Friday update, Sept. 18

Na Menehune get ready to defend their turf. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Na Menehune get ready to defend their turf. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

The 3-day wall-to-wall prep football experience continues with the Friday games, let’s see what we have here:

• Saint Louis 28, ‘Iolani 17, Final
• Punahou 28, Kamehameha 17, Final
• Waianae 69, Waipahu 28, Final
• Kaiser 48, Castle 32, Final
• Kailua 37, Moanalua 24, Final
• Campbell 46, Aiea 30, Final
• Kalaheo 39, Roosevelt 29, Final
• Radford 54, Pearl City 14, Final
• Baldwin 38, King Kekaulike 0, Final
• KS-Hawaii 55, Keaau 12, Final
• Konawaena 39, Kealakehe 9, Final

Saint Louis already beat ‘Iolani, but the Raiders hung tough. It helped that Crusaders quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sat out, and whispers around the island are that it might not be the only game he sits out this year. Paul Honda was on the scene and provided a live blog here:

It sounds like backup quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was rudely introduced to big-boy football by Christian Naeole but got the job done. ‘Iolani has got to be pleased with the effort, but drops to 0-2 in the ILH. It is the fewest points ‘Iolani has given up against an ILH Division I team since 2010 when it held Kamehameha to 17 in a win and the first time it has held the Crusaders to 28 or fewer since 2009.


Mr. Honda will stick around and cover tonight’s big clash between Punahou and Kamehameha, the longest rivalry in terms of games in the nation. The teams have played 183 times since 1903, with Kamehameha holding an 89-86-6 edge. Much has changed since the first meeting, including media coverage. To the right is the complete game story from the first meeting in 1903.

Prep football coverage was in its infancy then, there is no score in the story but Kamehameha won it 6-0. The teams have alternated in the series by decade since the 1950s but Punahou has won the last four meetings. That’s the longest streak since the Buffanblu won five in a row from 2005-2008. Punahou standouts like Ephraim Tuliloa and Wayne Taulapapa don’t know what it feels like to lose to the Warriors, you have to believe Kamehameha wants to make them feel it at least once before they graduate.

Billy Hull is over at the Castle-Kaiser fracas, he will provide a live blog as well:

Jensen McDaniel needs 205 rush yards to get to 2,000 in 14 games, but I am sure it it the furthest thing on Cameron Higgins‘ mind against the tricky Nelson Maeda.

And away we go. Hopefully we don’t have a repeat of last night, when Mililani and Farrington played an entertaining game that went until midnight.

8:14: McDaniel wastes no time, scoring on a 10-yard TD run for Kaiser. Punahou wastes no time, either, Nick Kapule to Keala Martinson for 77 yards on the second play from scrimmage and the Buffanblu lead 7-0.

I don’t remember who started ‘Iolani’s first game this year at QB, they were in a rotation, but it is possible that each of the four ILH Division I teams are on their second quarterbacks and it is only week two.

8:18: Kailua at Moanalua about to start. Mililani coach Rod York in attendance. Trojans play both teams over next two weeks. I wonder if he got a good nap today. I know I needed one.

Baldwin 24, King Kekaulike 0, halftime.

8:19: It was a day of good news and bad news today. Mililani’s Jalen Olomua was reported to be okay after leaving last night’s game in an ambulance and Anuenue officially forfeited the rest of the schedule to avoid the same fate.

8:22: Paul Honda‘s blog is up for Punahou-Kamehameha:

8:23: Jensen McDaniel 2-yard TD run. Kaiser 14, Castle 0, 5:47, Q1. That boy is unstoppable behind Michael Eletise.

8:24: Via JR DeGroot‘s Twitter, Kealakehe gets on the board: Kolby Martin 26-yard FG. Konawaena 6, Kealakehe 3. 6:22/2Q

8:26: Speaking of unstoppable: Moanalua 6, Kailua 0; Michael Feliciano 45 run. conversion failed. 10:22 left 1sr Q.

8:30: Justice Young hits Jaycob Cabunoc from 48 yards out to tie Punahou and Kamehameha, 7-7. Fatu stated the game at QB.

8:34: Moanalua 6, Kailua 2; Kawehe Kohatsu forces QB Alakai Yuen into intentional grounding in end zone. Na Menehune don’t want to get into a defensive battle with the Surfriders, that’s for sure. Na Menehune have scored 34, 52 and 46 points the last three times they played Kailua and won all three. That’s 132 points in three games. The Surfriders were 12-0 against Moanalua before that, with Moanalua scoring 129 points total.

8:39: Poor Campbell. Aiea jumps out to a 10-0 lead on the Sabers in the first quarter. Na Alii have never beaten Amosa Amosa and haven’t taken down Campbell since 2010, a streak of five games with one touchdown in the last three. Wendell Say has already matched that.

8:44: Konawaena stings Kealakehe with a 38-yard pass as the halftime horn sounds for a 12-3 lead. I don’t want to be a fly on the wall of the locker room after that.

8:49: Kailua 9, Moanalua 6; Martin Tigilau 17 pass from Noah Auld. 9:08 left 2nd Q. They had to start playing catch sooner or later.

8:50: Castle on the Kaiser 20 as the first quarter ends. Kaiser 28, Castle 0. End 1. Willie Ewaliko 2-yard TD run. Kick failed. Kaiser 28, Castle 6, 10:38, Q2.

8:51: Waipahu and Waianae finally set to kick off in the varsity game.

8:52: Nic Tom 85-yard kickoff return for a TD. Kick failed. Kaiser 34, Castle 6, 10:21, Q2. The Cougars won’t possibly be in the picture come playoff time will they? I don’t know, but if they go down they will look good doing it.

8:53: Pearl City takes a 7-0 lead against Radford. Israel Kaleo 9 yd pass from Kekainalu Simon. PAT good. 9:17, 1st qtr. Let’s see what the Rams are made of, they looked like the class of division II today. You know what’s scary for them? With the Anuenue announcement, Lincoln Barit and Waialua will get two weeks to prepare for them.

8:59: Radford answers with a 4-play, 80-yd drive. Ace Faumui 10 yd TD run. PAT good. 7-7, 7:40 1st qtr.

Waipahu leads Waianae 7-0 in the first. Shocker? It’s the first time Waipahu has scored on Waianae since 2012. The Maraduers haven’t beat the Seariders since 2008.

9:02: Makana Smith 15-yard TD pass from Willie Ewaliko. Kaiser 34, Castle 12, 8:32, Q2. Ewaliko came to play, but where’s McGoldrick?

9:06: Radford converts a fumble recovery into a 4-play scoring drive. QB Quintin Iriarte 12 yd run. PAT good. Rams lead 14-7, 5:42 1st qtr. That hurts, the Rams don’t need the help.

9:07: Marcus Ramos was just mugged going for a pass up on the TV, and Kawika Ulufale sneaks in from the one to give the Sabers the lead 14-10. Darren Hernandez says Campbell is doing a good job of limiting Aiea’s big receiver. Let’s see how long that lasts. They don’t need him. Zelius Maae-Liupaono just took a short pass and blew Campbell’s secondary away for a 72-yard touchdown. Wow, that was some speed right there. Not even Solomon Matautia would have caught him. Aiea 17-14 in the second.

9:14: Kailua 16, Moanalua 6; Isaiah Damo-Agcaoili 25 pass from Auld.

9:15: Radford extends the lead on a 20 yd TD pass from Iriarte to Thomas Reid. Rams lead Pearl City 21-7, 3:38 1st qtr.

9:17: It appears Kamehameha is confusing Punahou on both sides of the ball, the Warriors still lead 14-7 in the second, even Jet Toner has missed a kick. Kamehameha alternating between Jordan Baduyan on the ground, Sua-Godinet on draws and bombs to Kumoku Noa. Problem is, Punahou has only a 33 percent change to pick which play Kamehameha will run. Adam Stack adds a trey and Kamehameha leads 17-7 at the half. There is a lot of experience on the Punahou coaching staff, and it is certain they won’t hold their tongues at the break.

9:23: Kaiser 34, Castle 12. HALFTIME. Jensen McDaniel with 90 yards on 18 carries. If anyone can handle 36 carries in a game, it’s McDaniel. Or Aofaga Wily, but we all know how that turned out for his collegiate football career.

9:28: Campbell scores on an amazing catch that still has Felipe Ojastro gushing. Sabers 20, Aiea 17, 3 minutes before the half. I like that OC16 chose this game, it is as close to a playoff game as we have this week, the loser will probably be on the outside looking in and both teams are playing like it. What if Campbell gets in and Terell Johnson is finally healthy? I wouldn’t count them out against any Red team except Kahuku.

9:39: Jordan Walker blocks a PC punt. Kodi Ongory-Mathias scores on a 5 yd run. PAT good. Radford up 28-14, 7:26 2nd qtr.

9:43: Kailua 30, Moanalua 6; Kalei Kealoha-Machado 21 pass fron Auld. How about that Surfriders defense?

9:50: Faumui INT sets up another Radford TD. Solomon Loggins 27 yd pass from Iriarte. PAT no good. Rams lead 34-14, 6:11 2nd qtr.

9:52: And there’s the golden boy: Jeremy McGoldrick 19-yard TD pass from Willie Ewaliko. 2-point conversion no good. Kaiser 34, Castle 18, 9:33, Q3.

9:54: That was short lived. Nic Tom 36-yard TD run. Kaiser 41, Castle 18, 7:42, Q3.

9:56: Kailua’s defense this year has held Farrington to 19 points, Kapolei to 6 and Leilehua to 14. And now the Surfriders have Moanalua held to six. Na Menehune have not been held below three touchdowns all year and put 45 on Farrington and 37 on Waianae.

9:57: Radford 34, Pearl City 14, halftime. Rams QB Quintin Iriarte 5-for-6, 91 yds, 2 TDs. The Rams have lost three in a row against the Chargers, and have scored more than 30 on them for the first time since 2001.

10:00: Campbell leads Aiea 26-17 at the half. Courtesy of Twitter, here’s what OC16 broadcasters see to help them bring up all those stats in an instant:


I doubt they have a program that helps Ojastro come up with all of his delicious anecdotes, like how many Na Alii are suffering from the flu.

10:05: KS-Hawaii whips Keaau 55-12 to keep the Kipimana Cup.

10:06: Jensen McDaniel now with 103 rushing yards, giving him his 10th 100-yard performance in 14 career games.

10:06: Kalaheo 33- Roosevelt 14, third quarter

10:07: Jeremy McGoldrick 16-yard TD pass from Willie Ewaliko. Kaiser 41, Castle 24, 1:45, Q3. Ewaliko is putting together a good game in a certain loss.

10:09: A thrill a minute on the television. Campbell opens the second half with an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown and 32-17 lead.

10:15: Rams treating Chargers like a common mainland scrub. Faumui scores on a 50 yd run on the fourth play of the second half. PAT wide left. Rams lead 40-14, 10:35 3rd qtr.

10:18: Down 32-24 in the third and Aiea comes up with a fumble. Fans are not going to be speaking very loud tomorrow, there is a LOT of noise coming out of the television.

10:19: Waianae and Waipahu finally hit the half with the Seariders leading 34-28. That’s right, the half. It is going to be a long ride back to Waipahu if the Marauders don’t make something happen. Hope traffic doesn’t back up in Nanakuli.

10:22: Jeremy McGoldrick 7-yard TD pass from Willie Ewaliko. Third TD for McGoldrick. Kaiser 41, Castle 32, 9:49, Q4.

10:22: Taulapapa scores for Punahou, Buffanblu lead 28-17 with under five minutes left. The Warriors can certainly march and come up with a miracle, but a loss like this would be tough to take after coming up just short against Saint Louis last week. But this isn’t a huge surprise, the Buffanblu did the same thing to Del Oro.

10:25: Radford blocks a punt for the second time tonight. Faumui caps a 25-yd drive with a 1 yard run. PAT good. Rams lead 47-14, 7:45 3rd qtr.

10:25: Kailua 37, Moanalua 18; Feliciano 22 pass from Yuen.

10:26: Aiea scores another touchdown on an incredible catch by Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo, his third of the night. You can scheme to hold him down for a quarter or a half, but not an entire game. Crazy athletic. Campbell leads 32-30 with eight minutes left in the third. Aiea’s conversion pass was a letdown after the spectacular TD.

10:33: Here comes Moanalua. Kailua 37, Moanalua 24; Kaimi Kinni 42 pass from Yuen.

10:35: And it’s final, Punahou beats Kamehameha 17-7. That closes the all-time series 89-87-6 in favor of Kamehameha. Punahou has won five in a row in the series for the first time since 2006-2008 and hasn’t won six in a row since 1994-96. They play again Oct. 8.

10:38: Parker Higgins puts this one away with a 31-yard TD run. Kaiser 48, Castle 32, 3:27, Q4. It seems every week I question Kaiser’s ability to close, and every week the Cougars prove me wrong. Kaiser has beaten Castle in successive years for the first time ever.

10:42: Radford 47, Pearl City 14, end 3rd qtr. Chasing the running clock to be able to get home at a decent hour.

10:47: Kaiser 48, Castle 32, Final.

10:52: The third quarter ends in the crazy Aiea-Campbell game with the Sabers leading 32-30. Amosa Amosa lost a close one last week, the man has a big heart but I don’t know if he can take another heartbreaker.

Kailua's Martin Tigilau stretches for a pass ahead of Moanalua's Andrew Nava. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Kailua’s Martin Tigilau stretches for a pass ahead of Moanalua’s Andrew Nava. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

10:55: Kailua goes final with a 37-24 win over Moanalua. The Surfriders beat Na Menehune for the first time since 2011 and more importantly move to 6-1 with only Mililani left on the regular season schedule. It’s the most wins by a Kailua team since 2003 when they went 8-3-1 with Kekoa Sua and Damien Torres churning out yards. That team went to the state tournament before losing to Baldwin on Maui.

11:05: Campbell up to 39-30 but Aiea is driving with 9:47 left.

11:06: Radford 54, Pearl City 14 final. Radford breaks a three-game losing streak to the Chargers and wins for the first time since 2012 and breaks 51 points on them for the first time ever. The Rams points scored this year: 51, 74, 48, 53, 43. Looking like a mini Mililani over there. Radford gave up as more points against Pearl City as it had in its previous four games COMBINED.

11:12: But Radford is not alone in putting up points. Waianae is already over 50 and their output this year reads like this: 13, 43, 36, 50, 90. That’s 50-plus in three games in a row. Walter Young has got something special working out West. Before this year, the Seariders had scored more than 50 only ten times in the Prep Bowl and State Championship eras. I’d say they are back, but they have never really left.

11:17: Aiea making more noise up there, boy Kobe Kato throws a nice ball. He is up to 366 in this game, a career high, and has Na Alii threatening to score. Ooh, I wrote that a second too soon. Picked off in the end zone! 45-30 Campbell. Ouch. 102-yard interception return.

Kato will get the ball back, though, needing 22 yards to tie Tino Tuli with 388 for the school record. That effort came in a loss to Campbell in 1994, what goes around comes around.

11:22: Kalaheo goes final with a 39-29 win over Roosevelt. It avenges a 19-9 loss last year, the Mustangs visit Radford next. Roosevelt gets a bye before closing against Kaimuki.

11:27: OC16 has Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo with 202 receiving yards. That would a school record easily, the current mark is 183 by Josh Blakemore in 2005 against Castle and the first Na Alii ever over 200 in a game. He came into the game with 272 yards in four games.

11:33: Remember when Waianae put up 90 on McKinley and sounded embarrassed about it? The Seariders are up to 69 against Waipahu. Before this year, their most points in a game was 63. They have beat that mark in back-to-back weeks. Kaiser, which gave up plenty to Willie Ewaliko and Castle tonight, is up next.

11:35: And Kato gets it done. He breaks the school record to cap a crazy game. Unfortunately for the record breakers, though, Campbell gets the edge in the playoff race. It’s final, 46-30 Campbell. And the Sabers finally get their first win of the season. Amosa was in danger of matching Campbell’s winless 1999 season, and now he has his team almost in the playoffs.

And that will do it. Fine night of Prep football, we won’t be doing this tomorrow with the UH game going on, but Damien plays St. Francis and Kahuku takes on Leilehua.


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