Wilson brothers move No. 7 Waianae past Campbell


POSTED: Sunday, September 06, 2009

Following a frustrating week of shutout ball against an Interscholastic League of Honolulu powerhouse, the Waianae Seariders returned to top form.

The No. 7 Seariders crushed visiting Campbell 27-0 at Raymond Torii Field behind a balanced attack of smashmouth ball and a finesse passing game to remain atop the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West standings at 2-0 (2-2 overall).

Waianae didn't look like the team that was dominated in the trenches in a 13-0 loss to Kamehameha. The Wilson brothers—Puletua at quarterback, Eleu as the bruising fullback, and James as a lithe option to rush or catch—carried the Seariders to victory over the Sabers (2-2, 1-1 OIA Red West), who were coming off consecutive victories behind the arm of quarterback Maika Ulufale.






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In a game televised on OC 16, the dual threat Puletua went for 80 yards rushing on five carries, including a 40-yard keeper score on a fake handoff in the first quarter, and 158 yards passing.

Waianae coach Danny Matsumoto saw improvement—his team had only one turnover, compared to four giveaways against the Warriors last week—but was less than satisfied as he considered some of the other powerhouses in his conference. Waianae inserted its backups for most of the fourth quarter.

“;There was some improvement, but there still is so much that we need to work on,”; said Matsumoto, who honed in on blocking and receiving. “;We're not as sharp as we want to be yet. Campbell's a tough opponent, they played a hell of a game. They got some exciting players. The score doesn't reflect—it could have been a closer game than that.”;

Waianae never picked off Ulufale in the Sabers' potent run-and-shoot offense, but the Seariders' secondary did a solid job of preventing any huge gains; the longest Campbell play went for 26 yards. Ulufale was limited to 11-for-28 passing for 119 yards, and the team's other primary threat, versatile speedster Samson Anguay, was limited to 83 all-purpose yards.

Campbell was forced into the first of many three and outs on its first possession, and only threatened in the red zone once.

“;I think tonight we (saw) the true Waianae,”; said Campbell coach Amosa Amosa, who coached his alma mater against the Seariders for the first time. “;In terms of mixing things up, that's when they're most dangerous. Inside, outside. They're up there every year. Every year they're the team to beat with the Mililanis (Campbell's next opponent) and the Leilehuas.”;

Puletua hit running back Keoni Napierala-Rose for a 61-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that sealed the win, and Eleu bulled his way in for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns in the first half.

“;I feel that we improved a lot,”; Puletua said. “;Our O-line, they knew what they were doing wrong. Through a week of practice, they stepped up and did their jobs. They came out here firing from the first half.”;

Following a 46-yard pass from the QB to Hookena Kamana to the Sabers' 1, Eleu Wilson bulled his way in for another first-half score and the Seariders carried a 21-0 lead into the half.