Damien gets a do-over at Hugh Yoshida Stadium

Castle running back Chazz Tom (30) ran the ball during the first half of a game against Castle last week. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

This is the one Damien has been waiting for. 

The Monarchs return to Hugh Yoshida Stadium on Friday, where they lost 23-17 to the Mules to hand ‘Iolani the coveted D1 state berth from the ILH last season.

Damien coach Eddie Klaneski started that game with a failed onside kick and replaced starting quarterback Duke Hoohuli with Jake Holtz after a 2-for-7 start with an interception. The Monarchs couldn’t contend with Akui Tom-Makue‘s three field goals and booming punts but closed the season with a win over Castle.

Holtz is in complete control of the offense this year, guiding a unit that is averaging 39.8 points per game (the school record is 29.5 four years ago) and is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2015 for a program that has never started 6-0. The program record for successive victories is six from the end of 1991 to the beginning of 1992.

Holtz was held without a touchdown pass against Castle last week after throwing 11 in his first four games but has put the ball aloft 138 times this year and only been intercepted twice. 

He is adept at getting everyone involved, as Makanalea Meyer, Ezra Kaina, Jarvis Natividad and Amo Sulu have all had at least one catch in each of the last four games. 

But it is the running back who needs to be fed for the Monarchs to crack Leilehua’s stiff defense. Sulu has had 222 yards with five touchdowns in the last two games and scored in all five. He is the first Damien running back to go over the century mark in successive games since Keoua Kauhi in 2017 and can be the first to break the mark in three games in a row since Brenan Furtado in 2008.

While the Monarchs are scoring points at a clip not seen in their school’s history, the Mules can certainly put the wall up on them. Leilehua has three shutouts already and is allowing just 6.4 points per game. That average is the school’s lowest since Hugh Yoshida‘s iconic 1984 group allowed 5.7.

Leilehua needs two more shutouts to match the 1988 team for the most in a single season in school history.


  1. Jacob Makaiwi September 12, 2019 4:25 pm

    Let’s go!!!!!! This should be an exciting game. Rooting for my Mules all the way, but Damien is undefeated for a good reason and it seems from this article that their offense is doing amazing this year. Good thing for the Mules, their defense has been solid all year long, so they should be giving the Monarchs hard rubs when Damien has the ball. Hopefully they can cause lots of turnovers as well! Leilehua just has to get their offense clicking, and if they do that and help out their D I’m expecting a good W against a great D1 team in Damien. This could be a turnaround game since their loss to Moanalua and I hope they ball out. But good luck to both teams and may the best team win. Go Mules!

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  3. wafan September 13, 2019 5:19 am

    Viriliter Age!

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