HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Damien’s Bailey sets rushing marks
Damien running back Kama Bailey wasn't exactly sure how many yards he finished with last night.
He could hardly be blamed if he'd lost count along the way.
The folks in the Aloha Stadium press box were keeping track -- and for the record it turned out to be a record night for Bailey, who passed the state's single-season rushing record with a 370-yard performance in the Monarchs' 54-40 win over Pac-Five.
Bailey closed Damien's 10-game schedule with 2,045 yards and 22 touchdowns. Kahuku's Mark Atuaia rushed for 2,025 yards in eight games in 1990.
Bailey's seven-game regular-season tally of 1,482 yards is an Interscholastic League of Honolulu single-season record, breaking the mark of 1,245 he set last year.
"It wasn't really on my mind, but I'd be glad if I broke the records," said Bailey. "I just wanted to come out here and just have fun.
"I give praise and thanks to God for giving me the strength to go every game and every down. My O-line blocked good downfield and my receivers blocked tremendously.
"My senior goal was to take the D-II championship and go to the playoffs. But we did our best and it was tremendous to end our season with a bang."
Bailey certainly finished his prep career in style by scoring five touchdowns for the second straight week, following up a 313-yard day in a loss to Punahou last Saturday.
He ends his high school career with 3,907 yards and 37 touchdowns.
"I've never seen anyone like that," said Damien coach Brian Derby, who finished his first season with a 3-6-1 mark overall and 2-5 in the ILH. "We've got a good offensive line and when you get body on body, and you have a good running back like that, that's exactly what happens.
"If I was to never coach again, I would have been fulfilled. This kid has done things I've never seen."
If the records weren't heavy on Bailey's mind when he arrived at the stadium, they were part of the motivation for those helping clear the way.
"He worked so hard all these years and it was great to give him that," said senior offensive lineman Tyler Brown. "It was all about winning this game, but we knew he needed it. I just wanted to give him what he deserved.
"We take a lot of pride in this because he makes us look good and hopefully vice versa. Whatever he does reflects on us. If he does good, obviously we're doing the job, too."
While the offensive line gave Bailey room to maneuver, he repeatedly picked up chunks of territory after the initial hit and showed a knack for running away from his pursuit on many of his 22 carries.
"As much as he is instinctive, people we played against know how strong he is," Derby said. "He spent a lot of time in the weight room because you can see he doesn't go down easy."
No. 2 Punahou 48, Iolani 14
Quarterback Caymen Shutter threw four touchdowns the Buffanblu over the Raiders at Iolani School.
Dalton Hilliard of Punahou had 128 total yards and scored once. Punahou's defense held Iolani to 125 yards rushing and intercepted quarterback Jarrett Arakawa twice.
Punahou improves to 7-2 overall, 5-2 in the ILH. Iolani drops to 4-6 overall, 3-4 in the ILH.
No. 1 Saint Louis 25, No. 5 Kamehameha 7
Micah Mamiya threw for 195 yards and a touchdown as the ILH Division I champion Crusaders (10-0 overall, 7-0 ILH) completed a perfect run through the regular season with a win over the Warriors (4-4-1, 3-4) at Aloha Stadium.
After the Crusader defense forced a punt to open the game, the offense needed just two plays to take the lead. Mamiya hit Tamatoa DeMello for a 34-yard gain and Austin Wakinekona covered the final 11 yards for the touchdown.
Kamehameha quarterback Michael Hoke passed for 130 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a team-high 69 yards against a swarming Crusader defense.