Buchanan shows improvement in 2nd start

McKinley quarterback Alexandria Buchanan scanned the field in a 2017 game against Kalani. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

After making history last week, McKinley sophomore quarterback Alexandria Buchanan had quite the lead-up to Saturday’s matchup with Kalani.

“It’s pretty crazy. There’s a lot of support coming in from friends and family of course, but also complete strangers, people I don’t even know,” she said. “It’s amazing getting this support from my team. It means a lot to me and I’m pretty sure it means a lot to my team, too.”

Buchanan set out to prove that the Kalaheo game wasn’t going to be a one-time thing, and that she’s here to stay.


Once again, she got the start for the Tigers, finishing 5-for-10 with 88 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 57-24 loss to the Falcons on Saturday night at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.

Her lone touchdown pass was on a perfectly-placed streak route to Kaiwi Ahina, a tight spiral that hit Ahina in stride as he sprinted his way to a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter.


Over two games, Buchanan is 12-for-26 for 223 yards and two touchdowns with four picks.

The Tigers fell to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in OIA Division II play. They are still looking for their first win in four years but have scored at least 20 points in consecutive games for the first time since 2013.


With a bye week coming up, Buchanan hopes that she, as well as the rest of the team, will come back stronger.

“I was just as confident in my team as I was last week,” she said. “I’m 100 percent sure we did what we could and now we know what we need to fix.”

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