RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Popo Walker of Kamehameha lost his helmet when he was tackled by Punahou defenders Siu Tafuna (7), Nick Kido (2) and J.J. Autele (99) last night at Aloha Stadium.
Buffanblu stomp Warriors
Cayman Shutter and Kimo Makaula, a two-headed monster at quarterback, each threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as No. 2 Punahou fought off sixth-ranked Kamehameha 28-7 last night at Aloha Stadium.
Punahou (3-0) opened the Interscholastic League of Honolulu regular season on a winning note and gave new Kamehameha coach David Stant a loss in his league debut.
"We're still in it," the former University of Hawaii defensive lineman said. "We can't give up on each other. Maybe I tried to do too many things (offensively). Our defense played really well against a potent (Punahou) offense."
Manti Te'o and Dane Arakawa sparked a ruthless Buffanblu defense. Te'o had two sacks and came up with a fumble that set up one of his team's first-half touchdowns. The highly recruited junior silenced Punahou fans, however, when he laid on the FieldTurf in agony after catching a pass at the Kamehameha 2-yard line.
"It was just a cramp," said Te'o, who suffered a season-ending foot injury last year. "Kamehameha has a more diverse offense this year, but you know what to expect on every play. Coach (Kale) Ane's a great coach."
Dalton Hilliard led Punahou's ground attack with 100 yards on 24 carries.
The Buffanblu were dynamic at the start. A Kamehameha lateral pass turned into a fumble and Te'o recovered at the Warriors' 37-yard line. With the help of three Kamehameha penalties, Punahou drove and scored on Makaula's 7-yard scramble. Punahou led 7-0 with 9 minutes left in the opening quarter.
Kamehameha used a combination of ace and pistol formations, with extremely wide splits between its offensive linemen. The offense struggled, however, and managed only 56 total yards by intermission.
A shanked punt by the Warriors gave Punahou good field position at the Kamehameha 42-yard line. After personal foul and pass interference calls against the Warriors, Shutter connected with Robbie Toma for a 9-yard touchdown strike.
After Punahou blew two scoring opportunities in Kamehameha territory, the Warriors drove 83 yards to paydirt. Michael Hoke's 15-yard pass to Noa Obed brought them within 13-7 with 9:32 to play.
However, Punahou came to life. Makaula and Shutter hit big passes as the Buffanblu drove 69 yards in nine plays. Te'o's big catch set up the 2-yard scoring toss from Shutter to Arakawa, and Punahou led 21-7 with 6:45 to play it the game.
After Kamehameha's ensuing series stalled at midfield, Punahou drove for its final touchdown, a 9-yard play-action toss from Makaula to Toby Reeuwijk with 2:16 left.
Iolani 46, Damien 19
Kela Marciel passed for 341 yards and two scores, and Iolani's defense "held" Damien running back Kama Bailey to just 67 rushing yards after halftime as the Raiders broke open a close game.
Bailey finished with 294 yards on 24 carries and now has 999 yards on 84 attempts in five games.
By halftime, he had rushed for 227 yards on just 14 carries, but Iolani led 26-19.
Running back Justin Yamamoto scored on a 7-yard run as Iolani scored on its opening drive of the second half.
After a Damien fumble on the next play from scrimmage, Iolani drove 22 yards and got a 6-yard end-around run by Reid Furukawa for a 40-19 lead with 7:27 left in the third quarter.
Yamamoto, who added a 15-yard touchdown jaunt on Iolani's next series, finished with 124 rushing yards on 25 attempts. Marciel completed 20 of his 27 pass attempts.
"We watched tape of them and they have some weak spots," Marciel said. "When they tried to come up, we went deep. My O-line gave me lots of time."