GAME NIGHT 10/20: Kaiser/Kaimuki

Kaimuki 30, Kaiser 14, final

7:23: Game over.

7:22: The Cougars get to the 1 and with the clock running down, Tom is stopped at the 1. He gets one more play off, but the ball squirts loose and is recovred by Kaimuki’s Elijah Lemalu.

7:19: Esteban catches a 16-yard Tom pass. Kaiser has the ball on the Kaimuki 11. 1:05 left in game.

7:17: On a second down play, Tom is sacked by Enzo Lucero of the Bulldogs.

7:16: Tom passes to Yoshino for 34 yards to the Kaimuki 27.

7:15: Kaiser punts.

7:14: Asuega-Fualaau is hurt and carried off the field. A leg problem.

7:04: Tom is sacked once and then throws three incomplete passes. Kaimuki ball on its 36.

7:00: Kaiser gets great field position after a short punt — on the Bulldogs’ 32.

6:55: Kaimuki is in a super tight elephant package. They don’t move and punt.

6:54: On fourth down and 6 from the 29, a Tom pass falls incomplete. Kaimuki ball at the 29.

6:52: Tom’s pass to Kaulana Esteban for the Cougars helps bring the ball to the Kaimuki 33.

6:45: Four plays later, Kaimuki’s Stephens finds a gaping hole on the right side of the line and takes it to the house for a 37-yard touchdown. Asuega-Fualaau goes around right end for the 2-point conversion run. KAIMUKI 30, KAISER 14, 10:24 left in game.


6:42: Third quarter ends.

6:41: The Bulldogs get an 11-yard gain from Asuega-Fualaau to the Kaiser 49.

6:38: Kaiser gets a first down, but is stopped on four downs at the Kaimuki 39.

6:29: After two offsides penalties against the Cougars, Asuega-Fualaau goes around right end for an 8-yard TD. Asuega-Fualaau sweeps left for the 2-point conversion. KAIMUKI 22, KAISER 14, 3:39 left in third quarter.

6:24: In the elephant package, Asuega-Fualaau jitterbugs his way to the end zone for an apparent 13-yard TD, but it is called back on a holding penalty.

6:21: Asuega-Fualaau goes off left tackle and finds a big hole for a 43-yard gain all the way to the Kaiser 18.

6:20: Faasoa scrambles for 19 yards to the 39.

6:17: A Kaiser punt goes into the end zone. Kaimuki ball at the 20.

6:16: The Cougars’ Matsumoto churns for gains of 18 and 5 yards. The ball is on the Kaimuki 37.

6:13: Kaiser begins to march after the second-half kick, but the drive stalls on downs when Joseph Chin sacks Faasoa on fourth down. Cougars take over on their 40


Halftime stats:

At John Kauinana Stadium
Kaiser 7 7 — 14
Kaimuki 6 8 — 14
KAIS—Mason Yoshino 17 pass from Koa Tom (Kyler Halvorsen kick)
KAIM—Naomas Asuega-Fualaau 40 run (run failed)
KAIM—Kaulana Kaluna Jr. 16 pass from Jonah Fa‘asoa (Koby Moananu pass from Fa‘asoa)
KAIS—Jesse Stroede 41 pass from Tom (Halvorsen kick)

#7 Noah Matsumoto 5-32,
#1 Tom 4-1,
#44 Calvin Lime 2-10

#1 Asuega-Fualaau 11-71,
#6 Jonah Stevens 6-34,
#15 Fa‘asoa 1-1

#1 Tom 4-17-0-91

Fa‘asoa 8-10-0-82

#88 Yoshino 1-17,
#2 Stroede 2-48,
#4 Dre Falls 1-26

#4 Kaluna 1-16,
#2 Alex Lemalu 2-11,
#85 Moananu 3-35,
#20 Elijah Lemalu 2-20


5:52: Halftime.

5:52: A Faasoa pass to Moananu goes for 10 yards as time runs out in the half.

5:48: Elijah Lemalu catches an 8-yard pass from Faasoa and gives a planned lateral to Stephens, who goes 11 more yards to the Kaiser 27. 0:08 left in first half.

5:45: Kaimuki’s Moananu makes a 17-yard reception, and Elijah Lemalu catches a pass for 14 yards — both from Faasoa. Bulldogs ball on the Cougars’ 46. 0:26 left in first half.

5:41: On fourth and 1 from the Kaimuki 41, Tom passes to Jesse Stroede in the left flat. A Kaimuki defender overcommits, going for the interception and misses, leaving Stroede all alone with the ball. He finishes off the 41-yard touchdown play. Halvorsen kicks the extra point. KAIMUKI 14, KAISER 14, 1:33 left in first half.

5:36: Bulldogs get a total of 1 yard on three plays and punt.

5:34: Cougars can’t get farther and punt. Kaumiki ball at its 20.

5:30: Dre Falls takes a short Tom pass and jukes his way for a 26-yard gain. First down at the Bulldogs’ 36.

5:29: The Bulldogs’ Quynton Brackens sacks Tom for a 5-yard loss. It’s third and long for Kaiser.

5:26: Bulldogs go three and out and punt. Kaiser ball at its 43.

5:21: On a third-down play, Paama flattens Tom as he’s throwing and the pass falls incomplete. Kaiser punts.

5:15: Faasoa hits Kaulana Kaluna Jr. in stride over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown. Faasoa then finds Koby Moananu on an out patter in the right corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion. KAIMUKI 14, KAISER 7, 8:58 left in first half.

5:12: Asuega-Fualaau, lined up as a running back, takes a pitch from Jonah Faasoa and goes around right end for 10 yards and a personal foul penalty on Kaiser brings the ball to the Cougars’ 15.


5:09: First quarter ends.

5:08: On a fourth down and 1 from the Kaimuki 44, Kaiser’s Matsumoto is dropped for a 3-yard loss by Sama Paama. Bulldogs ball at their 47.

5:02: Three plays later, Asuega-Fualaau goes 40 yards for a touchdown, picking up a key block from #45 (not on roster). Stephens’ 2-point run attempt fails. KAISER 7, KAIMUKI 6, 1:47 left in first quarter.

4:59: Kaiser’s turn to punt. Jonah Stephens’ 67-yard punt return for Kaimuki is called back due to a penalty. Bulldogs ball at the Kaiser 46.

4:54: The Bulldogs go three and out and punt.

4:48: Kaiser quarterback Koa Tom hits Mason Yoshino in the middle front of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown.

4:46: Noah Matsumoto rushes 23 yards for the Cougars. On a fourth-down and 3 play, Kaimuki jumps offside and gives a first down to the Bulldogs’ 15. Kyler Halvorsen kicks the extra point. KAISER 7, KAIMUKI 0, 7:10 to go in first quarter.

4:43: Bulldogs on the move. Quarterback Naomas Asuega-Fualaau rushes for 14, 7 and 29 yards, but fumbles on that third carry. Joseph Chin recovers for Kaiser and returns it 15 yards to midfield.

4:40: Cougars go three and out and punt.

4:38: Kaiser takes the kickoff and starts from its 37.

4:20 p.m. Sunny skies and trades 10-15 mph here at John Kauinana Stadium. Picturesque. Which almost guarantees that it’ll rain a bit within a few hours. Things rarely stay the same here weather-wise. The good news is that the old muddy field here is a memory, replaced by synthetic turf several seasons ago. There were so many puddles on the field, 10 to 20 depending on the length of any downpour, that there were micro-ponds and lakes.

These teams battled just three weeks ago, a 46-21 win for Kaimuki that was punctuated by a heated scuffle after a late hit. I’d be surprised if that tension lingered into this game. Coaches have probably informed their players that officials will be on the lookout for any hint of trouble, and any ejection will bring an automatic one-game suspension. Which means missing the OIA D-II championship game for players of tonight’s winning team.

For Kaiser’s roster, click here
For Kaimuki’s roster, click here
SERIES HISTORY: Kaiser leads 17-12-1


Koa Tom997-213-91,33312
Casey Nguyen518-39-12123
Calvin Lime81-1-0430
Noah Matsumoto8402461
Cavin Lime8702162
Curtis Chung539992
Mason Yoshino97320
Ethan Domen56220
Albert Insisiengmay11120
Dre Falls7690
Duke Minihan1330
Koa Tom96814
Alek Mencel13-10
Aizayah Ho21-30
Ethan Nakamura21-50
Jaden Self11-140
Casey Nguyen412-270
Mason Yoshino9366205
Dre Falls7273524
Jesse Stroede8162204
Kaulana Esteban7131371
Ethan Doman55960
Nainoa McQuay23520
Calvin Lime86450
Chad Gakiya11301
Noah Matsumoto85160
Ethan Nakamura22120
Aizayah Ho2280


Jonah Fa’asoa13140-258-122,04414
Kaulana Kaluna121-2-1171
Alex Lemalu110-1-000
Jonah Stephens1316098111
Naomus Ausega-Fualaau1016597914
Elijah Lemalu11232002
Filipo Afoa5241210
Kaulana Kaluna126321
Blade Pfeiffer-Kekoa83290
Antrone Cliff Jr.21191
Koby Moananu62170
KJ Navarez5160
Quynton Brackens4131
Angel Vea1130
Alex Lemalu111-20
Harry Lloyd22-300
Jonah Fa’asoa1349-730
Elijah Lemalu11344914
Koby Moananu7224041
Alex Lemalu11263490
Kaulana Kaluna12142593
Naomus Ausega-Fualaau10101792
Jonah Stephens13111702
Blade Pfeiffer-Kekoa8141191
Kaunaloa Nahinu14950
Filipo Afoa56852
Isaac Madali3360
Matthew Williams2150


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