run)

Moan—Hawkins 56 run (run failed)

Nana—Gary Stanton 19 pass from Distajo (Asinsin kick)

RUSHING—Moan: Palmerton 8-17, Steven Arakaki 2-(minus 18), Hawkins 21-276, Bronson Jones 1-(minus 1). Nana: Asinsin 18-118, Beck 18-218, Distajo 11-69, Jimmy Afamasaga 1-(minus 20).

PASSING—Moan: Stephen Arakaki 4-11-1—40. Nana: Distajo 1-3-0—19.

RECEIVING—Moan: Bryan Bertulfo 1-5, Bronson Jones 3-35. Nana: Stanton 1-19.

JV—Nanakuli 37, Moanalua 0

Reported by: Lilia Aki

Kailua 41, Farrington 14: David Kaihenui caught touchdown passes from Ranson Kepa for 25 and 93 yards and ran for a 81-yard score as Kailua beat host Farrington at Roosevelt Field.

Kaihenui finished with four catches for 133 yards. Kepa completed 11 of 17 passes for 255 yards.

KAILUA (3-0) 7 14 13 7—41
FARRINGTON (2-1) 14 0 0 0—14

Kail—David Kaihenui 81 run (Mike Sakaba kick).

Farr—Matt Bell 12 pass from Royce Machado (run failed).

Farr—Chris Feagaimalii 11 pass from Machado (Bell run).

Kail—Kaihenui 25 pass from Ranson Kepa (Sakaba kick).

Kail—Bronson Kamaka 9 run (Sakaba kick).

Kail—Kaihenui 93 pass from Kepa (Sakaba kick).

Kail—Vili Fonokalafi 32 interception return (kick failed).

Kail—Brad Ching 14 pass from Kepa (Sakaba kick).

RUSHING—Kail: Kamaka 7-49. Nate Leaver 6-23. Kepa 4-2. Kaihenui 1-81. Kealii Kalahiki 3-23. Kekoa Sua 2-25. Kimo Keo 1-5. Farr: Bell 11-43. Machado 12-(minus 8). Jostin Waialae 2-2. Mark Tajori 1-2.

PASSING—Kail: Kepa 11-17-0—255. Kalahiki 0-1-1—0. Farr: Machado 18-37-5—216. Bell 0-1-0—0. Eti Atonio 2-3-0—1.

RECEIVING—Kail: Kaihenui 4-133. Ching 3-33. Sua 1-45. Dylan Linkner 1-10. Kalahiki 1-(minus 3). Keo 1-37. Farr: Bell 8-64. Dionte Nomaaea 4-52. Alvin Faumui 4-73. Feagaimaalii 2-27. Harrison Harris 1-2. Tajori 1-(minus 1).

Roosevelt 19, Kalaheo 0: Statistics were not available.