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Homecoming win keeps Kalani in playoff chase

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 21, 2019

Kalani coach Scott Melemai can envision a scenario in which the Falcons’ season comes down to a coin flip. In a sense, it already did. A fourth regular-season loss would have shoved the Falcons to deep into the pack in the chase for the fourth and final spot in the OIA Division II playoffs. Instead, they rode a wind-aided start to a 17-6 homecoming victory over Pearl City on Friday at Kaiser Stadium, lifting them into the fourth spot in […]

GAME NIGHT 9/20: Pearl City/Kalani

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 20, 2019

Kalani 17, Pearl City 6, FINAL  Pearl City fumbles on first down. Kalani recovers at the 21. Falcons take a knee to end the game. Kalani runs three times, Pearl City uses two timeouts, Falcons punt, touchback. :46.9 Q4. Tobosa back in at QB for Pearl City. He completes three straight throws to Joshua Gleason to move to the Kalani 25. Facemask pushes Pearl City back and Tobosa is sacked for a loss of 12 on fourth down. Kalani ball […]

No. 10 Leilehua finds the right combo on offense to beat No. 7 Damien

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 14, 2019

Leilehua head coach Mark Kurisu took a deep breath, found a seat on the bench and nodded toward former Mules quarterback Andrew Manley. “You should be interviewing Coach Drew,” an understandably drained Kurisu said after the 10th-ranked Mules’ 34-26 win over No. 7 Damien on Friday night. Kurisu’s deference to the Mules’ offensive coordinator was rooted in a performance in which senior quarterback Kekoa Turangan threw for three touchdowns and junior receiver Kalei Akagi, who began the season as the […]


GAME NIGHT 9/13: Damien/Leilehua

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 13, 2019

  No. 10 Leilehua 34, No. 7 Damien 26 FINAL   Holding on first down pushes Damien back to its 30. Incomplete on first and second down. Holtz escapes pressure but his pass is knocked down by Kuth. On fourth-and-20, Holtz laterals to Natividad who throws back to Sulu and he has a lane down the sideline. He’s marked down right at midfield for a first down. Personal foul on first down moves the ball to the Leilehua 32. Holtz […]

Takeaways fuel No. 1 Saint Louis’ rout of Kamehameha

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 6, 2019

Resilience doesn’t exclusively apply to times of adversity. Sometimes, handling success can present a challenge to be overcome. So when the adulation following Saint Louis’ victory over Nevada power Bishop Gorman settled, coach Cal Lee took to the task of keeping the Crusaders grounded heading back into ILH play against a traditional rival. “You have to make them focus, that’s the bottom line,” Lee said. “You have to talk to them, remind them, work them. Can’t just show up.” >> […]

GAME NIGHT 9/6: Saint Louis/Kamehameha

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 6, 2019

No. 1 Saint Louis 42, No. 6 Kamehameha 7, FINAL  Kamehameha three-and-out and punts. Saint Louis ball at its 37 with 6:00 left. After three runs, Saint Louis punts. Kamehameha ball with 3:51 left. Keone picks up two first downs then takes a sack. Kamehameha takes a timeout with :06 left. Game ends with an incomplete pass. Saint Louis has its 30th consecutive win. Kamehameha penalty on the free kick gives Saint Louis possession at the Warriors’ 36. Crusaders go […]

Undefeated Moanalua turns attention to Vegas trip

By Jason Kaneshiro on August 31, 2019

While Saint Louis and Mililani were finishing off a Hawaii sweep against Nevada competition on Friday, Moanalua was setting its focus on its upcoming trip to the ninth island. Na Menehune had initially planned to have two weeks to prepare for their trip to Las Vegas to face Sierra Vista on Friday, but last week’s postponement of their OIA Division I showdown with Leilehua turned a scheduled bye week into another week of preparation for a pivotal early-season matchup. The […]

GAME NIGHT 8/30: Moanalua/Leilehua

By Jason Kaneshiro on August 30, 2019

No. 10 Moanalua 24, No. 6 Leilehua 20,  FINAL  Pio’s onside kick is recovered by Moanalua at its 48. Na Menehune take a knee and move into first place in the OIA D-I race. Turnagan to Vasquez for 13 yards. After an incomplete pass, personal foul and unsportsmanlike on Moanalua moves the ball to the Moanalua 15. On third and 5 from the 10, Turnagan throws the fade to a wide-open Vasquez for the TOUCHDOWN. PAT kick short. :35 Q4. […]