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Saturday, October 28, 2000

H A W A I I _P R E P _ S P O R T S

By Ronen Zilberman, Star-Bulletin
Kaimuki running back Chanceton Mirafuentes hangs
on for a short gain against Farrington.

Kaimuki pulls
fast one against

Fake punt among the big plays
in the Bulldogs' 21-6 OIA playoff
victory; Kahuku ousts McKinley, 28-7

St. Louis destroys Damien, 84-0

By Dave Reardon

After trying to deal with Kaimuki's Justin Faimealelei two weeks in a row, Farrington coach Harold Tanaka's ready to do some early voting.

"He's a Player of the Year kind of guy," Tanaka said. "He can do anything for a team, he's such a great athlete."

Faimealelei scored all the Bulldogs' points as Kaimuki beat Farrington 21-6 in the first round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association playoffs last night at Aloha Stadium.

Defending OIA champion Kahuku beat McKinley in the first game, 28-7.

It was the second week in a row the Bulldogs beat the Governors, but this time was huge, as Kaimuki earned a berth in the state tournament.

By Ronen Zilberman, Star-Bulletin
Kaimuki's Justin Faimealelei is on his way to
touchdown in last night's OIA quarterfinal
victory over Farrington.

Bulldogs coach Ron Oyama said his team isn't thinking about that yet.

"Not one player has mentioned anything about states, or even the OIA championship," Oyama said. "One of the things that makes them special is that they always focus on the next team."

That would be the powerful Red Raiders, whom the Bulldogs meet next Friday after Waianae and Castle tangle in the first semifinal.

Kahuku whipped Kaimuki, 60-18, on Sept. 1, despite a touchdown, field goal, extra point and two-point conversion by Faimealelei.

Last night, Faimealelei's versatility didn't go to waste. He caught two touchdown passes, ran an interception in for a score and successfully handled the extra points.

But his most impressive piece of athleticism came on a fake punt midway through the fourth quarter.

Faimealelei brought the ball down by his foot as if to punt, but then passed it underhand, high and about 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, simulating a short kick.

Since it looked like a punt, Farrington blocked the intended Kaimuki receiver and drew a pass interference call.

"I got it off the Internet," Oyama said. "You have to have a great athlete to make it work."

But Faimealelei is about a lot more than flashy tricks and scoring all the points.

"His work ethic at practice is what allows him to do that," Kaimuki receivers coach Tito Tuitama said.

Faimealelei deflected all personal praise last night, even though he received a trophy from Oceanic Cable, which televised the game.

"We just work together like a team so we can win like a team," he said.

Farrington (4-5, 5-5)0 0 0 6 --6
Kaimuki (7-2, 8-2)0 7 0 14--21

Scoring summary

Kaim--Justin Faimealelei 56 pass from Jordan Caires (Faimealelei kick)
Kaim--Faimealelei 24 interception return (Faimealelei kick)
Farr--Chad Mock 24 pass from Gilbert Sa (kick failed)
Kaim--Faimealelei 15 pass from Caires (Faimealelei kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing--Farr: Michael Rabago 14-47, Paul Laga 2-8, Sa 12-(-11), Christopher Faavesi 2-6, Jayrald Mateo 1-1, team 1-(-18). Kaim: Chanceton Mirafuentes 17-39, Caires 4-(-21), Soloni Taumalolo 6-29, Faimealelei 1-(-6), Jonathan Ishida 2-9.
Passing--Farr: Sa 16-36-3 for 166 yards. Kaim: Caires 9-22-0 for 167 yards, Kila Kamakawiwo'ole 0-1-0 for 0 yards, Ishida 1-1-0 for 5 yards.
Receiving--Farr: Warren Gaspar 3-21, Mateo 1-4, Micah Alexander 5-40, Chad Mock 4-47, Bronson Delima 2-16, Kalani Lautele 1-38. Kaim: Faimealelei 4-127, Kamakawiwo'ole 5-50, Mirafuentes 1-(-5).

KAHUKU 28, MCKINLEY 7: The Red Raiders broke open a close game with two touchdowns in the last 11 seconds of the first half.

After a Tigers' penalty for a late hit kept the drive alive, Inoke Funaki hit Ferron Fonoimoana with a 7-yard touchdown pass. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Tony Ngalu recovered a fumbled lateral by the Tigers in the end zone.

McKinley played almost the entire game without top running back Va'a Fonoti, who broke an ankle early in the first quarter.

"The mistakes and the injury hurt us," Tigers coach David Tanuvasa said. "But even with Va'a down we were still in the game, so the penalty and the lateral really did us in."

So did Kahuku's depth and talent.

Aaron Francisco, one of the state's top defensive backs, caught a 41-yard pass on the Red Raiders' first play from scrimmage, setting up Kahuku's first score.

Starting defensive linemen Chris Kemoe'atu and Jonathan Mapu also played several offensive series for the Red Raiders.

"This time of the season, you want your best people on the field as much as possible," Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai said. "If you lose, you go home."

McKinley (7-2, 8-2)0 0 0 7-- 7
Kahuku (8-1, 8-2)7 14 7 0--28

Scoring summary

Kah--Marcus Salanoa 9 run (Solomon Lee kick)
Kah--Ferron Fonoimoana 7 pass from 'Inoke Funaki (Lee kick)
Kah--Tony Ngalu recovered fumbled lateral in end zone (Lee kick)
Kah--Funaki 14 run (Lee kick)
McK--Kawika Allen 33 pass from Abraham Pavich (Kalen Chock kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing--McK: Pavich 5-(-45), Kimo Terry 4-1, Lorgan Pa'u 3-12, Peter Kepa 2-9. Kah: Muliwai Pula 9-89, Salanoa 7-62, A.J. Smith4-16, Funaki 8-44, Earvin Atuaia 3-8, Fonoimoana 7-(-12), Travis Kaka 1-14.
Passing--McK: Pavich 20-38-0 for 240 yards. Kah: Funaki 9-16-0 for 111 yards, Fonoimoana 3-5-1 for 50 yards.
Receiving--McK: Terry 2-10, Va'a Fonoti 1-(-1), Edsley Hicks 8-106, Jason Valmaona 2-30, Allen 2-56, Kepa 5-39. Kah: Aaron Francisco 2-72, Vai Napaa 1-0, Pula 2-8, Saia Hafoka 3-24, Fonoimoana 1-7, Kaka 1-25, Magic Atuaia 1-2, Sivo Suguturaga 1-23.

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