GAME NIGHT 9/2: Kalani/Waialua

Kalani quarterback Seth Tina-Sobarano is one of two players on Oahu to lead his team in rushing and passing. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

KALANI FALCONS (1-2, 1-2 OIA D-II)
Head coach: Scott Melemai
2017 Falcons roster

VS.

WAIALUA BULLDOGS (0-3, 0-2)
Head coach: Lincoln Barit
2017 Bulldogs roster

Kalani 33, Waialua 0, Final

Kalani 33, Waialua 0, 10:21, fourth quarter

Zachary Chong hauls in a 14-yard TD pass from Tina-Sobarano in the right corner of the end zone. The Bulldogs are still playing hard, just struggling on offense with a young QB who has some raw talent. They’ve sacked Tina-Sobarano four times, including two by Hatchie. He ravaged the QB on a takedown during this drive. Can’t help wondering when they’re going to rest Tina-Sobarano before he gets hurt. Then again, maybe they don’t have a healthy or available reserve QB.

The third quarter ends with Waialua at its 14 after a sack by Kody Bahn.

Kalani 27, Waialua 0, 7:54, third quarter

Ikaika Holden scores on a 2-yard TD run.

Kalani 19, Waialua 0, Half


Tina-Sobarano has passed for 215 yards and two TDs in the first half, adding 106 yards and a TD on the ground. He got racked up, though, late in the second quarter as Waialua brought more pass rushers. It’s starting to look like a good idea if the Falcons can keep their playmaker out of harm’s way, but I doubt that’s going to happen. When he’s on the move, the Falcons are electric.

Boxscore
At Skippa Diaz Stadium
Waialua 0 0 x x — 0
Kalani 13 6 x x — 19
KAL—Travis Tagad 49 pass from Seth Tina-Sobarano (Wayne Mcclellan kick)
KAL—Tagad 19 pass from Tina-Sobarano (kick blocked)
KAL—Tina-Sobarano 49 run (kick blocked)

RUSHING—Waialua:
Emilio Lorenzo 1-(-2),
Kyler Dicion 2-(-14),
Damien Segundo 2-(-4),

Kalani:
Tina-Sobarano 9-106,
Justin Yasutake 5-15,
Ikaika Holden 4-12,

PASSING—Waialua:
Dicion 8-20-2-57,

Kalani:
Tina-Sobarano 15-23-0-215,

RECEIVING—Waialua:
Justyce Lacar 1-6,
Kymani Ayonon 1-5,
Hunter Nery 1-11,
Hunter Apau 4-37,
Dylan Yadao 1-(-2),

Kalani:
Ryu Yamane 3-50,
Zachary Wong 2-15,
Jerick Robinson 4-28,
Tagad 3-89,
Yasutake 2-19,
Logan Matsuoka 1-14,

Fourth down, Tina-Sobarano’s screen pass batted down by Hatchie, who never seems to tire despite playing both ways.

Kalani slows the pace, still rather brisk. The Falcons drive from their 20 to the Waialua 11, then a sack by Lawrence Moiha makes it fourth and long. Next play, a TD pass is nullified by holding, and there’s an injured Kalani player in the end zone. There have been a handful of stoppages for injuries tonight, but they were all Waialua players until now.

The Bulldogs’ best drive to this point is being spurred by receiver Hunter Apau. He didn’t get on the field (maybe?) during the first quarter, but Dicion threw to him five times in a row with four completions. He’s about 6-2 and lines up in the slot, but the Falcons bear down and Montiho makes a diving interception in the end zone on Dicion’s fourth-down pass attempt. Touchback.

Kalani 19, Waialua 0, 10:33, second quarter

Tina-Sobarano in the open field out of the pocket, jukes his way to a 49-yard TD.

Hatchie with his fourth punt. Arguably one of the top three punters in the state, never mind his line play. He has punts of 59, 43, 43 and 46 yards. The latter was perfectly placed

FIRST QUARTER ENDS
Waialua ball, Dicion slips for a 5-yard loss, had open field ahead of him. Quarter ends.

Kalani driving again, but loses the ball on a lateral and Hatchie alertly hustles to recover at the Waialua 46.

Waialua has a strong-armed slinger at QB, Kyler Dicion, but there’s no running game right now and he’s facing consistent pressure. Javen Montiho bats down a pass in the backfield. Bulldogs punt.

Kalani 13, Waialua 0, 4:45, first quarter

Tina-Sobarano to Tagad for a 19-yard TD. It’s starting to look like they can do this any time they want.

Sack by Kalani’s Joshua Titialii forces Waialua into another three and out. Punt.

Kalani 7, Waialua 0, 7:00, first quarter

Kalani scores on a five-play, 80-yard drive. Seth Tina-Sobarano connects with Travis Tagad for a 49-yard TD play.

Waialua’s first drive ends with a three and out, punt.

Kalani opts to kick off after winning the coin toss. Matthan Hatchie’s kickoff goes out of bounds, Kalani ball at its 35. 29-yard completion by Seth Tina-Sobarano, but the drive stalls at the 35.

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NOTES: Waialua has won the last two meetings, Kalani hasn’t won since 2014 when it shut out the Bulldogs 32-0 at Kaiser. Waialua is 6-0 when it has a 100-yard rusher against Kalani. Waialua has never had a receiver gain 100 yards against Kalani. Waialua hasn’t been 0-4 since its winless season in 2012. Seth Tina-Sobarano is one of only two Oahu quarterbacks to lead his team in passing and rushing. Punahou’s Stephen Barber is the other.

Top performances in the series
Waialua passing vs. Kalani: Caleb Fore with 290 in 2006
Waialua rushing vs. Kalani: Donovan Matas with 248 in 2007
Waialua receiving vs. Kalani: Kamalei Rosa with 99 in 2010.
Kalani passing vs. Waialua: David Rasmussen with 320 in 2011
Kalani rushing vs. Waialua: Travis Canonizado with 232 in 2001
Kalani receiving vs. Waialua: Gavin Kim with 177 in 2011.

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