Radford bounces back to beat Campbell, 7-0
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Kyle Sakamoto
Fate had it that Radford and Campbell would play on consecutive weeks.
Fate also had it that Radford would win this time, 7-0.
The O'ahu Interscholastic Association White Conference semifinals last night was a defensive stalemate that turned on two plays late in the game.
Campbell had a third-and-three at its 44. Quarterback Obe Mataio dropped back to pass and was stripped by Radford defensive end Vasa Kuresa. The ball rolled backward and was recovered by linebacker Bronson Leafa at the 25.
"It was just guys stepping up," Radford coach Fred Salanoa said. "It was a defensive struggle tonight. Our defense played the game they were taught to do and guys stepped it up and that's what it's all about."
On the next play, Radford running back Alex Daniels burst up the middle for a touchdown with 5:54 remaining in the game.
"Just a regular run play, zone read," Salanoa said. "The cut back was there all night, we just needed to find it. We finally found it and that's all that matters."
On Campbell's final possession, it had a first-and-10 at its 45, but two sacks and two incompletions ended the drama.
Radford (7-2) will play Moanalua in the OIA White final Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. The Menehunes beat Kaiser, 15-10, last night.
On Campbell's 14 possessions, it had six punts, three lost fumbles, one missed field goal, and lost the ball four times on downs.
"Hats off to Radford," Campbell coach Tumoana Kenessey said. "It was a defensive battle and this is what we play for. Keep the game close and the ball went their way and the game went their way. They made the play when they had to. They executed when they had to."
In the teams' regular-season finale last week, Campbell (7-2) beat Radford, 18-13.
That forced a three-way tie for first in the OIA White, and a coin flip determined seedings for the tournament.
Playing the same team back-to-back didn't sit well with Kenessey.
"You play a team and you play them right after that," he said. "That don't make sense."
RADFORD (7-2, 7-1) 0 0 0 7—7
CAMPBELL (7-2, 6-2) 0 0 0 0—0
Rad—Alex Daniels 25 run (Jamie Whitworth kick)
RUSHING—Radford: Ryan Burciaga 4-minus 8, Daniels 19-57, team 2-minus 9, Trevor Maldon 2-0. Campbell: Berzil Kelli 13-12, Jesse Lee 6-29, Isiah Smith 12-44, Kepaninaokamali Basham 1-4, Michael Wright 1-(minus 3), Obe Mataio 6-(minus 32), Kevin Aguigui 1-(minus 4).
PASSING—Radford: Burciaga 8-20-0—78. Campbell: Mataio 7-20-0—69, Basham 1-2-0—40, Hanauhopeokaohu Basham 1-1-0—3.
RECEIVING—Radford: Shane Masaniai 2-7, Joe Brundidge 1-22, Mike Goodman 2-12, Justin Lord 1-6, Kyle Blair 2-31. Campbell: K. Basham 1-9, Keneke Kapule 1-14, Alika Parish 2-53, Tristian Sealy 2-25, Michael Wright 1-5, Jesse Lee 1-3, Mike Gueso 1-3.
MOANALUA TOPS KAISER
Moanalua earned what is believed to be its first playoff victory in school history last night with a 15-10 OIA White Division semifinal win over Kaiser.
Menehunes' quarterback Stanford Leti threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to kicker Landon Watanabe, who came in for a rare appearance at receiver, and ran in another score for 169 all-purpose yards.
Head coach Arnold Martinez fed off his team's euphoria after the win.
"It's like I tell the boys," Martinez said. " 'We have a chance. We ain't going nowhere.'
"We got some momentum, made a couple of big plays and had our guys wake up."
Skyler Chan filled in for the Cougars' injured quarterback Nick Yuzawa, and threw for 143 yards. He tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jake Esteban with 2:13 left in the game, which brought Kaiser to 15-10.
Moanalua's Jordan Monico recovered the Cougars' ensuing onside kick and the Menehunes ran out the clock.
KAISER (4-5, 3-5) 0 3 0 7—10
MOANALUA (8-1, 7-1) 0 9 0 6—15
Moa—FG Landon Watanabe 36
Kai—FG Kyle Niiro 32
Moa—Watanabe 80 pass from Stanford Leti (kick failed)
Moa—Leti 20 run (kick blocked)
Kai—Jake Esteban 9 pass from Skyler Chan (Niiro kick)
RUSHING—Kaiser: Chan 12-(minus 11), Thomas Freeman 3-6, Isaac Saffery 10-28, Tukia Aholelei 1-1, Devin Dela Pena 1-(minus 2), Tavin Winward 1-(minus 3). Moanalua: Leti 10-71, John Estores 7-26, Quinton Tang 7-29, Jordan Monico 3-1, Jarin Salvador-Atabay 3-19.
PASSING—Kaiser: Chan 15-23-1—143, Saffery 1-23-0—23. Moanalua: Leti 1-2-0—80, Estores 2-4-0—18, Tang 0-1-0—0.
RECEIVING—Kaiser: Mike Kawajiri 1-5, Paa Kamauoha 5-64, Sid Slom 3-12, Dela Pena 3-15, Saffery 2-38, Chan 1-23, Esteban 1-9. Moanalua: Watanabe 1-80, Leti 2-18.
JV score—Radford 7, Kalaheo 0
Reported by Brian McInnis
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