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Posted on: Sunday, August 24, 2003

Pac-Five gets first win on new turf

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kaimuki's David Taumalolo tackles Pac-Five's Gyles Lawrence as he lunges short of the goal line. Lawrence rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns.

Kaimuki's Dylan Kuratsu attempts to tackle Pac-Five's Andrew Rutherford in the third quarter. Rutherford finished with seven carries for 40 yards in the Wolfpack's 21-7 victory over the Bulldogs.

Photos by Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser

Pac-Five broke in Aloha Stadium's newly installed FieldTurf by breaking away from its traditional passing game and rushing past Kaimuki, 21-7, yesterday in the opener of the Father Bray Classic.

Junior running back Gyles Lawrence rushed for a game-high 108 yards on 19 carries and scored all three Wolfpack touchdowns on short runs.

"I was happy with our running game," first-year Pac-Five coach Joe Onosai said. "But our passing game needs some work."

The teams were the first to play on the FieldTurf, which subplanted the AstroTurf, which has been used since the stadium opened in 1975.

Lawrence liked the new turf.

"You have better traction because you can use cleats," he said. "It makes me more faster, even though I'm a big guy."

The 5-foot-10, 250-pound Lawrence scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, did the same in the third and plunged from three yards out in the fourth.

The feeling, however, wasn't mutual for Kaimuki's leading ground gainer. Quarterback Shaye Aso'au had 83 yards on 20 carries.

"There was more grip (on the old turf)," he said. "The turf burns are not as bad (on the new turf), so it's better comfort-wise. But the old turf (with basketball shoes) was better."

Pac-Five's trainer reported no turf-related injuries. Kaimuki's trainer, Nat Pada, said players reported fewer abrasions. "We had football injuries," he said, instead of turf-related injuries.

Kaimuki took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on running back Semi Qoro's 1-yard TD run, but could not respond to Lawrence's TDs that followed.

  • KAIMUKI 7 0 0 0— 7
  • PAC-FIVE 0 7 6 8—21
  • Kaim—Semi Qoro 1 run (Ji Min Kim kick)
  • Pac5—Gyles Lawrence 1 run (Darci Hata kick)
  • Pac5—Lawrence 1 run (kick blocked)
  • Pac5—Lawrence 3 run (Travis Tyler pass from Jordan Tani)

McKinley 25, Iolani 12: Raiders running back Raynold Stowers rushed for 177 yards, but the Tigers diffused a last-quarter rally as the OIA East averted a shutout in the Father Bray Classic tripleheader yesterday at Aloha Stadium.

McKinley took a commanding 25-0 lead after three quarters, but nearly squandered it with turnovers — an interception led to Iolani's first touchdown and a fumble led to the second. The Tigers bit a bullet after the Raiders succcessfully converted an onside kick after pulling to 25-12. But the Tigers' defense stopped the Raiders on fourth-and-goal at the McKinley 6 with just under a minute left in the game. McKinley ran the clock down on their next three plays.

McKinley quarterback Abel Werner completed 16 of 24 passes for 152 yards, including TDs of 8 yards to Iakopo Taumua in the first quarter and 9 yards to Chris Quiocho in the third.

Tigers' running back Michael Vasconcellos rushed for 131 yards on 29 carries, but lost three fumbles late in the game. He scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards in the second quarter that gave McKinley an 18-0 lead at the half.

Stowers, who rushed for 1,027 yards last season, was contained to 31 yards at the half by the Tigers. He had a 43-yard run after the Raiders recovered their onside kick that put Iolani at the McKinley 7. But on third-and-goal at the 2, linebacker Dixson Lauofo dropped Stowers for a four-yard loss. Peter Heimerdinger's pass to Karl Motoyama was incomplete, giving McKinley the ball on downs.

A crowd of 5,011 watched the tripleheader and saw the newly installed FieldTurf.

  • MCKINLEY 6 12 7 0 — 25
  • IOLANI 0 0 0 12— 12
  • McK—Iakopo Taumua 8 pass from Abel Werner (kick failed)
  • McK—Michael Vasconcellos 1 run (run failed)
  • McK—Vasconcellos 4 run (kick blocked)
  • McK—Chris Quiocho 9 pass from Werner (Andrew Mitani kick)
  • Iol—Peter Heimerdinger 15 run (kick blocked)
  • Iol—Paul Bennett 56 pass from Heimerdinger (run failed)

Baldwin 3, Farrington 0: Just add another job for J.J. Eno.

Baldwin's all-purpose player nailed a 38-yard field goal with 29 seconds left to beat Farrington in the second game of the Father Bray Classic at Aloha Stadium.

Eno, a cornerback, slotback and kick/punt returner, became the team's place kicker this season with the graduation of Michael Donohoo. Eno didn't miss a beat.

"J.J. does it all," Baldwin coach Chad Kauhaahaa said. "He does whatever we need him to do. He is the key to our season."

Eno's boot snapped the scoreless tie and came after quarterback Kalehua Moniz was sacked for a 10-yard loss on third down by Taeao Fagalele, placing the ball at the Farrington 21, pushing the field goal spot further back. Still, Eno came through.

The Governors suited 28 players, as 26 are sitting through probation, which continues to next week's season opener against Waipahu.

  • BALDWIN 0 0 0 3—3
  • FARRINGTON 0 0 0 0—0
  • Bald—FG J.J. Eno 38.

Maui 37, Konawaena 0: Andrew Nakihei had 21 carries for 121 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Sabers past Konawaena of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation in a nonleague game at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.

  • Konawaena 0 0 0 0— 0
  • Maui 0 15 16 6—37
  • Maui—Andrew Nakihei 1 run (Maika Carpio kick)
  • Maui—Michael Cabico 29 pass from Eric Watson (Watson run)
  • Maui—FG Ryan Ishizu 30
  • Maui—Nakihei 40 run (kick failed)
  • Maui—Nakihei 18 run (Carpio kick)
  • Maui—Nakihei 4 run (pass failed)

Reported by Rodney Higa

Kamehameha 41, Kealakehe 0: Quarterback Pono Kam completed 6 of 9 passes 159 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors, who led 27-0 at halftime in a nonleague game at Kunuiakea Stadium.

  • KEALAKEHE 0 0 0 0— 0
  • KAMEHAMEHA 14 13 14 0—41
  • KS—Asti Merino 40 interception return (Kepa Gaison kick)
  • KS—Aaron Nicoles 18 pass from Pono Kam (Gaison kick)
  • KS—Sy Cullen 5 run (Gaison kick)
  • KS—Waika Spencer 69 pass from Kam (kick blocked)
  • KS—Nathaniel Nakagawa 31 pass from Kam (Gaison kick)
  • KS—Parker Paredes 31 run (Gaison kick)
  • JV—Kamehameha 41, McKinley 0

Waiakea 46, Moanalua 12: Aka Kaleo scored on runs of 35, 3, 30 and 65 yards to lead the Warriors past the Menehunes at Wong Stadium on the Big Island.

  • Moanalua 6 0 6 0—12
  • Waiakea 14 13 13 6—46
  • Moan—Quinton Tang 4 run (run failed)
  • Waiak—Aka Kaleo 35 run (Kaleo kick)
  • Waiak—David Doll 38 pass from Troy Milhoam (Kaleo kick)
  • Waiak—Kaleo 3 run (kick failed)
  • Waiak—Kaleo 30 run (Kaleo kick)
  • Waiak—H. Simeona 35 run (kick failed)
  • Moan—Wally Coleman 36 run (run failed)
  • Waiak—Kaleo 65 run (kick failed)
  • Waiak—Glenn Kiyota 5 run (kick failed)

Reported by Ken Yamase

Leilehua 22, Radford 0: Blake Furtado, A.P. Palomares and James Ramiscal each scored a touchdown as the Mules defeated the Rams at Radford.

  • Leilehua 7 6 0 9—22
  • Radford 0 0 0 0— 0
  • Lei—Blake Furtado 44 interception return (R.B. Bibilone kick)
  • Lei—A.P. Palomares 3 pass from James Ramiscal (kick failed)
  • Lei—Safety
  • Lei—Ramiscal 3 run (Bibilone kick)
  • JV—Leilehua 36, Radford 0

Reported by David Lane

Kapa'a 19, Waialua 13: Devon Machado, Frank Rivera and Issac Miyashiro each scored a touchdown as the Warriors defeated the Bulldogs at Waialua.

  • Kapa'a 7 0 0 12—19
  • Waialua 0 0 7 6—13


• NanAkuli 37, Damien 19: Albert Distajo ran for touchdowns of 45 and 43 yards for the host Golden Hawks.

Andrew Canoy scored all three touchdowns for Damien, including one on an 80-yard punt return.

  • Damien 6 6 0 7—19
  • NAnAkuli 10 0 14 13—37
  • Nana—Albert Distajo 45 run (Kyle Beck kick)
  • Dami—Andrew Canoy 80 punt return (kick failed)
  • Nana—FG Beck 20
  • Dami—Canoy 15 pass from Tevita Williams (kick failed)
  • Nana—Kalani Kolii 6 run (Kolii run)
  • Nana—Rolando Celes 6 fumble recovery (kick failed)
  • Dami—Canoy 31 pass from Williams (kick)
  • Nana—Distajo 43 run (kick failed)
  • Nana—Beck 36 run (Jaycee Alapai kick)

Reported by Lilia Aki

Pearl City 41, Kalaheo 0: Michael Yamauchi-Yamate scored touchdowns on 1- and 35-yard runs, and Nate Nasca returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown as the host Chargers blanked the Mustangs in nonleague game.

  • Kalaheo 0 0 0 0— 0
  • Pearl City 15 13 13 0—41
  • PC—Nate Nasca 90 kick-off return (kick failed)
  • PC—Michael Yamauchi-Yamate 1 run (Steven King kick)
  • PC—Safety
  • PC—Keoni Pieper 32 pass from Jensen Cabanero (King kick)
  • PC—Brandon Green 28 pass from Chazton Bertola (kick failed)
  • PC—Vinny Stametna 35 pass from Bertola (King kick)
  • PC—Yamauchi-Yamate 35 run (kick failed)

Reported by Shane Tanuvasa