HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Punahou wins in Seattle
SEATTLE » For a player known for his versatility, Punahou senior Kimo Makaula certainly looks comfortable as a part-time starting quarterback.
He proved as much yesterday after completing 19 of 24 passes for 303 yards and throwing three touchdowns as Punahou beat Central Kitsap 42-19 in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Seattle's Qwest Field.
Makaula began the season as Punahou's backup quarterback and sees time at tight end, safety and punter. But with starting quarterback Cayman Shutter out of action with a shoulder injury, Makaula's been forced to give up his jack-of-all-trades role.
If last night's performance is any indication, the Buffanblu will be in good hands until Shutter makes a healthy return.
"I just did my job," Makaula said. "I focused this whole week and came out and did well. The whole offense did well."
Playing in the home of the NFL's Seahawks, Makaula was the biggest star on a night when the Buffanblu had many against the overmatched Cougars.
"(Kimo) just played great. He's played everywhere but quarterback. And for him to come in and play that well on this trip with all these circumstances is outstanding. I'm real proud of him."
Punahou coach, on QB Kimo Makaula
Senior wide receiver Robbie Toma hauled in eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, and senior running back Dalton Hilliard added 58 yards rushing, 64 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Punahou coach Kale Ane felt Makaula deserved much of his team's praise.
"(Kimo) just played great," said Ane, whose team improved to 3-0. "He's played everywhere but quarterback. And for him to come in and play that well on this trip with all these circumstances is outstanding. I'm real proud of him."
Punahou broke open a 14-6 game early in the second quarter by scoring 21 unanswered points. Hilliard, Toma and Mark Silverstein each caught touchdown passes in the final 7:30 of the second quarter as the Buffanblu led 35-6 at halftime.
Cougars coach Mark Keel, whose team was making its season debut, said his players had trouble keeping up with Punahou all night long.
"There is definitely a speed difference from game speed to practice speed," Keel said.
In the second half, Central Kitsap cut the deficit to 35-13 on a 12-yard scoring run by H'Arion Gaulden. But Punahou responded with a 19-yard touchdown run by Stabren Caires late in the third to put the game out of reach.
At Qwest Field
|Central Kitsap (0-1)
Pun--Dalton Hilliard 3 run (Mountain Mitchell kick).
Pun--Thurston Kino 12 run (Mitchell kick).
CK--Christian Wesley 64 pass from Jason Simonis (kick failed).
Pun--Hilliard 10 pass from Kimo Makaula (Mitchell kick).
Pun--Robbie Toma 74 pass from Makaula (Mitchell kick).
Pun--Mark Silverstein 28 pass from Makaula (Mitchell kick).
CK--H'arion Gaulden 12 run (Christian Berg kick).
Pun--Stabren Caires 19 run (Robert Izuta kick).
CK--Cole Adams 1 run (kick failed).
RUSHING--Punahou: Hilliard 10-58, Caires 8-41, Kimo Makaula 1-6, Alakai Aglipay 1-1. Central Kitsap: Howard McDonald 11-48, Gaulden 8-26.
PASSING--Punahou: Makaula 19-24-1-315. Central Kitsap: Simonis 10-15-1-153.
RECEIVING--Punahou: Toma 8-177, Hilliard 5-64, Silverstein 3-51, Michael Suiter 2-17, Galen Arakawa 1-6. Central Kitsap: Cameron Anthony 6-79, McDonald 2-4, Christian Wesley 1-64, Preston Nelson 1-6.