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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, October 13, 2007

Campbell clings to playoff hopes

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

WAHIAWA The Campbell High School football team preserved its season for another day, barely, by sneaking past Leilehua, 22-21, last night before a crowd of about 2,500 at Hugh Yoshida Stadium.

The Sabers, 3-3-1 overall, finished the regular season at 3-3 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association's Western Division and still need Wai'anae (3-2) to defeat visiting Kapolei (3-2) tonight to earn a playoff berth. Leilehua, ranked No. 10 in The Advertiser's statewide Top 10 poll of coaches and media, fell to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the West.

The Mules have clinched a playoff berth and will finish third or fourth in the West depending on tonight's Kapolei-Wai'anae matchup.

Leilehua could have had a chance at second place with a victory last night and was in good position, leading 21-14 in the fourth quarter, but an errant option pitch resulted in a safety with 8:38 remaining, and seven plays after the free kick, Pita Feleunga scored on a 6-yard run to give Campbell its first lead of the game at 22-21 with 5:06 left.

The two-point conversion run on a fake extra-point attempt failed.

"I think the safety changed the momentum," Mules coach Nolan Tokuda said. "Anytime something like that happens, it takes the steam out of your team."

Leilehua made one final march and advanced to the Sabers' 14-yard line, but a fourth-down pass was knocked down with one minute remaining and Campbell was able to run out the clock.

"I wasn't worried," Sabers defensive lineman Terrence Tafai said. "We knew we could battle back, and the defense stepped up."

The Mules broke a 14-14 tie with 3:56 left in the third quarter after Kaipo Kea's 9-yard TD pass to Rico Newman. They had taken leads of 7-0 and 14-7, but Campbell answered each time with touchdowns by Samson Anguay.

"I'm very proud of the way our guys battled all the way until the end," said Sabers coach Tumoana Kenessey, whose team endured a canceled season opener and later a forfeit loss to Wai'anae. "They stayed positive through all the adversity, and they never quit. No matter what happens tomorrow night, this has been a great learning experience for them. They learned that even if things don't go your way, you should always stay positive and finish strong."

CAMPBELL (3-3-1, 3-3) 0 14 0 8 22

LEILEHUA (4-4, 3-3) 7 7 7 0 21

Lei Edieson Dumlao 12 pass from Kaipo Kea (Rico Newman kick)

Camp Samson Anguay 74 run (Martin Kodama kick)

Lei Dumlao 13 pass from Kea (Newman kick)

Camp Anguay 62 run after Kodama 8 pass from Kelly Newcomb (Kodama kick)

Lei Newman 9 pass from Kea (Newman kick)

Camp Safety, Newman runs out of end zone after fumble recovery

Camp Pita Feleunga 6 run (run failed)

RUSHING Campbell: Fa'afetai Tuvale 10-49, Bronson Ellis-Riveria 12-34, Anguay 2-137, Obadiah Mataio 2-2, Derrick Santiago 3-9, Holcomb 1-3, Feleunga 1-6. Leilehua: Kea 14-30, Newman 7-18, Dontae Scott 2-2, Bronson Pausa 2-3, Joedee Taua 1-4.

PASSING Campbell: Newcomb 4-8-064. Leilehua: Kea 23-32-2239.

RECEIVING Campbell: Elway Tautua 2-43, Kodama 2-21. Leilehua: Dumlao 6-64, Kaipo DeRego 4-61, Elijah Manaea 2-21, Zaire Magapagal 2-21, Aaremy Palomares 1-7, Pausa 1-1, Marcus Breakfield 2-26, Newman 5-38.



Taz Stevenson scored four touchdowns, including an 88-yard return of the opening kickoff, to lead the Trojans.

Rustin Funakoshi ran for one touchdown and threw scoring passes of 14 and 3 yards to Stevenson.

The victory gave Mililani (5-1) the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Luke Failauga rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown for Radford.

MILILANI (7-1, 5-1) 20 13 0 336

RADFORD (0-8, 0-6) 0 0 6 0 6

Mili Taz Stevenson 88 kickoff return (Colin Lund kick)

Mili Stevenson 14 pass from Rustin Funakoshi (kick blocked)

Mili Funakoshi 8 run (Lund kick)

Mili Stevenson 4 run (Lund kick)

Mili Stevenson 3 pass from Funakoshi (kick blocked)

Rad Luke Failauga 3 run (kick failed)

Mili FG Lund 32

RUSHING Mililani: Michael Among-Serrao 6-32, Funakoshi 3-7, Geoffrey Badua 6-22, Shaw Alesna 4-2, Kekai Trout 1-0, Zachary Villanueva 5-18, Stevenson 1-4. Radford: Failauga 13-77, Epa Maika 8-(minus 20), Ezekiel Pulou-Falaniko 1-(minus 10), Robert Limos 2-11, Leon Hazley 2-10, Dustin Ramelb 1-3, Team 1-(minus 13).

PASSING Mililani: Funakoshi 8-10-0143, Villanueva 1-3-14. Radford: Maika 15-39-2153.

RECEIVING Mililani: Trent Tamate 3-81, Stevenson 2-17, Lund 1-14, Joshua Manuma 2-22, Among-Serrao 1-13. Radford: Failauga 1-0, Shawn Putman-Curry 4-36, Mosiah Manuma 2-6, Jared Victorino 4-60, Pulou-Falaniko 2-48, Tu'ulauena Lohohea 1-1, Raymond Mongosong 1-2.


Reported by David Lane

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