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GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Leilehua’s Justin Lawelawe ran in his first touchdown of the game last night in the Mules’ 42-8 victory over Pac-Five.
It was the Justin Lawelawe and Bryant Moniz show in Wahiawa last night.
Lawelawe piled up 156 rushing and receiving yards and scored four touchdowns, while Moniz threw just one incomplete pass as Leilehua cruised past previously undefeated Pac-Five 42-8 in an interleague football game at the Mules' home field.
The outcome was never in doubt. The Wolfpack (3-1) of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu fumbled away their first possession and Leilehua pounced.
Three plays later, Lawelawe was in the end zone, after bouncing off tacklers in the middle and bounding off to the right for an 8-yard touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead.
The offensive onslaught continued during a light drizzle as the Mules (1-0 Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West, 3-0 overall) piled up 28 more points in the first half.
"The team was real pumped for this game," Lawelawe said "It feels great to achieve something I've never done before, score four touchdowns in a game. But our whole offense was doing real good -- especially the O-line, the fullback (Sione Falaofa) and the wideouts making great blocks."
Leilehua's pass rushers got in the face of Wolfpack sophomore quarterback Bryson Bernie, taking away Pac-Five's bread-and-butter short and mid-range passing game. Bernie was sacked five times, including twice by Leilehua linebacker BJ Fruean.
On three occasions, the Wolfpack drove into Mules territory in the first half, only to be stopped on downs.
"To tell you the truth, I don't even know what defense we were running," first-year Leilehua head coach Nolan Tokuda said. "I leave all that to my defensive coaches, and they had a great game plan tonight. We saw video on these guys (Pac-Five) four times."
Lawelawe dashed into the end zone twice more in the first half on runs of 27 and 2 yards, while Moniz hit Fruean for a 19-yard score to cap the first-half scoring for a 35-0 lead.
Lawelawe finished with 115 yards on 11 carries and caught five passes for another 41 yards. Moniz threw 12 times, completing 11 for 134 yards and he yielded to backup Jameson Ramiscal throughout the second half.
"No excuses," said Pac-Five's Kip Botelho, another first-year head coach. "They whipped us. They beat us in every phase of the game and that's all I've got to say."
Mercy-rule running time kicked in during the second half, and Lawelawe's 1-yard TD with 2:06 left in the third quarter made it 42-0. Kekoa Kama set up the touchdown with a fumble recovery at the Wolfpack 1.
Pac-Five finally scored when Brent Umehira capped a 67-yard drive with a 13-yard TD catch of a Bernie pass with 1:25 left in the game. Bernie connected with Blair Cabaluna in the middle of the end zone for a 2-point conversion pass for the final 42-8 count.
"We just weren't in it," said Pac-Five's 5-foot-10, 275-pound running back Gyles Lawrence, who was limited to 22 yards on seven carries. "We're not used to playing in this kind of atmosphere (real, wet grass instead of the Aloha Stadium FieldTurf), but still, we should have stepped it up anyway. We weren't ready for it."
Ryan Bibilone hit all six extra-point attempts for the Mules.
Leilehua hosts Nanakuli next week, while Pac-Five is idle. The Wolfpack play again Sept. 25 against Damien.
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"We didn't play as well as we hoped, but I think we grew up a little tonight," Monarchs co-coach Dean Nakagawa said.
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