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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, December 4, 2004

Campbell captures Division II crown

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By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

With its head coach watching proudly from the stands, the Campbell High School football team executed almost to perfection last night in rolling past Iolani, 28-7, for the Division II state championship at Aloha Stadium.

Campbell head coach Tumoana Kenessey, who was ineligible to be on the sideline for last night's Division II state final, got to hold the championship trophy and celebrate with his team after beating Iolani.

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The Sabers, ranked No. 8 in The Advertiser's statewide Top 10 poll of coaches and media, finished their season at 10-2 and brought home the school's first major football title. Iolani, ranked No. 5, ended up 9-3.

"Earlier this week, we had a group meeting and said, 'Let's execute, let's do it for Coach (Tumoana Kenessey),' " said Campbell senior slotback/linebacker Kaniela Stanton, who rushed for 113 yards on 10 carries and made four tackles. "This was for him, and for everybody on our team, and for our fans."

Kenessey, in his fifth year as head coach, was ineligible for the game due to an ejection from last week's semifinal victory over Kaua'i after two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. But his team put on an awesome display of running and defense last night anyway, especially in the first half.

Operating out of the unique "Delaware Winged-T" offense led by tackles Sterling Valentine, Matthew Masifilo and Kyle Akana, guards Liulotu Gaui and Dustin Salvador, tight ends Kepa Basham and James Bannister and center Chadric Cruz, Jr., the Sabers rushed for 113 yards in the first quarter alone and had 187 yards on the ground by halftime in building a commanding 21-0 lead.

They went 93 yards in just six plays for their first touchdown, a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Shaye Asoau with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter. Cornerback Isaac Laupola set up the next touchdown on the ensuing series by intercepting a pass by Kiran Kepo'o and returning it 40 yards to the Raiders' 35-yard line. Five plays later, running back Anthony Shimizu scored on a 3-yard run with 11:13 left in the half.

Campbell made it 21-0 midway through the second quarter after a bad Iolani punt snap resulted in the Sabers starting a drive at Iolani's 34. Isiah Smith's 4-yard TD run capped it. Smith led all rushers with 122 yards on 14 carries.

"From the start, Coach told us we're going to win or lose on the line of scrimmage," Asoau said. "Our linemen stepped up and played a great game, but we did nothing more than execute what we always do."

Campbell's defense, meanwhile, held the Raiders' prolific offense to just 38 yards in the first two quarters, including minus-8 rushing. Kepo'o was just 4 of 10 for 46 yards and Iolani was 1 for 6 on third-down conversions.

"Kiran wasn't at his sharpest, but a lot of that was because of (the Sabers)," Raiders coach Wendell Look said. "They had a great scheme, put a lot of pressure on him and forced him into bad throws and bad decisions."

One key was Stanton, who made his first start at linebacker and was assigned to track Iolani running back Michael Hirokawa. In last week's semifinal win over Hawai'i Prep, Hirokawa rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and caught seven passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.

Last night, he was held to 29 yards on eight carries and caught one pass for 16 yards.

"My intention was to key on that guy," Stanton said. "He has a lot of talent, but the coaches just told me to follow him and guard him the whole game."

The Raiders' Jon Takamura took the short second-half kickoff and returned it to midfield, and Iolani scored three plays later on Hirokawa's 11-yard run. But Campbell stretched the lead to 28-7 with 8:14 remaining in the game after Shimizu's 3-yard touchdown run, and the Raiders lost the ball on downs on their next three possessions.

For the game, the Sabers out-rushed Iolani 352 yards to 2 and won the time of possession battle, 33:01 to 14:18. The Raiders converted just 1 of 11 times on third down, and Kepo'o was sacked six times, including four by Thomas Lopes. Campbell cornerback Chris Ganigan broke up four passes and helped limit Kepo'o to 14 completions in 34 attempts.

Iolani was further hampered by losing starting safety Milo Kalama to a shoulder injury in the first quarter, and also lost starting left guard Cameron Petro-Sakuma to another injury.

"That hurt, but (the Sabers) executed well and didn't make mistakes, and they beat our okoles on the line of scrimmage," Look said.

It was a team without its head coach, and led by offensive coordinator Mark Andrus and interim defensive coordinator Ken Amaral.

"Coach Kenessey deserves this win; he was with us all week except for the last three hours," Andrus said. "And all the kids, they did a great job."

CAMPBELL 7 14 0 7—28

IOLANI 0 0 7 0— 7

Cam—Shaye Asoau 1 run (Asoau kick)

Cam—Anthony Shimizu 4 run (Asoau kick)

Cam—Isiah Smith 3 run (Asoau kick)

Iol—Mike Hirokawa 11 run (Mark May kick)

Cam—Shimizu 3 run (Asoau kick)

RUSHING—Campbell: Smith 14-122, Kaneal Stanton 10-113, Shimizu 9-60, Quinton Richards 10-55, Gregg Frink 4-15, Victor Cachuela 1-13, Isaac Laupola 1-(minus 3). Jesse Lee 5-(minus 5). Asoau 7-(minus 18). Iolani: Hirokawa 8-29, Travis Nishioka 1-4, Kekai Kealoha 1-3, Kiran Kepo'o 8-(minus 34).

PASSING—Campbell: Asoau 3-7-0—25. Iolani: Kepo'o 14-34-1—210.

RECEIVING—Campbell: Laupola 2-17, Shimizu

1-8. Iolani: Blayne Yama 4-43, Nishioka 3-55, Kealoha 3-53, Micah Kalama 3-43, Hirokawa 1- 16.

Reach Wes Nakama at wnakama@honoluluadvertiser.com or 535-2456.