The Friday night lights are fired up and we expect updates fast and furious here in the control room. A lot of good matchups tonight, Paul Honda has a separate live blog from the Stadium and Billy Hull has another one from the Division II fracas between Kalaheo and Kalani at Kaiser. Here is what is going down:
FB: Fagaitua vs. Saint Louis
FB: Kaiser at Kahuku
FB: Kalaheo vs. Kalani at Kaiser
FB: Waianae at Castle
FB: McKinley at Waipahu
FB: Moanalua at Aiea
FB: Kamehameha at Hilo
8:11: Early returns are in and they are not good for Baldwin this year. The Bears trail Mission Viejo 49-7 in the fourth quarter and the California team punted for the first time with 10:21 left. Baldwin’s only score came on one of its many kickoff returns, Laakea Kahoohanhano-Davis for 80 yards.
8:14: Saint Louis is already up 14-0 on Fagaitua.
8:15: Remember when Kalani went nearly a decade without winning a game? Those days are over. The Falcons force a three-and-out and go up 7-0 on Kalaheo on a 6-yard run by Sean Silas. The scoreboard at Kaiser finally died, probably from repeated usage from Rich Miano‘s years over there scoring points every two minutes.
8:23: Kamehameha having as easy a time with Hilo as Punahou did, Thomas Yam with four touchdowns, three of them through the air, and the Warriors lead the Vikings 41-0 at the half.
8:24: Moanalua jumped on Aiea from the minute the other TV game started, Na Menehune lead Na Alii 14-0 after the first quarter.
8:26: Josh Pacheco reports that Kamehameha is mercifully sitting Yam for the second half after 157 yards passing and 82 yards rushing. Only one of his nine throws fell to the turf.
8:29: I think it is safe to say Hilo is going to fall to an Oahu team once again. The Vikings haven’t beaten a team from Oahu since taking out Moanalua in 1975, a span of more than 30 games. It is amazing what happened to the team that pushed Kahuku so hard just last November.
8:31: The game that figured to be closest tonight isn’t so close. Waipahu leads McKinley 12-0 after one quarter. Mission Viejo closes out Baldwin 63-7.
8:34: Moanalua scores again, its third time on the ground.
8:37: It probably goes without saying that Kamehameha is going to win, but I find it surprising that the Warriors are unbeaten since 1973 when scoring 38 points or more. They already have 41.
8:41: Paul Honda reports on his blog that Saint Louis is throttling Fagaitua 28-6 in the second quarter. The Vikings scored on a long pass, that seems like an important takeaway from what appears to be a blowout. If the Crusaders can get popped for a bomb by the running team from Samoa, it doesn’t portend good things in the ILH.
8:43: Javen Towne plunges in from a yard out and Waianae leads Castle 7-0 in the first quarter. Can they keep Castle’s hot receiver down, though? Nobody has so far. The Seariders’ drive covered 76 yards in 16 plays.
8:49: Kahuku scores against Kaiser, LeRod Tongi from seven yards out. 7-0 with 5:50 left in the first. It is always a new hero for the Red Raiders.
8:53: Waianae goes to Towne again, this time from two yards out. Waianae leads Castle 14-0 after the first quarter. This might be the week normalcy returns to the OIA, but Nelson Maeda won’t go quietly.
8:54: Moanalua blitzing Aiea 28-0 with four minutes left in the second. Last week’s darlings are in trouble.
8:57: The headline on the today’s sports page was “Pride of Waianae” in reference to Max Holloway. Towne might have something to say about that tonight. Not to mention former Searider Sonest Furtado, who scored UH’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to No. 3 Stanford in women’s soccer.
9:01: Sean Silas scores again for Kalani, capping a 10-play, 51-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run. Kalani 14, Kalaheo 0, Q2.
9:04: Saint Louis up 41-6 at the half and the starters can start heading to Zippys. Since I looked it up for Kamehameha, might as well look it up for the Crusaders. They have never lost when they have scored more than 47 points.
9:06: Moanalua is so hard to stop once it gets rolling. Na Menehune lead Aiea 34-0 before halftime. Let’s hope they don’t make Aiea’s cheerleaders do pushups after every score. Moanalua’s squad doesn’t need to worry about such things. Here is a video from OC16.
9:11: Kalani goes into halftime with a 14-0 lead on Kalaheo. Silas missed last game with an injury and ran for 159 in opener vs Pac-Five, he has two TDs already.
9:14: Kamehameha goes final with a 41-0 win over Hilo. It is the first time Kamehameha has shut out successive opponents since 2008 when it blanked Iolani and Damien. The Warriors have never blanked three opponents in a row in the Prep Bowl and State Championship eras. They play Saint Louis next.
9:19: Kaiser got on the board against Kahuku but Kesi Ah Hoy answered with a two yard run to make it 13-3 Kahuku in the second quarter.
9:20: Waipahu throttling McKinley 26-0 at the half.
9:21: K-A-S-S-O. Castle returns a blocked punt for a TD. Jeremy McGoldrick runs it in for a 2 pt conversion. Knights cut Waianaes lead to 14-8, 5:37 2nd qtr
9:23: Moanalua’s Michael Feliciano is going to have quite a highlight film just from tonight’s performance on OC-16. Four touchdowns in the first half, We are not sure of the record but Jesse Carney had at least six once and Mark Atuaia might have had seven.
9:29: Javen Towne is doing his own Feliciano impression, going straight up the middle for a 16 yard TD, his third of the first half. Waianae leads Castle 22-8 at the half.
9:31: Kahuku’s Sefa Ameperosa rushes for a 40-yard TD with 3:31 left in the half, as the Red Raiders take a 20-3 lead over Kaiser.
9:34: Tyson Tagami catches a 15-yard TD pass on fourth down and Kalani leads Kalaheo 21-0 in the third quarter. Kalani is working on a shutout, it hasn’t had two years in a row with shutout since 1995-96. The Falcons shut out Waialua last year. Kalani is 24-16 when it scores more than 20 points. Kalaheo has never given up 30 points and won except for a forfeit after the fact. Long way to go in this one, though.
9:40: Aiea on the board on a long pass play with a pretty run after catch. Na Alii were shut out three times last year but won’t be held scoreless — Yet — this year. Moanalua up 34-6 in the third.
9:48: Sam Cantiberos better dig in for the long haul, Waipahu is up on his Tigers 40-0 after three quarters. The Tigers are not going to let Waipahu approach the 73 they gave up to Mililani last week, but still. The Tigers have never given up more than 25 points and won.
9:51: And it is final, Saint Louis 55, Fagaitua 6. Tua was his masterful self.
9:55: Aiea on the board again, but it still trails Moanalua 34-12 with five minutes left in the third. Kahuku hits the half with a 20-3 lead. Cameron Higgins better do some talking during the break, his Cougars are still in it and they get the ball to open the second half. As disappointed as Kahuku fans were losing at Kaiser last year, if they somehow lost at home there would be plenty of silence on the short rides home.
9:56: Mark Lehrner with a 21-yard TD pass to Kamani Ah Yat to cut the Falcons lead to 21-6 here in the third. Shutout averted, but the Mustangs have scored 26 points in their last four games dating back to last year. Kalani 21, Kalaheo 6, End 3.
10:00: Waipahu hasn’t shut out an opponent since doing it to Waialua in 2011. As a matter of fact, the Marauders have held an opponent under 10 points only three times over that span. And just like that, the Tigers get on the board with a safety.
10:14: Aiea coming back, they close to within 34-13 on a short out just before the fourth quarter starts. Waianae scores again on Castle, this time on a short pass. The Seariders lead 29-8 with 3 minutes left in the third.
10:17: Sean Silas with his third rushing TD of the game (4 yards). Kalani 28, Kalaheo 6, Q4.The Falcons are 18-8 when scoring 28 points or more.
10:21: Kahuku improves its lead to 34-3 in the third. Take away last year’s 20 points and the Cougars have scored just nine points in five games against Kahuku in the state championship era.
10:26: Waianae leads Castle 29-8 after Jaren Ulu‘s 10 yd TD pass to Ezekiah Moniz-Hopeau. Castle hasn’t beaten Waianae since 2009.
10:27: Finally a McGoldrick sighting after he was held without a catch in the first half. Willie Ewaliko throws an 8 yd TD pass to McGoldrick. Castle trails Waianae 29-14, :49, 3rd qtr.
10:28: Kalani goes final with a 29-14 win over Kalaheo. The Mustangs off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 2005 and they have lost seven in a row, you have to reach back to 2006 to find as long a losing streak. They haven’t been 0-4 since their winless season in 2001, but they get Anuenue next week.
10:35: Waianae 29, Castle 14, end 3rd qtr. Moanalua has a 40-19 lead on Aiea with 8 minutes left.
10:38: Jensen McDaniel is out with a sprained ankle suffered in Aiea game. Trying to make it back for next week. 3Q, 7:20 — Sefa Ameperosa 7 run (Sasaoka kick) 27-3. 3Q, 4:52 — Ted Kenese 4 run (Sasaoka kick) 34-3 after three quarters. Going into Kahuku without McDaniel was a tough task, that boy is a difference maker. Kaiser is 0-3, it hasn’t been 0-4 since its winless season in 2010 but I daresay this Cougar squad is way more talented than that one was despite the presence of Josh Gonda. Take away McDaniel, though, and 2010 might be better.
10:50: Towne scores on a 12 yd run for his fourth TD of the night. Waianae leads 36-14, 5:46, 4th qtr. That gives Towne seven touchdowns in three games.
10:53: Moanalua 40, Aiea 19. Na Menehune have put up 40 or more points four times in Jason Cauley‘s 12 games as head coach. They only did it 19 times other times in the history of their program. Micheal Feliciano picks up the OC16 Impact Player award. Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo gets the honors for Aiea.
10:57: Waipahu goes final, 47-2 over McKinley. Big win for the Marauders, it’s the 10th time in school history over 46 points and the first time since 2010. The Tigers have surrendered 159 points in three games this year after having a fine defensive group just two years ago.
11:04: Ewaliko scores on a 2 yard run, pass failed. Castle trails Waianae 36-20, 3:06, 4th qtr
11:12: Kahuku goes final, 34-3. Red Raiders get McKinley next week. How long can the Tigers keep lining the boys up against this kind of opposition? Kaiser gets a much-needed bye before taking on Waipahu. One win goes a long way toward a playoff berth.
11:20: Waianae goes final with a 36-20 win over Castle. The Seariders get a desperate Leilehua squad next while the Knights draw inspired Waipahu.
11:24: Official stats have Feliciano with 133 yards on 27 carries for Moanalua against Aiea. Tahje Canyon can rest easy, his school record is safe for one more week. Feliciano has 492 yards and nine touchdowns after just three games.
11:29: Waipahu’s leaders: Blaise De Asis 75 yards rushing and 266 yards passing. Andrew Simanu with 123 yards receiving on five catches.
And I think that completes another night of prep football. Time to put a newspaper to bed.