HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
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Truman Chun of Kamehameha avoided a tackle by Wesley Ulloa of Punahou last night.
Warriors send Souza out with a win
In order to send their longtime coach off with a victory, the Kamehameha Warriors turned, once again, to their defense.
The Warriors stopped a furious, last-minute drive by Punahou to pull out a 27-20 win last night at Aloha Stadium. With Punahou at the Kamehameha 16-yard line, Vance Nobriga's interception with 31 seconds left sealed the win.
Taylor Hibbs, the left defensive end, hurried Brett Kan into the game-sealing interception.
"The inside, Vaughn (Meatoga) flushed him," Hibbs said of Kan. "I just wanted to get him down, and Vance came up with the pick."
It was a fitting end for coach Kanani Souza, who announced his plan to retire after the season.
"We fought hard. We've been through a lot of adversity and injuries," he said. "I gave my word to the principal that I'd devote my time to the (athletic director) position they promoted me to. That's the right thing to do."
Souza, who guided Kamehameha to the state crown two years ago, grasped for words just a little bit.
"This thing will sink in sometime along the line next August," he said.
Truman Chun ran for 142 yards and one touchdown in 22 attempts, and Michael Hoke threw for 183 yards as fifth-ranked Kamehameha closed out the season 4-3 in Interscholastic League of Honolulu play (8-3 overall). Second-ranked Punahou also finished 4-3 in conference play (7-3 overall).
Kamehameha's season was flawless in nonconference play, including a big win over Redlands East Valley (Calif.). League play -- Saint Louis, to be precise -- broke the hearts of both the Warriors and Buffanblu, neither of whom will be in the state tournament next week.
Kan threw for 335 yards on 22-for-43 passing. He tossed two touchdown passes, but was also picked twice. Wide receiver Miah Ostrowski caught six passes for 128 yards and finished the season with 82 receptions for 1,308 yards and nine touchdowns.
For the game, Punahou amassed 357 total yards. Kamehameha finished with 423, including 240 on the ground.
Kamehameha scored midway through the second quarter with a 42-yard march. Chun's 11-yard run up the middle gave the Warriors a 14-6 lead with 6:40 to go in the first half.
Tyler Akao, who missed an earlier field-goal try, came through with a 49-yarder on the final play of the first half. Kamehameha led 17-6 at the break.
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Kainoa Carlson of Punahou found the end zone with the help of a block from teammate River Kim.
The Warriors' dominance continued through the third quarter. Kaneakua Friel, a tight end who has committed to BYU, took a short pass from Hoke and used blocks from Ian Bernardino and Justin Saniatan to score on a 38-yard touchdown play. Kamehameha led 24-6 with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Akao added his second field goal, a 22-yarder, as Kamehameha went up 27-6 with 9:14 left in the game.
Punahou's offense came to life, finally, on the ensuing series. Kan fired a 29-yard strike to Dalton Hilliard on a fly route, and the Buffanblu were within 27-13 with 8:02 left.
After defensive lineman Roarke Clinton recovered a fumble by Hoke, Punahou was in striking distance again. Hilliard scored his second touchdown, a 6-yard run out of the shotgun, to bring Punahou within 27-20 with 4:10 remaining.
The Buffanblu got the ball back one last time with 1:16 left on its 17-yard line. Kan completed three passes in a row, including a 35-yard connection to Hilliard that would have gone for a touchdown if not for a shoestring tackle by Kamehameha linebacker Kaimi Salangdron.
Correction: The third-place team in the Oahu Interscholastic Association will travel to play the Maui Interscholastic League champion on Nov. 17.
An incorrect scenario was listed in yesterday's edition.
Leilehua and Mililani will play Friday in the third-place game for the OIA's final state-tournament berth.
Big change for Big Island: In past years, the BIIF Division I champion hosted state-tournament games. However, the league recently asked the Hawaii High School Athletic Association to permit the league's Division II winner to host a game.
The HHSAA complied, but in return, the BIIF's D-I champion will now travel. Kealakehe lost opening-round state-tourney games to Leilehua and Waianae in recent seasons. The Waveriders are a strong favorite to win the league title again.
The BIIF's finalists in the D-II playoffs are Konawaena and Kamehameha-Hawaii, schools that have yet to experience a state-tourney home game.
Baldwin 64, Pac-Three 0
Quarterback Jordan Helle connected with Chase Nakamura for four touchdowns to lead the Bears in a rout of the winless Titans at War Memorial Stadium.
Helle finished with six TD passes, and Chansi Bolosan ran in two touchdowns.
No. 5 Kamehameha 27, No. 2 Punahou 20
|Punahou (7-3, 4-3)
|Kamehameha (8-3, 4-3)
Kam--Charles Soon II 42 pass from Michael Hoke (Tyler Akao kick).
Pun--Kainoa Carlson 21 pass from Brett Kan (kick failed).
Kam--Truman Chun 11 run (Akao kick).
Kam--FG Akao 49.
Kam--Kaneakua Friel 38 pass from Hoke (Akao kick).
Kam--FG Akao 22.
Pun--Dalton Hilliard 29 pass from Kan (River Kim kick).
Pun--Hilliard 6 run (Kim kick).
RUSHING--Punahou: Dalton Hilliard 6-23, Carlson 1-1, Kan 2-0, Miah Ostrowski 1-(-2). Kamehameha: Chun 22-142, Ryan Montez 11-60, Jordan Rego 7-36, Kaulupono Perez 3-11, Hoke 4-(-3), Akao 1-(-6).
PASSING--Punahou: Kan 22-43-2-335. Kamehameha: Hoke 11-19-0-183.
RECEIVING--Punahou: Ostrowski 6-128, River Kim 5-93, Kyle Whitford 4-20, Hilliard 3-66, Carlson 3-19, Kimo Makaula 1-9. Kamehameha: Soon 5-83, Ian Bernardino 3-33, Friel 2-64, Ariel Osorio 1-3.
No. 1 Saint Louis 44, Iolani 21
Castle 13, Waianae 7
Leilehua 33, Kahuku 27
Baldwin 64, Pac-Three 0
Bald--Chase Nakamura 60 pass from Jordan Helle (Dane Fernandez kick).
Bald--Nakamura 19 pass from Helle (Fernandez kick).
Bald--Skyler Cabacungan 27 pass from Helle (Fernandez kick).
Bald--Nakamura 18 pass from Helle (Fernandez kick).
Bald--Chansi Bolosan 1 run (Fernandez kick).
Bald--Nakamura 40 pass from Helle (Fernandez kick).
Bald--Bolosan 6 run (Fernandez kick).
Bald--Colten Quinabo 41 pass from Helle (Fernandez kick).
Bald--Bolosan 14 run (Quinabo run).
Individual statistics not reported.
Kea'au 28, Waiakea 3
FRIDAY'S LATE RESULT
Kauai 42, Kapaa 0
At Vidihna Stadium
|Kauai (7-0, 6-0)
|Kapaa (1-7, 0-6)
Kai--Pono Matthews 80 kickoff return (Kainoa Lemke kick).
Kai--Tyrus Ceria-Lux 7 pass from Andrew Renaud (Lemke kick).
Kai--Brendan Young 6 run (Lemke kick).
Kai--Jonathan Gebauer 4 pass from Renaud (Lemke kick).
Kai--Bradley Semana 9 pass from Renaud (Lemke kick).
Kai--Micah Alayvilla 1 run (Lemke kick).
RUSHING--Kauai: Young 14-80, Alayvilla 9-60, Renaud 6-10, Semana 1-8, Aaron Soong 1-6, Ceria-Lux 2-(-2), Josh Kahananui 1-(-12). Kapaa: Lizama 8-19, Snyder 1-15, Velasco 2-2, Nakamura 3-(-1), Salausa 4-(-16).
PASSING--Kauai: Renaud 17-27-0-194. Kapaa: Salausa 3-18-1-10, Velasco 0-3-2-0.
RECEIVING--Kauai: Matthews 4-50, Gebauer 4-37, Semana 2-44, Drake Apao 2-24, Young 2-21, Ceria-Lux 2-7, Skyler Ramson 1-11. Kapaa: Velasco 1-6, Lizama 1-3, Nakamura 1-1.