Trenton Zane tackled Saint Louis' Cody Wells in last night's game at Aloha Stadium.

Buffanblu end
their frustration

Punahou beats Saint Louis
for the first time in a decade

Pretty isn't the word, but after 10 years of frustration, the Punahou Buffanblu are enjoying the sweet taste of victory.

The Buffanblu ended a decadelong stretch of losses to powerhouse Saint Louis by rallying past the fifth-ranked Crusaders 31-20 last night at Aloha Stadium.

Third-ranked Punahou (4-0) did it without two injured starters, including rover Sam Higgins. Punahou's win was a big one to open the Interscholastic League of Honolulu regular season.

"I'm not surprised our younger players did well," Punahou coach Kale Ane said. "They're special kids, and they made adjustments quickly. Our coaches came up with a good scheme. This feels great, like Castle winning (against No. 1 Kahuku) last night."

Punahou trailed 14-3 at one point in the second half, but was focused.

"Coach said we had to have poise," said wide receiver Miah Ostrowski, who caught nine passes for 126 yards. His 40-yard catch-and-run to the end zone in the second half gave Punahou the lead for good at 17-14.

"You get some adversity with the blocked punt, some penalties. It's easy for kids to get their heads down," Ane said. "But our coaches did a good job and worked with 'em."

Ostrowski's lavish statistics in recent weeks have opened eyes, but Punahou proved last night that there is talent across the board.

"The whole team's strong. Everybody stepped up," said Steven Dannaway, who put the game out of reach with a fumble return for a touchdown in the final quarter.

With Higgins out, Punahou turned to a ball-control offense in the first half. Kainoa Carlson, replacing injured starter Ryan Nobriga, ran 11 times for 46 yards.

Despite two interceptions by safety Jeffrey Kahler, the Crusaders didn't capitalize on turnovers. Instead, they drove 72 yards in 10 plays midway through the first half, scoring on Chase Alcott's 17-yard reverse. Saint Louis led 7-0 with 9 minutes to play in the first half.

Punahou's River Kim couldn't quite hold on to a pass in the end zone as Saint Louis' Jeffery Kahler defended during the second quarter.

River Kim's 29-yard field goal capped a 17-play march by the Buffanblu, cutting the lead to 7-3 with 1:28 to go before halftime.

Saint Louis had 90 yards in total offense in the first half. Punahou accumulated 116 total yards.

Punahou's lull turned into a storm when Manoa Latu blocked a Punahou punt deep in Buffanblu territory. The Crusaders took over at the Punahou 3-yard line, and Higgins ran in on the next play for a touchdown. Saint Louis led 14-3 with 10:39 remaining in the third quarter.

The Buffanblu turned into a different team at that point. They drove 72 yards in 11 plays, coming through on a key fourth and 6 when Brett Kan found Zac Yamagishi on an 11-yard connection. They finished the drive when Kan hit Carlson, the fullback, on a 5-yard play-action toss, cutting the score to 14-10 with 5:39 left in the third quarter.

Kan threw his third interception of the game soon after, but Punahou's defense stiffened and stopped the Crusaders at the Buffanblu 14.

Shortly into the fourth quarter, Kan fired a short pass to Ostrowski near the left sideline, and the junior broke two tackles en route to a 40-yard touchdown play. Punahou led for the first time, 17-14, with 10:49 left in the fourth quarter.

Jonathan Overton, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior, then sacked Higgins twice on the next possession to end the Crusaders' drive.

"I got lucky twice," he said. "Our young guys made the plays."

Overton's sacks led to a short, 38-yard march by Punahou, sparked by Colin Viloria's 35-yard end-around to the Saint Louis 1-yard line. Carlson bulled his way in on the ensuing play to give Punahou a 24-14 lead with 8:17 left.

The Crusaders drove into Punahou territory moments later, but Higgins lost the ball on a scramble in the backfield. Dannaway, who forced the fumble, picked up the football and ran 46 yards to paydirt. Punahou led 31-14 with 5:32 to play.

"I came from the outside and when I hit him, I saw the ball on the ground," Dannaway said. "I was just trying to hold on to the ball."

Saint Louis tacked on its final touchdown on a 26-yard strike from Higgins to Shane Ahlo with 1:24 remaining.

Damien 35, Pac-Five 3

The offensive line of Damien took a toll on the Wolfpack, helping Kealoha Pilares rack up another statistically sensational game.

The senior running back ran nine times for 176 yards before taking a seat on the bench in the fourth quarter. He scored on runs of 21 and 71 yards in the first half, and added a 76-yard touchdown return in the second half to pace Damien (4-1) in its ILH regular-season opener.

Defensively, the Monarchs limited Pac-Five's dangerous passer, Bryson Beirne, to 77 yards through the air. In all, Pac-Five managed 117 total yards against a swarming Monarchs defense.

"Bryson's a good athlete. He made us work," Damien defensive lineman Lolomana Mikaele said of the 6-foot-3, 217-pound junior. Beirne ran 14 times for 47 hard-earned yards.

"Every day, everyone came to practice and knew what to do by game time," said Mikaele, a 6-2, 260-pound senior.

Damien co-coach Dean Nakagawa was pleased. "We've improved defensively. You hold a team like Pac-Five to 3 points, that's a feather in the cap," he said.

The Monarchs operated a bend-but-don't-break philosophy on defense. Damien gave Beirne and his five-receiver sets a little cushion before wrapping up receivers for virtually no yardage after the catch.

Damien meets fourth-ranked Iolani next weekend in a pivotal Division II showdown. "They're a great team. We'll have to bring our best," Nakagawa said. "I'm excited."

oia whiteRadford 50, Waialua 7

Alex Daniels rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rams past the Bulldogs.

Daniels' 66-yard run highlighted a 23-point second quarter for Radford.

Donovan Matas scored Waialua's only touchdown in the first quarter.

No. 3 Punahou 31, No. 5 Saint Louis 20

At Aloha Stadium
Saint Louis (0-1, 2-2) 0 7 7 6 -- 20
Punahou (1-0, 4-0) 0 3 7 21 -- 31

StL--Chase Alcott 17 run (Kenton Chun kick).
Pun--FG River Kim 29.
StL--Cameron Higgins 3 run (Chun kick).
Pun--Kainoa Carlson 5 pass from Brett Kan (Kim kick).
Pun--Miah Ostrowski 40 pass from Kan (Kim kick).
Pun--Carlson 1 run (Kim kick).
Pun--Steven Dannaway 46 fumble return (Kim kick).
StL--Shane Ahlo 26 pass from Higgins (kick failed).

RUSHING--Saint Louis: Cody Wells 9-27, Chase Alcott 3-27, Lene Auelua 7-11, Preston Lynch 1-2, Cameron Bayne 1-(-6), Higgins 10-(-20). Punahou: Carlson 20-89, Colin Viloria 1-35, Kan 1-5, Reid Nakahara 2-4, Christopher Wong 1-1, Jay Angotti 2(-2).
PASSING--Saint Louis: Higgins 15-29-0-195. Punahou: Kan 16-35-3-235.
RECEIVING--Saint Louis: Lynch 4-49, Bayne 4-48, Kuli'a Aiona 2-30, Shane Ahlo 2-29, Alcott 1-17, Jordan Paty-Miner 1-12, David O'Connor 1-11, Wells 1-3. Punahou: Ostrowski 9-126, Zac Yamagishi 3-32, Jay Angotti 1-50, Nick Horio 1-6, Carlson 1-5.

Damien 41, Pac-Five 3

At Aloha Stadium
Damien (3-1, 1-0) 21 14 6 0 -- 41
Pac-Five (2-2, 0-1) 0 3 0 0 -- 3

Dam--Kealoha Pilares 18 run (kick failed).
Dam--Braden Torres 6 pass from James Skizowski (Pilares run).
Dam--Pilares 71 run (Jowyn Alapai kick).
Dam--Pilares 12 run (Alapai kick).
Dam--Lesao Iakopo recovered blcoked punt in end zone (Alapai kick).
P5--FG Josh Mun 36.
Dam--Pilares 76 kickoff return (kick blocked).

RUSHING--Damien: Pilares 9-176, Kaina Bailey 5-22, Bronson Ahakuelo 4-3, John Kaina 1-0, Skizowski 2-(-11). Pac-Five: Bryson Beirne 14-47, Royce Alvarado 6-9, Gabriel Fernandez 1-3, Phillip Sarubbi 2-1, John-Ray Rodrigues 1-(-11).
PASSING--Damien: Skizowski 7-12-0-52, George Martin 2-2-0-7. Pac-Five: Beirne 12-20-0-77.
RECEIVING--Damien: K. Bailey 3-30, Torres 2-13, Bronson Sonico 2-6, Kenneth Rossi 1-4, J. Kaina 1-6. Pac-Five: Jordon Ho-Ching 5-34, Matt Bayan 2-23, Matt Shibata 2-17, Alvarado 2-4, Fernandez 1-2.

Kailua 25, Kaimuki 6

At Roosevelt H.S. Field
Kaimuki (1-4, 1-2) 0 6 0 0 -- 6
Kailua (1-4, 1-2) 12 0 6 0 -- 25

Kail--Marshall Freitas 68 fumble return (kick failed).
Kaim--Tusi Taufa 12 pass from Stephen Harris (kick failed).
Kail--Shaun Forges 15 pass from Kenny Gibson (kick failed).
Kail--Jacob Gibson 3 run (pass failed).
Kail--Gerald Ho 50 pass from K. Gibson (Kaika Sasaoka kick).
RUSHING--Kaimuki: Chase Nanod 8-43, Sherwen Sarcedo 6-28, Robert Azevedo-Ford 1-13, Keone Reyes 1-7, Alika Higa 1-1, Perry Faleao 1-(-5), Harris 3-(-5), Craig Cabudol 2-(-21). Kailua: J. Gibson 17-43, K. Gibson 7-36, Keelan Gonda 1-2, Travis Holeso-Wolfe 1-1, TEAM 2-(-2).
PASSING--Kaimuki: Harris 7-222-1-70. Kailua: K. Gibson 9-18-0-185, Nathan Alvardo 2-4-0-(-3).
RECEIVING--Kaimuki: Ikaika Rapozo 3-36, Taufa 2-22, Swaine Seto-Mook 2-12. Kailua: Ho 6-118, Forges 3-63, K. Gibson 1-1, Gonda 1-0.
Junior varsity--Kailua 29, Kaimuki 13

Farrington 19 Roosevelt 6

At Roosevelt H.S. Field
Roosevelt (1-2, 0-2) 0 6 0 0 -- 6
Farrington (1-3, 1-1) 0 0 13 6 -- 19

Roos--Colin Ta'a 40 fumble return (kick failed).
Far--Kenneth Faumui 78 kick return (Larry Siuta kick).
Far--Faumui 5 run (kick failed).
Far--Faumui 2 run (kick failed).

RUSHING--Roosevelt: Koloa Kahalewai-Crawford 9-30, Makena Artuyo 2-9, Jordan Bush 4-(-3), Shaide Quisano 4-(-9). Farrington: Faumui 25-148, Kamaaina Opapo 9-28, Taulave Vili 3-3, Elijah Filifili 1-(-3), Siuta 1-(-4).
PASSING--Roosevelt: Kahalewai-Crawford 1-1-0-4, Bush 3-8-0-0. Farrington: Filifili 5-12-0-18.
RECEIVING--Roosevelt: Darin Fujii 1-4, Kehai Freitas 1-2, Artuyo 1-1, Daniel Arruda 1-(-3). Farrington: Faumui 2-(-2), Hercules Sula 1-9, Opapo 1-7, Maeli Saliga 1-4.
Junior varsity--Farrington 22, Roosevelt 6

Radford 50, Waialua 7

At Waialua H.S. Field
Radford (3-1, 3-0) 17 23 7 3 -- 50
Waialua (1-3, 1-2) 7 0 0 0 -- 7

Rad--Russell Wantowski 10 pass from Ryan Burciaga (Jamie Whitworth kick).
Rad--Alex Daniels 49 run (Whitworth kick).
Rad--FG Whitworth 10 .
Wail--Donovan Matas 15 pass from Caleb Fore (Lanakila Vierra kick).
Rad--Daniels 66 run (Whitworth kick).
Rad--Trevor Maldon 27 run (Whitworth kick).
Rad--Daniels 3 run (Whitworth kick).
Rad--Shane Masaniai 21 pass from Burciaga (Whitworth kick).
Rad--FG Whitworth 37.

RUSHING--Radford: Daniels 9-193, Maldon 6-80, Nelson Benigno 6-46 Burciaga 3-16, Masaniai 1-13, Justin Lord 1-11. Waialua: Adam Foster 1-(-4) Alvin Foster 1-(-6), Joshua Whittaker 1-(-7), Matas 4-(-10) .
PASSING--Radford: Burciaga 6-8-0-110, Lord 0-3-0-0. Waialua: Caleb Fore 6-19-0-63, Al. Foster 0-1-0-0, Whittaker 1-7-0-5.
RECEIVING--Radford: Lord 2-60, Masaniai 2-37, Mike Scolo 1-7, Maldon 1-6. Waialua: Al. Foster 3-26, Edwin Rubio 2-13, Matas 1-15, Whittaker 1-14.
Junior varsity--Radford 27, Waialua 20

Waipahu 38, Kalani 12


Waiakea 28, Hawaii Prep 7
Kealakehe 49, Hilo 0
Keaau 27, Kohala 6


Lahainaluna 41, Maui 15

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