JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARBULLETIN.COM
Leilehua's Rico Newman pulled in a touchdown pass in front of Kapolei's Cyril Ontai last night.
OIA RED WEST
Mules stay unbeaten
The man-child wears No. 8, but he's now 9-0.
Andrew Manley got all the protection he needed, and then threw three first-quarter touchdown passes as No. 2 Leilehua fought off 10th-ranked Kapolei 21-7 last night at soggy Hugh Yoshida Stadium.
A crowd of 2,500 saw the Mules improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West. Leilehua finished with 301 total yards against one of the league's toughest defenses. The return of defensive stopper Chad Lopati wasn't enough for Kapolei, which dropped to 1-2 in league play (2-3 overall).
"You can't spot 21 points in the first quarter to the defending state champions, then decide to start playing," Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez said.
The Hurricanes were hopeful that a return by Lopati, who suffered a partially torn meniscus a month ago against Kamehameha, would spur an upset effort. Instead, Manley pierced Kapolei's zone defense.
"We practiced all week for that defense they run. Kapolei's a good team, and they changed the defense and started blitzing a lot," the junior quarterback said. "Their safeties made some great plays."
Manley connected with seven different receivers, completing 25 of his 40 attempts for 281 yards. He was sacked just twice.
Leilehua's swarming defense limited the visiting 'Canes to 213 yards.
"Our defense did an excellent job. To shut down a team like Kapolei with the size and speed they have, gotta give the credit to the defense," Leilehua coach Nolan Tokuda said.
Rico Newman and Edieson Dumlao caught touchdown passes, but newcomer Chevas Aberilla-Ramento - wearing the No. 6 jersey of former standout Allan Macam - opened plenty of eyes early with his scoring catch.
"He always has a smile on his face," Manley said. "He snuck up on them."
Manley's flawless first quarter had the Mules on a big roll. A tough 25-yard run by Newman helped the Mules march 80 yards in just four plays. Manley connected on all four of his throws, including a 32-yard bullet to Aberilla-Ramento to give Leilehua a touchdown on the game's first series.
Leilehua no-huddled through its next drive, marching 60 yards in nine plays to paydirt. Newman ran a perfect post pattern and Manley threaded the needle to him for a 19-yard touchdown. The Mules led 14-0 with 6:30 to go in the first quarter.
Kapolei's offense didn't notch a first down in the first quarter, but a breakdown on special teams gave the Mules another gift. Kaipo Kea raced in to snuff Uehara's punt, and the Mules recovered at the 4-yard line. Two plays later, Manley fired a strike to Dumlao on a slant for a 5-yard touchdown, and Leilehua led 21-0 with 2 seconds left in the first quarter.
Manley got too fine with his tosses, though, and was picked off by Lyle Santiago and Michael Filio in the second quarter.
The Hurricanes finally broke through with a 35-yard run by Donnie King on a sweep, and the lead was 21-7 with 4:42 left in the first half.
"We should've put the nail in the coffin, but I should've kicked two field goals. That's my mistake," Tokuda said. "With a defense like this, you just want to not lose it."
Dumlao suffered a possible concussion, Tokuda said, but otherwise the Mules were unscathed.
At Hugh Yoshida Stadium
|Kapolei (2-3, 1-2)
|Leilehua (4-0, 2-0)
Lei-Chevas Aberilla-Ramento 32 pass from Andrew Manley (Micah Kunioka kick)
Lei-Rico Newman 19 pass from Manley (Kunioka kick)
Lei-Edieson Dumlao 5 pass from Manley (Kunioka kick)
Kapo-Donnie King 35 run (Micah Uehara kick)
RUSHING-Kapolei: King 4-41, Simione Vehikite 6-39, Onosai Faumuina 1-8, Noah Pascua 11-6, Seth Roman 1-5, Cyril Ontai 2-3. Leilehua: Newman 9-34, Kosi Lavea-Jennings 1-1, Austin Schmidt 1-(minus-1), Jeremy Suguitan 1-(minus-2), Manley 3-(minus-12).
PASSING-Kapolei: Pascua 12-24-1-111. Leilehua: Manley 25-40-2-281.
RECEIVING-Kapolei: Anu Sapla 4-12, Lyle Santiago 2-38, Travis White 2-15, Kalani Brackenridge 1-21, Faumuina 1-12, Ontai 1-10, King 1-3. Leilehua: Newman 7-80, Aberilla-Ramento 5-85, Dumlao 3-50, Kamana Akagi 3-25, Schmidt 3-22, Marcus Breakfield 3-18, Suguitan 1-1.
Junior varsity-Kapolei 14, Leilehua 14
Waipahu 41, Nanakuli 6
The Marauders started their homecoming celebration early, scoring 21 first-half points en route to a commanding win over the Golden Hawks.
Waipahu racked up five unanswered touchdowns following Nanakuli's lone score of the night.
|Nanakuli (1-3, 0-2)
|Waipahu (4-1, 2-1)
Waip-Troy Matautia 4 run (Neil Guiang kick)
Nana-Kaimana Karapani-Hokoana 13 pass from Chaeez Alvarado-Williams (run failed)
Waip-Kaimi Haina pass interception in the endzone (kick failed)
Waip-Marvin Gomez 11 pass from Joshua Lacar (Matautia run)
Waip-Lacar 7 run (Guiang kick)
Waip-Matautia 8 run (Guiang kick)
Waip-Victor Moananu 45 run (kick failed)
RUSHING-Waipahu: Moananu 8-98, Matautia 18-83, Brandon Sahagun 4-9, Nicholas Oshiro 1-5, Jason Buccat 1-3, Jordan Ocol 1-2, Lacar 3-(-5). Nanakuli: Karapani-Hokoana 5-49, Kason Tiave 4-26, Sean Tao 7-18, Raven Garcia 2-6, Alvarado-Williams 10-(-33).
PASSING-Waipahu: Lacar 3-3-0-59, Moananu 1-1-0-29. Nanakuli: Alvarado-Williams 7-13-2-69.
RECEIVING-Waipahu: Gomez 2-40, Buccat 1-36, Matautia 1-12. Nanakuli: Ronald Heater 4-14, Kaneala Silva 1-35, Karapani-Hokoana 1-13, Tiave 1-7.
Junior varsity-Waipahu 7, Nanakuli 6