Waipahu receiver Andrew Simanu matched a 20-year old school record with a 249-yard performance in Waipahu’s 60-34 loss to Kaiser on Friday night.
Four of Simanu’s 12 receptions went for at least 35 yards and he caught touchdown passes of 50 and 13 yards while pushing his season totals to 542 yards and four touchdowns in four OIA Red games.
Simanu’s night tied Neal Gossett’s 249-yard game against Waiakea set on Aug. 25, 1995. He caught touchdown passes from backup quarterback Gavin Marques, who entered the game in the first quarter, and starter Blaise De Asis, who ran the offense for most of the second half.
The scoreboard clock flickered out toward the end of the junior varsity game and the official time was kept on the field. The point columns remained operational and the Cougars and Marauders took turns lighting them up.
Simanu’s production wasn’t enough for the Marauders to keep pace with the Cougars, who scored on kickoff, fumble, punt and interception returns.
Marques entered the game in the first quarter when De Asis’ helmet came off, forcing him to the sideline for a play. Marques stayed in for the remainder of the drive and led the Marauders to a touchdown.
But an errant shotgun snap led to the first of Kaiser’s two defensive touchdowns. While Marques finished off the half, De Asis returned to start the third quarter and ended the night with 206 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception, which went back for a Kaiser score.