[ OIA RED EAST ]
Artuyo, Richter connect
Roosevelt defeats McKinley 25-0 for
its first win of the season
By Paul Honda
Special to the Star-Bulletin
Rudy Artuyo connected with Tui Richter for three second-half touchdown passes as Roosevelt blanked McKinley 25-0 last night at the Rough Riders' stadium.
Artuyo fired scoring strikes of 6, 4 and 64 yards to Richter, who did not have a reception in the first half.
Roosevelt posted its first win of the season (1-3) and is 1-1 in Oahu Interscholastic Association Red East play. McKinley slipped to 0-2 in conference play (0-5 overall).
In all, Artuyo threw four touchdown passes without an interception. Flourishing in Roosevelt's run-and-shoot, he completed 15 of 23 attempts for 246 yards. He completed passes to six different receivers.
"We opened up the reads by going outside early in the game," Roosevelt coach Les Parilla said. "That opened up our inside guys."
Micah Dutro added four receptions for 54 yards, and Cory Takata caught three passes for 50 yards.
The Tigers will regroup.
"It's back to the drawing board," McKinley coach William Moeava said. "We just gotta find some wide receivers. We game-planned for what Roosevelt was gonna do, but they just outplayed us tonight."
Artuyo fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to David Rivers to cap Roosevelt's second drive of the game. Roosevelt led 7-0 at halftime. Roosevelt's blitzing defense stymied the Tigers, limiting them to 26 total yards in the first half.
Roosevelt sacked McKinley quarterbacks five times by halftime.
Artuyo completed nine of his first 10 attempts of the second half as the Rough Riders broke the game open. He hit Richter on a quick 6-yard scoring toss to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive as the Rough Riders took a 13-0 lead with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter.
After Keenan Loo intercepted a Robin Pau pass, Roosevelt needed just two plays to score again. Artuyo found Richter open for a 27-yard strike, and then found him open again for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 1:12 remaining in the third.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Artuyo hit Richter with a bullet across the middle, and the speedy receiver got a block to spring free for a 64-yard touchdown play.
Pau completed seven of 14 attempts for 59 yards with one interception. He moved to wide receiver and Tilton Kahuna finished the game at quarterback, completing five of 15 tries for 48 yards.