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Klaneski: “We were kind of mad about the rankings.”

By Billy Hull on September 18, 2017

In his seventh year as the head coach at his alma mater, Eddie Klaneski has rebuilt the Damien program from the bottom up. In the midst of a 25-game losing streak, and coming off an 0-10 season when Klaneski was promoted from defensive coordinator, the Monarchs are now the two-time defending ILH Division II champions. Monday, for the first time since the end of the 2003 season, Damien found itself in the top 10 of the newspaper’s overall football rankings. […]

ILH D-II title chase runs through Houghtailing

By Billy Hull on September 15, 2017

If Friday night’s ILH Division II football game between Damien and St. Francis was scored like Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin–Canelo Alvarez fight, the Monarchs went into intermission taking a standing eight count. Held to 14 total yards in the first half, Damien roared to life with four second-half touchdowns to come from behind and stun St. Francis 27-20 at Skippa Diaz Stadium. Akila Arecchi‘s 33-yard touchdown reception with 2:11 remaining gave Damien its first lead, and sophomore defensive back Kyle Kinney […]

GAME NIGHT 9/15: St. Francis/Damien

By Hawaii Prep World on September 15, 2017

First place in ILH Division II is on the line at Skippa Diaz Stadium as Damien and St. Francis attempt to remain undefeated against D-II teams this season. Top performances in series (Damien leads 5-2) Damien passing vs. St. Francis: Marcus Fuafata-Pedrina with 189 yards last year Damien rushing vs. St. Francis: Kepono Kawaakoa with 124 yards in 2014 Damien receiving vs. St. Francis: Shawn Borges with 98 yards last year St. Francis passing vs. Damien: Bubba Akana with 86 […]

VIDEO: Akana, Saints ready for Damien

By Paul Honda on September 12, 2017

The first big showdown of the ILH Division II regular season is coming this weekend when St. Francis meets Damien. Saints Coach Kip Akana chatted about the Monarchs after his team outlasted ‘Iolani 43-26 on Friday.

Arecchi comes up big in Monarchs win

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 9, 2017

Asked about Akila Arecchi’s two-way performance in Damien’s win over Pac-Five on Saturday, Monarchs coach Eddie Klaneski was nothing short of effusive. “That guy is just an all-around guy. He’s just a beast out there,” Klaneski said of the 5-foot-6, 145-pound senior. “He’s small in stature, but the way he plays football is unbelievable. He’s just a gamer offensively and defensively. He sparks us. … He has a good knack for the ball. “He’s a tough, scrappy guy, doesn’t want […]

GAME NIGHT 9/9: Pac-Five/Damien

By Hawaii Prep World on September 9, 2017

PAC-FIVE WOLFPACK (1-2, 0-1 ILH D-II) Head coach: Kip Botelho Wolfpack roster VS. DAMIEN MONARCHS (3-1, 1-0) Head coach: Eddie Klaneski Monarchs roster ******* Damien 39, Pac-Five 18, FINAL ******* 5:25 p.m.: Damien in victory formation and that’ll do it. Monarchs ride their two early defensive TDs, plus four throwing scores from Marcus Faufata-Pedrina to the 21-point victory. Damien 39, Pac-Five 18, 2:10 4Q 5:17 p.m.: Bailey Hogle tears off a big run for the Pack down inside the Monarchs’ […]

11 years and 17 losses later, Damien topples ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on September 3, 2017

Legacy is a loaded word, to be sure. For Marcus Faufata-Pedrina, the poise that makes him a leader on and off the football field shouldn’t be mistaken for indifference or passivity. On the contrary, he’s been at the controls as a field general for Damien’s back-to-back ILH football titles in Division II. And as of Saturday, he was at the wheel as the Monarchs ended a 17-game losing streak to ‘Iolani. Damien’s 35-21 win at Skippa Diaz Stadium left the […]