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No. 3 Kamehameha's stout defense stuffs No. 5 Waianae


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POSTED: Sunday, August 30, 2009

After making the drive up the Leeward Coast, Kamehameha kept its Waianae hosts firmly in park.

The unbeaten Warriors locked down yet another interleague opponent and their strongest foe through three weeks with a 13-0 victory over the No. 5 Seariders last night at Raymond Torii Field.

Third-ranked Kamehameha (3-0) has yielded only five points through three games, including wins over Hilo and Kailua.

Perhaps most impressively, the Warriors did this one without their top offensive player, Ryan Ho.

Kamehameha coach David Stant said before the game he wanted to use his team's last nonleague contest to give other running backs (besides Ho, the go-to senior) experience before the start of Interscholastic League of Honolulu play, and close the gap between the starters and the reserves.

While Kamehameha's offense sputtered without Ho—the crew from Kapalama got only 96 yards of offense—the Warriors' defense was as strong as ever, holding the sometimes-smashmouth Seariders to 30 yards rushing. Two first-half scores were enough to put away the hosts.

“;The (defense) is all playing good, is all solid, all in condition,”; Stant said. “;In the fourth quarter only a couple of guys seemed tired, but mainly they were all running around like it was the first quarter. They're playing tough and their chemistry is really good.”;

Kamehameha used superior field position in the second quarter to back Waianae (1-2) into its own end zone and linebacker Kawika Stant III blocked a punt, which defensive lineman Beau Wilson swiftly fell on for a 13-0 lead.

               

     

 

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“;We came together as one unit and we executed our plays that we practiced,”; said Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior. “;They were going to try to run it down our throats, and they were going to bring it.

“;Defense is our signature. Defense is our heart, right now.”;

Waianae had its best chance to make it a game when it inherited the ball at the Kamehameha 45 with 9 minutes, 42 seconds to play, but it was open season for Kamehameha defenders on Seariders quarterback Puletua Wilson and he never got his feet set to cut the game to one possession.

Kamehameha drained precious time in the waning minutes when third-string running back Jason Muraoka got two key first downs, leaving Waianae with only 1:43 to go. It wasn't enough for a comeback.

Waianae's offensive combo of Wilson and running back Keoni Napierala-Rose never really got untracked. At halftime, the Seariders had only 25 yards of offense as Kamehameha defenders swarmed through Waianae's offensive line.

Wilson went 9-for-23 for 97 yards—many on the final drive when Kamehameha went into its prevent defense—and Napierala-Rose went for 0 yards on seven rushes.

“;They played exactly how we expected them to,”; Waianae coach Daniel Matsumoto said. “;We knew they were a great defensive team and they showed us what they're really about. We tried to establish our running game, but they beat us up front. Their front seven was really tough tonight.”;

Two instances in the first half where the Seariders fumbled away the ball on their first play of a drive didn't help matters, either, part of four total giveaways.

The Warriors mixed things up right from the start, using three different quarterbacks in the first quarter. Kupono Park got Kamehameha on the board with a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:54 to go in the period.

The teams last played in 2004, a 35-0 Kamehameha win.