For the third year in a row, the high school football season will end with a clash between the two most storied prep football programs in the state.
No. 1 Saint Louis (9-0) and its 14 Prep Bowls and four state titles faces No. 2 Kahuku (11-1), which has won eight state championships. Kahuku dominated the Crusaders, 39-14, in 2015 before Saint Louis came back to win last season’s showdown, 30-14.
Looks like we will start at 9:55 p.m.
Saint Louis 31, Kahuku 28
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
at Aloha Stadium
Kahuku (11-2) 7 0 7 14 — 28
Saint Louis (10-0) 7 7 10 7 — 31
Kah—Thorton Alapa 5 pass from Sol-Jay Maiava (Duke Heffernan kick)
StL–Mitchell Quinn 11 pass from Chevan Cordeiro (Jacob Tobias kick)
StL—Quinn 95 pass from Cordeiro (Tobias kick)
StL—FG Tobias 28
StL—Isaiah Tufaga 40 interception return (Tobias kick)
Kah—Wes Alo-Maiava 23 pass from Maiava (Heffernan kick)
Kah—Toalei Lefau 8 pass from Maiava (Heffernan kick)
Kah—Kaonohi Kaniho 59 pass from Maiava (Heffernan kick)
StL—Jonah Panoke 53 pass from Cordeiro (Tobias kick)
RUSHING—Kahuku: Maiava 14-94, Enoch Nawahine 19-67, Wes Alo-Maiava 5-37, Lefau 1-4, Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu 1-2. Saint Louis: Cordeiro 20-19, Micah Mashima 1-1, team 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Kahuku: Maiava 17-28-2-252, Alapa 0-1-0-0. Saint Louis: Cordeiro 30-44-2-440.
RECEIVING—Kahuku: Alapa 5-56, Nawahine 4-49, Kaniho 2-69, Peter John Mataira 2-12, Kainoa Crismon 1-23, Alo-Maiava 1-23, Duke Heffernan 1-12, Lefau 1-8. Saint Louis: Chance Beyer 9-96, Panoke 8-152, Quinn 5-131, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 3-46, Koali Nishigaya 3-7, Roman Wilson 1-7, Dominic Tominiko 1-1.
RUSHING—Kahuku: Maiava 13-100, Enoch Nawahine 18-69, Wes Alo-Maiava 5-37, Toalei Lefau 1-4, Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu 1-2. Saint Louis: Cordeiro 18-35, Micah Mashima 1-1, team 3-(minus 16).
PASSING—Kahuku: Maiava 17-28-1-252, Alapa 0-1-0-0. Saint Louis: Cordeiro 29-42-2-441.
RECEIVING—Kahuku: Alapa 5-56, Nawahine 5-47, Kaniho 2-69, Peter John Mataira 2-12, Kainoa Crismon 1-23, Alo-Maiava 1-23, Duke Heffernan 1-12, Lefau 1-8. Saint Louis: Panoke 8-152, Chance Beyer 8-89, Quinn 5-130, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 4-53, Koali Nishigaya 2-9, Roman Wilson 1-7, Dominic Tominiko 1-1.
Saint Louis wins its fifth state title and 19th championship overall. Game ends at 1:04 a.m.
(:29) Kahuku ball on its 40. Nawahine with a DIVING CATCH at the 33. Maiava scrambles out of bounds with 2 seconds to go at the 30 of Saint Louis. FINAL PLAY OF THE GAME COMING UP. Maiava hit as he throws. INCOMPLETE INSIDE THE 5. BALL GAME. CRUSADERS WIN. Throw was actually ruled an INT by Purcell.
Quinn returns the punt to the Crusaders’ 47. 46 seconds to go. Here we go. JUMP BALL IS WON BY JONAH PANOKE. HOLY SMOKES. 53-YARD TD PASS. SAINT LOUIS IN FRONT. 31-28, :37. Cordeiro unofficially at 441 passing yards.
(2:35) Ball on the 10 after Kahuku called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the interception. Saint Louis timeout. Second-and-9. Maiava gets out of two tackles but goes out of bounds at the 15. He gets 4 but Saint Louis doesn’t have to use a timeout. Third-and-5. They call a pass. Maiava with a DIME to Kaniho for 10 yards. That moves the chains. Under 2 minutes. Second-and-7. False start. Second-and-12. Option pitch to Nawahine who gets 1 yard but goes out of bounds. Clock stops. Saint Louis will save a timeout. Saint Louis calls timeout with 54 seconds to go. Kahuku will punt from its 30. Oh My. Saint Louis has to use a timeout with Kahuku lining up to punt. That’s their final timeout. Stunning mismanagement by both teams down the stretch.
(6:20) Saint Louis ball on its 21. Two passes complete to Quinn for 11 yards. Quinn now with 130 yards on five grabs. Fatu Atuaia, who was named to the Polynesian Bowl on Thursday, gets Kahuku’s sixth sack. Cordeiro on third-and-16 drops a DIME to Panoke over the middle for 40 yards to the 34. Crazy. What a game. What a night. Third-and-1 at the 25. Pass to Beyer for 14 yards. Ball on the 2 after a pass and a roughing the passer call. Pass from the 2 is TIPPED and PICKED OFF by Nalu Emerson. KAHUKU GETS THE TURNOVER. 2:35 on the clock.
(6:51) Kahuku ball on its 11. Saint Louis called for roughing the passer. Now encroachment on Saint Louis. Deep throw and another flag comes out on the sideline. Saint Louis called for holding. Three straight penalties on the Crusaders. Maiava with a deep ball and it’s CAUGHT. KAONOHI KANIHO. SEE. YOU. LATER. 59-yard TD and Kahuku leads 28-24. 21 unanswered by the Red Raiders.
(10:09) Saint Louis ball on its 23. First handoff to a RB goes for 1 yard. Feso Malufau shoots through and sacks Cordeiro on second-and-2 for a loss of 8. Third-and-10 at the 44. Cordeiro breaks contain and runs 15 yards to the 29 for a first down. Cordeiro to Beyer for 15 yards and Cordeiro is over 300 yards passing in the game. Timeout Kahuku with Saint Louis first-and-10 at the 14. 7:01 on clock. Cordeiro dancing through tacklers to the 10…FUMBLE. Falatea on the force Malufau on the recovery Kahuku ball.
Kickoff is nearly recovered by Kahuku but I think the ball went out of bounds.
(:10) Kahuku ball on its 43. Second-and-9 to start the fourth quarter. Maiava with the pitch to Hanawahine for 14 yards into Saint Louis territory. Maiava rips off a 23-yard run to the 8. Kahuku sideline coming to life. Maiava scrambles and hits Toalei Lefau for an 8-yard TD. It’s a THREE-POINT GAME. 24-21 Crusaders, 10:09, Q4.
(2:45) Crusaders start on their 27. Cordeiro rips off a 17-yard scamper. Cordeiro misses an open Quinn for a TD and then has his third-down pass batted down by Miki Ah You. Fourth-and-4 at the Kahuku 37 and Saint Louis will go. Unbelievable run by Cordeiro who slips and slides and slithers his way through tacklers for a 6-yard gain and a first down. Kahuku had its chance there to stop him and get the ball. Third-and-13 coming up at the Kahuku 34. Quinn might have run a wrong route or it came out of Cordeiro’s hand funny. Either way, incomplete pass. Saint Louis will go though. Miscommunication on the snap and Cordeiro has to fall on it. Kahuku ball.
(5:30) Kahuku ball on its 20. Nawahine with three strong runs and a defensive PI pushes the ball across midfield into Saint Louis territory. Wes Alo-Maiava gets his first carry of the game and it goes for 27 yards to the 19. Maiava finds Alo-Maiava on the 23-yard TD and Kahuku gets an answer it desperately needed. 24-14, 2:52, Q3. That stops a 24-point scoring run by Saint Louis.
(6:32) Kahuku ball on its 20. Maiava’s pass is way underthrown and DB Isaiah Tufaga with the 40-yard INT return for a TD. 24-7 Crusaders.
(9:58) Crusaders ball on their 43. Cordeiro marching right down the field complete four of his first five throws. He scrambles for 5 on third-and-1 and it’s first-and-goal at the 7. Bad snap and Cordeiro recovers but it’s now third-and-goal from the 13. Screen to Dominic Tominiko is the first touch for a Saint Louis RB but he only gets 1 yard. Jacob Tobias hits a 28-yard field goal. 17-7, 6:32.
(12:00) Kahuku ball on its 20. Red Raiders pick up a first down but Cody Hee with a big stick on third down. Incomplete pass and punt.
Kahuku will get the ball first.
HALFTIME BOX SCORE
at Aloha Stadium
Kahuku (11-1) 7 0
Saint Louis (9-0) 7 7
Kah—Thorton Alapa 5 pass from Sol-Jay Maiava (Duke Heffernan kick)
StL–Mitchell Quinn 10 pass from Chevan Cordeiro (Jacob Tobias kick)
StL—Quinn 95 pass from Cordeiro (Tobias kick)
RUSHING—Kahuku: Maiava 9-63, Enoch Nawahine 9-28, Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu 1-2. Saint Louis: Cordeiro 8-(minus 10).
PASSING—Kahuku: Maiava 9-16-0-104, Alapa 0-1-0-0. Saint Louis: Cordeiro 10-14-1-198.
RECEIVING—Kahuku: Alapa 3-35, Nawahine 3-20, Peter John Mataira 2-12, Kainoa Crismon 1-23, Duke Heffernan 1-12. Saint Louis: Jonah Panoke 5-51, Quinn 2-105, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 2-32, Chance Beyer 1-10.
(:25) Ball on the Crusaders’ 5. Saint Louis takes a knee. Halftime.
(4:54) Kahuku ball on its 20. Purcell plants Nawahine for no gain. Maiava to Peter John Mataira, whose first catch is 11 yards. Maiava runs for 10. Now Maiava again up the middle for 12. Third-and-5 as Isaiah Tufaga with the big hit on Mataira for only a 1-yard gain. Broken coverage and Maiava hits Alapa for 20 yards. Nawahine for 12 yards and it’s first-and-goal at the 10. Impressive response from Kahuku. Saint Louis DB Kai Kaneshiro with a great pass breakup in the end zone to save a TD. Maiava goes down at the 16. Ball might have come loose. Flag down. No fumble. Kahuku called for a hold. Ball back to the 26. Maiava fires a bullet to Kainoa Crismon for a 23-yard gain to the 3. Timeout Kahuku. Fourth-and-goal at the 3. Decision time here. Red Raiders will go for it. Option to Nawahine, who is STUFFED for a loss of 2. Saint Louis ball.
(5:06) Crusaders start from their 5 as Latu sticks a punt in the ground at the 1 and gets the backward bounce. MITCHELL QUINN 1-ON-1. IT’S CAUGHT. BREAKAWAY SPEED. 95-yard TD pass from Cordeiro to Quinn. 14-7, 4:54, Q2.
(6:31) Kahuku ball at midfield. Nawahine runs for 5 and Purcell is hit with a 15-yard face-mask to move the ball to the 30. Nawahine breaks off a 20-yard run for Kahuku’s best run but it’s called back by an illegal block. Kahuku calls timeout and then comes back out in a 5-wide empty set and Maiava gets 14 on the QB draw. High throw is NEARLY picked off by Wily. Fourth down.
(8:32) Saint Louis ball on its 20. False start on Saint Louis. Quinn gets a step on Kaniho and Kaniho with the defensive PI to save a huge gain over the top. Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu with his second sack and fourth of the game for Kahuku. Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu gets beat deep but does an amazing job to catch up and swat the pass away. Third-and-15. Inside screen to Panoke for 6 yards. Punt time.
(10:36) Kahuku ball on its 44. Maiava to Heffernan for 12 yards and DB Kama Moore is taken out by friendly fire. This could be a big blow. Many people think he’s the best cover corner in the state. It’s a left shoulder/arm/wrist injury it looks like from up here. Maiava rips off a 33-yard run but a flag is down. OL Inoke Vimahi called for unnecessary roughness. Maiava stopped for a gain of 1 and nearly fumbles but he’s ruled down. Incomplete pass and Kahuku will punt.
(11:07) Crusaders ball on their 15. Cordeiro scrambles for 5. Third-and-5 and the ball is a tad low to Reyes-Hackney, who almost makes an incredible catch but the ball bounces away. Saint Louis three-and-out.
(3:23) Kahuku ball on its 21. Third-and-7 on the 24. Maiava finds Alapa for 10 yards to move the chains. Nice throw. Maiava to Nawahine for 14 yards into Crusaders territory. Maiava loses 5 on the run on the final play of the first quarter. DB Junior Wily with a big hit to force a drop. Tuitele with a big sack on third down and Kahuku will punt.
(6:08) Saint Louis ball on its 23. Pass to Panoke for 11 yards and a first down, but then Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu gets Kahuku’s third sack already. Third-and-9 and Cordeiro breaks contain and scrambles for 15 yards to midfield. Four in a row completed by Cordeiro, who finds Panoke for 11. Cordeiro to Kainalu Reyes-Hackney for 18 yards to the 20. A 10-yard pass to Chance Beyer makes it first-and-goal at the 10. 10-yard out to Mitchell Quinn is an 11-yard TD pass for Saint Louis. 7-7, 3:30. Cordeiro 7-8, 86 yards, TD since pick on first throw.
(9:06) Kahuku ball on its 44. Maiava has a TD to Kaonohi Kaniho down the sideline but overthrows the receiver. RB Enoch Nawahine loses 2 yards on the TFL by Faatui Tuitele. Third-and-12. Fonoimoana-Vaomu with a run to the 35 but a block in the back is called. Ball moves back to the 50. Third-and-20. Pass to Nawahine for 8 yards. Kahuku will punt.
(10:47) Crusaders ball on their 21. Saint Louis has to use a timeout before it runs a play. Lauina Falatea blitz’s off the edge and sacks Cordeiro for a loss of 12. Cordeiro hits Jonah Panoke for 12 yards but Kahuku brings the all-out blitz on third down and Falatea sacks Cordeiro again. Punt.
(11:04) Kahuku ball on the 5. Kahuku starting QB Sol-Jay Maiava with a 5-yard TD pass to backup QB Thorton Alapa. Red Raiders strike in 62 seconds.
(11:56) Crusaders start on their 20. Chevan Cordeiro at QB for the Crusaders. Cordeiro picks up 6 on the scramble. Cordeiro’s first pass is PICKED OFF by Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu. Kahuku ball at the Saint Louis 5.
Kahuku wins the toss and will defer. Crusaders will get the ball first.
Kahuku: Samson Reed, Sol-Jay Maiava, Miki Ah You, Sekope Latu
Saint Louis: Chevan Cordeiro, Noa Purcell, Eliki Tanuvasa, Isaiah Tufaga
Kahuku going with the all-white jersey combo. The South end zone is about 80 percent filled in on the bottom.
GAMEDAY: Kahuku vs. Saint Louis
Q&A: Kahuku coach Makoa Freitas
Q&A: Saint Louis coach Cal Lee
Q&A: Saint Louis offensive coordinator Ron Lee
Saint Louis prepared for Saturday’s main event
Kahuku cool and confident
Kahuku dominates when it’s 1 vs. 2