Pilares runs over
The Damien Monarchs used a relentless ground attack to earn a 27-14 victory over Kaimuki in a crossover game at Kaiser High School last night.
Damien (2-1) was anchored by running back Kealoha Pilares, who exploited the Bulldog defense for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries.
"We've got an outstanding offensive line, a good running back and a good running game," said Damien co-head coach Dean Nakagawa. "Our goal is to be balanced. Right now our running game is way ahead of our passing game, and our receivers are doing a good job of blocking downfield."
The Monarchs got off to a quick start, taking advantage of a Robert Azevedo-Ford fumble with 8:38 remaining in the first quarter. On the ensuing play, Pilares took the handoff 64 yards for a touchdown. After the Damien defense forced Kaimuki to punt, the Monarchs went to Pilares again as he eluded tacklers and broke away down the middle of the field for a 68-yard score with 9:34 left in the second quarter.
In the first half alone, Pilares rushed for 220 yards on 10 carries.
A fumble by Damien's Rein Ota with 5:09 to go in the opening half gave the Bulldogs excellent field position on the Monarch 7-yard line. Kaimuki quarterback Stephen Harris found Ikaika Rapozo for a touchdown, making the score 14-6 and keeping the Bulldogs within striking distance.
However, Damien continued to move the ball on the ground with ease after halftime. Pilares added a pair of 3-yard touchdowns to give the Monarchs a 27-6 lead.
The Bulldogs (1-2) mounted a comeback late in the fourth quarter when Harris found Tusi Taufa on a 3-yard touchdown pass. Kaimuki had a shot at recovering the ensuing onside kick, but Damien secured possession and ran out the clock.
"Kaimuki is a very good football team," Nakagawa said. "They play hard all the way through, there's no quit in those guys. We're just happy to win."
McKinley 44, Pac-Five 7
The Tigers converted four of five Wolfpack turnovers into 24 points as McKinley downed Pac-Five.
Haloti Leakona rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers. Chelsie Sato, who plays on McKinley's girls volleyball, soccer and basketball teams, kicked two extra points and a 33-yard field goal in the first half.
Kamalu Kealoha hit Bryson Beirne for a 9-yard-pass to score Pac-Five's only touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Campbell 35, Waialua 14
Sophomore Bronson Ellis-Rivera ran for 150 yards on nine carries to lead the Sabers to a win over the Bulldogs, their first conference win of the season.
Donovan Matas rushed for 58 yards for the Bulldogs, while Zachary Homalan caught two passes for 54 yards.
Friday's Late Result
Kamehameha-Hawaii 24, Keaau 20
Mana Silva ran for 31 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a win over the Cougars.
Pono Kaleohano led the Warriors with 69 yards and a touchdown receiving, while David Howell posted 78 receiving yards for the Cougars.