No. 1 Kahuku runs over Castle in OIA, 45-10
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
KAILUA After a slow start last night, the Kahuku High School football team steamrolled division challenger Castle, 45-10, before an overflow crowd of about 5,000 at Kailua Stadium.
The Red Raiders, ranked No. 1 in The Advertiser's statewide Top 10 poll of coaches and media, improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association's Red Conference Eastern Division. Castle, ranked No. 7, fell to 5-2, 4-1.
Castle led 3-0 after one quarter on Ethan Gonsalves' 48-yard field goal and closed Kahuku's lead to 12-10 with 1:43 remaining in the first half following Blaine Kobashigawa's 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. But the Red Raiders immediately answered with Mau-He Moala's 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Jacob Kahawai'i's two-point conversion pass to Spencer Hafoka made it 20-10 at the half.
The Knights suffered another big blow right before halftime, when starting quarterback Junior Mansanas injured his right (throwing) shoulder after a 22-yard run. Mansanas, who took over when original starter Bryce Kalauoka'aea suffered a season-ending knee injury five weeks ago, did not return.
Mansanas had completed 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards and rushed four times for 31 yards. Replacement Jordan Nakayama completed 13 of 26 passes for 95 yards and had two carries for minus-11 yards.
Kahuku also lost its starting quarterback, Bronson Ponciano-Ahue, on the game's second play when he injured his left (non-throwing) elbow. He also did not return.
"He wanted to come back in, but we decided to play it safe and keep him out," Red Raiders coach Siuaki Livai said. "We felt even with our backup, we could wear them down eventually running the ball."
Livai was right.
Kahuku lost a fumble on its first possession and punted on its next two series, but pounded away at Castle's undersized defense and finished the game with 293 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Kamuela Alisa led the way with 83 yards on 15 carries, Micah Strickland added 81 yards on nine rushes and Malosi Te'o had 78 yards on eight carries.
The strong ground attack also opened the passing lanes, and Kahawai'i took advantage with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Redmond Tutor to make it 26-10 with 4:53 left in the third quarter. Alisa's 14-yard touchdown run on the second play of the fourth quarter made it 32-10, and Strickland added a 13-yard TD run with 7:13 remaining.
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KAHUKU (5-1, 4-0) 0 20 6 1945
CASTLE (5-2, 4-1) 3 7 0 010
CastFG Ethan Gonsalves 48
KahMalosi Te'o 16 run (run failed)
KahKamuela Alisa 1 run (pass failed)
CastBlaine Kobashigawa 90 kickoff return (Gonsalves kick)
KahMau-He Moala 92 kickoff return (Spencer Hafoka pass from Jacob Kahawai'i)
KahRedmond Tutor 33 pass from Kahawai'i (kick blocked)
KahAlisa 14 run (kick blocked)
KahMicah Strickland 13 run (pass intercepted)
KahStrickland 12 run (Tutor kick)
RUSHINGKahuku: Alisa 15-83, Te'o 8-78, Strickland 9-81, Simi Alo 3-22, Hafoka 1-31, Jason Mauai 1-1, A.J. Victorian 1-(minus-3). Castle: Justin Kruse 1-(minus-1), Junior Mansanas 4-31, Nicholas Rapoza 1-2, Jordan Nakayama 2-(minus-11), John Ufuti 4-(minus-3).
PASSINGKahuku: Kahawai'i 5-14-1117. Cast: Mansanas 11-20-0104, Nakayama 13-26-095.
RECEIVINGKahuku: Hafoka 4-84, Tutor 1-33. Castle: Gonsalves 1-10, Lihikai Domingo 4-43, Victor Clore 3-30, Kobashigawa 10-76, Jonathan Horner 2-10, Kruse 1-3, Jordan Kahoekapu 2-21, Alika Kalopodes 1-6.
JV scoreKahuku 40, Castle 28
LEILEHUA 43, KAPOLEI 23
Chustin Senas caught eight passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns to lead the undefeated Mules over the visiting Hurricanes in an OIA Red West Division game.
Leilehua's Bryant Moniz completed 17 of 28 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. The Mules led 43-7 after three quarters.
Leilehua (6-0, 4-0) visits Mililani (6-0, 5-0) this Friday.
Kapolei (2-4, 2-2) 7 0 0 1623
Leilehua (6-0, 4-0) 7 14 22 043
LeiJustin Lawelawe 10 run (Ryan Bibilone kick)
KapoRadford Raquedan 9 run (Aaron Santiago kick)
LeiLawelawe 3 run (Bibilone kick)
LeiMene Coffin 39 interception return(Bibilone kick)
LeiChustin Senas 65 pass from Bryant Moniz (Lawelawe run)
LeiSenas 20 pass Moniz (Bibilone kick)
LeiGuy Cantrell 14 pass from Moniz (Bibilone kick)
KapoCaleb Spencer 11 pass Brad Padayao (Spencer pass from Padayao)
KapoTony Talo 13 run (Lokahi Olayan pass from John Medeiros)
RUSHINGKapolei: Medeiros 9-86; Raquedan 9-41; Ikaika Tan 5-10; Padayao 3-45; Talo 8-52; Joshua Alison 1-0; Etu Mafi 2-6. Leilehua: Lawelawe 6-45; Sione Faleofa 4-33.
PASSINGKapolei: Padayao 3-13-150; Medeiros 2-9-213. Leilehua: Moniz 17-28-1295; Lawelawe 0-1-00.
RECEIVINGKapolei: Jimmy Stevens 1-28; Santiago 1-11; Raquedan 1-2; Keoki Lapina 1-11; Spencer 1-11. Leilehua: Anthony Palmares 4-66; Senas 8-188; Dwight Villanueva 3-24; John Felix 1-3; Cantrell 1-14.
JV scoreLeilehua 28, Kapolei 26.
Reported by Udie Algoso
Hawai'I Prep 56, Ka'u 6
Michael Kopra and Mana Purdy each ran for a pair of touchdowns and the visiting Ka Makani rolled past the Trojans in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation game last night.
Timothy Garcia hauled in two touchdown passes from Billy Case as Hawai'i Prep improved to 5-0 in league play.
Hawai'i Prep (5-2, 5-0) 21 21 14 056
Ka'u (0-6, 0-5) 0 0 0 6 6
HPAMichael Kopra 16 run (Kopra kick)
HPAKopra 6 run (Kopra kick)
HPATimothy Garcia 5 pass from Billy Case (Kopra kick)
HPAZachary Say 1 run (Kopra kick)
HPAGarcia 20 pass from Case (Kopra kick)
HPASparky Springneier 30 pass from Billy Case (Kopra kick)
HPAMana Purdy 40 run (Kopra kick)
HPAPurdy 30 run (Kopra kick)
Ka'uCurtis Alcoran 1 run (kick failed)
Reported by Kealani Gangwes
WAIAKEA 42, KOHALA 21
CJ Rosencrans ran for two touchdowns and host Waiakea scored 21 points in the third quarter to turn back Kohala on Friday night at Wong Stadium.
KOHALA 0 13 0 821
WAIAKEA 7 7 21 742
WaiCJ Rosencrans 2 run (Gene Okamura kick)
KohCameron Kawai 82 run (kick good)
WaiJoshua Yamamoto 8 run (Okamura kick)
KohReyn Matsu 33 run (kick failed)
WaiRosencrans 16 run (Okamura kick)
WaiGlenn Kyota 6 run (Okamura kick)
WaiTim DeloSantos 26 run (Okamura kick)
WaiAka Kaleo 5 run (Okamura kick)
KohHeliz Ramos 60 run (conversion run)
Konawaena 30, Kamehameha 17
Michael Nahe threw three touchdown passes to Cody Silsley to carry host Konawaena over Kamehameha on Friday night.
Kamehameha (4-2, NA) 10 0 0 717
Konawaena (4-2, 4-1) 0 15 7 830
Kaua'i 14, Kapa'a 10
Kekoa Crowell hit Kevin Cadiente with a 73-yard touchdown pass with 9:51 to play as Kaua'i beat Kapa'a in a Kaua'i Interscholastic Federation game Friday night at Vidinha Stadium.
Kaua'i (2-1) 0 7 0 714
Kapa'a (0-3) 0 7 0 310
KapKailima Leong 11 run (Kai Kanoho kick)
KauNiko Elbenia 2 run (Frank Speetjens kick)
KapKanoho 25 fg
Kau9:51 Kevin Cadiente 73 pass from Kekoa Crowell (Speetjens kick).
RUSHINGKaua'i: Elbenia 19-82, Crowell 7-36, Brian Rodrigues 2-1. Kapa'a: Leong 15-84, Lance Taniguchi-Fu 13-36, Bronson Yadao 9-42, Lot Sarsona 5-11, Ekolu Allianic 4-(minus 5), Chris Baltazar 2-17.
PASSINGKaua'i: Crowell 8-21-1 159. Kapa'a: Leong 3-11-2 60, Allianic 0-1-1 0.
RECEIVINGKaua'i: Cadiente 4-107, Chad Lopez 3-46, Lucky Andres 1-6. Kapa'a: Sarsona 1-36, Allianic 1-19, Taniguchi-Fu 1-5.
JV scoreKaua'i 35, Kapa'a 0.
Reported by Harold Naumu