GAME NIGHT 11/17: Roosevelt/Lahainaluna

Lahainaluna 48, Roosevelt 10, FINAL

6:48 p.m.: Special night for Lahainaluna, which notches three special teams TDs, becoming the first team in HHSAA play to do so.

6:46 p.m.: Unfortunate way for Roosevelt’s banner season to end. This shouldn’t take anything away from what was a fantastic year for the Rough Riders, who picked up their first OIA championship.

6:41 p.m.: Roosevelt punts again, but mercifully no Rickard this time. Lahainaluna looks to drain the remaining five minutes of clock and ready for Kapaa with a third straight D-II state title on the line next week at Aloha Stadium.

6:33 p.m.: Three-and-out for Roosevelt … and NO WAY. Tre Rickard DOES IT AGAIN. He AGAIN goes to the left and is untouched up the left sideline. This one goes for 54 yards. Third special teams touchdown tonight for the Lunas. 48-10, running clock status.

6:29 p.m.: Tre Rickard, a sophomore, making his presence felt again. He runs back a punt return 48 yards, cutting to the left sideline and is untouched the rest of the way. It’s officially out of reach for the OIA champs.

6:26 p.m.: Roosevelt trying to get something going from its 20 (it’s third and 10) as the fourth quarter begins.

6:25 p.m.: Ogata back in there for Roosevelt after he took a huge hit a couple of series ago.

6:23 p.m.: That’s the second TD grab of the game for Casco, who has three catches overall for 120 yards.

6:22 p.m.: Storer lobs it far sideline to Kai Casco, who makes an outstanding grab over the defensive back and runs in the final 20 yards for the 39-yard pitch and catch with 22 seconds left in the third quarter. XP good and it’s 34-10 Lunas.

6:20 p.m.: Duke Storer in at QB now for the Lunas, and he makes a couple of clutch throws to get Lahainaluna into Roosevelt territory.

6:10 p.m.: It’s a Roosevelt turnover on downs at the Lahainaluna 37.

6:10 p.m.: It’s a three-and-out for the Lunas deep in their own territory. They punt it out of bounds at their 45. And … Ogata stays out of the game. It’s Myka Kukahiwa now at QB for the Rough Riders.

6:08: p.m. Well, just as I say that, Sky Ogata took a HUGE hit while getting a pass off, and he’s picked near the goal line by Tre Rickard. He’s woozy. His helmet popped off and he is … in pain, walking around on the sideline. Roosevelt coaches arguing it should’ve been a penalty, to no avail.

6:04 p.m.: Roosevelt looks like it’s figured something out here. Lahainaluna is totally on the defensive, as the Riders are gobbling up yardage behind Ogata’s deceptiveness. They’re up to the Lunas’ 19.

5:57 p.m.: Third quarter is underway with Roosevelt taking the kickoff. The Riders come close to going three-and-out, but a late hit on Ogata keeps the drive alive. Riders now out to midfield. Roosevelt is really counting on Ogata’s shiftiness and playmaking to get them back in this thing.

Enjoy this halftime photo:

5:42 p.m.: You can see the halftime stats here. Check out the lopsided time of possession, 17:07 for Lahainaluna to 5:37 for Roosevelt.

5:40 p.m.: It’s neither … Lahainaluna’s Etuati Storer passes it across the middle, complete to Elijah Oliveira‐Kalalau. And that’s how the half ends, with the Lunas up 27-10.

5:37 p.m.: Instead of allowing the clock to run out on the half after stuffing the Lunas on third down, Roosevelt takes a timeout with 7 seconds left. They’ll get a chance at a punt return here, and maybe even a quick shot to the end zone.

5:31 p.m.: Roosevelt is BACK in this game. On fourth and 1 from the 16, Sky Ogata fakes a handoff and keeps it, going through a hole on the right side of the line. He gets all 16 and it’s back within 27-10 for the Riders.

5:28 p.m.: As well as the Lunas have played, that was their third lost fumble of the half.

5:26 p.m.: It goes right back the other way when Lahainaluna fumbles and it’s recovered by Tamaki Iijima. He gets a nice return up to the Lunas 25. Can Roosevelt begin its comeback here?

5:25 p.m.: Ogata is picked off when Kamalei Watson tips a pass, and it’s taken down by Tre Rickard.

5:20 p.m.: Shouldn’t have gotten distracted by the view. Joshua Tihada aligns at QB for the Lunas, darts to his left and through a HUGE hole set up by the O-line. He’s gone from 46 yards … no one in the secondary had a chance. XP is no good this time, 27-3.

5:18 p.m.: The sun’s going down over Lanai. Again, this view is epic.

Sun goes down over Lanai.

5:17 p.m.: Three-and-out for Roosevelt, with a return into Riders territory. It’s all Lunas at the moment.

5:13 p.m.: Six-foot receiver Kai Casco duels a Roosevelt defensive back in traffic for a deflected pass from Nainoa Irish … and comes down with it near the sideline, catches a block, and goes all the way in from 72 yards. Lunas getting the best of the big plays so far today for a 21-3 lead.

5:11 p.m.: The forward momentum is broken for Roosevelt, as Ogata throws it away on third down, but it doesn’t get back to the line of scrimmage. Intentional grounding called and it’s a punt for the Riders. Good one and the field is flipped.

5:09 p.m.: Great designed run for Ogata moves the ball up to midfield for Roosevelt.

5:06 p.m.: Lahainaluna punts for the first time today and it’s a good one. Roosevelt with a short return to the 21.

5:04 p.m.: First quarter ends with us still scratching our heads up here under the media tents. Maybe it’s the sun in our eyes.

5:02: Some extracurriculars after Monteilh was apparently down … no flags … and wait a second, the ball is awarded to the Lunas because he apparently wasn’t down and just put the ball on the ground. Everyone up here thought the play was dead. Well, it’s Lunas ball from their own 36. Yikes. Rough break for the Rough Riders.

5:01 p.m.: Looked like the drive stalled a second ago but Ogata’s incmoplete pass on third and 7 is overridden by a pass interference call. Kinda questionable, but now Roosevelt is into Lahainaluna territory.

4:57 p.m.: Roosevelt moving the ball this drive. Ogata picks one up with a scramble for 11 yards and he just connected with Scott Chung for 8 yards on third and 5. Riders approaching midfield.

4:53 p.m.: Derek Perez takes it in from 3 yards on a deceptive handoff up the middle by the Lunas. By the time Roosevelt knew who had it, it was too late. XP is good and it’s a 14-3 lead for the MIL champs.

4:50 p.m.: Lunas’ special teams is absolutely carrying the home team right now. Nainoa Kulukulualani‐Sales with the blocked punt, and Lahainaluna takes over in the Roosevelt red zone.

4:48 p.m.: Roosevelt QB Sky Ogata fumbles as he scrambles, gets it back, but loses 9 yards on second down and 5. Keneke Gusman is dropped for a loss on third down and the Riders’ still have not shown the ability to move the ball here on Maui. Gusman is hurt on the play.

4:46 p.m.: Watson takes it on a sweep, is met quickly and hit HARD, and he coughs it up. Roosevelt recovers at its 35. Second lost fumble of the game for the Lunas’ offense.

4:44 p.m.: It’s a three-and-out and a very short punt for Roosevelt. Lunas had things sniffed out very well. Riders net only 10 yards on the punt and the Lunas take over at the Roosevelt 37.

4:37 p.m.: WHAT A RESPONSE. Lahainaluna’s Kamalei Watson weaves up the middle on the kickoff return, catches some outstanding blocks, and goes ALL THE WAY in for the 86-yard return. XP is good by Kai Casco. 7-3 Lunas, just like that.

4:36 p.m.: Roosevelt gets back to the line of scrimmage but no further, as the Lunas’ D shows why it allowed only a little over three points per game during the regular season. Well, the Rough Riders have three now on Mason Murishige’s 25-yard field goal.

4:34 p.m.: 13-yard pickup on Roosevelt’s first play from scrimmage by running back Aalona Monteilh, but he’s dropped for a 4-yard loss on first and goal from the 7.

4:32 p.m.: After a couple of nice gains on their first two plays, the Lunas fumble and it’s recovered by Roosevelt’s Jason Hur, who returns it 10 yards to the Lunas’ 20. HUGE moment early in this game for the visitors.

4:30 p.m.: We’re underway. Roosevelt wins the toss and defers possession to the second half. The Riders kick off to the Lunas.

4:26 p.m.: The teams perform their alma maters. Spirited crowd on hand, including some Roosevelt supporters.

Roosevelt performs its alma mater.
The Lunas perform their alma mater to their home crowd.

4:24 p.m.: Coming to you live from “The Imu” at Lahainaluna High School. Much was made of the view looking down the west side of the island out toward Lanai and Kahoolawe, and man, much was delivered. It’s outstanding.

“The Imu” of Lahainaluna

4:17 p.m.: The two-time defending state Division II champion Lunas are good to go, and so is the upstart OIA champion, Roosevelt. Lahainaluna has a lengthy history in the state tourney, as you can see below, while the Rough Riders’ history is pretty brief.

Roosevelt got here with a 20-7 win over Pac-Five, while Lahainaluna had a bye.

2007: Kauai 40, Roosevelt 9, at Vidinha Stadium
2018: Roosevelt 20, Pac-Five 7

Rushing attempts, game: Keneke Gusman, 17
Rushing attempts, career: Keneke Gusman, 17
Rushing yards, game: Ranson Tuitama, 78
Rushing yards, career: Ranson Tuitama, 78
Rushing touchdowns, game: Keneke Gusman, Mitchell Camacho and Aalona Montielh, 1
Rushing touchdowns, career: Keneke Gusman, Mitchell Camacho and Aalona Montielh, 1
Passing completions, game: Sky Ogata, 9
Passing completions, career: Sky Oagata, 9
Passing attempts, game: Sky Ogata, 15
Passing attempts, career: Sky Ogata, 15
Interceptions, game: Shon Fujii, 2
Interceptions, career: Shon Fujii, 2
Passing yards, game: Sky Ogata, 128
Passing yards, career: Sky Ogata, 128
Passing touchdowns, game: Shon Fujii, 1
Passing touchdowns, career: Shon Fujii, 1
Receptions, game: Ranson Tuitama and Scott Chung, 4
Receptions, career: Ranson Tuitama and Scott Chung, 4
Receiving yards, game: Isaac Kaleikau, 74
Receiving yards, career: Isaac Kaleikau, 74
Receiving touchdowns, game: Ranson Tuitama, 1
Receiving touchdowns, career: Ranson Tuitama, 1
Longest field goal, game: Alex Fowler, 25
Most field goals, career: Alex Fowler, 1

career rushing yards
1. Ranson Tuitama, 78
2. Keneke Gusman, 57
3. Mitchell Camacho, 44
4. Aalona Monteilh, 33
5. Sky Ogata, 24

Career passing yards
1. Sky Ogata, 128
2. Shon Fujii, 48
3. Lowen Kahooilihala, 27
3. Ranson Tuitama, 27

Career receiving yards
1. Isaac Kaleikau, 74
2. Keenan Koizumi, 40
3. Scott Chung, 39
4. Ranson Tuitama, 30
5. Alex Fowler, 23

2001: Kahuku 57, Lahainaluna 14, at Aloha Stadium
2003: Lahainaluna 21, Hawaii Prep 14, at War Memorial
2003: Aiea 24, Lahainaluna 14, at Kunuiakea
2004: Lahainaluna 41, Mililani 34, at War Memorial
2004: Kamehameha 21, Lahainaluna 6, at Aloha Stadium
2007: Lahainaluna 52, Kaimuki 20, at War Memorial
2007: Iolani 28, Lahainaluna 21, at Aloha Stadium
2008: Radford 33, Lahainaluna 27, at War Memorial
2009: Aiea 20, Lahainaluna 12, at Aiea
2010: Kaimuki 28, Lahainaluna 27, at War Memorial
2011: Lahainaluna 23, Konawaena 6, at War Memorial
2011: Waipahu 19, Lahainaluna 14, at Waipahu
2012: Lahainaluna 28, Nanakuli 0, at Aloha Stadium
2012: Iolani 36, Lahainaluna 33, at Aloha Stadium
2013: Kaiser 20, Lahainaluna 9, at War Memorial
2014: Lahainaluna 52, KS-Hawaii 7, at War Memorial
2014: Iolani 31, Lahainaluna 14, at Aloha Stadium
2015: Lahainaluna 7, Kaimuki 0, at Lahainaluna
2015: Kapaa 24, Lahainaluna 0, at Kapaa
2016: Lahainaluna 52, Waipahu 14, at War Memorial
2016: Lahainaluna 28, Konawaena 13, at Konawaena
2016: Lahainaluna 21, Kapaa 14, at Aloha Stadium
2017: Lahainaluna 35, Iolani 27, at War Memorial
2017: Lahainaluna 75, Konawaena 69 (7 OT), at War Memorial

Rushing attempts, game: Joshua Tihada, 29
Rushing attempts, career: Makoa Filikitonga, 84
Rushing yards, game: Joshua Tihada, 167
Rushing yards, career: Jared Rocha-Islas, 429
Rushing touchdowns, game: Joshua Tihada, 5
Rushing touchdowns, career: Joshua Tihada, 10
Passing completions, game: TJ Rickard, 10
Passing completions, career: TJ Rickard, 18
Passing attempts, game: Preston Medeiros, 21
Passing attempts, career: Mahi Medeiros, 34
Interceptions, game: Mahi Medeiros and Luke Filikitonga, 3
Interceptions, career: TJ Rickard, Mahi Medeiros and Luke Filikitonga, 3
Passing yards, game: Nainoa Irish, 188
Passing yards, career: Preston Medeiros, 266
Passing touchdowns, game: Jake Manning and Nainoa Irish, 3
Passing touchdowns, career: Jake Manning, 5
Receptions, game: Nahe Akoi, 5
Receptions, career: Nahe Akoi, 9
Receiving yards, game: William Kai Bookland, 117
Receiving yards, career: Stanley Malama and Scott-Isaac Medeiros-Tamgatailoa, 139
Receiving touchdowns, game: William Kai Bookland, 3
Receiving touchdowns, career: William Kai Bookland, 3
Longest field goal, game: Pablo Rico, 42
Most field goals, career: Pablo Rico, 2
Longest fumble return for TD: Mark Alamon, 61
Longest interception return for TD: Makoa Filikitonga, 66

Career rushing yards
1. Jared Rocha-Islas, 429
2. Joshua Tihada, 400
3. Makoa Filikitonga, 353
4. Elijah Ragudo, 352
5. Donovan Defang, 225

Career passing yards
1. Preston Medeiros, 266
2. TJ Rickard, 261
3. Mahi Medeiros, 240
4. Luke Filikitonga, 203
5. Jake Manning, 200

Career receiving yards
1. Scott-Isaac Medeiros-Tamgatailoa, 139
1. Stanley Malama, 139
3. Nahe Akoi, 135
4. William Kai Bookland, 117
5. Jared Rocha-Islas, 74


  1. Wake up November 17, 2018 8:38 pm

    What a joke. Just goes to show that Lahainaluna doesn’t belong in the D2. Come play with the Big Boys next year Sandbaggers.

  2. Watson C November 17, 2018 8:59 pm

    Wake up
    Quit commenting on every Lunas post. Its not entirely up to the coaches whether they move up so go cry to your hole hateful f**k. Hope you have heart.

  3. Tokotoko November 17, 2018 9:08 pm

    As I stated in a previous post, I thought Roosevelt would need to play a much better game than what they displayed against an undermanned and undersized Pac-5 team in the 1st round of the state tournament. To say they struggled mightily against Pac-5 would be an understatement. It was clear that the Lunas were a far superior team coming into this matchup, but still, Roosevelt did seem up to the challenge early on. Good luck to Lahaina & Kapa’a as they vie for the Division II championship.

  4. Roughriders November 17, 2018 9:15 pm

    I am a rider fan and was at the game. Hats off to Lahaina coaches, players, and fans they are all great people. No dirty plays no talking smack, just playing! I thought yea they should be D1 BUT we were bigger then most of them! And they had the same amount of kids as us, no 70 kids deep!! Rider fan all day nonetheless!!! Good luck lunas!!!

  5. Wake up November 17, 2018 9:33 pm

    Not hating just stating Facts. Luna’s don’t belong in the D2. They haven’t for a while now. Hard to be proud of something when we all know they don’t belong there. That’s like being proud of a JV team winning a championship against a peewee football team. Will they win the D2 championships? It will be a damn shame if they don’t. I’d hate to see them back in D2 again next year. It’s not fair to the teams that truly belong there. Move up and take some cracks or shut up. Let’s hope they don’t go 7 over times again this year. So we can watch the REAL state Champs play on time.

  6. The Rim November 17, 2018 9:36 pm

    Lahainaluna is a legit football team who, in my opinion, could easily win the DI championship IF they were DI. They’re DII and will win it again in regulation time. The game may be over at half. As for the one hater, dude, relax! Enough with the big boys crap, let the kids play and enjoy wherever they designate, it’s administrators that make that determination not the kids!

  7. The system is flawed November 17, 2018 9:50 pm

    Come play with the big boys? If you mean div 1, yes I think they could be competitive. But if you’re talking about the Open div I doubt it, they would get crushed unless they take a page out of the good old Crusader handbook and start recruiting.

  8. Watson C November 17, 2018 10:49 pm

    The Rim
    Well said. Not sure if Wake up (or others) is gonna listen or other words comprehend.

  9. Spectator November 17, 2018 11:50 pm

    I remember watching Iolani and Luna’s play some years ago… It was a great game from what I remember. I see that Iolani stepped on up to D1 but Luna’s are still D2. Being that this is Luna’s third shot at the title…. I agree that the school should be pushing to move on up to D1. I hate to admit, but I would be shame to play D2 again if I was them. I think D1 would be good fit for Luna’s. Although, I would say Open division would be too much of a jump for them. Good luck to Luna’s and hope to see them progress to the next level next year. Dominating is fun but not when you are playing in a lower division than you should be.

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