[ HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ]
Leti rushes for 209 yards
in Moanalua victory
Moanalua's Stanford Leti rushed for 209 yards on 17 carries and the Menehunes held off a late rally to beat Waialua 19-11 at the Bulldogs' field last night.
Leti scored Moanalua's only offensive touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run in the second quarter in the matchup of Oahu Interscholastic Association White teams.
"He is a great player," Menehunes coach Arnold Martinez said. "We try to get him into the game as much as possible."
In addition to his offensive output, Leti contributed heavily on special teams, scoring a touchdown on a 70-yard kickoff return after his team posted a safety.
A late rally by Waialua (0-2, 0-3) fell just short, as Moanalua (1-1, 2-1) held off a flurry of fourth-quarter bombs.
Up 19-3 late into the fourth quarter, Waialua head coach Lincoln Barit sent linebacker Jerrold McNulty into the game at quarterback. After missing on his first five passes, which were all deep, McNulty hit his man downfield for a 28-yard completion, connecting with sophomore Adam Foster.
"Waialua kids are good, they don't give up," Barit said. "They have something inside of them. They have this fire, we just got to bring it out."
A 2-point conversion from McNulty to Mark Langaman put the Bulldogs within striking distance, down by eight with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game. And although Waialua would get the ball back with about a minute to play, time ran out with the Bulldogs unable to score.
On its final scoring drive, Waialua was aided by two large Menehune penalties -- a pass interference call and a hit out-of-bounds.
"They did a heck of a job trying to get a score," Martinez said. "We just did bonehead things out there."
McNulty finished 2-for-9 for 44 yards.
"Everybody asks us, 'How you going do?' I say if anything, we are going to be the spoilers," Barit said.
Waialua's Alvin Barit rushed for 110 yards on 20 carries.
Before McNulty's drive in the fourth, Waialua's lone bright spot in the game came early in the second half, when Brazilian transfer student Diego Reverberi made a 40-yard field goal. Barit said Reverberi, a soccer player who will only be at Waialua for six months, regularly kicks from 50 yards out.
"The soccer coaches are waiting for him," Barit said.