Star-Bulletin Sports

Saturday, September 8, 2001


Punahou's Todd LaFountaine narrowly avoids the pass
rush from St. Louis' Tolifili Liufau. St. Louis won 25-16.

St. Louis beats Punahou
as ILH opens

By Jason Kaneshiro

It wasn't pretty, but nationally ranked St. Louis School began defense of its Interscholastic League of Honolulu football title with a 25-16 win over Punahou last night at Aloha Stadium.

St. Louis kept the Buffanblu in the game with seven turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns, but the Crusader defense denied the Buffanblu an offensive touchdown to preserve the win.

St. Louis defensive end Tolifili Liufau recorded 21/2 sacks and linebacker Taualai Fonoti had 13 tackles and an interception to lead the Crusader defense. The Crusader secondary also came up with three more interceptions of Punahou quarterback Todd LaFountaine.

"The defense did the job," said Liufau. "The offense struggled, but the defense just hung in there and did what they had to do."

The St. Louis offense started with a bang, but sputtered for much of the game. Quarterback Bobby George, who didn't throw an ILH interception last season, had three passes picked off against the Buffanblu. His backup, Chris Sokugawa, threw another late in the fourth quarter.

But the Buffanblu offense couldn't capitalize on the mistakes as the Crusaders kept Punahou out of the end zone. LaFountaine spent much of the evening evading St. Louis' pass rush, but he was still sacked five times. The Buffanblu attack was also stymied by numerous dropped passes.

"St. Louis is so quick and so aggressive," said Punahou coach Kale Ane. "We had people open, but we just couldn't get it to them. ... That's what pressure does."

St. Louis receiver Kainoa Fernandez helped the Crusaders keep Punahou at arm's length throughout the game with career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (196). He also caught two touchdown passes.

Iolani's Blake Wong breaks through Damien's
line for a gain at Aloha Stadium.

After Punahou punted on its first possession of the game, the Crusaders scored on their first play from scrimmage when George connected with Fernandez on a post pattern for an 85-yard touchdown strike. George hit Tino Sallas for a 20-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first quarter to give St. Louis a 12-0 lead.

George passed for 249 yards in the first half, but completed only three of his last 10 passes. He also threw an interception. The Crusaders turned the ball over three times in the half to help Punahou stay close at intermission.

With George struggling the Crusaders turned to the ground game in the third quarter. After George threw his third interception of the game, St. Louis running backs combined for 68 yards on a 69-yard drive capped by a 23-yard run by Ross Dickerson.

The Punahou defense got the Buffanblu on the board with 7:29 left in the game. Alex Fergus, who came unblocked on a blitz, forced a fumble by George which was scooped up by Kawika Fiddler who returned it 42 yards for a touchdown.

But the Crusaders answered with a 50-yard touchdown strike from Sokugawa, who replaced George at quarterback, to Fernandez. The pass was underthrown, but Fernandez adjusted to it to make the catch then ran away from Punahou defensive back Jason Ching.

LaFountaine threw his fourth interception of the game on Punahou's next drive. But St. Louis' possession ended with Kynan Pang blocking a punt by Michael Houar. The play helped set up a 27-yard field goal by Tamatoa Hackney with 3:53 left in the game.

The Buffanblu crept even closer on St. Louis' next possession when Pang intercepted a pass by Sokugawa and raced 48 yards for a touchdown. LaFountaine then threw an incompletion on the two-point conversion attempt. St. Louis recovered the ensuing on-side kick, ending Punahou's comeback hopes.

'We just came up a little short against a very good team," Ane said.

Punahou continues the ILH season next week against Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium, while St. Louis has a bye.

Iolani 48, Damien 16: The Raiders scored early and often to rout Damien at Aloha Stadium.

Iolani running back Teo Bennett led the Raider offense by rushing for 112 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Kila Kaaihue completed 6 of 8 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score.

The Raiders did most of their damage by halftime, as they rested most of their starters in the second half.

The Raiders scored five touchdowns in the first 15 minutes of play.

The Raiders took the opening kickoff and drove 59 yards in five plays.

Bennett finished the drive with a 9-yard run on a lateral from Kaaihue.

After a Damien punt, Iolani took seven plays to score its second touchdown on a 3-yard run by Kaaihue.

The Iolani defense contributed to the scoring on Damien's next drive, when linebacker Blake Wong scooped up a fumble by Damien quarterback Ranson DeCosta and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown.

Kaaihue threw scoring passes to Robert Mageo and Jay Marcouiller to extend the Raider lead to 34-0 with nine minutes left in the second quarter.

DeCosta fumbled on Damien's first possession of the second half, which the Raiders recovered at the Damien 1.

One play later, Bennett scored his second touchdown of the game.

Mageo threw a scoring pass to Tony Suetsugu on the Raiders' next possession to give Iolani a 48-0 lead.

The Monarchs got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter on 10-yard pass from DeCosta to Micah Komine.

DeCosta added another score on a 3-yard run late in the game.

DeCosta, a sophomore, finished with 103 yards passing and 93 yards rushing.

OIA red

Castle 21, McKinley 20: The Knights overcame a combined 331 rushing yards by the Tigers' Kimo Terry and Lorgan Pau to remain undefeated in the OIA Red division.

While defense dominated a scoreless second half, the first two quarters featured scoring by both offenses.

After throwing for 300 yards against Waianae, Castle quarterback Joel Botelho managed just 158 passing yards, but rushed for the Knights final two touchdowns.

McKinley will try to rebound from their first loss against Campbell next week. Castle looks to remain atop the OIA Red as they visit Leilehua.

OIA white

Aiea 26, Waipahu 14: After taking the lead with the games first score on a Lole laolagi 13 yard run, Na Alii was aided by a Marauder fumble through the end zone.

On the ensuing possession, Na Alii responded with an 80-yard scoring drive which ended in a 22 yard pass from Lole Laolagi to Chris Antonio. Laolagi accounted for all four of Aiea's scores, passing for three touchdowns and rushing for one.


Lahainaluna 28, King Kekaulike 7: Abner Nakihei caught two touchdowns and ran for another as the Lunas scored the last 21 points.

With the game tied at 7, a pass interfence call against Na Alii set up a 29 yard scoring strike from Luna quarterback Kainoa Casco to Nakihei.


Maui 41, St. Anthony 14: Andrew Malafu rushed for 230 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Sabers routed the Trojans at King Kekaulike field.

St. Anthony led 7-6 at halftime before Malafu and the Maui ground attack took over. In all Malafu accounted for 22 points in the contest. Ryan Ishizu added 78 yards on seven carries for the Sabers.

The Maui defense, led by lineman Tyson Aviles and linebacker Ikaika Tom-Sun, kept the St. Anthony attack under control for most of the game.


Waimea 29, Kauai 7: Chesley Barba rushed for two touchdowns as the Menehunes overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Red Raiders. Barba scored on runs of 15 and 1 yard.


Red Conference


Castle 3 0 0 111 83

Kahuku 2 0 0 88 13

Kailua 2 0 0 62 21

McKinley 2 1 0 76 34

Mililani 1 1 0 63 35

Kaimuki 0 1 1 20 48

Waianae 1 2 0 83 84

Farrington 0 2 1 7 68

Campbell 0 2 0 14 70

Leilehua 0 2 0 15 83

White Conference


Aiea 3 0 0 80 6

Roosevelt 3 0 0 84 27

Nanakuli 2 0 0 75 45

Kalaheo 1 0 0 10 6

Waipahu 2 1 0 75 28

Radford 1 1 0 34 33

Waialua 0 2 0 13 76

Kalani 0 2 0 0 80

Kaiser 0 2 0 27 54

Moanalua 0 2 0 34 63

Pearl City 0 2 0 24 38



Iolani 48, Damien 16

St. Louis 25, Punahou 16


Kaimuki 7, Farrington 7

Castle 21, McKinley 20

Kailua 27, Waianae 7

OIA White

Kaiser 27, Moanalua 9

Roosevelt 42, Waialua 0

Aiea 21, Waipahu 6


Kohala at Hilo

Hawaii Prep at Kealakehe


Waimea 29, Kauai 7


Lahainaluna 28, King Kekaulike 7



(Junior varsity games start at 5 p.m., with varsity games to follow)

Campbell at Leilehua

Kahuku at Mililani

Kalaheo vs. Kalani, at Kaiser

Nanakuli at Radford


Konawaena at Pahoa, 1 p.m.

Waiakea at Keaau, junior varsity at 5 p.m., varsity to follow


Iolani 48, Damien 16

At Aloha Stadium

Iolani (1-0, 3-0) 21 13 14 0 -- 48

Damien (0-1, 0-2) 0 0 0 16 -- 16

Iol -- Teo Bennett 9 run (Noah Meyers kick)

Iol -- Kila Kaaihue 3 run (Meyers kick)

Iol -- Blake Wong 39 fumble return (Meyers kick)

Iol -- Robert Mageo14 pass from Kaaihue (Meyers kick)

Iol -- Jay Marcouiller 33 pass from Kaaihue (kick failed)

Iol -- Bennett 1 run (Meyers kick)

Iol -- Tony Suetsugu 24 pass from Mageo (Meyers kick)

Dam -- Micah Komine 10 pass from Ranson DeCosta (Cory Mullen run)

Dam -- DeCosta 3 run (Christopher Gonzales pass from DeCosta)

RUSHING -- Iolani: Bennett 14-112, Kaaihue 3-(-4), Peter Heimerdinger 11-28, Mageo 2-14, Wong 6-47. Damien: Ranson DeCosta 11-93, Cory Mullen 8-20, Andrew Canoy 2-(-8), Michael Lau 2-5, Fehi Sevelo 1-8.

PASSING -- Iolani: Kaaihue 6-8-0-90, Mageo 3-4-0-44. Damien: DeCosta 9-18-0-103.

RECEIVER -- Iolani: Marcouiller 3-39, Royce Yokono 2-37, Mageo 1-14, Ikaika Goo 2-20, Suetsugu 1-24. Damien: Lau 3-63, Gonzales 2-9, Canoy 2-11, Komine 2-20.

St. Louis 25, Punahou 16

At Aloha Stadium

Punahou (0-1, 2-1) 0 0 0 16 -- 16

St. Louis (1-0, 3-0) 12 0 7 6 -- 25

StL -- Kainoa Fernandez 85 pass from Bobby George (kick failed)

StL -- Tino Sallas 20 pass from George (kick failed)

StL -- Ross Dickerson 23 run (Michael Houar kick)

Pun -- Kawika Fiddler 42 fumble return (Tamatoa Hackney kick)

StL -- Fernandez 50 pass from Chris Sokugawa (kick failed)

Pun -- Hackney 27 field goal

Pun -- Kynan Pang 48 interception return (pass failed)

RUSHING -- Punahou: Todd LaFountaine 20-28, Hackney 5-28. St. Louis: Prince Brown 11-62, Dickerson 2-29, BJ Batts 5-18, Justin Cabansag 10-42.

PASSING -- Punahou: LaFountaine 10-30-4-110. St. Louis: George 18-30-3-279, Sokugawa 1-3-1-50.

RECEIVING -- Punahou: Jason Ching 6-48, Jason Sakata 1-6, Drew Monahan 3-56. St.Louis: Fernandez 7-196, Jason Rivers 6-62, Sallas 4-52, Dickerson 1-7, Batts 1-12.


Castle 21, McKinley 20

At Castle H.S. Field

McKinley (2-1, 3-1) 0 20 0 0 -- 20

Castle (3-0, 3-1) 0 14 7 0 -- 21

Cas -- Ola Keliiholokai 59 run (kick failed)

Cas -- Joel Botelho 25 run (Fale Taupaki run)

McK -- Abel Werner 4 run (Calin Chock kick)

McK -- Werner 16 run (Chock kick)

Cas -- Botelho 4 run (Nolan Miranda kick)

McK -- Lorgan Pau 5 run (kick failed)

RUSHING -- McKinley: Kimo Terry 19-126, Lorgan Pau 21-205, Abel Werner 9-3. Castle: Ola Keliiholokai 8-82, Joel Botelho 11-112 , Ikaika Ho 1-4, Fale Taupaki 1-3, Loren Lum 2-15.

PASSING -- McKinley: Abel Werner 2-8-1-48. Castle: Botelho 14-14-0-158.

RECEIVING -- McKinley: Kimo Terry 2-48. Castle -- Ikaika Ho 7-92, Fale Taupaki 1-14, Random Ah-Mow 1-9, Treston Kaneao 1-30, Ola Keliiholokai 3-4, Dayton Ah Nee 1-9.

Junior varsity -- McKinley 18, Castle 13


Lahainaluna 28 , King Kekaulike 7

At King Kekaulike stadium

King Kekaulike (1-1) 0 7 0 0 -- 7

Lahaialuna (2-0) 0 14 14 0 -- 28

Lah--Abner Nakihei 12 run (Ikaika Neizman kick)

KK--Raymond Foster 62 run (Daniel Scott kick)

Lah--Nakihei 29 pass from Kainoa Casco (Neizman kick)

Lah--Nakihei 30 pass from Casco (Neizman kick)

Lah--Jaione Alboro 25 run (Neizman kick)


Waimea 29, Kauai 7

At Vidinha Stadium

Kauai (1-1) 0 7 0 0 -- 7

Waimea (2-0) 2 3 10 14 -- 29

Waim -- Safety by Gary Mata

Kaui -- Koa Navarro 56 pass from Kamo'i Rafamonty (Raym Jervis kick)

Waim -- FG Adrian Agan 30

Waim -- FG Agan 19

Waim -- Chesley Barba 15 run (Agan kick)

Waim -- Barba 1 run (Agan kick)

Waim -- Rayson Cacal 23 pass from Agan (Agan kick)

RUSHING -- Waimea: Barba 23-62, Cacal 2-27, Jordan Dizon 10-32, Agan 3-(-3), Ikaika Cabral 4-20, Timmy Chang-Wo 1-3. Kauai: Jamison Smith 10-10, Rafamonte 9-12, Rejis Canales 1-1, Navarro 1-(-7), Alika Rosa 1-6.

PASSING -- Waimea: Agan 5-14-0-74. Kauai: Rafamonte 10-25-3-156.

RECEIVING -- Waimea: Cacal 2-27, Dane Koga 1-30, Dizon 1-6, Chang-Wo 1-11. Kauai: Bryson Semana 1-18, Justin Arakake 2-9, Jerves 1-9, Navarro 2-62, Smith 2-19, Canales 2-9.

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