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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, October 2, 2004

Marauders tie for White lead

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

WAIPAHU — Quarterback Austen Benito accounted for three touchdowns and four PATs to help Waipahu rally past Campbell, 28-27, last night in O'ahu Interscholastic Association White Division football at Masa Yonamine Sports Complex.

The Marauders (4-2 overall, 4-1 White) pulled into a tie with the previously unbeaten Sabers (4-2, 4-1) for the White lead.

"It's a great feeling," Benito said. "I just can't explain it."

A blocked PAT by Ryan Winfree, who also had a 55-yard interception return that denied the Sabers from possibly scoring before the half, was the difference. After the Marauders pulled to 21-14 on a 6-yard TD run by Benito, Isaac Laupola returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a TD that made it 27-14. But Winfree blocked Laupola's PAT.

The Marauders completed the comeback with a 36-yard TD pass from Benito to Stan Abasial and a 20-yard option keeper by Benito, both coming in the third quarter. Benito's fourth PAT of the game made the difference.

It was more than just a notch in the "W" column for the Marauders.

"That was just a small step as to how far we've come," an emotional Waipahu coach Sean Saturnio said. "Coming from Waipahu, you already have a lot of strikes against you. But we use this great game of football to teach the kids. We don't talk about championships or wins. We talk about doing the right thing, on and off the field."

One thing the Marauders did right was keep their composure, despite a 21-7 deficit at the half. The Marauders managed to control the second half with the running of Benito (14 carries for 75 yards) and 5-foot-9, 210-pound fullback Krypton Taito (14 carries for 106 yards and a 29-yard TD).

Meanwhile, the Sabers were hampered by nine penalties for 87 yards, an interception (by Winfree) and a fumble.

"Our coach told us the more disciplined team was going to win tonight," Benito said.

Despite the loss of quarterback/kicker/linebacker Shaye Asoau to a shoulder injury sometime in the first quarter, the Sabers still managed a 21-7 lead at the half.

Leading 7-0 on running back Gregg Frink's two-yard TD run with 4:10 left in the first quarter, the Sabers opened the second quarter on a 53-yard TD pass from Tristan Sealy to Laupola, who booted the PAT to increase the Sabers' lead to 14-0.

On Campbell's next series after the Marauders punted, it used 10 consecutive running plays to move 81 yards that ended with an 11-yard TD run by running back Isiah Smith to make it 21-0.

But Waipahu answered by marching 52 yards with running back Taito netting more than half the yardage on a 29-yard TD run with 2:43 left in the half to pull the Marauders to 21-7.

Campbell moved from its 35 to the Waipahu 20 before cornerback Winfree returned an interception 55 yards to the Campbell 40 with 15 seconds left in the half. But Waipahu failed to capitalize on the turnover.

Asoau did return in the second half, when he completed 4 of 6 passes for 46 yards.

Campbell coach Tumoana Kenessey said the injury had no bearing on the outcome.

"We practice for this," he said. "It didn't affect anything.

"It was a well-earned win (by Campbell). We just ran out of time."

CAMPBELL (4-2, 4-1) 7 14 6 0—27

WAIPAHU (4-2, 4-1) 0 7 21 0—28

Camp—Gregg Frink 2 run (Shaye Asoau kick)

Camp—Isaac Laupola 53 pass from Tristan Sealy (Laupola kick)

Camp—Isiah Smith 11 run (Laupola kick)

Waip—Krypton Taito 29 run (Austen Benito kick)

Waip—Benito 6 run (Benito kick)

Camp—Laupola 82 kickoff return (kick blocked)

Waip—Stan Abasial 36 pass from Benito (Benito kick)

Waip—Benito 20 run (Benito kick)

RUSHING—Campbell: Shaye Asoau 7-minus 4, Isiah Smith 10-82, Evan Tanigawa 1-0, Anthony Shimizu 8-73, Jessie Lee 2-6, Gregg Frink 14-73, Tristan Sealy 2-10. Waipahu: Benito 14-75 , Ben Amerperosa 3-11, Krypton Taito 14-106 , Stan Abasial 3-43, Anthony Vith 1-8, Team 2-(minus 2).

PASSING—Campbell: Asoau 4-7-0—46, Tristan Sealy 3-6-1—84. Waipahu: Benito 4-12-0—64

RECEIVING—Campbell: Laupola 4-93, David Kim 1-12, Jacob Kaku 2-25. Waipahu: Abasial 2-40, Amerperosa 1-13, Ricky Noble 1-11.

JV score—Campbell 34, Waipahu 16.


Kala Honda's pass with no time remaining fell short and Na Ali'i outlasted the Seariders in an O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red West Division game last night at Mililani.

Wai'anae led 17-14 at halftime, but Teavaiki Va'a put 'Aiea ahead for good with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kali Kuia.

Henry Keomalu, who started at quarterback for Wai'anae, was injured in the game's final plays. Honda replaced him and his lone pass of the night was incomplete.

Aiea (3-4, 2-3) 7 7 7 0—21

Wai'anae (2-4, 1-3) 0 17 0 0—17

Aiea—Kali Kuia 1 run (William Lawrimore kick).

Aiea—Lahaina Olsen-Kuroda 5 pass from Kuia (Lawrimore kick).

Waia—Kala Honda 30 pass from Henry Keomalu (Joshua Woodard kick).

Waia—Paul Rose 18 fumble return (Woodard kick).

Waia—FG Woodard 32.

Aiea—Teavaiki Va'a 7 pass from Kuia (Lawrimore kick).

RUSHING—'Aiea: Donny Mapusaga 23-82, Va'a 4-2, CJ Tausaga 1-20, Kuia 3-12. Wai'anae: Darius Fuller 14-43, Samuel Colon 4-12, Quentin Badayos 1-0, Honda 1-(minus 13), Keomalu 11-(minus 12).

PASSING—'Aiea: Kuia 15-20-0—138. Wai'anae: Keomalu 7-14-0—80, Honda 0-1-0—0.

RECEIVING—'Aiea: Olsen-Kuroda 9-57, Lofa Liilii 1-54, Josh Blakemore 2-8, Mapusaga 1-4, Va'a 2-15. Wai'anae: Douglas Newman 5-44, Honda 2-36.

Reported by Thomas Yoshida


Kelroy Kohatsu passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Surfriders over the Bulldogs in an OIA White Division game.

Keaka Kepa caught three passes for 145 yards, including a 60-yarder for a TD, and Aaron Sylva caught TD passes of 59 and 16 yards, and finished with three catches for 85 yards.

Kaimuki (0-7, 0-5) 7 0 0 0— 7

Kailua (3-2-1, 2-1-1) 14 21 0 7—42

Kail—Aaron Sylva 59 pass from Kelroy Kohatsu (Brian Jacobsen kick)

Kaim—Kaeo Neal 3 run (#3 kick)

Kail—Damien Torres 11 run (Jacobsen kick)

Kail—Kekoa Su'a 2 run (Jacobsen kick)

Kail—Nelson Akana interception return (Jacobsen kick)

Kail—Keaka Kepa 60 pass from Kohatsu (Jacobsen kick)

Kail—Sylva 16 pass from Kohatsu (Jacobsen kick)

RUSHING—Kaimuki: Keha Akau 4-21, Anthony Sexton 4-2, Semi Qoro 11-59, Jonah Qoro 2-6, Neal 4-2, Fiaui Vaisagote 3-2. Kailua: Torres 8-66, Su'a 7-55, Kohatsu 2-(minus 8), Travis Holeso-Wolfe 2-(minus 5).

PASSING—Kaimuki: Neal 0-1-1 0, Vaisagote 3-14-1 (minus 6), Akau 1-1-0 13. Kailua: Kohatsu 10-12-0 300.

RECEIVING—Kaimuki: Josiah Kua 1-13, Jona Qoro 1-8, #3 2-(minus 14). Kailua: Keaka Kepa 3-145, Sylva 3-85, Torres 1-1, Holeso-Wolfe 1-45, Su'a 1-5, Marshall Freitas 1-19.

JV score—Kailua 35, Kaimuki 14.

Reported by Tanya Hewahewa


Eti Atonio threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Alex Mendoza and 7 yards to Tanner Fetui, leading the visiting Governors over the Rough Riders in an OIA Red East Division game.

Farrington (2-4, 2-2) 7 7 0 6—20

Roosevelt (2-4, 2-2) 0 12 0 0—12

Farr—Ameko Vaimasanu'u 4 run (Ropeti Gafa kick).

Roos—Rudy Artuyo 1 run (kick failed).

Farr—Alex Mendoza 13 pass from Eti Atonio (Gafa kick).

Roos—La'akea Moikeha 31 pass from Artuyo (pass failed).

Farr—Tanner Fetui 7 pass from Atonio (run failed).

RUSHING—Farrington: Atonio 6-4, Vaimasanu'u 16-97, Raymend Faaiu 9-25, Brandon Agbunag 1-(minus 12), James Hakuole 7-26, Mendoza 1-5, Kenneth Faumui 1-(minus 12). Roosevelt: Artuyo 16-6, Makaea Salas 4-18.

PASSING—Farrington: Atonio 6-10-0—56. Roosevelt: Artuyo 10-24-2—99.

RECEIVING—Farrington: Vaimasanu'u 1-0, Agbunag 1-14, Fetui 1-7, Mendoza 3-35. Roosevelt: Salas 2-14, Moikeha 4-56, Tui Richter 3-23, Keenan Loo 1-6.

JV score—Farrington 21, Roosevelt 7.

Reported by Dale Asami


Kekoa Perbera and Kekoa Osurman each rushed for two touchdowns, leading the visiting Trojans over the Chargers in an OIA Red West Division game at Pearl City.

Mililani (6-0, 4-0) 14 14 7 0—35

Pearl City (1-6, 0-5) 0 0 0 7— 7

Mili—Kekoa Perbera 1 run (Jordan Torres kick).

Mili—Jordan Apduhan 1 run (Torres kick).

Mili—Kekoa Osurman 9 run (Torres kick).

Mili—Perbera 14 run (Torres kick).

Mili—Osurman 7 run (Torres kick).

PC—Timo Mauga 6 run (Steven King kick).

RUSHING—Mililani: Perbera 10-39, Apduhan 8-47, Jordan Torress 13-69, Osurman 5-25, Jay Greene 4-25, Maka Kahoano 1-5, Ryan Aguon 4-10. Pearl City: Cheves Asato 7-24, Steven King 4-(minus 7), Andrew Blue 11-10, Keale Akana 2-7, Nick Perez 2-(minus 2), Josh Topai 5-19, Josh Obena 1-(minus 1), Mauga 1-6.

PASSING—Mililani: Kahoano 4-8-0—100. Pearl City: Blue 3-6-0—24, Daniel Sullivan 2-5-0—42.

RECEIVING—Mililani: Jon Santos 2-70, Josh Moracco 2-30. Pearl City: Devin Yoshinaka 1-12, Robert Stoner 1-44, Sullivan 1-12, Blue 1-(minus 8), King 1-6.

JV score—Mililani 10, Pearl City 7.

Reported by Mike Tanuvasa


David Pershin threw four touchdown passes, including two to Nate Shields, and Jeremy Perry returned an interception 30 yards for a TD as the Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs in an OIA White Division game.

Kalaheo (3-3, 3-2) 13 16 7 0—36

Waialua (1-5, 1-4) 0 0 0 7— 7

Kalah—Willie Haile 10 pass from David Pershin (Robert Crotogino kick)

Kalah—Jeremy Perry 30 interception return (kick failed)

Kalah—Nate Shields 70 pass from Pershin (Crotogino kick)

Kalah—Shields 71 pass from Pershin (kick failed)

Kalah—FG Crotogino 27

Kalah—Koa Siliga 69 pass from Pershin (Crotogino kick)

Waial—Alvin Foster 40 run (Diego Reverberi kick)

JV score—Kalaheo 13, Waialua 12.

Reported by Alisa Maldonado