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Updated at 3:13 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 2006

Kapolei star leads Navy to 42-6 victory

By David Ginsburg
Associated Press


Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, a former Kapolei High School star, cuts in between Temple's Leyon Azubuike (93) and Dominique Harris during the third quarter in Annapolis, Md. Navy won 42-6.

Matthew S. Gunby | Associated Press

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Hawai'i's Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the decisive first half, and Navy rolled to its third straight lopsided victory today, 42-6 over woeful Temple.

Navy (8-3) amassed 298 yards in offense in building a 35-0 halftime lead. Kaheaku-Enhada, a Kapolei High School star, finished with 140 yards rushing and completed three passes for 35 yards, and Shun White ran for 114 yards and two scores on only seven carries.

Over the past three weeks, Navy has outscored Duke, Eastern Michigan and Temple by a combined 129-40 score. The Midshipmen will next face Army on Dec. 2 before playing in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Temple (1-11) closed its first season under coach Al Golden with three straight losses. The youthful Owls averted a shutout when backup quarterback Vaughn Charlton threw a touchdown pass to Josh Bundy with 13:39 to go.

White answered with a 50-yard TD run.

Temple was outscored 496-131 this year, but its victory over Bowling Green last month enabled the struggling program to avoid a second straight winless season.

Navy took control immediately after the opening kickoff. The Midshipmen stopped Temple on a three-and-out, then covered 77 yards in nine plays to go up 7-0. Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 34 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown carry.

Kaheaku-Enhada scored on a 3-yard run late in the quarter for a 14-0 lead. The TD capped a 48-yard drive that included a 26-yard run by White.

Navy's next march produced another touchdown. Kaheaku-Enhada opened the drive with a 49-yard run after being flushed from the pocket. Four plays later, White scored from the 11 to make it 21-0 with 12:18 left in the half.

At that point, Navy held a 199-1 lead in rushing yards and a 10-0 advantage in first downs.

Eager to end a run of four straight three-and-outs, Golden kept his offense on the field on a fourth-and-1 from the Temple 41. An incomplete pass followed, and the Midshipmen made it 28-0 on a 9-yard run by Trey Hines.

Temple finally got its initial first down with 5:43 left in the half, on a 14-yard pass from Adam DiMichele to Tim Brown. But the Owls eventually turned the ball over on downs, and Navy's Byron McCoy scored his first career touchdown from the 1 in the final minute of the second quarter.

DiMichele went 9-for-18 for 74 yards and an interception. Temple finished with 13 yards rushing on 27 attempts.