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Sunday, September 8, 2002


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By Nick Abramo
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Home is where your running back can rush for over 100 yards, and the Campbell Sabers were feeling right at home last night in beating the Waipahu Marauders 27-14 in an Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference game.

Mapa Malupo rushed for 160 yards on 26 carries for the Sabers, who were the hosts even though the game was played on Waipahu's home field. Campbell's home field is being worked on and is not in game shape.

"That was our game plan, keep the defense off the field and let the offense do their thing and try to control it," Campbell coach Tumoana Kenessey said. "Mapa was our workhorse. We try to disperse the ball to all of our backs, but he carried the load tonight."

Campbell dominated the first half with ball control, running 38 plays to Waipahu's 17. The Sabers also had 11 first downs in the opening half to the Marauders' three.

On the opening 86-yard drive, the 6-foot, 220-pound Malupo ran five times for 38 yards, and quarterback Jonah Canionero hit Prentiss Anderson for a 28-yard gain to set up Canionero's 11-yard touchdown strike to Alii Basham for a 6-0 Sabers lead.

Waipahu took its only lead of the game with a 79-yard drive. Andy Hale caught two passes for 21 yards and scooted for gains of 11 and 20 before scoring from 31 yards out. Howard Howell's kick put Waipahu on top 7-6.

Late in the first half, Basham's 35-yard catch set up Campbell's go-ahead touchdown -- Malupo's 4-yard dive for a 12-7 edge.

The Campbell lead increased to 20-7 early in the second half as the Sabers recovered their kickoff at the Marauder 35, and seven plays later Shauncey-Blaine Saito swept right for a 4-yard TD. Canoniero found Basham for the 2-point conversion. Then Basham's 15-yard pass to a wide-open Daniel Stanton gave the Sabers a 27-7 lead.

The Marauders struck back as Todd Dickerson took a reverse pitch and raced down the right sideline before cutting back to the middle virtually untouched for a 67-yard TD, cutting the gap to 13 points.

Waipahu had one more chance to score with under five minutes left when Rustin Saole recovered a Campbell fumble at the Sabers' 38, but Isaac Laupola ended the threat with an interception of a Bryson Carvalho fourth-down pass.

"I've got to give credit to our offensive line," Kenessey said. "They blocked well and made the holes for Mapa, and our defense really played well."

The Sabers gave up 89 yards on 11 carries to Hale, and except for the 31-yard touchdown, they were able to contain him.

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