GAME NIGHT 8/11: Punahou/Kahuku

No. 2 Kahuku 41, No. 4 Punahou 28, Final

At Carleton E. Weimer Field
Punahou (0-1, 0-1) 7 14 0 7 — 28
Kahuku (2-0, 0-0)  14 7 7 13 — 41
(Note: ILH Open Division teams count wins and losses against OIA teams, but OIA standings do not count results from games against the ILH.)
PUN—Koa Eldredge 19 pass from Hugh Brady (Tim Horn kick)
KAH—Wes Alo-Maiava 1 run (Duke Heffernan kick)
PUN—Kanoa Kalahiki 18 pass from Brady (Horn kick)
KAH—Alo-Maiava 8 run (Heffernan kick)
PUN—Maninoa Tufono 1 run (Horn kick)
KAH—Jarrin Sato 5 punt block return (Heffernan kick)
KAH—Alo-Maiava 1 run (Heffernan kick)
KAH—Alo-Maiava 1 run (Heffernan kick)
KAH—Toalei Lefau 65 run (kick failed)
PUN—Vincent Terrell 6 run (Horn kick)
JV—No game.

RUSHING—Punahou: Brady 9-(-32), Vincent Terrell 15-58, Tufono 2-1. Kahuku: Toalei Lefau 13-114, Sauvao 11-115, Alo-Maiava 23-87, Zealand Matagi 2-8.

PASSING—Punahou: Brady 27-51-2-311. Kahuku: Sauvao 9-15-0-182.

RECEIVING—Punahou: Eldredge 5-98, Terrell 1-5, Tamatoa Falatea 8-88, Moku Dancil-Evans 10-79, Kalahiki 3-41. Kahuku: Heffernan 3-72, Lokana Enos 1-13, Ethan Erickson 3-68, Lefau 1-12, Mason Paulo 1-27.

Vincent Terrell scores on a 6-yard run for Punahou’s first score since the first half. KAHUKU 41, PUNAHOU 28, 1:13, Q4.

Peter John Mataira picks off a deep Brady pass at the 1, returns it 24 yards, plus a Punahou penalty, and on the next play, Lefau explodes for a 65-yard TD run. Two cuts on the way. Big boy has nimble feet. KAHUKU 41, PUNAHOU 21, 3:21, Q4.

The Red Raiders keep smashing successfully. A 27-yard toss from Sauvao to Mason Paulo sets up another 1-yard blast over the goal line by Alo-Maiava. KAHUKU 35, PUNAHOU 21, 7:52, Q4.

The third quarter ends with a crucial 3-yard gain on fourth-and-2 by Zealand Matagi. Kahuku has focused on straight-ahead power football to tie, take the lead and maintain.

Kahuku leads for the first time. Sauvao found Ethan Erickson wide open for a 51-yard pass to the 1, and Kahuku then lined up in a centipede formation (a la Michigan), shifted to a power set, and Alo-Maiava scored easily with the direct snap. KAHUKU 28, PUNAHOU 21, 5:49, Q3.

Halftime statistics
HUGE PLAY for Kahuku special teams. Ace Kaufusi blocks Tim Horn’s punt and Jarrin Sato recovers in the end zone for a touchdown. Technically, it is a 5-yard return by Sato. KAHUKU 21, PUNAHOU 21, 2:39, Q2. What a game!

HUGE PLAY for Kahuku special teams. Ace Kaufusi blocks Tim Horn’s punt and Jarrin Sato recovers in the end zone for a touchdown. Technically, it is a 5-yard return by Sato. KAHUKU 21, PUNAHOU 21, 2:39, Q2. What a game!

Punahou answers with a 10-play, 89-yard drive. Maninoa Tufono, the standout linebacker, carries in from the 1. Key play: 45-yard pass from Brady to Eldredge. PUNAHOU 21, KAHUKU 14, 5:46, Q2.

The Red Raiders are wearing down Punahou’s front seven. Body blows. Sauvao scrambles for a 59-yard gain, and Alo-Maiava caps it with an 8-yard blast on the left. Punahou’s defense suddenly seems a step slow. KAHUKU 14, PUNAHOU 14, 9:09, Q2.

Kahuku punts, and the quarter ends with a sack by Tausili Fiatoa on Brady. Fiatoa was in on a sack earlier in the game.

After Kahuku’s first score, Punahou blazes downfield behind the passing of Brady and stellar pass protection. Kanoa Kalahiki hauls in an 18-yard TD pass on a post route, goes down with an injury. PUNAHOU 14, KAHUKU 7, 2:16, Q1.

Kahuku slows the tempo down to a snail’s pace, wisely, and drives 65 yards for a TD. A tough 38-yard catch by Duke Heffernan on a pass from Robbie Sauvao was the catalyst. Wes Alo-Maiava scores on a 1-yard run out of the wildcat. Duke Heffernan’s PAT ties it. PUNAHOU 7, KAHUKU 7, 2:55, Q1.

Impressive opening drive for Punahou and quarterback Hugh Brady, who tosses a 19-yard TD pass to Koa Eldredge to cap 77-yard drive. PUNAHOU 7, KAHUKU 0, 9:44, Q1.


Q&A: Kale Ane
Q&A: Sterling Carvalho
For Punahou’s roster, click here.
For Kahuku’s roster, click here.


  1. Rrforlifebaby August 11, 2018 10:07 pm

    Good game. Not sure why Coach Sterling didn’t want to take the knee at the end….smh.

  2. Good Story August 11, 2018 10:33 pm

    Eh!!! nevah mind. Good job Big Red!

  3. Coach C August 11, 2018 10:45 pm

    Yes, 3 td lead, center just went down, I don’t know but the 2”s were getting some playtime.

  4. Coach C August 11, 2018 10:47 pm

    I give Punahou credit. They got a murderous road schedule this year

  5. Dean W Hoe August 11, 2018 11:10 pm

    Great game between to great programs. However,hats off to Big RED! RR4L69′

  6. anywaaaays!! August 12, 2018 8:33 am

    Hats off to Punahou. They played a great game. You can tell they hit the recruiting trail hard these past years to try to keep up with us. Still didn’t work though, but I wonder what community they’ll target next? They swoop in and try to destroy football programs but you can’t beat Big Red! RRFL!

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