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GAME NIGHT 10/13: Castle/Damien

By Brian McInnis on October 13, 2018

Damien 26, Castle 10, FINAL ———- 8:31: That’ll do ‘er. 8:23: Logan Lauti ices the win for Damien with a very nice, elusive run for 32 yards … and a penalty for taunting. Lauti with the TD hat trick tonight as part of his 25 rushes for 175 yards. 8:16: Castle gives it right back, as Pakele lines up at quarterback for maybe the first time ever. He keeps it … and fumbles. Damien ball at its own 35. 8:15: […]

GAME NIGHT 10/5: ‘Iolani/Castle

By Brian McInnis on October 5, 2018

No. 10 ‘Iolani 41, Castle 14, F ———- 9:50: Somehow, Punivai will finish this game with over 100 yards passing (133) and rushing (103). 9:48: Castle executes a 91-yard drive against ‘Iolani’s backups, led by Punivai on the air and the ground both. He caps it off with a 1-yard keeper score. 9:40: Judd loses a fumble and ‘Iolani puts in its backups to run out the clock. 9:33: ‘Iolani has to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Mika […]

Castle’s stunning comeback clinches playoff spot

By Christian Shimabuku on September 29, 2018

A 21-yard field goal attempt was all that stood between Castle and an improbable comeback victory over Aiea on Saturday night. No point in trying to guide the chip shot, Knights kicker Cheyden Costa told himself with four seconds left in regulation. He was going to boom the kick. “I just felt a little nervous there but I thought to myself ‘It’s just a practice thing.’ I’ve been doing it over and over again,” he said. “I felt great. It […]

GAME NIGHT 9/29: Castle/Aiea

By Christian Shimabuku on September 29, 2018

Castle 30, Aiea 27, FINAL ———- 9:33: COSTA MAKES IT. CASTLE WINS 30-27 WITH 23 UNANSWERED POINTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. UNBELIEVABLE. 9:30: Castle calls its last timeout on the Aiea 4 with four seconds left. Costa will line up for the game-winning field goal. Aiea coach Wendell Say is doing his best to freeze Costa, calling a timeout right before he gets set up. 9:27: Castle continues to ground and pound and has a fresh set of downs at […]

Castle a win away from D-I playoff berth

By Billy Hull on September 23, 2018

Three weeks ago, the Castle Knights were winless and dealing with a video that had surfaced on social media showing players running full sprint at each other from 20 yards away putting vicious hits on their teammates. Second-year coach John Hao referred all media inquiries on the matter to the Department of Education, but it was the lowest point of the season for a Castle team that was 0-4 for the first time since 2012. Just a short time later […]

Punivai prolific again as Castle downs Kailua

By Brian McInnis on September 22, 2018

Things got off to an inauspicious start for Castle in its anticipated Windward rivalry matchup with Kailua. First, there were supposed to be Golden Knights paratroopers from the National Guard timed to land with the playing of the national anthem. The idea was, they’d present the game ball. A packed crowd waited anxiously for several minutes pregame … only to have it called off due to uncooperative winds in Kaneohe. Once things got going, the Knights were then tackled for […]

GAME NIGHT 9/21: Kailua/Castle

By Brian McInnis on September 21, 2018

CASTLE 38, KAILUA 21, FINAL ———- 10:06: Wow. Third rushing touchdown of the night for Senituli Punivai … and 233 yards rushing. He’s put this thing to bed. That’s second all-time for Castle. 10:04: Castle’s running out the clock on the ground. 10:01: Annnnd … Kailua muffs another one. Sky kick that’s tough to handle is fumbled and Castle recovers at the Kailua 25. Not looking good for the Surfriders. 9:59: Punivai makes Kailua pay with a 15-yard pinball run […]

Castle finds its quarterback

By Brian McInnis on September 15, 2018

It took a little while, but Castle is set at quarterback. The Knights, who lost their first four games of the season — including three in OIA Division I play — have new life behind the new guy taking snaps. With running back Senituli “Tuli” Punivai converted to quarterback, Castle has wins over Nanakuli (22-9) last week and Radford (45-33) Friday night. The 45 points the Knights (2-4, 2-3 OIA Division I) hung on the Rams were their most since a […]