Star-Bulletin Sports

Saturday, October 13, 2001


St. Louis running back Prince Brown falls head over
heels in front of Punahou outside linebacker Kynan Pang.

St. Louis rolls over
Punahou 46-17

By Jason Kaneshiro

After struggling this season, the St. Louis offense produced its highest point output of the year last night with a 46-17 win over Punahou at Aloha Stadium.

It wasn't exactly a work of art, but the Crusaders generated 350 yards in total offense en route to improving to 3-0-1 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's top division. Punahou fell to 1-3.

St. Louis slotback Ross Dickerson dazzled the crowd with two spectacular touchdown runs and Crusader quarterback Bobby George tossed two scoring passes as the Crusaders controlled the contest.

Punahou threw St. Louis a change-up by using Drew Monahan at quarterback for the entire first half. Todd LaFountaine, the Buffanblu's starting quarterback all season, moved to receiver.

Monahan, normally a running back, completed just 3 of 17 passes for 16 yards and rushed for 16. LaFountaine was Punahou's leading receiving with 5 catches for 20 yards.

LaFountaine took over at quarterback to start the third quarter, but Sean Fitzsimmons finished the game under center.

Punahou's trickery didn't pay off, as the Buffanblu finished with just 53 yards in offense.

Punahou fumbled the ball away on the game's first play from scrimmage when Michael Tanuvasa couldn't handle a direct snap. The ball was recovered by Chad Adviento and Prince Brown scored on a 1-yard run five plays later.

Punahou wide receiver Jason Ching reaches out for a diving
pass reception under pressure from St. Louis defender
Mike Espinueva. St. Louis won the game 46-17.

St. Louis' Michael Houar kicked a 27-yard field goal, and the Crusaders extended their lead with a safety on a botched Punahou punt. The long snap sailed over the head of punter Stan Fisher, who downed the ball in the endzone, giving St. Louis a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.

Punahou got on the scoreboard in the second quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Tamatoa Hackney.

The St. Louis passing game found life later in the period, as George connected with Tito Sallas on touchdown passes of 13 and 19 yards.

The Crusaders opened the second half with a 49-yard touchdown pass from George to Dickerson. Dickerson caught the ball over the middle and was cut off by Punahou defenders. But he circled back and found clear sailing down the left sideline and into the endzone to give St. Louis a 33-3 lead.

The Buffanblu defense, which scored two touchdowns in the first meeting between the teams in September, struck again when Kawika Fiddler scored on a 22-yard interception return.

The Crusaders returned the favor on Punahou's next possession, when Adviento picked off a LaFountaine pass and ran it back 26 yards for a touchdown.

Punahou used its third quarterback of the game to cut the St. Louis lead to 39-17 in the third quarter. Fitzsimmons completed both of his passes for 52 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Tamatoa Hackney.

But St. Louis answered with a 28-yard scoring run by Dickerson on a sweep around the right side to put the game away.

Iolani 33, Pac-Five 0: Teo Bennett rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders routed the Wolfpack in a game between Division II rivals.

Bennett opened the scoring with a 1-yard plunge with 22 seconds left in the first quarter. He added a 47-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 5-yard score in the third quarter.

The Iolani defense contributed two scores. Defensive lineman Kawika Nakoa scooped up an errant shotgun snap to Pac-Five quarterback McShane Dator and dashed 54 yards for a Raider touchdown in the second quarter. Defensive back Kyle Muraoka returned an interception 88 yards with 2:47 left in the game.

Dator completed 17 of 44 pass attempts for 162 yards before being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter.


Kahuku 43, Leilehua 8: Inoke Funaki threw 4 TD passes in the first quarter as the Red Raiders (6-0) crushed the Mules (0-6).

Funaki went 6-for-7 and passed for 236 yards as Kahuku needed only eight plays to score on four consecutive drives.

Three of Funaki's passes were for more than 50 yards.

Loga Fonoimoana grabbed two TD passes for a combined 123 yards, and Travis Kaka also had an 81-yard touchdown reception.

Castle 23, Campbell 0: Kawika Seday fell on a blocked punt in the end zone for the opening score and the Knights rolled to victory.

Quarterback Joel Botelho drove Castle deep into Campbell territory several times, rumbling in from 9 yards out in the second quarter and connecting for TDs on passes to Ikaika Ho and Dayton AhNee after the half.

Botelho followed up last week's five scoring passes against Farrington with two against the Sabers, going 14-for-30 for 219 yards. His total of 1,379 passing yards leads the OIA Red Conference.

The Knights are second in the conference at 5-1. Next week they host the Kailua Surfriders. Campbell, coming off their first loss in four games, travels to Kahuku.

Waianae 12, McKinley 6: The Seariders defense shut down the Tiger attack for three quarters and Chad Rodrigues ran16 times for 70 yards.

Lorgan Pau and Anapuni Coleman combined for 140 yards rushing for McKinley.

Next week Waianae takes on Mililani and McKinley visits Kaimuki.

The Searider defense also contributed two interceptions.

Kailua 28, Farrington 14: Brenton Harbottle scored two touchdowns, as the Surfriders came back to beat the Governors.

Harbottle finished the game with 201 yards on 14 carries.

Kailua's defense came up with 4 interceptions to help seal the victory.


Radford 62, Kalani 0: Justin Rellin rushed for three touchdowns, including a 64-yard run in the second quarter, and finished with 180 yards on just eight carries as the Rams ruined the Falcons' homecoming game.

Radford totaled 393 yards on the ground on 36 carries, averaging nearly 11 yards per rush. Shane Roberson added two rushing touchdowns for the Rams.

Radford attempted just one pass -- a 67-yard touchdown from David Foster to Matt Failauga.

Radford won its fourth game in a row and has a bye next week. Kalani plays at Waialua next week in a battle of winless teams.

Aiea 40, Pearl City 0: Lole Laolagi passed for 186 yards and threw 5 TDs to four different receivers as the OIA White-leading Na Alii snapped the Chargers' two-game winning streak.

Aiea's other touchdown came on a 17-yard Laolagi scramble.

Na Alii defense did their part, holding the Chargers to 90 total yards (51 rushing, 39 passing).


Maui 12, King Kekaulike 7: Sabers running back Andrew Malafu, who scored twice last weekend, busted in from 4 yards out on an injured ankle for the winning touchdown with five minutes left.

King Kekaulike was driving for the go-ahead score but fumbled the ball away with just over a minute remaining.

Maui's Tom Sun hauled in a 44-yard pass from Chad Sagon in the second half. Na Alii responded with a 44-yard touchdown run by Ikaika Kawai.

Dustin Tabico caught four passes for 93 yards and Malafu finished with 82 yards on 20 carries.

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