It was far from pretty, but in the end, the St. Francis Saints are quite perfect.
The Saints improved to 5-0, 4-0 in ILH Division II, with a hard-earned 26-6 win over Pac-Five on a hot Saturday afternoon at Aloha Stadium. They played again without standout running back Jonan Aina-Chaves (ankle) and clearly missed the explosive playmaker.
“Without (Aina-Chaves), the run game was weird because our running backs couldn’t hold the ball even though we made big holes for them,” senior left guard Siotame Haunga said. “It’s a learning experience. But we’re 5-0.”
The game was scoreless at the half, and it took a 98-yard pick-6 by junior Shepherd Kekahuna to break the ice. St. Francis led 8-0 with 5:56 left in the third quarter. They intercepted two more passes from Wolfpack quarterback Rocket Uechi — one by JP Tilly and one by Kordel Ng, who tipped the pass to set up Tilly’s pick-six.
All in all, it was a steady performance by the defense and special teams for the Saints. Next up is another unbeaten powerhouse in D-II: Kaimuki.
“We’re expecting a win. It’s probably going to be the same as the last time we scrimmaged them (in 2017). Not too many new players came to (both teams),” Haunga said softly, offering a prediction about his pal on the left side, 6-7, 350-pound left tackle Faaope Laloulu.
“Ope is going to wreak havoc,” Haunga said.