Week 4 of the 2015 Hawaii high school season gets underway tonight with six games on Oahu. Check out our Friday Night Game Notes from Thursday with some tidbits on each game.
Friday night’s games
No. 9 Waianae (2-1, 2-0) at Leilehua (0-2, 0-1)
McKinley (0-3, 0-2) at No. 4 Kahuku (3-0, 2-0)
Waipahu (1-1, 1-1) at Castle (1-2, 1-1)
Kalani (1-2, 1-1) vs. Radford (2-0, 2-0) at Aiea
Waialua (3-0, 2-0) at Roosevelt (1-2, 0-2)
Murrieta Mesa (Calif.) vs. St. Francis (2-1) at Ching Field
6:25 p.m.: The two surprise 3-0 teams so far this season are Kailua, which plays at Aiea on Saturday in a game that was moved a week ago, and Waialua, which plays at Roosevelt tonight. The Bulldogs have never started 4-0 in the Prep Bowl/state championships era and are quickly down 7-0 to the Rough Riders early in the first quarter.
6:38 p.m.: St. Francis is 5-16 since starting its varsity football program in 2013 but is undefeated in two games against out-of-state teams. That undefeated mark looks to be in trouble as the Saints have come out flat against Murrieta Mesa (Calif.) and trail 16-0 in the first quarter.
Paul Honda is all set up at Hugh Yoshida Stadium and will LIVE BLOG WAIANAE AT LEILEHUA HERE.
6:45 p.m.: Rough Riders still leading Waialua 7-0 to start the second quarter. Bulldogs have scored at least 21 points in every game this season.
Murrieta Mesa is live streaming its game against St. Francis.
6:57 p.m.: Supi Mailei ends a Murrieta Mesa drive with a sack after a Saints fumble deep in Rams territory.
7 p.m.: Waialua 7, Roosevelt 7, Q2.
7:08 p.m.:Mateo Thompson boots a 25-yard field goal to give Murrieta Mesa a 19-0 lead over St. Francis in the second quarter. The Saints hadn’t given up more than 18 points in a game and only 24 total all year coming in. Rams lead 19-0 at halftime as Scott McLeod takes a knee for the Saints.
7:16 p.m.: Roosevelt and Waialua are also tied 7-7 at the half. Boy, the Rough Riders defense is intriguing. They shut out McKinley, made it tough on the Chargers allowing only 14 points and have held the Bulldogs to seven points. Only bad performance was giving up 43 in one half to Radford last week. Makes you wonder how good that Rams team might really be.
7:42 p.m.: Murrieta Mesa in complete control now as the Rams lead 26-0. St. Francis was shut out four times in its debut season but only once since (Punahou in 2014).
8:00 p.m.: Speaking of those Rams, Radford scores on its second offensive play of the game to go up 6-0 early on Kalani. With Pearl City down this year and ‘Iolani out of D-II, Kapaa looks tough but this might be Fred Salanoa‘s year.
8:01 p.m.: Waialua and Roosevelt head to the fourth quarter tied 7-7. Exact same scenario for the Rough Riders as two weeks ago, when they gave up a late touchdown to lose 14-7 to the Chargers.
8:07 p.m.: Red Raiders need 3:03 to score their first TD against McKinley and it comes on a 46-yard punt return for a TD by Keala Santiago. Meanwhile Murrieta Mesa is now up 33-0 on St. Francis with 4:21 remaining.
8:10 p.m.: Senior QB Quintin Iriarte runs in a TD to make it 13-0 Rams. Radford’s offense is ROLLIN. Radford’s first TD was a 59-yard pass from Iriarte to Blaise Manabe.
8:16 p.m.: Jaemi Harris breaks off a long 70-yard TD run for the Falcons to get Kalani on the board. 13-6 in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Kahuku is up 14-0 and marching quickly toward running clock. Sefa Ameperosa 41-yard TD run.
8:19 p.m.: Murrieta Mesa returns an interception for a score on the final play of the game to wind up with a 39-0 win over St. Francis.
8:22 p.m.: QB Blaise De Asis needs just four plays to drive the Marauders 54 yards for a touchdown, capping it off with a 3-yard TD run. Waipahu up 7-0 early on Castle.
8:30 p.m.: Jonah Soakai, who was going to be Radford’s starting QB but is able to focus on defense with Iriarte performing well, returns an interception for a TD to make it 20-6 Rams. Still in the first quarter.
8:31 p.m.: Castle answers with a 9-play, 81-yard drive capped off by an 8-yard TD run by Quinn Aquino. Knights and Marauders tied 7-7.
8:34 p.m.: Ameperosa’s second TD run (19-yarder) gives Kahuku a 21-0 lead. He could be the first Kahuku RB with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since the final two games of Aofaga Wily‘s storied career in 2012.
8:37 p.m.: Kahuku adds a safety and a 9-yard TD run by Harmon Brown to make it 30-0 over McKinley, still first quarter.
8:38 p.m.: Rams get their fourth TD of the first quarter as Manabe catches a 6-yard TD from Iriarte. 26-6.
8:42 p.m.: Kekaula Kaniho‘s turn to bring back a pick-6 for the Red Raiders. 33-yarder makes it 36-0 early in the second quarter.
8:45 p.m.: Waialua and Roosevelt headed to overtime tied 7-7. Rough Riders’ first OT game since beating Kaiser 22-16 in double OT in final game of 2010 season. Waialua hasn’t played an OT game in the Prep Bowl/state championship era (since 1973).
8:54 p.m.: Both Waialua and Roosevelt score touchdowns in first OT period. It’s 14-14 heading into second OT.
8:54 p.m.: Iriarte with his second TD run and the Rams are doing work on offense, leading Kalani 33-6 in the second quarter.
8:58 p.m.: Kahuku already with 50 and there are still 6 minutes left in the first half. Waianae and Leilehua scoreless after the first quarter.
9:01 p.m.: Roosevelt holds Waialua and pulls out the 17-14 win in double OT. Bulldogs can’t go 4-0. Roosevelt has won five of its last seven games after going 2-28 in previous 30 games.
9:04 p.m.: Jeremy McGoldrick, who has more receiving yards in first three games of a season than any other Castle player ever, catches a 35-yard touchdown to give the Knights a 14-7 lead over Waipahu. Meanwhile, Kahuku is now up 57-0 over McKinley in the second quarter and Radford leads Kalani 40-6 in the second quarter.
9:08 p.m.: From Paul Honda: The Seariders break the scoring drought. Royce Carrick hauls in an easy 20-yard TD pass from Pontes-Borje for the lead. It was a simple play-action on third and 6 out of Waianae’s single-wing look. Carrick was absolutely wide open, just a pure bust. WAIN 7, LEI 0, 8:53.
9:13 p.m.: Kahuku’s 57 points are already the most scored since a 68-0 win over McKinley in 2009. School record is 76.
9:16 p.m.: The Mules are resilient, driving 56 yards with the help of two 15-yard penalties by the visitors. Connor Murakami drills a 21-yard FG. WAIN 7, LEI 3, 6:40.
9:28 p.m.: Waipahu’s Leoncio Ea comes down with a tipped pass for a 35-yard TD. PAT wide. Castle leads 14-13,2:02, 2nd qtr.
SCORES FROM AROUND THE STATE
Konawaena 30, Waiakea 10, Q3
Kamehameha-Maui 25, King Kekaulike 9, Q4
Kamehameha-Hawaii 20, Kealakehe 2, Q2
9:25 p.m.: From Paul Honda: I wouldn’t call this a quarterback controversy, but Pontes-Borje is playing well. No turnovers, crisp on all his handoffs and throws. Playing with authority. Waianae rammed the ball downfield bit by bit before Pontes-Borje delivered a deep corner pass that was ruled pass interference. On the next play, Leilehua has eight in the box when Pontes-Borje hits Isaiah Freeney on a quick post route for a 19-yard TD play. WAIN 14, LEI 3, 2:29.
9:32 p.m.: Kona Andres finds Jadan Gilliland out of the backfield for a TD pass and the Mules creep within 14-10 of Waianae late in the second quarter.
9:34 p.m.: Gavin Quelnan scores on a 7-yard TD run after Willie Ewaliko throws an interception and Waipahu is back in front 19-14. It doesn’t last long though as McGoldrick is going off for the third time in four games at receiver for Castle. 55-yard TD pass and the 2-point conversion is good. Castle leads 22-19, still second quarter.
9:42 p.m.: Kahuku doesn’t seem to want to take the foot off the gas. Cameron Renaud throws a 30-yard TD pass to Kesi Ah-Hoy to make it 71-0.
OAHU TEAMS TO SCORE AT LEAST 75 POINTS IN A GAME
1923: Kamehameha 104, Honolulu Military 0
1999: Saint Louis 89, Pac-Five 7
1923: Punahou 88, Honolulu Military 0
1949: McKinley 87, Hilo 0
2000: Saint Louis 84, Damien 0
1999: Saint Louis 84, Pac-Five 28
1998: Saint Louis 83, Damien 0
1999: Saint Louis 82, Damien 0
1999: Saint Louis 81, Alaska 14
2012: Damien 78, Vacaville 0
1998: Saint Louis 77, Iolani 42
1976: Kahuku 76, Leilehua 6
1980: Leilehua 76, Moanalua 6
2014: Kamehameha 76, Pac-Five 26
1923: McKinley 75, Honolulu Military 0
1991: Kahuku 75, Kalani 12
The first year of the mercy rule (35-point running clock ) was 2001 and there were 17 mercy-rule games that year.
9:51 p.m.: Couple of games at halftime so not much going on except Radford piling up more points. Iriarte with a TD pass to Thomas Reid, who has some D-1 offers. 47-6 over the Falcons.
Radford’s three biggest wins over Kalani (62-0 on Oct. 12, 2001; 50-0 on Aug. 26, 2005; 56-6 on Oct. 9, 2009).
Since the mercy rule was instituted in 2001, Kahuku ties Damien (78-0 W over Vacaville Christian) for most points in a game.
9:59 p.m.: Kodi Ongory-Mathias TD gives Radford 53-6 lead over Kalani, 0:36 3rd
10:01 p.m.: Waianae takes a 21-10 lead after a Kona Andres pick but Andres comes back to find Tyreek Keough for a 15-yard TD to make it 21-17 in the third.
10:03 p.m.: Castle’s Ewaliko throws his third TD of the game but shares the wealth this time, hitting Royce Simeona-Townsend for an 11-yarder to give the Knights a 28-19 lead in the third quarter. That’s 12 TD passes for Ewaliko this season.
10:14 p.m.: Gavin Quelnan breaks loose for a 59 yard TD run. Waipahu cuts Castle’s lead to 28-26, 5:52 3rd qtr.
10:17 p.m.: Radford scores 40 unanswered points and beats Kalani 53-6. In six quarters of actual game action this year, Rams have scored 96 points. Is this OIA D-II team one of the 10 best teams in the state regardless of division?
10:20 p.m.: Kahuku beats McKinley 78-0. Tigers have lost games to Red Raiders and Mililani by a combined score of 151-14.
10:38 p.m.: Waianae leads 35-20. Mules in danger of falling to 0-3 for the first time since they went winless in 2001.
10:46 p.m.: Mosiah Brame with an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown and a Leilehua player is ejecetd on the play. Seariders up 42-20. Gilliland, who scored a TD earlier for the Mules, is the player ejected.
10:53 p.m.: Castle makes it a two-possession game as McGoldrick hauls in his third TD of the game. Fourth TD pass for Ewaliko. Knights lead 35-26, 5:30 left.
10:55 p.m.: Waianae has its first 50-point game since a 54-41 win over Mililani in 2009 in which it had three different players rush for more than 100 yards.
10:58 p.m.: Blaise De Asis runs for his second TD to cut Castles lead to 35-32, 2:56 Q4.
SCORES FROM AROUND THE STATE
Kamehameha-Maui 25, King Kekaulike 9
Konawaena 57, Waiakea 17
Kealakehe 22, Kamehameha-Hawaii 20
FINAL: Castle improves to 2-2, 2-1 in OIA Red with 35-32 win over Waipahu (1-2, 1-2). Knights lead head-to-head against Marauders 7-6 dating back to 1973.
11:14 p.m.: Leilehua loses another player to an ejection for targeting but scores a late touchdown to make it 50-28.
FINAL: Waianae 50, Leilehua 28. Mules give up 50 points in a game for the first time since a 56-42 loss to Farrington to end the 2012 season.