Saturday, August 28, 1999
By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Kamehameha running back Kiley Loo scampers through
the Buffanblu defense for a gain last night.
opens with a win
The Warriors begin the ILHBy Ben Henry
season by beating Punahou, but
are they just playing for second
Special to the Star-Bulletin
Kamehameha has already settled the only real debate worth arguing in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu this season -- who's No. 2?
The Warriors spoiled Punahou head coach Kale Ane's debut as they defeated the Buffanblu, 34-19, yesterday in the ILH season opener before 5,052 at Aloha Stadium.
Kamehameha, the unanimous choice by league coaches as the biggest threat to perennial champion St. Louis this year, lived up to its billing. It used a balanced offense and a swarming defense to eventually shutdown Punahou's unorthodox single-wing offense.
But, according to Kamehameha head coach Kanani Souza, this victory doesn't prove his team is the No. 1 contender. "(It doesn't mean that) to me, nor to our players," he said. "It's a start. We know where we are, and we know what we have to do get better."
Punahou's offense, which seemed brilliant at times and stagnant at others, may have suffered because this was the team's first game.
"I think most teams go through this," said Ane, whose team accrued seven costly procedure and delay penalties. "We're a young team."
Punahou plays a non-conference game Thursday against Edison (Calif.) at Aloha Stadium. "Yeah, it would have been nice to have a preseason game to get out all the jitters and what not, but we didn't," Ane said.
By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Punahou running back David Arthur Weick rambles for
a touchdown against the Kamehameha Warriors.
Punahou did, however, bewilder Kamehameha in its first series last night, driving 80 yards in 2 minutes and 35 seconds to take an early lead.
Kamehameha was caught off-guard by Punahou's offense partly because Punahou's lack of game exposure prevented anyone from scouting its offense. "We had no idea what to prepare for," Souza said.
The offense, which uses a variety of misdirection plays and traps to fool the defense and control the ball, hinges on the center snapping the ball to either the passer or an adjacent running back in shotgun formation. The offense typically uses seven offensive linemen and a pair of split wide-outs.
"We really believe in the offense, and we think it will do well," Ane said.
But with Punahou up 6-0 after a failed kick, Kamehameha responded with a potent offense of its own. Facing a key fourth down and 1 at Punahou's 43-yard line, junior Kiley Loo, who rushed for 121 yards on 16 carries for the night, broke through with a 12-yard run for the first down. Loo capped the drive with a touchdown, and Kamehameha took a 7-6 lead it would not relinquish.
On Punahou's next possession, Dallas DeFries tipped an Anthony Prinzivalli pass, and Bryson Akiona's snatch gave Kamehameha the ball at the Punahou 1. Kauka Castro scored on a quarterback sneak, making it 14-6 Kamehameha, with 5:11 left in the quarter.
Kamehameha scored again on a six-yard Castro pass to Ko Kealoha with 30 seconds left in the quarter.
But Punahou, down 21-6, responded with a pair of long scoring drives.
Kamehameha, with Punahou breathing down its neck with the score 21-19, added a Justin Ayat field goal with two seconds left in the half to smother the threat.
The Warriors buried the Buffs with a touchdown to open the second half and another Ayat field goal.
Punahou 6 13 0 0 -- 19 Kamehameha 21 3 10 0 -- 34PUN -- David Arthur Weick 32 run (kick failed)
KAM -- Kiley Loo 1 run (Justin Ayat kick)
KAM -- Kauka Castro 1 run (Ayat kick)
KAM -- Ko Kealoha 6 pass from Castro (Ayat kick)
PUN -- Jonathan Kim 33 run (pass failed)
PUN -- Todd LaFountaine 23 pass from Anthony Prinzivalli (Aaron Oka kick)
KAM -- Ayat 35 FG
KAM -- Elia Akau 42 pass from Castro (Ayat kick)
KAM -- Ayat 37 FG
RUSHING -- Punahou: Weick 7-64, Prinzivalli 12-55, Kim 8-37, Timothy Au 1-1. Kamehameha: Loo 16-121, Kelena Hookano 10-68, Everett Hesia 5-19, Castro 1-1, Preston Velasco-Laybon 2-(-2).
PASSING -- Punahou: Prinzivalli 12-26-2, 110 yards. Kamehameha: Castro 10-21-1, 163 yards.
RECEIVING -- Punahou: Timothy Au 4-40, Chad Sakumoto, 1-27, LaFountaine 2-26, Jeremy Grad 3-22, Ryan Sanders 1-7, Brian Pyles 1-3. Kamehameha: Akau 1-42, Dane Antoque 1-40, Puni Ellis 1-15, Kimo Yates III 1-13, Kealoha 2-11, Kanaoa Alapai 2-10, Michael Akiu 1-8.
Kahuku 42, Castle 0
Roosevelt 70, Kalani 16
Waianae 34, Farrington 19
Moanalua 41, Pearl City 10
Mililani 16, McKinley 14
Kailua 27, Leilehua 10
Waipahu 15, Campbell 6
Kaiser vs. Kaimuki at Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m.
Aiea vs. Kalaheo at Kailua, 7:30 p.m.
Radford at Nanakuli, 7:30 p.m.
Bonita Vista (Calif.) vs. Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium, Maui, 7:30 p.m.
Honokaa vs. Kapaa at Vidinha Stadium, Kauai, 7:30 p.m.
Kauai vs. Pac-Five at Aloha Stadium, 5 p.m.
Waiakea vs. Iolani at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.