[ HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ]
On a beautiful, clear night, gazing out over the spectacular panoramic view from the newest football stadium in the state, facing a team with only one win, the last thing Kamehameha expected to see last night was something ugly.
Kamehameha plays ugly,
By Marc Dixon
But according to Warriors coach Kanani Souza, last night's 28-7 Interscholastic League of Honolulu victory over Division II Pac-Five at Kunuiakea Stadium on the Kamehameha Schools campus was just that -- ugly and sloppy.
"A lot of the credit goes to Spud (Pac-5 coach Don Botelho) and Pac-Five, but we just didn't play well, we floundered around. We didn't prepare well and we didn't play well."
The game started as expected. After forcing Pac-Five to punt, the Warriors took their first drive 82 yards in 14 plays for an early 7-0 lead.
On the series' first play, quarterback Caleb Spencer hit Josh Vierra in the right seam for a 4-yard pass completion to the Wolfpack 34-yard line. On the next pass play, Spencer found Kahe Santos, who made a leaping grab over the middle to advance the ball to the 25-yard line. The two would hook up again during the drive for a 22-yard gain on a screen pass and the drive culminated in a 1-yard scoring strike to Vierra in the corner of the end zone.
But the Wolfpack, who moved the ball on Kamehameha all night, were unable to respond with a score of their own. In a scenario that would repeat itself all game, Pac-Five moved the ball into Kamehameha territory but was unable to score.
Before the Wolfpack were forced to punt, Pac-Five receiver Travis Tyler treated the fans to his best Lynn Swann impression, making a falling, juggling 42-yard catch. Wolfpack quarterback McShane Dator threw the ball 40 times last night, 17 of those in the direction of Tyler. Tyler finished with 6 catches for 90 yards and also forced Warrior defensive back Tamatoa Silva into two pass interference penalties.
To add insult to Kamehameha's subpar performance, the Warriors also suffered an injury to Spencer. On their second series, Spencer was hit after overthrowing Vierra and was forced out of the game with an injured shoulder.
"We don't know the extent, but it's his shoulder and the trainer said he couldn't go," said Souza.
Kawai Akina relieved Spencer in the second quarter and directed the Warriors to their second score with a 20-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds left in the half. Akina found Vierra on an out pattern and the Warriors had a 14-0 halftime lead.
The second half started with an Akina interception and a long Wolfpack drive as the visitors took the ball to the Warrior 11 but were again unable to score. On third and goal, Jason Fong-Aiu leveled Brandyn McCall at the goal line separating McCall and the ball and saving a touchdown.
After an 89-yard touchdown from Akina to Dustin Grace, Pac-Five got on the board with a Dator 1-yard quarterback sneak to cut the lead to 21-7. The Warriors added a late touchdown on a 53-yard run by Santos with 3:40 left to give the Warriors a 28-7 victory and the appearance of an easy win.
"I don't know what goes on in the mind of a 16- or 17-year-old kid anymore, all I know is we were bad tonight and I'm responsible for that. It's my job to get these guys ready," said Souza.
Coach Botelho assessed the Warrior performance this way: "I've seen them look better, but they're still No. 1 until someone takes them. Kamehameha's a great football team and I'm proud of my guys for the game we gave them."
At Kunuiakea Stadium
Pac-Five (1-4, 1-6) 0 0 7 0 -- 7 Kamehameha (5-0, 9-0) 7 7 7 7 -- 28
Kam -- Josh Vierra 4 pass from Caleb Spencer (Kepa Gaison kick).
Kam -- Josh Vierra 20 pass from Kawai Akina (Gaison kick).
Kam -- Dustin Grace 88 pass from Akina (Gaison kick).
Pac--McShane Dator 2 run (Darci Hata kick).
Kam--Kahe Santos 53 run (Gaison kick).
RUSHING -- Pac-Five: Andrew Rutherford 2-5, Dennis Moku Pilialoha 3-7, Gyles Lawrence 3-3, Ryan Urabe 1-(-6), Dave Stewart 5-7. Kamehameha: Caleb Spencer 2-19, Kawai Akina 1-8, Kahe Santos 16-169, Andrew Phillips 2-2, Samson Castillo 3-7, Chase Kaanoi 3-22, Parker Bode 1-22.
PASSING -- Pac-Five: Dator 15-41-2-225. Kamehameha: Spencer 6-9-0-132, Akina 6-16-1-176.
RECEIVING -- Pac-Five: Travis Tyler 6-90, Leong 2-43, Paul Kaohu-Nishimura 1-12, Ryan Urabe 5-72, Shane Lawrence 1-8. Kamehameha: Josh Vierra 4-92, Keoni Ruth 2-36, Dustin Grace 2-99, Kahe Santos 2-29, Waika Spencer 1-44, Benjamin Vincent 1-18.
KIFWaimea 20, Kauai 7: Jordon Dizon rushed for 164 yards on 31 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns to lift the Menehunes.
At Hanapepe Stadium
Kauai (2-3) 7 0 0 0 -- 7 Waimea (5-0) 0 7 7 6 -- 20
Kauai-- Garen Itamura 6 pass from Kekoa Crowell (Raym Jerves kick)
Waim-- Jordon Dizon 1 run (Cory Rita kick)
Waim-- Tyson Fernandez 41 fumble return (Rita kick)
Waim-- Dizon 4 run (kick failed)
RUSHING -- Kauai: Kevin Cadiente 17-75, Crowell 8-(-18), Winston Victorino 3-(-6). Waimea: Dizon 31-164, Jon Palacio 3-5, Pomaikai Chang-Wo 6-19, Dane Koga 1-0.
PASSING -- Kauai: Crowell 9-27-1-121, Lei Maglinti 0-1-0-0. Waimea: Palacio 5-8-1-35, Austin Alquiza 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING -- Kauai: Lance Okasaki 3-34, Itamura 4-46, Ikaika Bernard 1-34, Justin Arakaki 1-7. Waimea: Alquiza 3-26, Fernandez 1-6, Koga 1-3.
Junior varsity -- Waimea 24, Kauai 7
MILKing Kekaulike 34, St. Anthony 22: At Wailuku, Maui, Na Alii kept their hopes alive for the second-round Maui Interscholastic League title with a win over the Trojans.
King Kekaulike (5-2, 3-0 second round) plays Baldwin on Nov. 1 at King Kekaulike in a battle for the second-round crown.
Na Alii had 315 yards rushing, led by Conrad Bantilan's 110 yards on just three carries.
At War Memorial Stadium
King Kekaulike (5-2) 6 14 0 14 -- 34 St. Anthony (2-5) 10 0 6 6 -- 22
KK -- Conrad Bantilan 85 run (kick failed)
StA -- Kai Rozet 11 run (Makaio English kick)
StA -- FG English 35
KK -- Ikaika Mawae 10 run (Scott kick)
KK -- Keahi Holder 73 fumble return (kick failed)
StA -- Rozet 27 run (run failed)
KK -- Daniel Scott 5 run (Jordan Iwata kick)
KK -- Aaron Wood 6 pass from Daniel Scott (Iwata kick)
StA -- Rozet 31 pass from English (pass failed)
RUSHING -- St. Anthony: Kai Rozet 19-143, Daniel Parker 11-30, Makaio English 9-16, J.J. Pacheco 1-1. King Kekaulike: Conrad Bantilan 3-110, Aaron Wood 7-66, Ikaika Mawae 14-65, Daniel Scott 16-58, Kona Quinabo 2-15, Jordan Iwata 1-1.
PASSING -- St. Anthony: Daniel Parker 5-11-1, 50 yards; Makaio English
1-9-1, 31 yards. King Kekaulike: 1-2-0, 6 yards.
RECEIVING -- Clinton Carvalho 3-38, Kai Rozet 1-31, J. J. Pacheco 1-8, Panfilo Bascar 1-4. King Kekaulike: Aaron Wood 1-6.
Junior varsity -- King Kekaulike 22, St. Anthony 12
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