Braden Amorozo threw for 316 yards and accounted for two second-half touchdowns to help Waipahu hold off host Nanakuli 20-12 on Friday in the season-opener for both teams.
Amorozo completed 22 of 33 passes for the Marauders (1-0). His 3-yard run broke a 6-all tie and Waipahu completed the two-point conversion for a 14-8 lead with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
Nanakuli (0-1) closed to 14-12 after Nainoa Banks connected on his second touchdown pass to Joey Vea-Quitog with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter.
Waipahu extended its lead to 20-12 after Amorozo’s 11-yard pass to Alika Ahsing with 3:45 left in the game. His finish made up for some rough spots in the first half.
Amorozo’s arm helped Waipahu reach the Nanakuli 5 midway through the second quarter. But the Golden Hawks responded with back-to-back sacks to push back the Marauders, and Waipahu couldn’t convert on fourth down.
The Golden Hawks, who moved up to Division I this year, had a shot in the game’s final minute. Nanakuli’s running game allowed the Golden Hawks to advance to Waipahu’s 29-yard line with less than a minute remaining. But the Marauders stopped Banks twice, including a sack by Jared Marcelo, to seal the win.
Amorozo became the fourth Waipahu player in school history to throw for more than 300 yards in a game and his 316 yards rank fourth all-time behind Nefu Mageo and Conie Obrero (twice).