No. 2 Saint Louis stuffs WOL, 49-0
By Kalani Takase
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Kalani Takase
Two-time defending Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I champion Saint Louis flexed its muscles in a 49-0 rout of upstart Word of Life last night at Aloha Stadium.
The second-ranked Crusaders scored all seven touchdowns in the first half to improve to 6-1, 4-1 in the ILH. Word of Life, in its first season as a varsity Division II team, fell to 2-7, 0-6.
"We still made a lot of mistakes that we'll have to go back and fix," Saint Louis coach John Hao said. "But I'm glad that all our kids got to play."
Saint Louis wasted little time, scoring in four plays on its opening drive. Jeremy Higgins had completions of 12 yards to Billy Stutzmann and 29 yards to Trevor Mau, setting up La'akea Frias' 15-yard touchdown run. Warren Spencer's extra point made it 7-0.
Higgins threw the first of his two TD passes on a 21-yarder to Mau, who finished with five catches for 80 yards, to make it 14-0 after the first quarter.
The Crusaders scored on each of their four offensive possessions in the second quarter.
Josh Tupua took his first carry of the game 35 yards to the end zone early in the quarter and, four plays later, Kalei Contrades returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown.
Contrades, a sophomore defensive back, veered to the left sideline, turned the corner and went untouched to make it 28-0.
After a WOLA fumble on the very next play, the Crusaders punched it in two plays later on a 13-yard run by Jordan Fukumoto. Higgins faked a dive to running back Austin Wakinekona, before pitching to Fukumoto, who was lined up at left slotback.
Higgins extended the lead to 42-0 with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Micah McClinton. Following another WOLA fumble, backup quarterback Marcus Mariota added a 10-yard touchdown run before the half.
The entire second half was played with a running clock, due to the 35-point mercy rule.
Higgins, who played less than two full quarters, finished with 194 yards on 12-of-15 passing.
WOLA committed six turnovers, including four fumbles. Saint Louis held the Firebrands' rushing attack to 19 yards on 33 carries.
"Saint Louis has been the standard in the ILH for a long time," WOLA coach Joe Onosai said. "We're a young program and I think our kids were a little overwhelmed, but I told them it's part of the process and we're going to take our licks, but we just need to keep positive."
Hao said of the Firebrands: "They did as much as they could with what they have. They have some tough kids and they're going to get better."
SAINT LOUIS (6-1, 4-1) 14 35 0 0—49
WORD OF LIFE (2-7, 0-6) 0 0 0 0— 0
SL — La'akea Frias 15 run (Warren Spencer kick).
SL — Trevor Mau 21 pass from Jeremy Higgins (Spencer kick).
SL — Josh Tupua 35 run (Spencer kick).
SL — Kalei Contrades 44 punt return (Spencer kick).
SL — Jordan Fukumoto 13 run (Spencer kick).
SL — Micah McClinton 18 pass from Higgins (Spencer kick).
SL — Marcus Mariota 10 run (Spencer kick).
RUSHING — Saint Louis: Austin Wakinekona 4-6, Frias 1-15, Layson Aliviado 1-19, Higgins 1-6, Tupua 2-38, Fukumoto 1-13, Emmett McShane 1-2, Mariota 2-7, team 3-(minus 36), Sean Valente 3-27, Vonn Feao 5-18, Jaels Mauhili-Kaneakua 4-18, Kelson Chang 1-16, Evan Fujihara 2-0. Word of Life: Kendall Ching 20-32, Jared Stephenson 2-2, Ryan Alvarado 2-2, Max Mower 5-7, team 2-(minus 30), Vega McKenzie 2-8.
PASSING — Saint Louis: Higgins 12-15-0—194, Mariota 0-1-0—0. Word of Life: Ching 2-9-2—9.
RECEIVING — Saint Louis: Billy Stutzmann 2-36, Mau 5-80, Fukumoto 3-44, Kaden Kamoe 1-16, McClinton 1-18. Word of Life: Mower 2-9.
KAMEHAMEHA 45, PAC-FIVE 7: The Warriors racked up 393 yards of total offense, led by Ryan Ho's 92 rushing yards and 38-yard touchdown run, to beat the Wolfpack at Aloha Stadium.
The Warriors, ranked fifth in The Advertiser's top 10 poll, improved to 6-3, 3-2 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. The Wolfpack fell to 3-6, 2-4.
KAMEHAMEHA (6-3, 3-2) 21 10 7 7—45
PAC-FIVE (3-6, 2-4) 7 0 0 0— 7
KS — Ryan Ho 38 run (Kevin Doo kick).
KS — Graham Tamatea 32 interception return (Doo kick).
P5 — Jordan Doi 13 pass from PJ Minaya (Brendan Sagucio kick).
KS — Maika Mataele 54 pass from Edmund Kamano Jr. (Doo kick).
KS — FG Doo 29.
KS — Kupono Park 2 run (Doo kick).
KS — Blaise Cuban 22 pass from TC Campbell (Doo kick).
KS — Shawn Bode 30 pass from Campbell (Doo kick).
RUSHING — Kamehameha: Ryan Ho 8-92, Kaluma Jones 5-28, Everett Collier 1-(minus 5), Kamano Jr. 3-(minus 7), Cuban 1-31, Brandon Dumlao 3-14, Kupono Park 6-17, Alika Bell 1-12, Campbell 1-(minus 4), Ronsen Moniz 3-7. Pac-Five: Chalson Baitlon 5-12, PJ Minaya 6-(minus 46), Armando Cayabyab 1-1.
PASSING — Kamehameha: Kamano Jr. 11-14-0—126, Campbell 4-8-0—82. Pac-Five: Minaya 25-42-3—275.
RECEIVING — Kamehameha: Pono Ryder 1-15, Pono Haitsuka 4-36, Maika Mataele 2-61, Ho 1-10, Dumlao 1-1, Pi'i Minns 2-27, Bode 2-29, Park 1-7, Cuban 1-22. Pac-Five: London Amorin 12-125, Jordan Doi 9-136, Dylan Gomez 2-18, Baitlon 2-(minus 2).
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