CLOSING THE BOOK: Kalaheo Mustangs

Kalaheo quarterback Noa Lapera helped lead the Mustangs to their best win total since 2012. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The Kalaheo Mustangs turned in their pads early, but in many ways 2018 marked another season of improvement.

The Mustangs earned three wins for the first time since Darrell Poole‘s inaugural season in 2012 and have upped their win total for three years in a row, the first time that has happened since 2006-2008 under Chris Mellor, capped by Kalaheo’s last really good team that started 6-0 and finished 7-3 following back-to-back losses to Campbell.

Poole’s 2018 bunch scored only 14.1 points per game and has seen that number decline for three years in a row. Whenever Kalaheo has been good in the past, it has been on the strength of its defense and signs point to them getting back to those days. Kalaheo allowed 24.2 points per game and has improved in each of the last three years on the strength of posting back-to-back shutouts this season for the first time since 2013.


2018 BEST PERFORMANCES

Passing

Noa Lapera called the signals for the 2018 Mustangs, but the offense asked him to take care of the ball more than air it out. He threw for 633 yards and four touchdowns to six picks and Kekoa Alana had similar numbers in his limited opportunities. Lapera’s best performance came against Waialua when he went 11-for-15 for 210 yards and three of his four touchdowns. It was the first 200-yard game for the school since Mark Lehrner in 2016.

Rushing

Kalaheo split carries evenly between Carl Addy and Jaden Amasiu, with both of them scoring two touchdowns and Addy having the edge in yardage 386-306. Amasiu enjoyed a decided edge until Addy broke out with a Jesse Carney-esque performance in the season finale against Kalani. Addy took 22 handoffs in that game, his first time with more than 15, and covered 111 yards and a touchdown for the only game over 100 yards the team put together.

Receiving


Jordan Neufeldt finished last year as the team’s top receiver and was the top target this time with 26 catches for 249 yards and a touchdown, but Jedaiah Borge was the school’s biggest deep threat with only seven catches but more than 200 yards and a team-leading two receiving TDs. Neufeldt caught at least one pass in each of Kalaheo’s games but the biggest performance belonged to Borge against Waialua. He only caught two passes against the Bulldogs but both went for scores totaling 106 yards. He followed that up with three catches against Pearl City but never hauled in another pass.

Defense

After giving up 40 points to Kauai and 28 to Kaiser, it was hard to see Kalaheo’s shutout of McKinley in the third game of the season coming. The Mustangs hounded McKinley into two interceptions and allowed the Tigers only 14 passing yards to make up for the 123 yards they allowed Migguel Camacho to gain on the ground. Kalaheo clamped down on the run against Waialua the next week for its second straight shutout.

HEAD COACH
>> Darrell Poole is now 17-45 in seven seasons.

STAT RANKINGS
>> QB Noa Lapera finished eighth in Division II in passing yards.
>> RB Carl Addy finished seventh and RB Jaden Amasiu finished ninth in Division II in rushing yards.


KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2018
>> RB Carl Addy (5-10, 190), DB/SB Bryson Johnson (5-5, 130), TE/LB Jordan Neufeldt (6-2, 200), QB/SB Isaiah Akiu (5-6, 135), DE Alan Aber (6-0, 135), OL/DL Kepa Kaeka (6-2, 230).

FINAL TEAM STATS

PASSINGGC-A-IYdsTD
Noa Lapera1054-117-66334
Kekoa Alana1020-42-32161
Jaden Amasiu91-3-0170
Isaiah Akiu51-7-240
RUSHINGGAttYdsTD
Carl Addy9773862
Jaden Amasiu9713062
Noa Lapera1045510
Jedaiah Borge48461
Bryson Johnson54120
Kekoa Alana104951
Isaiah Akiu5120
Sheldon Mejia2100
TEAM107-330
RECEIVINGGRecYdsTD
Jordan Neufeldt10262491
Jedaiah Borge472012
Kekoa Alana10151901
Noa Lapera104661
Carl Addy94460
Isaiah Akiu55330
Bryson Johnson57280
Jaden Amasiu93230
Evan Goad11220
Sheldon Mejia2370
Isaiah Tigilau1150
Kalaheo’s Carl Addy led the Mustangs in rushing this season. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Kalaheo quarterback Noa Lapera led the Mustangs to a 43-0 shutout of Waialua this season. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.
Kalaheo’s Jordan Neufeldt (13) tackled Pearl City’s Po‘okela Moses-Espanto (25) and forced a fumble in the second quarter of a game this season. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

COMMENTS

  1. phILHarmonic October 18, 2018 8:59 am

    17 and 45 in 7 seasons seems pretty abysmal to me. Why hasnt there been a change?


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