Friday Night Diary: Aug. 14

The Seariders are hungry to get their first win of the season. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
The Seariders are hungry to get their first win of the season. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

And here we go from the control room as league action begins in the OIA. We will try to provide updates to games as we get them.

8:05: The Kahuku-Kapolei tilt won’t kick off until around 8:10, Paul Honda is there with a live blog.

Billy Hull is at Roosevelt where he is live blogging the Pearl City-Roosevelt clash in division II.

Waialua and Kalani has already reached the half, Seth Tina threw his first career TD pass on the final play of the first half, hitting Takahiro Kosins with the 40-yard touchdown to cut the Waialua lead to 15-7 at halftime.

8:07: Kalani adds a safety and trails 15-9 with 1:39 left in the third. The Falcons have won the last four meetings between the two, but they are going to have to keep turning the momentum into points if they want their first win over the Bulldogs since 2010.

8:10: A big storyline over in Kapolei is coach Darren Hernandez going for this 100th career win. He is 99-86-2 between stints at Campbell and Kapolei and would become the 26th coach in history to reach the milestone. Other active coaches who are already in include Kale Ane of Punahou, Wendell Say of Aiea and Wendell Look of ‘Iolani.

8:14: Waialua runs for a touchdown, but has its kick blocked. The Bulldogs lead 21-9 and need to hold on for 9:06 to start its season 2-0.

8:16: Jensen McDaniel wastes no time getting Kaiser on the board, running through the middle for a 74 yard touchdown on the first play of scrimmage. Kaiser leads Aiea 6-0. Kaiser destroyed Aiea 52-7 last year but later forfeited the game for using an ineligible player. McDaniel rolled to 162 yards in that game.

8:21: Kesi Ah Hoy of Kahuku scores from 2 yards out, Kekoa Sasaoka‘s kick is true. Kahuku 7, Kapolei 0 with just over nine minutes left in the first quarter. The Hurricanes muffed a punt to lead to the score, a blip of a mistake after Ty-Noah Williams‘ brilliance last week.

8:26: Nick Abramo reports that Tate Ebel kicks a field goal from 41 yards out to give Waianae a 3-0 lead on Moanalua with 627 left in the first. With Na Menehune’s offense, I figure we will get a few more updates tonight. Last year’s meeting had 53 points as Na Menehune beat the Seariders for the first time in program history.

8:30: Tala Moeone scores the first Chargers TD of the season on a 27-yard run with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. 7-0. It is the first points given up by Roosevelt this year after shutting out McKinley last week. The Rough Riders were going for their first successive shutouts since 1975.

8:33: Waianae came to play. Jorell Borge-Pontes rips off a 62-yard run to paydirt and the Seariders lead Na Menehune 10-0 with 4:26 left in the first.

8:35: Waialua clinging to a 21-16 lead over Kalani with 3:45 left. Tina to Reed from 90 yards.

8:35: You don’t keep Michael Feliciano down. The reigning back of the week scores from 60 yards to close Moanalua within 10-7 with 3:28 left.

8:37: The Noah Auld-Martin Tigilau combo hooks up again for Kailua, the Surfriders lead Leilehua 7-0 with 10:16 left. The bomb covered 67 yards.

8:41: Roosevelt takes advantage of a punt that hits the Chargers player and is recovered by the Rough Riders. QB Shastyn Kekahuna hits Shayne Teruya with a 14-yard TD pass two plays later. 7-7, 10:28, Q2

8:46: Never count out Wendell Say. Aiea’s Pohaku Kealoha-Cambe scores on a 48 yd TD pass from Kobe Kato. Na Alii lead Kaiser 7-6, 2:38 1st qtr.

Moanalua takes the lead over Waianae 13-10. Isaiah Jackson from 42 yards out from Nevin Yuen. We are in the second quarter.

8:48: Waialua goes final, 21-16 win over Kalani. The Bulldogs are 2-0 for the first time since 1993 When they beat Kauai, Kalani and Castle to begin the season. They have started 2-0 eight times in the Prep Bowl era, but 3-0 only twice (in 1993 and 1979).

8:50: RB Joe Maneafaiga enters game for first time in second quarter for PC. He carries 4 times for 47 yards on drive but PC misses 37-yard field goal.

8:55: Kaiser answers with a 6-play, 51 yd scoring drive. McDaniel 14 yd TD run. Cougars lead 13-7, :36 1st qtr. McDaniel 9 carries, 113 yards, 2 TDs for Kaiser.

9:04: Roosevelt and Pearl City go into halftime tied at 7. The Rough Riders are for real. Kailua leads Leilehua 7-0 after one quarter. Kahuku leads Kapolei 12-0 with five minutes left before the half. Don’t let those Hurricanes hang around, Mr. Tata.

9:09: Jaren Ulu hits Isaiah Freeney from 18 yards out and Waianae leads Moanalua 17-13 with 2:06 left before the half. Are the Seariders trying to throw with Na Menehune? That would be something.

9:15: Pearl City has outscored Roosevelt 125-13 in last three meetings, but this one is different. Tied at the half, I wonder how much having guys academically ineligible last week hurt the Chargers. Having a real game last week seems to help the Rough Riders.

9:17: It’s still early, but Leilehua is digging a hole for itself. Auld 16-yard TD run, Lee PAT to extend Kailua lead to 14-0 over Leilehua with 6:14 left in 2nd quarter. The Mules have not started a season 0-2 since 2001 when they went winless and coach Nolan Tokuda has never been in this position.

9:19: Aiea’s Jayden Chaviera 31 yd TD rec from Kobe Kato on fourth-and-6. PAT good. Aiea leads Kaiser 14-13, 7:47 2nd qtr. With its short roster, Kaiser can’t mess around in games like this. A loss could send them spiraling downhill for the rest of the season.

9:21: Halftime hits in Moanalua with Waianae leading 17-13. We are going to have some close finishes tonight.

9:28: Kaiser QB Nicolas Tom scrambles for a 21 yd TD run. Cougars back on top 20-14, 5:39 2nd qtr.

9:30: Kahuku goes into the half with a 15-0 lead. The Red Raiders have twice as many penalties as the Hurricanes, but Kapolei’s are more harmful. Kahuku tacks on three points on a field goal by Kekoa Sasaoka after a horse collar turned the attempt from midfield to a virtual chip shot.

9:31: Dalton Kalama TD and Jonovan Lee PAT gives Kailua 21-0 lead over Leilehua, 1:26 2nd. Kailua has not beaten Leilehua since 2000, it looks to be a new attitude over there for the Surfriders.

9:32: Pearl City’s Joe Maneafaiga 11 carries, 110 yards. School record is 216 by Antoin Dewalt but he needs just 60 more to join Dominic Maneafaiga on the program’s single game top 10. Joe sat out the first quarter.

Moanalua's Michael Feliciano is dropped by the Waianae defense in the first quarter of the Waianae vs Moanalua football game at Moanalua field. HSA photo by Bruce Asato
Moanalua’s Michael Feliciano is dropped by the Waianae defense in the first quarter of the Waianae vs Moanalua football game at Moanalua field. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

9:36: Kobe Kato throws his third TD pass of the half, 12 yds to Kealoha-Cambe. PAT short. Aiea and Kaiser tied 20-20, 3:03 2nd qtr. I don’t know Aiea’s numbers, but give Na Alii the edge the longer this game stays close. Cougars have heart, but the limited roster makes the end game an adventure for them.

9:41: PC misses 35-yard field goal. Chargers are killing themselves inside the Roosevelt 20. A lot of things for Robin Kami to clean up whether they sneak out of here with a win, but give the Rough Riders credit. PC 7, Roos 7, END 3

9:43: Holy moley, either Kailua is back or Leilehua didn’t practice this week, either. Auld with another TD pass and the Surfriders lead 27-0. Kailua forced a fumble and scored another TD with 11 seconds left in 2nd. The Mules evaded a shutout last week against Punahou, but they might not be so lucky tonight. Leilehua hasn’t been shut out since 2009 against Kamehameha with Andrew Manley at the helm. Kailua last shut out the Mules in 2000 when Josh Uelese ran for 277 yards.

9:50: Aiea reclaims the lead on Isaiah Ripley‘s 27 yd TD run. Brian Taamalemalo-Nasau returns a fumble 46 yds for a TD. Na Alli up 33-20, :58 2nd

Moanalua leads Waianae 20-17 with 8:35 in the third.

9:52: Alosina Toomalatai‘s 4-yard TD run gives Pearl City a 14-7 lead over Roosevelt with 8:49 left.First carry of the game for Toomalatai after Maneafaiga does most of the work. Maneafaiga has 187 rushing yards on 18 carries. Here is who is he chasing on the school’s record book: Blake Cooper is next with 188, then Joe Silva with 190 and Richard Higa with 195.

9:53: Waianae answers for a 24-20 lead, 6:25 left in the third. Javen Towne 5 run (Ebel kick), 6:25 left in 3Q. Waianae 24, Moanalua 20

9:58: A wild first half ends with Kaiser’s Andrew Kaufusi hitting a 24 yd FG. Aiea leads 33-23 at halftime.

10:04: PC punting with 314 left, Maneafaiga with 199 rush yards. Only Ray Cooper (200 in 2009), Ty Jarrett (201 in 2000) and Antoin Dewalt (216 in 2006) have rushed for more yards in a single game in a Pearl City uniform. With the lead and 1:59 left, will PC sit on it?

10:09: Waianae now up 30-27 with 22 seconds left in the third.

10:16: Joe Maneafaiga does it! He gets game-clinching first down on 6-yard run to finish w/ 217 rush yards (on 23 carries in three quarters) breaking single-game school record. PC takes a knee and wins 14-7 against a game Roosevelt club.

Joe Maneafaiga is the new single-game rushing king at Pearl City. Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Joe Maneafaiga is the new single-game rushing king at Pearl City. Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser

10:19: Leilehua scores, no shutout this time. Kailua up 27-7 going into the fourth. How explosive can the Mules offense be? I wouldn’t put it past them to throw up four TDs in the fourth quarter.

10:22: Kaiser’s Emmett Garcia returns an interception 20 yards to cut Aiea’s lead to 33-30, 11:17 3rd qtr.

10:23: Waianae clinging to a 30-27 lead with just under 10 minutes left. 41 seconds 3Q: Waianae — Joey Nuuanu-Kuhiiki 10 pass from Ulu (conversion failed) ….. 30-20. 22 seconds 3Q: Moanalua — Michael Feliciano 80 kickoff return (Tyler Iketau kick) …… 30-27

10:27: Kahuku coach Vavae Tata wanted to make discipline a priority but Kahuku has 19 penalties for 174 yards through three quarters. In fine Kahuku fashion, they lead Kapolei 17-7, though. Some things you can’t change over night.

10:29: Might have to break out Aiea’s record book. Kato to Kealoha-Cambe connect for their third TD tonight. A 60 yd completion gives Aiea a 40-30 lead, 9:55 3rd qtr. Aiea’s 40 points is its most since the 2012 opener against Kaimuki when it scored 53. Na Alii’s record is 61 against Kalani in 1999.

10:30: And Leilehua players seem to have figured out Tokuda’s offense. Two Tre Barnes TD catches from Kona Andres helps Leilehua cut deficit to 27-14 against Kailua, 3:21 left in 3rd

10:31: It looks like Walter Young might get his first win. Javen Towne 3 run (Ebel kick), 4:55 left in game. Waianae 37-27

10:36: End 3rd: Kailua 27, Leilehua 14

10:37: Aiea can’t celebrate its 40 points, McDaniel runs for his third TD tonight. Kaiser closes to 40-36, 8:06 3rd qtr. How high can they go?

10:38: Hold off on the parade, Moanalua scores: Kaimi Kinni 38 pass from Yuen (Tom kick), 4:28 left. Waianae 37, Moanalua 34

10:45: Aiea’s most points allowed in a winning effort:
44-34 win over Radford in 2006
52-31 win over Castle in 2005
46-27 win over Kalaheo in 2001
30-27 win over Campbell in 1991

Na Alii leads Kaiser 40-36

10:48: Moanalua holds on fourth and goal and takes over on downs leading 37-34 with 2:19 left.

10:55: Blake Tom drills a 42-yard field goal and Moanalua and Waianae are going into overtime. Tied at 37.

10:56: Kahuku goes final with a 27-7 win over Kapolei. Vavae Tata one win away from becoming Hawaii’s all-time wins leader based on percentage at 3-0, joining Walter Santiago and Waldemar Doane of Radford. (They both won all three of their games, Santiago in relief of Reggie Torres when he was suspended and Doane in place of John Velasco when he died during the OIA playoffs). That’s what you call trivia.

11:01: Kaiser! Nicolas Tom‘s 17 yd TD pass to Isaiah Pongasi-Adric on fourth down gives Kaiser the lead. PAT good. Cougars up 43-40, :51 3rd qtr. And the third quarter just ended. Still time to get out there to see the finish.

11:09: Waianae runs for a touchdown to win 43-37 in overtime over Moanalua. What a game.

11:10: Kato to Kealoha-Cambe for a 13 yd TD pass and Aiea jumps ahead again, 47-43, 10:00, 4th qtr. This could go on all night.

11:12: Most points allowed by Waianae in a winning effort:
54-41 win over Mililani in 2009
48-41 win over Mililani in 2010
43-37 win over Moanalua tonight

Most points by Moanalua in a losing effort:
54-48 loss to Kaiser in 2014
41-38 loss to Farrington in 2013
43-37 loss to Waianae tonight

11:19: Injured Mule on the field at Kailua with 3:11 left. The Surfriders in control 27-14. And now it is final, 27-14 win for Kailua. The Surfriders are 2-0 for the first time since 2003 when they beat Punahou and Campbell. Kailua beats Leilehua for the first time since 2000.

If you see any of these guys around town, they were on the field the last time Kailua beat Leilehua:

KAILUA 34, LEILEHUA 0: Josh Uelese didn’t let a sloppy, wet field slow him down, rushing for 277 yards to lead the Surfriders to the romp.

Quarterback Taleki Mailau rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another.

Kailua (3-3, 4-3) 6 21 7 0–34
Leilehua (2-5, 2-6) 0 0 0 0– 0

Scoring summary

Kail–Taleki Mailau 23 run (kick failed)
Kail–Mailau 6 run (run railed)
Kail–Aaron Lazo 24 pass from Mailau (Josh Uelese run)
Kail–Dean Naki 1 run (Ualese kick)
Kail–Ualese 83 run (Ualese kick)
Individual statistics
Rushing–Kail: Ualese 18-277, Mailau 5-21, Brenton Harbottle 4-6, McDonald Abejon 3-1. Lei: Mackenzie Hanson 2-35, Jerome Edayan 2-18, Michael Sanchez 3-8, Bryan Ford 5-8, Ricardo Bachelor 1-3, Sean Palea 3-1, Joshua Tomas 4-0.
Passing–Kail: Mailau 6-13-0 for 98 yards. Lei: Sanchez 1-2-0 for 19 yards, Spencer Omalza 1-4-1 for 5 yards.
Receiving–Kail: Ualese 1-43, Lazo 1-24, Henry Timu 2-16, Harbottle 1-13 ,Ryan Lum 1-2. Lei: Kaikea Soares 1-19, Timothy Collier 1-5.
Junior varsity: Kailua 26, Leilehua 12.

11:46: Aiea 47, Kaiser 43, FINAL


  1. Garrett August 15, 2015 12:51 am

    Great update

  2. Jerry Campany August 15, 2015 1:21 am

    Thanks, Garrett, it isn’t easy. But kind words are rare on the internet and you just made it worth it.

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