Six games are on tap Saturday night on Oahu while both St. Francis and Kamehameha hit the neighbor islands for nonleague contests.
Two teams making their season debuts clash tonight in the OIA D-II opener for for both Kaimuki and Waialua. The battle of the Bulldogs takes place at Kaiser Stadium with a 5 p.m. kickoff. Both teams made the OIA playoffs last year. Kaimuki has won five of the last six meetings.
Here’s Kaimuki’s roster. Still waiting on Waialua.
Live updates from the game will follow below:
8:22 p.m.: Toia hits a wide open Lancen Kuni for the touchdown on its first play of overtime. WIDE. OPEN. Ah, the conversion is overthrown and Kaimuki survives to win an incredible game despite a defensive lapse in overtime. Incredible. Kaimuki quarterback Jordan Solomon broke the school record for passing yards sometime in the fourth quarter. He had 331, the previous best was 271 by Tatasi Lauofo in 1993.
8:19 p.m.: Kaimuki, Nguyen again! He hauls in a touchdown pass and barely makes it in. Toussaint with the catch for the conversion and Kaimuki leads 22-14.
8:16 p.m.: And we are going to overtime, Kaimuki will start it off from the 20.
8:10 p.m.: Personal foul on Waialua. They will get the ball on their own 10-yard line with no time on the clock. What next?
8:09 p.m.: Solomon drops back, AND THROWS A PICK TO WAIALUA’S LANCEN KUNI! Kuni returns it all the way back for the game-winning touchdown BUT THERE IS A FLAG ON THE PLAY. Incredible.
8:08 p.m.: Solomon incomplete again, but gets roughed by a Waialua defender and Kaimuki will get another untimed down, this time from the 15.
8:07 p.m: Solomon throws an incomplete pass, but Waialua called for pass interference!. Ball on Wailua’s 30 and Kaimuki with one untimed down.
8:04 p.m.: And here comes Kaimuki with the hurryup, seven yards to Toussaint and Kaimuki calls timeout from midfield with 11.1 seconds left.
8:02 p.m.: Waialua needs to score to avoid overtime but Saburban Castillo comes up with an interception! Kaimuki will have the ball at its own 40 with 19.7 seconds left. It ran a nice drill at the end of the first half, does it have another on in it?
7:58 p.m.: Emilio Lorenzo comes up with a huge sack for Waialua, forcing Kaimuki to punt. Wailua’s Lancen Kuni had a 51-yd punt return for a touchdown, but Wailua called for blocking below the waist. Ball on the 25-yard line, 29.6 seconds left.
7:53 p.m.: Kaimuki punts, Lancen Kuni brings the ball back to Kaimuki’s 12-yd line but a delay of game pushes it back to the 17. Kekauoha fumbles for Waialua and Kaimuki recovers. Waialua keeps knocking on the door, but Kaimuki won’t let it in.
7:48 p.m.: Kaimuki’s Daniel Ngyuen is everywhere, coming up with a huge interception to stop Waialua. Kaimuki can’t move it away from the shadow of their end zone, though, facing fourth and 11 from their 1-yard line.
7:47 p.m.: Kaimuki botched the punt and was forced into an incomplete pass on fourth down. Wailua takes over on Kaimuki’s 35 with 4:54 left in the game
7:29 p.m.: Kaimuki’s Jordan Solomon 14-yd TD pass to Daniel Nguyen, TOUCHDOWN. Flag on the conversion.
7:25 p.m.: Kaimuki’s Mana Mahiai blocked the punt and Kaimuki recovers on Wailua’s 37. Mahiai has been hard to handle all night long.
7:23 p.m.: Going into the fourth quarter.
7:20 p.m.: Wailua punt goes into the end zone, Kaimuki 1-10 on their 20. 2:16 left in Q3, and Kaimuki goes three and out, Waialua gets the ball at midfield but both defenses have been stout.
7:12 p.m.: Kaimuki just had three incomplete passes in a row.
6:57 p.m.: Another player down cramping for Kaimuki, this does not bode well with plenty of time left in a defensive struggle.
6:54 pm.: The Wailua player is up, but the Kaimuki player is still down, looks like it might be a cramp. He’s up and play resumes.
6:49 p.m.: Toia hits Lancen Kuni from 16 yards out on a fourth and goal for a TD!. Kick is good, Waialua leads 14-8 in the third but there is a player from each team down on the field.
6:45 pm.: And the craziness continues. Kymani Ayonon picks off a Kaimuki pass to begin the second half and give Kaimuki the ball on the 2-yard line. Waialua defense steps up, though, pushing them back to the 20 where they face fourth down. No easy scores here.
6:42 p.m: Kaimuki quarterback Solomon already has 194 yards, more than the QB in all except one game last year and already more than any Kaimuki quarterback in the series. Previous high was 172 by Dallas Reis in 2010.
6:23 p.m.: The conversion is good before the drama, 8-7 Kaimuki just before halftime.
6:20 p.m.: Manukeu is helped off the field, apparently there was a small scuffle.
6:18 p.m.: Botched conversion but flag on the play. Placeholder fumbled the snap for the kicker and Mana Manukeu, who is a BEAST, picked up the ball and just ran over everyone into the end zone. He is down in the end zone and trainers are attending to him.
6:17 p.m.: Solomon hits Daniel Nguyen from nine yards out for the TOUCHDOWN! Impressive two minute drill from the townies.
6:16 p.m.: False start, Kaimuki. Working from the nine, first and goal.
6:15 p.m.: Another hookup for 36 yards, this time Toussaint makes the play. Kaimuki has the ball on the 4-yd line with 44.9 seconds left. Toussaint is shaken up but is taken off the field and play resumes.
6:14 p.m.: And now Kaimuki starts moving it with their hurry up offense. Solomon hits Daniel Nguyen for 36 yards. Kaimuki on the 40 with 53.3 seconds left.
6:12 p.m.: And the pass is incomplete after a frantic scramble by Noah Campbell. Kaimuki will get it at the 24 with 1:18 left.
6:10 p.m.: Kaimuki pushing back, moves Waialua backward to force a fourth and 16 from the 24. Timeout Waialua with 1:31 left before the half. Waialua talks it over and elects to go for it.
6:09 p.m.: Dayton Vidad-Albeso, a Waialua captain, was the player who got the pick to stop Kaimuki’s threat. Who would have thought Kaimuki would be in danger of being shut out in the first half?
6:07 p.m.: Maybe it’s not their last time with the ball before the half. Waialua comes up with a pick and immediately starts moving down the field, Kyler Dicion with a 30-yard pass reception puts them on the 18.
6:04 p.m.: Kaimuki gets the ball one more time, starting at their 34 with 3:22 left before the half.
5:59 p.m.: Kaimuki’s Jordan Solomon hit Andries Toussaint for 42 yards, but the teams are mostly just trading the ball back and forth between the 20 yard lines. Four minutes left before the half.
5:43 p.m.: Tevesi Toia hits Xier Kekauoha with a nine yard TD pass for the first score of the game. Lancen Kuni converted the extra point to make it 7-0 Waialua with 10:57 left in the second quarter.
5:42 p.m.: First and goal Waialua.
5:39 p.m.: Kaimuki’s Mana Mahiai fumbles the ball with less than 10 seconds left in the first quarter, giving Waialua the ball on the 20 as the first quarter ends.
5:36 p.m.: Kaimuki leads the all-time series 11-6 and has won five of the last six. Waialua hasn’t had a rusher gain more than 100 yards against the Bulldogs since Wayne Borges had 124 in 1993.
5:26 p.m: Toai intercepted by Kaimuki’s Saia Maiava, Kaimuki has the ball at the 20 after escaping the threat.
5:25 p.m.: Waialua’s Tevesi Toia hits Lancen Kuni for a touchdown from 17 yards out, but it was called back because of a holding call. 4:55 left in the first quarter.
5:15 p.m.: Kaimuki quarterback Jordan Solomon starts with two incomplete passes. Looks like we are in for a defensive battle.
5:13 p.m.: Waialua went 3 and out on its first possession, Kaimuki starts with the ball on their 12.