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Sunday, September 15, 2002


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OIA & Neighbor Islands

Chargers win,
stand alone in first


Iolani's Stowers runs through Damien
High School Standings
High School Stats


By Jason Kaneshiro
jkaneshiro@starbulletin.com

Pearl City held on to sole possession of first place in the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Conference last night thanks to the fingertips of Kaleo Cambonga-Meyer.

Cambonga-Meyer's pass deflection thwarted a 2-point conversion attempt by Kapolei late in the fourth quarter and preserved the Chargers' 14-13 home victory over the Hurricanes.

"This is probably the toughest game we're going to play this whole season," Pearl City coach Onosai Tanuvasa said. "Not to take anything from the other teams we haven't played yet, but I told my kids if they want the game they're going to have to take it away, and they stepped up and came through."

After being held to just 1 yard in the first half, Pearl City running back Michael Yamauchi-Yamate rushed for 111 after halftime and gave the Chargers a 14-7 lead with a 2-yard dive with 9:07 left in the game.

Kapolei battled back to cut its deficit to 14-13 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada to Brandon Pieper with 1:16 left in the game.

After a timeout, the Hurricanes (2-1) went for the 2-point conversion. But Cambonga-Meyer tipped John Medeiros' pass away at the goal line to protect the lead.

The Chargers (3-0) then recovered an on-side kick and ran out the clock to maintain their grip on first place in the conference.

"I will never settle for a tie, we went for the win," Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez said. "(Pearl City) played a heck of a game, they deserved to win. They outplayed us from beginning to end."

Pearl City broke on top in the second quarter when quarterback Jensen Cabanero rolled right and hit Lee Paleafei in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth and six.

Kapolei actually outgained Pearl City in the first half, 96 yards to the Chargers' 54, but two interceptions by Pearl City cornerback Richard Shinn helped keep the Hurricanes off the scoreboard.

The Hurricanes tied the game in the third quarter on Ikaika Tan's 26-yard touchdown run.

Pearl City reclaimed the lead on an 8-play, 87-yard drive capped by Yamauchi-Yamate's plunge. Yamauchi-Yamate, running behind the left side of the Chargers' offensive line, carried the ball six times for 77 yards on the drive.

"We went back to basics, that's what got us here," Tanuvasa said.

A Pearl City fumble with 5:04 left gave Kapolei new life and the Hurricanes took advantage with a 69-yard march, scoring on Pieper's leaping grab in the left corner of the end zone.

Medeiros tried to hit Pieper again on the conversion attempt, but Cambonga-Meyer was there to bat it away.

"They weren't coming at me all game, so they probably thought I wasn't ready for it," Cambonga-Meyer said.

Waialua def. Kalani: Forfeit.

OIA RED WEST

Waianae 23, Aiea 7: The Seariders led all the way in a rematch of a first-round OIA playoff game last season, which Na Alii won.

Chad Rodrigues put Waianae up 23-0 with a 61-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

Ben Ah Mook Sang led Aiea's offense with 126 receiving yards, including a 66-yard scoring reception from Dustin Grace.

MIL

King Kekaulike 14, St. Anthony 6: Ikaika Mawae sealed Na Alii's win with a 14-yard touchdown run with 1:28 left.

The scoring drive was set up by a sack of Trojan quarterback Daniel Parker with 2:10 left.


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Standings

OIA RED-EAST


W L T PF PA

Kahuku 3 0 0 79 33

Kailua 3 0 0 142 32

Castle 1 1 0 25 24

McKinley 1 1 0 54 33

Farrington 1 2 0 63 72

Roosevelt 1 2 0 27 70

Kalaheo 0 3 0 6 84



OIA RED-WEST


W L T PF PA

Campbell 2 1 0 98 67

Leilehua 2 1 0 70 50

Waianae 2 1 0 63 44

Mililani 1 1 0 17 21

Radford 1 2 0 33 95

Waipahu 1 2 0 54 68

Aiea 0 2 0 26 64



OIA WHITE


W L T PF PA

Pearl City 3 0 0 76 28

Kaimuki 2 1 0 83 40

Kapolei 2 1 0 83 42

Nanakuli 2 1 0 99 71

Waialua 2 1 0 39 70

Kaiser 1 2 0 66 73

Kalani 0 3 0 15 69

Moanalua 0 3 0 46 123



MIL


W L T PF PA

Baldwin 2 0 0 88 27

King Kekaulike 2 1 0 69 45

Maui 1 1 0 24 33

St. Anthony 1 2 0 38 54

Lahainaluna 0 2 0 35 95

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