An old rivalry is renewed in the first semifinal game of the Open Division doubleheader in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Aloha Stadium.
ILH champion Saint Louis faces OIA fourth-place Waianae as both teams return to the semifinals of the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
Saint Louis 42, Waianae 7
Crusaders advance to second consecutive state final and are now 19-1 in last 20 games against Waianae.
at Aloha Stadium
Waianae (9-5) 0 0 0 7 — 7
Saint Louis (9-1) 14 28 0 0 — 42
StL—Ronson Young 5 pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Jacob Tobias kick)
StL—Noa Purcell 36 interception return (Tobias kick)
StL—Young 4 pass from Tagovailoa (Tobias kick)
StL—Tagovailoa 80 run (Tobias kick)
StL—Dylan Silva 3 run (Tobias kick)
StL—Young 9 pass from Tagovailoa (Tobias kick)
Wain—Rico Rosario 1 run (Tate Ebel kick)
RUSHING—Waianae: Rico Rosario 19-67, Javen Towne 8-27, Solomon Hussey 2-4, Jorell Pontes-Borje 2-2, Jaren Ulu 5-(minus 15), team 2-(minus 19). Saint Louis: Tagovailoa 4-67, Silva 4-29, Chevan Cordeiro 1-12, Maika Bonner 1-6, A. Monteilh 2-4, Stewart Allen 2-3, K. Malepeai 2-3, Keoki Wela 1-2, Jimmy Gonsalves 1-1, Austin Tuisano 1-0, Chandan Sappal 1-(minus 4).
PASSING—Waianae: Ulu 11-21-1-119, Pontes-Borje 0-2-2-0. Saint Louis: Tagovailoa 13-15-0-162, Cordeiro 4-5-0-39.
RECEIVING—Waianae: Isaiah Freeney 4-52, Keoki Davis 2-24, Jerusalem Tootoo 2-22, Kade Ambrocio 2-18, Rosario 1-3. Saint Louis: Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 5-50, Young 4-53, Chandler Washington-Villanueva 1-31, Mitchell Quinn 1-18, Casey Zanni 1-12, Leelan Oasay 1-12, Ikaia Bernardino 1-11, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 1-10, Noah Alejado 1-4, Tuisano 1-0.
Getting very chippy out on the field. This could be an interesting final eight minutes or so.
Waianae still on its first drive of the second half as the running clock has us already in the fourth quarter. Rico Rosario with a 1-yard TD run to give Waianae its first points with 9:15 remaining. Rosario with his 15th rushing TD trailing only Farrington’s Challen Faamatau this season. Rosario (1,258 yards) trailing Waipahu’s Alfred Failauga (1,259 rushing yards) by 1 yard for the state rushing lead.
Saint Louis DL Luke Kava hurt on an illegal block. Only downfall for Saint Louis tonight is losing a couple of defenders to injury. LB Braeden Meyer now banged up for Saint Louis.
Cordeiro with a pass to Mitchell Quinn for 18 yards. Saint Louis drives inside the 20 but turns it over on downs.
Running clock in the second half. Crusaders ball first. Chevan Cordeiro in at QB. Tua’s day is probably done. 13-15, 162 yards, 4 TD (one rush); 4 carries, 67 yards.
In case you were wondering, here are the biggest blowouts in the history of the state tournament.
11/26/1999: Saint Louis 56, Waimea 0
11/24/2000: Saint Louis 63, Waianae 10
11/9/2013: Kaiser 59, Konawaena 6
11/29/2002: Saint Louis 51, Waimea 0
11/17/2000: Saint Louis 48, Castle 0
11/4/2016: Campbell 48, Waiakea 0
11/16/2001: Saint Louis 54, Aiea 7
11/15/2014: Lahainaluna 52, KS-Hawaii 7
11/16/2001: Kailua 53, Waiakea 8
11/6/2015: Mililani 62, Hilo 18
11/17/2012: ‘Iolani 43, Radford 0
11/16/2001: Kahuku 57, Lahainaluna 14
11/26/2005: Kahuku 43, Waianae 0
11/28/2003: Saint Louis 48, Baldwin 6
11/23/2001: Saint Louis 49, Kailua 7
11/15/2013: Punahou 48, Farrington 6
11/19/2004: Kauai 49, Pac-Three 7
11/28/2009: Kamehameha 40, Leilehua 0
11/4/2016: Damien 40, Waialua 0
DB Isaiah Tufaga intercepts Ulu to end the first half.
DB Sam Freeney ejected for a targeting penalty as he drills a defensless receiver, Noah Alejado, who is able to jog off under his own power. Tagovailoa with a 9-yard TD to Young. 42-0, :24.
Pontes-Borje back in at QB and he’s picked off by Kama Moore, who returns it 34 yards for a TD but flags everywhere. The pick will count but Saint Louis has two personal fouls on the play to move the ball back to the Waianae 41.
Crusaders start on the 50. Tagovailoa hits Young for 35 yards to the 15. Silva carries for 3 yards to the 6 to set up fourth-and-1 but a personal foul for an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit is called. First-and-goal at the 3. Dylan Silva 3-yard TD run. 35-0, 2:20, Q2.
Waianae starts on its 11. Purcell down after a play. He’s had a huge first half for Saint Louis. Third down and Toilolo is almost unblocked on an ultra-quick sack for the Saint Louis LB to force a punt.
Saint Louis starts on its 20. Tagovailoa drops back and takes off and he has NOBODY in front of him. To the outside and he gets a big block downfield. HOUSE CALL. Untouched. 80-yard TD run for Tagovailoa. 6:35. 3 carries, 65 yards for Tua.
Waianae starts on its 20. Ulu sacked by Slade-Matautia for a loss of 4 yards. Rosario with a 9-yard run. Third down and Ulu takes a shot in the backfield. Dylan Toilolo hits him hard. No foul here but pass interference on defense is called. First down Waianae. Javen Towne tries to get outside but Purcell with a big tackle to force the punt. Saint Louis’ individual defensive players all coming up big in this first half.
Ulu has a pass go off the hands of an open receiver on third-and-3 and Waianae will punt. Tagovailoa hits Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe for 19 and then with another first-down completion. Leelan Oasay with a 12-yard reception. Tagovailoa finds Young for a 4-yard TD. 21-0, 10:09, Q2. Tagovailoa 7-9, 92 yards, 2 TD.
Waianae starts on own 27 after illegal block on return. Rosario runs for 7 but the fullback dive is stopped for no gain by Purcell and it’s third down.
Crusaders start on their 22. Second-and-10 and Mauga with a HUGE sack of Tagovailoa for a loss of 16. Mauga following up a big game last week with another big game. 12.5 sacks this year for Mauga. Receiver wide open over the middle but it’s low and incomplete. Noah Alejado dives for it but it’s too low. Crusaders will punt from own 6.
Ulu back in at QB and Rosario carries twice to set up a third-and-3. Ulu really favoring that right arm. Waianae picks up the first down and Rosario pounds his way into Saint Louis territory as Waianae attacks the interior of the Saint Louis DL. Leaping catch by Kade Ambrocio to the Saint Louis 37 and add 15 more as a bad, bad late hit by the Saint Louis DB. Rosario with two carries for 6 yards to set up third-and-4. Rosario strung out to the outside and is stopped for no gain. It’s fourth down. Waianae will go for it. Seariders call timeout. 2:19. LB Isaac Slade-Matautia comes flying off the edge on fourth down to sack Ulu. Crusaders take over.
Pontes-Borje remains in at QB and Noa Purcell steps in front and intercepts the first pass thrown by Pontes-Borje. A 36-yard INT return for a TD makes it 14-0. 7:08.
DEEP BALL IS CAUGHT. Diving catch by Chandler Washington-Villenuva for 31 yards to the 5. Tagovailoa to Ronson Young, 5-yard TD pass. 7-0 Crusaders. 8:06.
Low snap is fumbled and Saint Louis brings the heat on the punter. Saint Louis will take over on the Waianae 36.
Ulu now 2-for-2 with a pass to Tootoo near midfield but he overthrows a receiver and is down on the next play. Jorell Pontes-Borje in at QB. Junior Rico Rosario (shoulder) in at RB. He runs for 3 yards and Waianae punts.
Tua Tagovailoa starts at QB for Saint Louis. He runs for 1 and then pitches to Dylan Silva who fumbles. Kanai Mauga on the recovery. DB Chavison Kalamau with the forced fumble. Seariders ball.
Senior Jaren Ulu starts at QB for Waianae, which starts on its 22. Two loses net minus-3 yards to set up third-and-13. Jerusalem Tootoo with an 11-yard reception but the Seariders are short and will go three-and-out.
Waianae will receive.
Jason Kaneshiro took a look at the Saint Louis/Waianae rivalry.
This is the first meeting between the two schools since QB Marcus Mariota led the Crusaders to a state title with a 36-13 win over the Seariders to close the 2010 season.
HISTORY: Saint Louis leads the series 18-4 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras.