[ HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ]
Through the mud and rain, the Castle Knights were able to somehow throw the ball against the Kapolei Hurricanes in a 16-6 win in an OIA Red playoff game at Moanalua High School.
In addition to pinning back the Hurricanes on punts, Castle kicker Ethan Gonsalves nailed a 35-yard field goal to help seal the game for the Knights.
"Ethan Gonsalves and our punting did an outstanding job," Castle coach Nelson Maeda said. "Under these conditions, they handled every punt. Ethan is reliable. He's a very invaluable part of our team." Gonsalves made three of four field goals, missing only from 50 yards out.
What had been heavy showers throughout the afternoon quickly turned to a continuous downpour during the coin toss. But Castle quarterback Jordan Nakayama wasted no time going to the air, connecting with a wide open Lihikai Domingo in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown pass. The drive was set up by a fumbled snap on a Kapolei punt attempt that gave the Knights the ball at the Hurricanes' 18-yard line.
"I don't want to say (the rain) was a factor because even though it was muddy, they played in the same conditions as us," Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez said.
"This was one of the worst weather conditions we've ever experienced," Maeda said. "It hurt both teams. I'm just ecstatic that our team was able to come through."
However, the toss to Domingo was one of only five completions for Nakayama. He finished the game throwing for 78 yards on 16 pass attempts. He also threw two interceptions.
Kapolei quarterback Jon Medeiros left the game in the first quarter with a sprained ankle. He was replaced by Brad Padayao, who went down with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter after taking a hit on a 17-yard run. Though he was still hurt, Medeiros re-entered the game at that point.
"Between those two guys, we were a walking M*A*S*H unit," Hernandez said, adding that his third-string quarterback had not taken a single snap this season.
Another fumbled snap on a punt by the Hurricanes in the first quarter resulted in a 37-yard field goal by Gonsalves.
After falling behind 10-0 after the first quarter, the Hurricanes started to rally behind two interceptions by their secondary. The first interception was by sophomore Austin Healy. The second by Ben Kahalehoe, who ran 45 yards to the end zone, allowing the Hurricanes to come within four points of the Knights.
Campbell 22, Radford 9: Shaye Asoau rushed for 169 yards and helped score two touchdowns as the Sabers defeated the Rams
Asoau threw a 38-yard pass to Isaac Laupola in the third quarter and later scored on a five-yard run in the fourth. He also kicked a extra-point and a field goal.
Castle 16, Kapolei 6
At Moanalua H.S. field
Cas-Lihikai Domingo 26 pass from Jordan Nakayama (Ethan Gonsalves kick).
Cas-FG Gonsalves 26.
Kapo-Ben Kahalehoe 45 interception return (pass failed).
Cas-FG Gonsalves 37
Cas-FG Gonsalves 35.
RUSHING -Kapo: Radford Raquedan 13-17, Brad Padayao 11-4, Ikaika Tan 1-7, Jon Medeiros 4-(-1), Zach Gaea 2-(-29). Cas: Taryann Bajet 13-43, Justin Cruz 6-7, Junior Mansanas 2-4, Nakayama 9-(-32), Domingo 1-(-6).
PASSING - Farr: Padayao 4-12-3-35, Medeiros 3-4-0-14. Cas: Nakayama 5-16-2-78.
RECEIVING - Farr: Tommy Ross 2-7, Travis Mori 2-28, Kamuela Foki 1-5, Raquedan 1-5, Jimmy Stevens 1-4. Cas: Victor Clore 2-25, Domingo 1-26, Jordan Kahoekapu 1-18, Jon Horner 1-9.
Campbell 22, Radford 9
At Campbell H.S. field
Cam-FG Shaye Asoau 21.
Cam-Isaac Laupola 38 pass from Asoau (Asoau kick).
Cam-Asoau 5 run (kick failed).
Cam-Anthony Shimizu 44 run (kick failed).
Rad-Alex Daniels 5 run (Eric Venglar kick).
RUSHING - Rad: Daniels 17-130, Vasa Kuresa 1-4, Trevor Maldon 2-3, Ryan Burciaga 3-(-4), Russell Wantowski 1-(-1). Cam: Shimizu 13-169, Jesse Lee 4-23, Kaneala Stanton 5-7, Isiah Smith 3-5, Gregg Frink 1-(-1), Asoau 10-(-46).
PASSING - Farr: Burciaga 7-18-3-86. Lei: Asoau 5-14-0-120.
RECEIVING - Farr: Daniels 3-32, Joe Brundidge 1-25, Matt Bright 1-11, Kyle Blair 1-13, Mark Failauga 1-5. Lei: Chustin Senas 4-89, Jacob Kaku 1-31.
Junior varsity playoffs
Aiea 27, Waipahu 26
Kahuku 12, Kailua 7