Star-Bulletin Sports

Saturday, November 3, 2001


St. Louis' Jason Rivers scores the Crusaders' second
touchdown against Kamehameha, as Warrior Kekoa
Smith tries to keep up. The Crusaders won 38-14.

Crusaders take
ILH title

St. Louis wins to extend Cal Lee's
high school coaching career
into the state tournament

By Jason Kaneshiro

St. Louis football coach Cal Lee closed his final season in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu the same way he ended the previous 15 -- with the league championship.

The Crusaders won their 16th consecutive ILH title and the 18th in Lee's career with a 38-14 win over Kamehameha last night at Aloha Stadium.

"They're all meaningful, but this one, because its your last year it's an added pressure," said Lee, who will step down as coach at the end of the season. "It feels a lot better. It feels like there's a lot of weight off your back because it's your last year."

St. Louis, which tied Kamehameha 24-24 in the teams' first meeting in September, finished the ILH season with a 6-0-1 record and earned the league's lone berth in the upcoming state tournament. Kamehameha ends its season with a 5-1-1 mark.

"I'm proud of my team," Kamehameha coach Kanani Souza said. "Tonight, St. Louis was the better team, they executed real well. They played to a level I think they hadn't played to this year. Give credit to Cal Lee and his staff for getting it done and my congratulations go out to them."

St. Louis, known for its high-powered passing game during Lee's tenure, used a speed ground attack to grind out yards against the Kamehameha defense.

Running back Justin Cabansag rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crusader attack. Sophomore B.J. Batts ran for a career-high 103 yards and one touchdown.

St. Louis spent most of the game in a double-tight end alignment with Cabansag and Batts running behind fullback Prince Brown, who entered the game as the team's leading rusher.

"That's part of our elephant package," St. Louis offensive coordinator Vince Passas said. "We've shown a one-back the whole season and it's just something new we've been saving for this game."

St. Louis' passing game helped loosen the Warrior defense, as Bobby George completed 16 of 31 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown.

While the Crusader running game rumbled up and down the Aloha Stadium turf for 270 of the team's 454 yards in total offense, the St. Louis defense shut down Kamehameha's rushing attack. The Crusaders held Kamehameha running back Kelena Ho'okano, the ILH's leading rusher entering the game, to 18 yards on 12 carries.

As a team, the Warriors generated just 201 yards of total offense, 50 on the ground.

"It's always rewarding for a coach to see the kids with the attitude they had all week and they didn't want the season to end just yet and they played like it," Lee said. "I'm real happy for them."

Unlike the first meeting, when Kamehameha jumped out to a 17-0 lead, St. Louis controlled the game from start to finish.

The Crusaders dominated the first 24 minutes to take a 24-6 lead at halftime.

St. Louis picked up 249 yards in the first half, while limiting Kamehameha to 57 yards and one first down.

St. Louis took the opening kickoff and marched 83 yards on 10 plays, finishing the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run by Cabansag.

The Kamehameha defense provided the Warriors' lone score of the half on St. Louis' next play from scrimmage.

With St. Louis at its own 15, George's pass was batted into the air and fell back into his hands. George was then drilled by Kamehameha's Brandon Ala and fumbled the ball into the end zone. Warrior defensive lineman J.P. Kennedy fell on the ball for a touchdown

St. Louis answered with a touchdown on its next drive, a 15-yard pass from George to Jason Rivers on a fade pattern. Cabansag added a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Michael Houar ended the half with a 27-yard field goal.

St. Louis maintained its momentum in the third quarter by driving 72 yards on its first possession. Cabansag finished the drive with a 12-yard run around the right end for his third touchdown.

Kamehameha answered with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Ho'okano. The score was set up by a fumbled snap by George at his own 2-yard line, which was recovered by Kennedy.

But St. Louis extended its lead in the fourth quarter on Batts' 21-yard scamper on fourth-and-1.

Pac-Five 41, Damien 22: Michael Yamauchi-Yamate rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Wolfpack to a season- ending win.

Pac-Five closed the ILH season with a 2-5 record. Damien finished with an 0-7 mark.

Yamauchi-Yamate scored twice in the second quarter and once in the third as the Wolfpack broke open a 7-6 game. The sophomore finished with 72 yards rushing.

Senior Chad Rayno finished his career with a 113-yard rushing performance.

Wolfpack senior linebackers Ryan Penaroza and Alika Durington chipped in with one touchdown each. Penaroza recovered an errant snap to Damien punter Gaison Ganiko in the end zone for Pac-Five's first touchdown. Durington added to the lead in the third quarter when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a score.

Ganiko, one of eight seniors on the Damien roster, scored the Monarchs' last 10 points. He reached the end zone on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter and added two 2-point conversions.



OIA quarterfinals

Kahuku 42, Roosevelt 18

Aiea 21, Waianae 10



Iolani 14, Punahou 7

Pac-Five 41, Damien 22

St. Louis 38, Kamehameha 14


Hilo 33, Honokaa 7

Konawaena 34, Kohala 14


Kapaa 9, Kauai 7


Baldwin 16, King Kekaulike 7


OIA quarterfinals

Castle vs. Waipahu, at Mililani, 2 p.m.

Kailua at Mililani, 7:30 p.m.


Kealakehe at Pahoa, 1 p.m.

Keaau at Hawaii Prep, 2 p.m.


Lahainaluna vs. Maui, at War Memorial Stadium. Junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m., with varsity to follow 30 minutes after completion.

Yesterday's ILH Box Scores

St. Louis 38, Kamehameha 14

At Aloha Stadium

St. Louis (6-0-1) 14 10 7 7 -- 38

Kamehameha (5-1-1) 6 0 8 0 -- 14

StL -- Justin Cabansag 4 run (Michael Houar kick)

Kam -- J.P. Kennedy fumble recovery in end zone (run failed)

StL -- Jason Rivers 15 pass from Bobby George (Houar kick)

StL -- Cabansag 1 run (Houar kick)

StL -- FG Houar 27

StL -- Cabansag 12 run (Houar kick)

Kam -- Kelena Hookano 1 run (Kahe Santos pass from Caleb Spencer)

StL -- B.J. Batts 21 run (Houar kick)

RUSHING -- St. Louis: Cabansag 12-98, B.J. Batts 12-103, Ross Dickerson 4-43, Prince Brown 4-14, George 3-5, Kainoa Fernandez 1-7. Kamehameha: Kelena Hookano 12-18, Dane Montez 2-5, Spencer 5-20, Santos 1-7.

PASSING -- St. Louis: George 16-31-0-168, Tito Sallas 1-1-0-16. Kamehameha: Spencer 15-25-1-151.

RECEIVING -- St. Louis: Ross Dickerson 2-37, Tito Sallas 5-59, Keahua Bowman 2-7, George 1-(-13), Fernandez 2-37, Timo Paepule 1-16, Rivers 3-37, Jon Amano 1-4. Kamehameha: Josh Vierra 4-43, Keano Noa 4-57, Keoni Ruth 3-25, Kanoa Ing 1-4, Hookano 1-10, Noah Peterson 2-12.

Att: 10,106

Iolani 14, Punahou 7

At Iolani

Punahou (2-5) 0 0 0 7 -- 7

Iolani (5-2) 0 7 0 7 -- 14

Iol--Teo Bennett 1 run (Noah Meyers kick)

Pun--Peter Lee 8 pass from Sean Fitzsimmons (Wade Nakagawa kick)

Iol--Bennett 1 run (Meyers kick)

RUSHING -- Punahou: Fitzsimmons 2-(-7), Drew Monahan 20-31, Peter Lee 1-4, Michael Tanuvasa 2-1. Iolani: Kila Kaaihue 5-20, Bennett 27-103, Roger Mageo 1-7, Raynold Stowers 4-0.

PASSING -- Punahou: Monahan 1-2-0-18, Fitzsimmons 21-37-4-173. Iolani: Kaaihue 6-18-2-49.

RECEIVING -- Punahou: David Marsh 1-18, Jason Sakata 3-27, Monahan 3-22, Reyn Wicklund 2-7, Peter Lee 1-8, Brian Sanders 6-66, Chad Tamashiro 6-43. Iolani: Bennett 1-2, Jay Marcoulier 2-30, John Yasuda 1-8, Stowers 2-9.

Pac-Five 41, Damien 22

At Aloha Stadium

Damien (0-7) 0 6 0 16 -- 22

Pac-Five (2-5) 7 13 14 7 -- 41

Pac -- Ryan Penaroza fumble recovery in end zone (Darci Hata kick)

Dam -- Andrew Canoy 91 pass from Destin Alameida (run failed)

Pac -- Michael Yamauchi-Yamate 6 run (Hata kick)

Pac -- Yamauchi-Yamate 5 run (kick failed)

Pac -- Yamauchi-Yamate 6 run (Hata kick)

Pac -- Alika Durington 25 fumble return (Hata kick)

Pac -- Travis Tyler 17 pass from Jordan Tani (Hata kick)

Dam -- Canoy 82 kickoff return (Gaison Ganiko run)

Dam --Ganiko 1 run (Ganiko run)

RUSHING -- Damien: Ranson DeCosta 5-12, Daniel Chaves 8-11, Michael Lau 3-27, Fehi Sevelo 3-10, Brennan DelaCruz 1-4, Alameida 2-(-7), Cory Mullen 3-0, Ganiko 8-49. Pac-Five: Yamauchi-Yamate 18-72, Shane Lawrence 4-11, Ryan Leong 6-23, Chad Rayno 9-113, Ryan Urabe 2-(-11), Cheyne Abbey-Chong 3-10.

PASSING -- Damien: Alameida 5-12-2-119, DeCosta 0-3-0-0. Pac-Five: Leong 5-20-0-61, Tani 1-2-0-17.

RECEIVING -- Damien: Lau 2-12, Canoy 1-91, Sevelo 1-6, DeCosta 1-10. Pac-Five: Matthew Friedman 2-23, Penaroza 2-20, Travis Tyler 2-35.

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