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Friday, October 27, 2000

O I A _ P R E P _ F O O T B A L L

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Castle players celebrate last night's win over Kailua.

Castle stonewalls
Kailua to advance
in OIA playoffs

The undersized Knights edge
the Surfriders, 7-6, while Waianae
routs Campbell, 35-0

By Dave Reardon

Castle surrendered 350 yards to two Kailua running backs last night.

But the Knights' fans were chanting DE-FENSE when it was all over last night at soggy Aloha Stadium.

Castle defensive coordinator Tony Pang-Kee's unit yielded only one touchdown, and its game-ending goal-line stand gave the Knights a 7-6 victory in an Oahu Interscholastic Association first-round playoff game.

Castle meets Waianae -- a 35-0 winner over Campbell last night -- in a semifinal next Friday. It will be followed by the winners of tonight's Kahuku-McKinley and Kaimuki-Farrington quarterfinals.

The Knights earned their first state tournament berth. But Windward-side bragging rights seemed just as important: In the past two years, four players have left Castle to play for Kailua.

"Some of our larger players have gravitated to Kailua recently. We went with the idea of making do with the kids we have at Castle," Knights' coach Nelson Maeda said. "And we want to thank Kailua for firing up Castle. They did a lot of taunting. Without the penalties, it would have been a different story."

Kailua outgained Castle, 336 yards to 119, but the Surfriders were penalized 14 times for 132 yards.

"Very frustrating," Kailua coach Darren Johnson said. "You saw what happened."

The Surfriders were flagged three times for 25 yards on their final drive. It ended on the Castle 3, as Brenton Harbottle was brought down and time ran out before Kailua could line up for another play.

"We just kept the faith and stayed united," Castle defensive end Matt Labuguen said.

Kaleo Segovia scored the tying touchdown on a 2-yard run with 9:03 remaining, and Nolan Miranda's extra point proved the winner.

But that wouldn't have mattered if the Knights' defense -- dwarfed by Kailua's huge offensive line -- hadn't stepped up when necessary. Kailua drove into Castle territory seven times, but scored only once, with 11:35 left, on Harbottle's 13-yard run.

Especially with rain soaking the football and the field, it appeared the Surfriders' strategy of keeping the ball on the ground would wear down the smaller Knights.

Josh Uelese rushed for 197 yards before leaving the game with 1:59 left in the third quarter after a helmet-jarring hit on his 32nd carry.

But Harbottle took over with 153 yards on 21 carries.

"We knew they would run at us," said Pang-Kee, the former Castle and University of Hawaii defensive back. "We just stressed that if one person failed, the whole team would fail."

Kailua (5-4, 6-4) 0 0 0 6--6
Castle (8-1, 9-1) 0 0 0 7--7

Scoring summary

Kail--Brenton Harbottle 13 run (kick failed)
Cas--Kaleo Segovia 2 run (Nolan Miranda kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing--Kail: Josh Uelese 32-197, Brenton Harbottle 21-153, Dean Naki 2-7, Ammon Kaleo 1-(-5). Cas: Segovia 9-35, Joel Botelho 5-7, Keha Ho 1-6, Ikaika Ho 1-2.

Passing--Kail: Taleki Mailau 1-6-0 for 6 yards. Cas: Botelho 6-24-2 for 69 yards.

Receiving--Kail: Harbottle 1-6. Cas: Segovia 2-23, Loren Lum 1-12, Miranda 1-11, Kekoa Michelman 1-19, I. Ho 1-4.

Waianae 35, Campbell 0

The top-seeded Seariders intercepted five passes and recovered four fumbles by the Sabers.

"We're just doing our jobs," said Waianae safety Kekoa Reyes, who made two of the interceptions. "We're just doing the same thing we've been doing for eight (OIA Red) games before this."

The Seariders were dominant on offense, too, with Lono Manners rushing 20 times for 179 yards and a touchdown.

Graen Enriquez, who had two touchdown catches, caught a 40-yard halfback option pass from Peter Sarono on Waianae's first offensive play.

Waianae did not score, however, and Campbell took over on downs at its 5.

The Sabers then mounted a nine-play drive to the Seariders' 43, but Brian Lave intercepted a pass at his own 38 and returned it for the game's first score at 5:24 of the first quarter.

Campbell (7-2, 8-2) 0 0 0 0-- 0
Waianae (9-0, 10-0) 7 15 13 0--35

Scoring summary

Waian--Brian Lave 62 interception return (Shawn Bebeau kick)
Waian--Graen Enriquez 19 pass from Jonah Nunuha (Bebeau kick)
Waian--Safety, ball fumbled out of end zone
Waian--Peter Sarono 11 run (kick failed)
Waian--Enriquez 16 pass from Nunuha (run failed)
Waian--Lono Manners 17 run (Enriquez kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing--Camp: Jamison Rabaino 17-76, Jarvis Caballes 1-(-1), Vince Lemau 6-(-9), Shauncey Saito 3-4, Marcus Taualo 1-0, Wallace Simanu 1-11. Waian: Peter Sarono 11-63, Manners 20-179, Nunuha 3-9, Kawena Rosario 1-(-1), Brandon Lopes 2-9, Kala Baptista 2-0, Parris Kawaauhau 1-(-2).

Passing--Camp: Lemau 6-16-4 for 72 yards, Simanu 2-6-1 for 29 yards. Waian: Sarono 1-1-0 for 40 yards, Lopes 2-6-0 for 36 yards, Nunuha 3-6-0 for 63 yards.

Receiving--Camp: Justin Pantohan 2-20, Caballes 2-30, Rabaino 3-37, Romeo Mayrena 1-14. Waian: Enriquez 4-103, Darryl Correa 1-32, Sarono 1-4.

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