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‘This is history’
Kamehameha beats Saint Louis
As usual, the Warriors used effective ball control and clock management to complement a heavy dose of swarming defense. Saint Louis crossed midfield twice in the first half and penetrated deep into Kamehameha territory only once, but came away with nothing to show for it when the Warriors' Drew Ueno blocked Jeremy Shea's 42-yard field-goal attempt early in the second quarter.
"We had bad field position in that first half, and that makes things a lot tougher," Crusaders coach Delbert Tengan said. "We're disappointed, but we'll bounce back, play hard next week (against Damien) and see where it falls."
Kamehameha's hard-hitting defense had lots of success against the run, holding power runner Kevin Sullivan to 45 yards on 17 carries. The Warriors' defensive backfield also did its part with second-half interceptions by Michael Holt, Travis Uale, Brad Nakamura and Ramsey Brown to go along with blanket coverage that resulted in quarterback Cameron Higgins' 14-for-32 passing performance. Stanley Nihipali, Saint Louis' usual starter, is out with an injury.
The Kamehameha defensive unit's brightest moments came late in the third and early in the fourth. First, the Warriors stopped a lengthy Crusaders drive on downs at the 13. Then, Nakamura picked off a Higgins pass and went untouched 77 yards for the Warriors' final score with 7:08 left in the game. Later, Brown added his pick to end Saint Louis' second-to-last possession.
Offensively, Jayson Rego carried the load once again for the Warriors. He rushed for 190 yards on 25 carries, and 154 of those yards came in the second half. His 78-yard run with 5:47 left in the third quarter was good for a 12-0 lead.
"This gives us a chance to play for the championship," Kamehameha coach Kanani Souza said. "The thing about it (the shutout) is that our coaches did a helluva job preparing for this game and our players did a super job doing what the coaches wanted."
The Crusaders drove to Kamehameha's 25 as time ran out.
The Warriors got their 6-0 first-quarter lead when Waika Spencer twice bobbled a Kam pass, but eventually hauled it in for a 33-yard TD.
"We shut ourselves down," said Saint Louis wide receiver Shane Perry, who caught four passes for 61 yards. "We didn't make the plays we needed to make, plain and simple. It hurts, but it's our fault."
|Pac-Five (3-6-1, 0-5-1)||0||2||0||0||-||2
|Punahou (4-5, 2-4)||14||14||7||0||-||35|
RUSHING - Punahou: Yamagishi 6-19, Stanley Malama 3-14, Mat Young 3-14, Matt Solomona 1-11, Kainoa Carlson 1-7, David White 1-6, Reid Nakahara 2-6, Kan 1-(-1), Christopher Wong 1-(-1), Justin Ingalls 4-(-5). Pac-Five: Brashton Satele 9-26, Kawika Searle 4-2, Royce Alvarado 3-1, Bryson Bernie 7-(-21).
PASSING - Punahou: Kan 15-21-0-262, Ingalls 4-8-0-16. Pac-Five: Bernie 4-18-3-40, Alvarado 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING - Punahou: Ostrowski 5-118, Matsumoto 6-109, Yamagishi 4-35, Kim 2-12, Trenton Zane 2-4. Pac-Five: Searle 1-19, Brent Umehira 2-12, Kaimana Komine 1-9.
|Saint Louis (7-3, 4-2)||0||0||0||0||-||0
RUSHING-Saint Louis: Kevin Sullivan 17-45, Aaron Bain 2-3, Shaun Kauleinamoku 1-7, Cameron Higgins 1-0. Kamehameha: Rego 25-190, Tyson Fujimoto 3-11, Ryan Montez 1-2, Jeremiah Dela Pena 1-1, Kam 3-0, Ikaika Hardie 1-(-10).
PASSING-Saint Louis: Higgins 14-34-4-206. Kamehameha: Kam 12-17-1-132.
RECEIVING-Saint Louis: Kauleinamoku 7-117, Shane Perry 4-61, Matthew Zablan 2-24, Bain 1-4. Kamehameha: Spencer 3-51, Hardie 5-43, Kamuela Kapanui 3-22, Aaron Nichols 1-16\
The sophomore combination of quarterback Brett Kan and wide receiver Jeremiah Ostrowski enabled Punahou to breeze by Pac-Five 35-2 in Interscholastic League of Honolulu football last night.
Kan found Ostrowski for three first-half touchdown passes as the Buffanblu (4-5, 2-4) grabbed a 28-2 lead at intermission.
The victory gave Punahou some momentum going into next weekend's rivalry game against Iolani. The Buffanblu can put a dent in the Raiders' overall ILH title hopes. Iolani already clinched a berth in the Division II state tournament and is in a race against Kamehameha for the league's top honors.
Ostrowski, who is also an all-state guard in basketball, caught TD passes of 16, 61 and 30 yards to put the Wolfpack (3-6-1, 0-5-1) virtually out of reach. He finished with five catches for 118 yards, while teammate Brian Matsumoto added 109 yards on six receptions, including a 49-yard TD catch from Kan in the second half.
Kan, the son of offensive coordinator Darryl Kan, didn't throw an interception and completed 15 of 21 passes for 262 yards.
The Buffanblu defense also played a big part in the victory. Jay Angotti, Tysan Pa'aga and Maika Murashige came up with first-half interceptions of Pac-Five sophomore quarterback Bryson Beirne, while Dane Nishikawa added a pick on Royce Alvarado's halfback pass in the second half. Pa'aga and fellow defensive back Ryan Nobriga each sacked Beirne once.
Facing pressure all night from Punahou's defensive front, Beirne went 4-for-18.
Led by the run defense of Jonathan Overton and Sean Murphy, the Buffanblu limited Pac-Five to 8 yards rushing and a total offensive output of 48 yards.
Tackles for loss by the Wolfpack's Brashton Satele and Maika McWayne pinned Punahou deep in its own end late in the first half. A bad punt snap rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety and Pac-Five's only two points.
The Wolfpack finish their season next weekend against Kamehameha.
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