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Saturday, September 18, 2004



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RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Campbell's Isiah Smith ran in a touchdown during the second quarter of last night's game against Radford.


Campbell offense
dominant in win


Tumoana Kenessey has a simple expectation for the Campbell football team's offense.

"Every time we touch the ball I expect to score," the Sabers head coach said.

Campbell nearly lived up to that challenge last night, scoring on six of its eight offensive possessions to roll to a 45-0 win over Radford at the Rams' field.

Sabers wide receiver/cornerback Isaac Laupola caught four passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns and added a 98-yard interception return to help Campbell take a 39-0 lead at halftime and cruise to the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Conference win.

Quarterback Shaye Asoau completed eight of 10 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns in leading a balanced Campbell offense. The Sabers rushed for 283 yards as a team, led by Quinton Richards' 103 yards.

"We're capable of scoring a lot of points," Kenessey said. "If we're executing how we're supposed to and our defense is playing well, that's what I expect from our offense."

The Sabers improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the OIA White. Radford entered the week as one of the conference's front-runners, but dropped to 2-2 in the OIA White and 2-3 overall.

The Rams' win over Moanalua to open the conference schedule was declared a forfeit earlier this week because the Rams were found to have used an ineligible player. But Radford coach Fred Salanoa said the forfeit didn't have any impact on the Rams' performance last night.

"We knew from the day after the game that we were going to forfeit," Salanoa said. "We've known about it for two or three weeks. We talked to them that day and we told them we're never going to talk about it again. Our kids put that behind us. Campbell came to play and they were the better team tonight -- that's it."

Campbell took command early in the game, scoring on all five of its first-half possessions and outgaining the Rams 354 yards to 70 before halftime.

Kenessey credited the Campbell offensive line for setting the tone for the Sabers, who didn't punt in the game.

"Without those guys in the front, it doesn't matter who's good at receiver or running back," Kenessey said. "They're the ones who give the quarterback time to throw the ball and open holes for our running backs."

After four running plays to open the game, Asoau hit Laupola on a post pattern and the 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior outran the Radford defense for a 45-yard TD pass.

"They had 10 guys in the box, so it just opened up," Kenessey said.

Laupola added a touchdown on the defensive end with his interception return early in the second quarter and ended the first-half scoring binge by taking a short pass on the right side and breaking three tackles on his way to the end zone for a 50-yard TD.

"We didn't think on film that he was that fast," Salanoa said. "But he showed it tonight. He just outran our guy and Shaye put the ball where he was supposed to."

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