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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARBULLETIN.COM
Christopher Kamaka of Saint Louis sacked Punahou quarterback Cayman Shutter last night.
Saint Louis rips Punahou
Three weeks is enough time to develop rust.
It is also enough time to ace a mid-term exam, which is what Micah Mamiya and the top-ranked Saint Louis Crusaders did with a 28-14 trouncing of No. 2 Punahou last night at Aloha Stadium.
Mamiya and his teammates spent every day of their team's three-week break breaking down footage of Punahou.
"We knew from studying video that the run was gonna open up. They expected the pass, and when they showed a different defense, we adjusted," Mamiya said.
The senior, who is 15-0 as a starting quarterback, passed for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
"It seemed like he knew everything we were doing," Punahou linebacker Manti Te'o said of Mamiya. "He did what he does best. He led his offense."
Perhaps more importantly, the Crusaders established the ground attack with 236 yards on 39 attempts. Running backs Keahi Nishigaya and Vonn Feao dragged tacklers all night. Feao, a sophomore, had 95 yards on 13 carries and Nishigaya ran for 93 yards on 12 attempts.
Saint Louis is 1-0 in Interscholastic League of Honolulu play (4-0 overall). Punahou dropped to 1-1 in ILH action (3-1 overall).
"Our offensive line got body on body and our backs hit the holes hard," Saint Louis coach Delbert Tengan said. "Defensively, we took away (Punahou's) passing lanes with zone coverage and we kept (Dalton) Hilliard under some control."
Hilliard rushed for 55 hard-earned yards, while Punahou quarterbacks Cayman Shutter and Kimo Makaula combined for 24-for-39 passing for 214 yards and three interceptions.
The Crusaders covered 75 yards in 12 plays on their opening drive. Mamiya hit Tamatoa DeMello on a third-and-11 pass, and DeMello eluded two tacklers to get over the goal line as Saint Louis took a 7-0 lead with 4:10 to go in the opening quarter.
The Buffanblu, who began with outside linebacker Dane Okamura at middle, moved Te'o to the middle and shut off Saint Louis' ground game temporarily.
Offensively, Punahou turned to Hilliard, who touched the ball on six of his team's 12 plays during an 80-yard march. A 39-yard pass from Makaula to Robbie Toma set up Punahou at the Saint Louis 9-yard line, and Shutter's swing pass to Hilliard turned into a touchdown after the senior eluded two tacklers on the reception, then beat two more tacklers near the goal line.
The score was tied at 7 with 19 seconds to play in the first half.
Saint Louis opened the second half with a nine-play, 76-yard scoring drive, overcoming an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Mamiya found Billy Stutzmann for a key 23-yard pass on third and 17, and later connected with Lucas Gonsalves on a 34-yard touchdown pass to give the Crusaders a 14-7 lead.
They went back to work on their next series, marching 72 yards in just seven plays. Mamiya found slotback Ryan Iaea wide open on a streak for a 21-yard touchdown pass.
Saint Louis' defense continued to stifle the Buffanblu offense, and Mamiya directed the Crusaders to another touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Mamiya kept the ball on an option keeper to the left, cut back and scored from 5 yards out for a 28-7 lead with 9:48 left.
Punahou tacked on a touchdown pass from Makaula to Te'o with 3 seconds left to close the scoring.
Saint Louis' defense, sparked by Geordan Hanohano, had four sacks.
Iolani 27, Pac-Five 12
Kela Marciel overcame a rough start against a tough defense to rally the Raiders to victory. The senior quarterback threw for 236 yards and Justin Yamamoto ran for 108 on 25 carries to as Iolani improved to 2-0 in league play (3-2 overall).
Pac-Five led 12-0 in the second quarter, but had only 58 total yards in the second half against an Iolani defense led by Jarom Baldomero and Kekai DeMello.
Pac-Five sat back in a zone and gave Marciel early trouble.
"They relied on their strength up front," Raiders coach Wendell Look said, referring to Pac-Five's Aaron Tipoti, Alika Vaiese and Jordan Mineshima.