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Saturday, September 22, 2001


[ PREP FOOTBALL ]


GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Kahuku running back Mulivai Pula puts a stiff arm
on Castle defensive back Jonah Ramos. Kahuku won
last night's matchup of unbeatens at Aloha Stadium 57-10.



Kahuku overpowers Castle


By Jason Kaneshiro
jkaneshiro@starbulletin.com

Too big. Too fast. Too good.

The nationally ranked Kahuku Red Raiders were all of the above last night as they rolled to a 57-10 win over Castle in an Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference football game at Aloha Stadium.

Kahuku improved to 4-0 in the conference, while Castle fell to 3-1.

The Kahuku offense shredded the Castle defense, racking up 566 yards. Of the Red Raiders' nine offensive possessions, all but three resulted in touchdowns.

"We were just taking whatever they gave us, and just working it," Kahuku quarterback Inoke Funaki said.

The Red Raiders were led by running back Mulivai Pula, who picked up 217 of the team's 389 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns.

Funaki completed 13 of 18 passes for 177 yards and rushed for 45 more.

The Red Raider defense did its part by bottling up Joel Botelho.

The Castle quarterback entered the game as the conference's leading passer, but couldn't find his rhythm against a swarming Kahuku defense. He completed 10 of 22 passes for just 77 yards and rushed for 89 more.

While Botelho accounted for 166 of the Knights' 192 total yards, Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai credited his defensive assistants for devising a game plan to keep the Knights' leader under control.

"They were great, they designed plays to contain Botelho," Livai said. "We slowed him down ... the defense did a great job."

Kahuku defensive lineman Jonathan Mapu led the Red Raiders onto the field carrying an American flag, then led an assault on the Castle offense as Kahuku limited the Knights to 49 yards in the first half.

The Red Raider defense was aided by its offense, which controlled the ball for 39 plays and picked up 360 yards in the half.

Pula opened the scoring with a 15-yard run to cap Kahuku's first drive of the game. The Red Raiders' next drive ended with fullback Earvin Atuaia's 12-yard run.

Castle's lone bright spot of the first half came on Nolan Miranda's 43-yard field goal.

But Kahuku promptly marched 96 yards in 11 plays and chewed up five minutes and 28 seconds with Moana Hafoka finishing the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run.

On Castle's next offensive play, Mapu corralled Botelho in the end zone. Botelho was called for intentional grounding, which resulted in a safety.

Kahuku ended its first-half explosion with quarterback Inoke Funaki throwing touchdown passes to Hafoka and Loga Fonoimoana.

Castle opened the second half by recovering a fumble by Pula. The Knights capitalized when Botelho hit Miranda for a 25-yard touchdown pass.

Pula atoned for the fumble with an 81-yard scoring run on the second play of the fourth quarter. Robert Tuifua added a 5-yard scoring run with 6:02 left in the game.

The Kahuku defense capped the scoring when Darrell Tachibana intercepted a Botelho pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown.

Despite the dominant performance, Livai wasn't satisfied with his team's execution. Kahuku was penalized 17 times for 154 yards in the game. Castle also hurt itself with 13 penalties for 108 yards.

"If we execute our plays the way we're supposed to, it doesn't matter who we play," Livai said. "When we beat ourselves, we can lose to anyone."

OIA WHITE

Kaiser 35, Kalani 0: Kaiser quarterback David Chu spread the wealth, passing to seven different receivers for 241 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars dominated the Falcons.

Kalani, which has yet to score a point this season, aided Kaiser by turning the ball over five times.

The Cougars blew the game wide open in the second quarter by scoring on three consecutive possessions.

Kaiser receiver Mark Esteban, the Oahu Interscholastic Association receptions leader, hauled in six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Chris Assily accounted for two more Kaiser scores.

The Cougars pulled their offensive starters in the middle of the third quarter with the score 35-0.

Kalani gets a chance to regroup with a bye next week, while Kaiser travels to Radford to take on the Rams' one-two punch of Ikaika Asinsin and Rusty Lawson.

MIL

Lahainaluna 42, St. Anthony's 7: Ikaika Neizman pounded in from the 3 and then kicked the conversion for the first seven of his 22 points to lead the Lunas over the Trojans.

Lahainaluna mixed up the backfield last night, experimenting with Neizman and Abner Nakihei at running back. Normally both players are wide receivers.

Nakihei added another score for the Lunas, rumbling in from 15 yards and running in the 2-point conversion on a counter-draw.


Reporter Kalani Simpson contributed to this report.


PREP SCOREBOARD

Yesterday

OIA Red

Kahuku 57, Castle 10

Kaimuki 33, Leilehua 22

Kailua 34, Mililani 28

OIA White

Aiea 46, Kalaheo 27

Kaiser 35, Kalani 0

Moanalua 28, Waialua 16

KIF

Kapaa vs. Kauai

MIL

Lahainaluna 42, St. Anthony 7

BIIF

Kealakehe at Honokaa

Konawaena at Waiakea

Today

OIA Red

(Junior Varsity game starts at 5 p.m. Varsity game to follow)

Waianae vs. Farrington, at Roosevelt

OIA White

(Junior Varsity game starts at 5 p.m. Varsity game to follow)

Waipahu at Nanakuli

Radford at Pearl City

ILH

At Aloha Stadium

Pac-Five vs. Damien, 4:45 p.m.

Kamehameha vs. Punahou, 7:30 p.m.

BIIF

Hilo at Pahoa, 3 p.m.

Hawaii Prep at Kohala, 3 p.m.

MIL

Baldwin vs. Maui, at War Memorial Stadium

OIA RED

Kahuku 57, Castle 10

At Aloha Stadium

Kahuku (4-0, 5-0) 14 23 0 20 -- 57

Castle (3-1, 3-2) 0 3 7 0 -- 10

Kah -- Mulivai Pula 15 run (Solomon Lee kick)

Kah -- Earvin Atuaia 12 run (Lee kick)

Cas -- FG Nolan Miranda 43

Kah -- Moana Hafoka 15 run (Lee kick)

Kah -- Safety, intentional grounding in end zone

Kah -- Hafoka 15 pass from Inoke Funaki (Lee kick)

Kah -- Loga Fonoimoana 6 pass from Funaki (Lee kick)

Cas -- Miranda 25 pass from Joel Botelho (Miranda kick)

Kah -- Pula 81 run (kick failed)

Kah -- Robert Tuifua 5 run (Lee kick)

Kah -- Darrell Tachibana 39 interception return (Lee kick)

RUSHING -- Kahuku: Pula 18-217, Funaki 11-45, Fonoimoana 2-36, Atuaia 6-51, Hafoka 3-24, Tuifua 4-16. Castle: Botelho 12-89, Ola Keliiholokai 3-5, Fale Taupaki 1-4.

PASSING -- Kahuku: Funaki 13-18-0-177, Fonoimoana 0-1-0-0. Castle: Botelho 10-22-1-77, Darin Hamada 2-9-0-17.

RECEIVING -- Kahuku: James Kammerer 2-31, Fonoimoana 5-93, Hafoka 3-39, Pula 2-12, Gideon Perez 1-2. Castle: Dayton Ah Nee 2-11, Miranda 2-32, Ikaika Ho 2-(-1), Loren Lum 3-29, Keliiholokai 2-13, Jarred Suzui 1-10.

Junior varsity -- Kahuku 40, Castle 0

OIA WHITE

Kaiser 35, Kalani 0

At Kaiser H.S. Field

Kalani (0-3, 0-4) 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Kaiser (1-2, 2-2) 7 21 7 0 -- 35

Kais -- Mark Esteban 9 pass from David Chu (Josh Curtis kick)

Kais -- Chris Assily 27 run (Curtis kick)

Kais -- Landon Beers 16 pass from Chu (Curtis kick)

Kais -- Assily 30 pass from Chu (Curtis kick)

Kais -- Moki Larson 6 pass from Chu (Curtis kick)

RUSHING -- Kalani: Reid Pamatigan 1-3, Jon Kuba 4-15, Travis Canonizado 7-15, Stephen Travis 7-7, Dane Souza 7-26. Kaiser: Ekahi Sallas 5-37, Koa Kaumaoha 4-9, David Chu 5-39, Gerard Collier 2-10, Chris Assily 2-31, Marc Esteban 2-24, Landon Beers 2-6.

PASSING -- Kalani: Stephen Travis 6-18-3-25. Kaiser: David Chu 16-26-0-241.

RECEIVING -- Kalani: Keaka Lee 3-15, Kuba 1-2, Souza 2-8. Kaiser: Esteban 6-94, Keoni Doo 4-58, Ekahi Sallas 1-8, Beers 1-18, Ikaika Pai 1-21, Moki Larsen 1-6, Chris Assily 2-36.

Junior varsity -- Kaiser 29, Kalani 6

MIL

Lahainaluna 42, St. Anthony's 7

At St. Anthony's

Lahainaluna 13 22 7 0 -- 42

St. Anthony 0 0 0 7 -- 7

Lah: Ikaika Neizman 3 run (Neizman kick)

Lah: Jaiome Alboro 1 run (kick failed)

Lah: Abner Nakihei 15 run (Nakihei conversion)

Lah: Neizman 42 run (Neizman kick)

Lah: Neizman 39 pass from Kainoa Casco (Neizman kick)

Lah: Anthony Ancog 10 run (Neizman kick)

StAn: Clinton Carvalho 58 pass from Daniel Parker (Sean Hardesty kick)



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