GAME NIGHT 11/11: Kahuku/Kapolei

In this multiple exposure made in the camera, Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava threw the football as head coach Vavae Tata watched prior to the Open Division semifinal against Kapolei. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
In this multiple exposure made in the camera, Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava threw the football as head coach Vavae Tata watched prior to the Open Division semifinal against Kapolei. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kapolei has next.

The Hurricanes (10-2) will get their crack at stopping Kahuku’s 23-game winning streak against Hawaii teams in the semifinals of the Open Division in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football Championships at Aloha Stadium.

HISTORY: Kahuku leads the all-time series 6-1 with four wins coming in the previous two seasons.


Kahuku 54, Kapolei 7

It will be Kahuku/Saint Louis in a rematch of last year’s D-I state final in the inaugural Open Division state championship.

at Aloha Stadium
Kapolei (10-3) 7 0 0 0 — 7
Kahuku (11-1) 7 24 7 16 — 54
Kah—Elvis Vakapuna 2 run (Stokes Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kapo—Jaymin Sarono 3 pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Beau Meyer kick)
Kah—FG Nihipali-Botelho 25
Kah—Vakapuna 70 pass from Sol-Jay Maiava (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Harmon Brown 1 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Vakapuna 8 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Brown 3 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Safety, intentional grounding in end zone
Kah—Pua Falemalu 9 pass from Cameron Renaud (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Kekaula Kaniho 56 interception return (Nihipali-Botelho kick)

RUSHING—Kapolei: Antoneo Brown 4-53, Kukea Emmsley 1-5, Leighton Rosa 1-0, Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala 1-0, Tagovailoa 4-(minus 15). Kahuku: Brown 15-106, Vakapuna 16-70, Jean Paul Kefu 6-42, Maiava 3-46, KJ Macatiag 2-8, Kai’ea Dowling 1-0, Steven Lombard 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Kapolei: Tagovailoa 31-53-3-260. Kahuku: Maiava 3-4-0-78, Renaud 2-2-0-33.
RECEIVING—Kapolei: Sarono 12-77, Wyatt Perez 9-76, Brown 3-40, Isaiah Ahana 2-27, Kaeo Alvarez-Ranan 2-18, Mokiao-Atimalala 2-16, Rosa 1-6. Kahuku: Vakapuna 1-70, Joseph-Tiueni Purcell 1-24, Lombard 1-12, Falemalu 1-9, Brown 1-(minus 4).

FOURTH QUARTER

Kesi Ah-Hoy with the third INT for the Kahuku defense.

Kapolei’s Adam Berg is tossed from the game for two unsportsmanlike penalties on the same play.

Tagovailoa is intercepted by Kaniho, who returns it 56 yards for a TD. Kahuku whistled for a personal foul after the play so the touchdown is good. Fifth pick-six of the season for Kaniho.

Attendance announced at 11,817. Running clock now.

Vakapuna picks up 4 yards on fourth-and-2 to move the chains. Third-and-16 at the 33 after a couple of plays lose yards. Renaud gets to throw his first pass and it’s an out-and-up to Joseph-Tiueni Purcell for 17 yards. Kahuku goes play-action again and Renaud throws a 9-yard TD to Pua Falemalu. 47-7, 7:01.

Tagovailoa called for intentional grounding in the end zone as Reed applies the pressure. Safety for Kahuku.

THIRD QUARTER

Cameron Renaud in at QB for Kahuku. Another personal foul on Kapolei. Kahuku methodically driving down the field. Kahuku with third-and-11 on the 15 as Tagovailoa-Amosa blows up a run play. Simple handoff up the middle for Vakapuna who picks up 12 to the 3. First down. After a false start on Kahuku, Brown goes over 100 rushing yards on a run to the 3. Brown with a 3-yard TD run on the final play of the third quarter.

Kapolei starts with a 19-yard pass from Tagovailoa to Isaiah Ahana. Tagovailoa is sacked for the first time by Samson Reed. Kaniho with a late hit that will give Kapolei 15 yards and a first down. Sarono gets five on third-and-7 and Kapolei will punt on fourth-and-2 at the Kahuku 43. Surprising. Watch for the fake here. It’s a direct snap to Kukea Emmsley who gets 6 yards for a first down. Sarono with an 11-yard reception to the 27 and then a personal fouls is half the distance. Ball on the Kahuku 13. LB Tema Lindsey comes on the blitz and sacks Tagovailoa for a big loss of 15. Short pass to Sarono and Kaniho comes flying in to make the tackle and Sarono is slow to get up. Screen pass called and the pass is tipped at the line and DL George Lauhingoa gets the INT off the deflected pass. Codie Sauvao with the tip as Kahuku was coming on the blitz. Just the seventh INT thrown by Taulia this year.

HALFTIME BOX
at Aloha Stadium
Kapolei (10-2) 7 0
Kahuku (10-1) 7 24
Kah—Elvis Vakapuna 2 run (Stokes Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kapo—Jaymin Sarono 3 pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Beau Meyer kick)
Kah—FG Nihipali-Botelho 25
Kah—Vakapuna 70 pass from Sol-Jay Maiava (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Harmon Brown 1 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Vakapuna 8 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)


RUSHING—Kapolei: Antoneo Brown 3-42, Tagovailoa 1-14, Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala 1-0. Kahuku: Vakapuna 8-57, Brown 6-56, Jean Paul Kefu 4-39, Maiava 3-46, Steven Lombard 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Kapolei: Tagovailoa 20-37-0-161. Kahuku: Maiava 3-4-0-78.
RECEIVING—Kapolei: Sarono 8-59, Wyatt Perez 6-42, Kaeo Alvarez-Ranan 2-18, Mokiao-Atimalala 2-16, Brown 1-20, Leighton Rosa 1-6. Kahuku: Vakapuna 1-70, Lombard 1-12, Brown 1-(minus 4).

SECOND QUARTER

Screen to Brown goes for 20 on third-and-15. Tagovailoa completes a deep ball to Perez for 20 yards across midfield at the Kahuku 45. Fourth-and-6 at the 41 with nine seconds left. Pass incomplete. HALF.

Kahuku on the Kapolei 40. Kefu runs for 16 yards to the 24. Another personal foul on Kapolei. Vakapuna’s 8-yard TD run is his third touchdown of the game. 31-7, 1:32.

Kapolei ball on the 17. PI called on Kaniho. Deep ball just out of the diving attempt by Alvarez-Ranan. Key third-and-2 here after Sarono picks up his eighth reception. Kapolei will go for it fourth-and-2 on own 40 with 2:46 remaining. Kapolei’s receiver is bumped off the out-and-up route and it’s way overthrown. Turnover on downs.

Harmon Brown jumps over the pile for a 1-yard TD run to give Kahuku a 24-7 lead over Kapolei. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Harmon Brown jumps over the pile for a 1-yard TD run to give Kahuku a 24-7 lead over Kapolei. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku starts on its 40. Hurricanes stop Brown on a quick pass for a loss but then DB Leonard Lee is called for a personal foul resulting in a first down. Maiava keeps off the edge and he’s in a dead sprint all the way down to the 4 for a pickup of 47 yards. Harmon Brown goes over the top for a 1-yard TD run and Kahuku leads 24-7, 3:39.

Hurricanes start on own 19 and quickly it’s third-and-2 after a nice tackle by Kaniho. Kahuku jumps all over the short route to Perez and it’s a three-and-out.

Elvis Vakapuna finished off a 70-yard TD pass from Sol-Jay Maiava to give Kahuku a 17-7 lead over Kapolei. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Elvis Vakapuna finished off a 70-yard TD pass from Sol-Jay Maiava to give Kahuku a 17-7 lead over Kapolei. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku starts on own 31 after a personal foul on Kapolei. Vakapuna stuffed for no gain by Keanu Kelly. Lombard stuffed for a loss and it’s third-and-11. Blown coverage by Kapolei results in a 70-yard TD from Sol-Jay Maiava to Elvis Vakapuna on third-and-11. 17-7 Kahuku, 7:11, Q2.

Hurricanes start on their 10. Tagovailoa fires a dart to Alvarez-Ranan for 12 yards to the 22. Kahuku not getting a lot of pressure on Taulia. Kapolei’s OL has been up to the task so far. Third-and-10 at the 22 and Brown runs for 20 yards to the 42. Another June Jones special right there. Lefau called for roughing the passer and that will add 15 yards. Tagovailoa hits Sarono for 14 yards to the 30 but a flag is down. Illegal hands to the face on Kapolei. Brown can only get a yard and it’s third-and-24. Short pass to Alvarez-Ranan and Kapolei will punt.

Kahuku will start the quarter with Stokes Nihipali-Botelho trying a 25-yard field goal. It is good. Kahuku leads 10-7, 11:56, Q2.

FIRST QUARTER

Kapolei tries an onsides kick and it goes off about four or five different players but Kahuku gets it on the 40. Harmon Brown breaks off a huge 45-yard run to the Kapolei 11. Brown with 3 yards to the 8. Maiava and Brown mishandle the read-option but Maiava jumps on it at the 10. Third-and-9. Maiava runs for 2 and it’s fourth-and-6 at the 7.

Kapolei will start on 22. Sarono with a first-down catch out to the 33 to move the chains. Second down and Tagovailoa goes to Sarono on the other side for 13 yards and a first down. Tagovailoa 5-7, 52 yards. Incomplete pass right off the chest of the receiver. Next pass is high. Third-and-10. Screen to Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala picks up 14 to the Kahuku 39 and moves the chains. Short pass sets up third-and-6. Lefau comes up to stop Perez for a gain of 3 to set up fourth-and-3. Kapolei will go for it…..first a timeout, Hurricanes. 5:21 left in Q1. Sarono wide open on that same short route to the outside. Six yards picks up a first down. Tagovailoa takes a shot deep and it’s incomplete. Kaeo Alvarez-Ranan down the seam, not sure he picked it up. Ball falls incomplete. Delay of game. Third-and-20. Kahuku brings four and Tagovailoa takes off and picks up 14. Fourth-and-6 at the 22. FLAGS DOWN. That will be defensive pass interference on Kahuku. Drive stays alive. First-and-10 at the 11. Tagovailoa to Perez for a 10-yard TD but a flag down. WR Isaiah Ahana called for offensive pass interference. TD off the board. Handoff to Antoneo Brown and he gets 22 yards to the 3. Kapolei inside the 5. Tagovailoa to Jaymin Sarono for a 3-yard TD pass. What a drive. 17 plays. Taulia Tagovailoa 11-18, 83 yards, TD with 2:36 left in first quarter. Sarono 6 catches, 49 yards, TD.

Kahuku running back Elvis Vakapuna falls into the end zone for the first score of the game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku running back Elvis Vakapuna falls into the end zone for the first score of the game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku starts on Kapolei 39 and Vakapuna picks up 3. Vakapuna with 5 yards to the 31 to set up third-and-2. Vakapuna gets to the outside and picks up 29 yards to the 2. Elvis Vakapuna 2-yard TD run. Touchdown Kahuku.

Kapolei will start on own 12. Short pass to Wyatt Perez who takes it for 16 yards to the 28. Jaymin Sarono with reception No. 102 this season for 11 yards to the 39. Wide open. Short pass to Perez and Kekaula Kaniho with the forced fumble. LB Toalei Lefau with the fumble recovery.


Kahuku will receive. Short kick and Elvis Vakapuna returns 21 yards to the Kahuku 42. Red Raiders called for a delay of game but will instead use its first timeout before taking its first snap. RB Jean Paul Kefu with the first carry for 3 yards. False start Kahuku. Second-and-12. Kefu with a big hole off the right side picks up 15. Holding on Kahuku. Fun atmosphere in here for this one. Vakapuna MAYBE gets a yard on first-and-22. Play-action pass is 12 yards from QB Sol-Jay Maiava to Steven Lombard to set up third-and-9. Treven Ma’ae with the pressure and Maiava has to throw it away. Fourth down. Kahuku will punt.

TEAM CAPTAINS
Kapolei: Jaymin Sarono, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Tyler Vasega, Donte Holokai
Kahuku: Aliki Vimahi, Kesi Ah-Hoy, Kekaula Kaniho, Vili Fisiiahi

COMMENTS

  1. LohuiLani November 12, 2016 6:56 am

    Great game by both teams, Kapolei has a bright future and Kahuku keeps reloading. Good luck next week Kahuku. Hats off to the coaches and players for their preparation and execution last night!


  2. Alpha November 12, 2016 7:00 am

    @unkoalvin, @tutu. . . I’m no alumni, but I am family. . . Just throwing shade at @mokihana’ s pride comments about Coach. Didn’t see any of that when other comments was throwing him under the bus and bringing out other skeletons. . .


  3. Chloropicrin November 12, 2016 8:03 am

    @grab’me hernandez has been recruiting from the leeward coast for years now. Now it’s just harder and he gotta gett’em younger


  4. Alpha November 12, 2016 8:11 am

    grabbum.by.the.puppygate is the user anywaays. He writes like him and even uses the same phrases like “skinny kid playing ukulele at Sandys.” I remember him accusing people of posting under “multiple user names” but here he is, posting under multiple user names.


  5. Alpha November 12, 2016 8:26 am

    Alpha November 12, 2016 at 8:11 am
    grabbum.by.the.puppygate is the user anywaays. He writes like him and even uses the same phrases like “skinny kid playing ukulele at Sandys.” I remember him accusing people of posting under “multiple user names” but here he is, posting under multiple user names.

    Whoa whoa whoa, this was not me!!!! WTF? HPW can confirm this. . .


  6. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate November 12, 2016 8:40 am

    kapolei qb is really good, did anyone else notice that when he threw the ball away, from an awkward position, on the safety that it was a tight spiral?

    no i am not 2 posters, 808rr4l was exposed as the sandy beach boy, duh its common knowledge. get a clue. u must be that 5 personality poster ef


  7. Red Raider in Seattle November 12, 2016 9:29 am

    @ Alpha that is really bad. Leaving the crime scene at anytime speaks of integrity and character. I didn’t know this. And to be a felon who served 2 days in jail. I hope Coach Tata cleaned up his act. Being a role model is more important than winning football games IMHO.


  8. Red Raider 4 Life November 12, 2016 10:07 am

    TopDoggs November 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Enjoy your ranking now because next year you will lose 80% of your starters and be watching the state tournament from your couches where the rest of you low-lifes reside. Good luck getting out of the OIA next year with Waianae and Kapolei on the rise.

    Kapolei 60
    Kahuku 7

    Found that post from da guy that said Kapolei going drop 60 on Big Red…Topdoggs come out to play…where you at topdogg? Must be hiding in the closet with ILH. Bunch of Mahu’s. Bawaaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaaa..


  9. Simple Simon November 12, 2016 10:21 am

    As I’ve been saying all year long… Hawaii High School football is rubbish. Kahuku is on a different level from all Hawaii teams. St Louis and Punahou are tied at a faaaaaaaaaaar second because they are so inconsistent. The ILH is overrated, PERIOD!!!


  10. Chloropicrin November 12, 2016 10:27 am

    Someone said Kapolei has a bright future, yes because they have a QB, but half the studs on defense and a few on offense is gonna graduate. Taulia will be working with practically a whole new set of receivers. And how is hernandez gonna recruit Campbell / Waianae players now? Since the new rules are in place? He has the pipeline, but restrictions are in place with more tape.


  11. alpha November 12, 2016 4:20 pm

    Kahuku has a lot of studs on their team. They have been stopped before, but Cal Lee better study this youtube video if he wants to have a chance against Big Red!


  12. Alpha November 12, 2016 5:17 pm

    alpha November 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm
    Kahuku has a lot of studs on their team. They have been stopped before, but Cal Lee better study this youtube video if he wants to have a chance against Big Red!

    WOW!!! That’s a new low, don’t matter if your ilh/oia kah/stl….. how are you going to post a link to a pornography website? Knowing the kids also come on here to read articles and comments!!! HPW, something needs to be done. And whoever I offended in any comment to stoop this low to use my screen name and go as far as promoting pornography on a H.S website must not have much of a social life outside of a computer, cell phone, tablet etc. . . Get some real friends maam/sir!!!


  13. New Guy November 12, 2016 5:24 pm

    Admins please block that fool from ever posting again. Linking to a pornograohic website on a high school sports comment section is a new low. Our kids frequent these articles and unfortunately the comment section as well.


  14. think of the kids November 12, 2016 5:55 pm

    think of the kids November 12, 2016 at 5:54 pm
    “New Guy November 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    Admins please block that fool from ever posting again. Linking to a pornograohic website on a high school sports comment section is a new low. Our kids frequent these articles and unfortunately the comment section as well.”

    it’s also too bad that our kids have to read some of the arrogant rubbish posted by a lot of kahuku fans trashing kids and other programs.


  15. 808 RR4L November 12, 2016 5:58 pm

    SOMEONE WENT POST ONE BOOMBA LINK?? AHAHAHA! NO LIE ALPHA. I BET YOU WENT WATCH ALL THE VIDEOS WHEN YOU WENT CLICK ON THE LINK. YOU ALWAYS TALKING TRASH ABOUT BIG RED SO WHAT ELSE WOULD WE EXPECT FROM YOU?? STOP TRYING FOR ACT ALL INNOCENT!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    RRFL! HATE US CUZ YOU AINT US BRUH! FOOTBALL NOT SCHOOLBALL! ENEMEINES OF THE STATE!


  16. Alpha November 12, 2016 6:09 pm

    808 RR4L November 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm
    SOMEONE WENT POST ONE BOOMBA LINK?? AHAHAHA! NO LIE ALPHA. I BET YOU WENT WATCH ALL THE VIDEOS WHEN YOU WENT CLICK ON THE LINK. YOU ALWAYS TALKING TRASH ABOUT BIG RED SO WHAT ELSE WOULD WE EXPECT FROM YOU?? STOP TRYING FOR ACT ALL INNOCENT!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    RRFL! HATE US CUZ YOU AINT US BRUH! FOOTBALL NOT SCHOOLBALL! ENEMEINES OF THE STATE!

    Repost any comment of mines from this or any past article of me ever talking trash about big red. . . Don’t worry, I’ll wait. . .


  17. New Guy November 12, 2016 8:31 pm

    @thinkofthekids

    What ppl say on here is ridiculous sometimes, no doubt. And it’s not just coming from kahuku, so you can stop with that already. But pornography should not be tolerated here. It is highly addictive and destructive.


  18. New Guy November 12, 2016 8:37 pm

    Mahalo, HPW for cleaning up the garbage!


  19. Red Raider in Seattle November 12, 2016 10:54 pm

    When I played for Kahuku in the early 90’s the parents and community displayed tact and humility. There are many wonderful supporters on here. It’s disappointing that some supporters display a low level of class on here. That is not what the Kahuku community is about. But then again, there is a good chance that many of these posters who claim they are from Kahuku or Laie are not really from there and just post to make us look bad. Sports are for the kids. We should support all teams. Calling teams overrated or junk, calling leagues overrated or junk is just poor sportsmanship. I would hope that the adults on here would be the ones to set the high standards of class for the kids to learn from.


  20. Simple Simon November 12, 2016 11:43 pm

    You are all fools. Some of these people posting as Kahuku fans aren’t really Kahuku fans. I don’t know why HPW doesn’t implement a verification sign up on this website. Anyone and their dog can sign in as whoever they want to be. So please just ignore all the negatives because I’m sure the negatives are people pretending to be fans of schools other than their own Alma Mater.


  21. TooMeke November 13, 2016 4:10 am

    What did I say st the beginning of the season???

    I hoped Kapolei would pass all game.

    53 passes plus 11 runs = NO CAN.

    St LuLu, you next. This time no forget your 2nd place trophy!

    HA!


  22. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate November 13, 2016 10:58 am

    to funny these posters this whole blog is a joke with clowns


  23. 88 November 13, 2016 3:35 pm

    Yet you take the time to read and respond.


  24. TooMeke November 14, 2016 8:34 am

    that’s that whole point… it’s free entertainment.

    why so serious?? lol.


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