GAME NIGHT 8/19: Aiea/Campbell

Campbell's Tyrese Tafai ran for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Sabers' OIA Division I playoff win over Castle. Photo by Jamm Aquino/

Aiea has not beaten Campbell since 2010, a string of seven straight losses. Wendell Say is 4-10 all time against Campbell and 3-3 against Darren Johnson. Aiea has not had a 100-yard rusher against Campbell since Pepe Lopez had 166 in 1989, a span of 15 games. Campbell leads the series 15-8. Krenston Kaipo was the third quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards for a Darren Johnson-coached team last week, joining Ranson Kepa of 2002 Kailua (373 yards) and Taleki Mailau of 2000 Kailua (387). Kaipo had 386 last week. Kepa had 242 in his next start and Mailau had 100.

Aiea top passer vs. Campbell: Alfredo Higa with 318 yards in 2006
Aiea top rusher vs. Campbell: Pepe Lopez with 166 in 1989. He also has 100 in 1988, he is the only boy to go over 100 for Aiea against Campbell.
Aiea top receiver vs. Campbell: Kame Kim Choy Keb Ah Lo, 202 yards in 2015.
Campbell top passer vs. Aiea: Lalo Respicio with 238 yards in 2008
Campbell top rusher vs. Aiea: Isaac White, 240 yards in 1994
Campbell top receiver vs. Aiea: Markus Ramos with 112 yards last year.

AIEA NA ALII (0-1, 0-1)
Head coach: Wendell Say
2017 Na Alii roster


NO. 7 CAMPBELL SABERS (1-1, 1-0)
Head coach: Darren Johnson
2017 Sabers roster


No. 7 Campbell 48, Aiea 13, Final

(Corrected statistics)
At Campbell
Aiea (0-2, 0-2) 7 0 6 0 — 13
Campbell (2-1, 2-0) 7 20 13 8 — 48
CAM—Poki‘i Adkins-Kupukaa 40 pass from Krenston Kaipo (Ariel Villanueva kick)
AIEA—Teron Kitashima 8 pass from Ferenisi Lualemana (Kaitlyn Hamilton kick)
CAM—Viliami Vaimoui 11 run (Villanueva kick)
CAM—Tyrese Tafai 1 run (Villanueva kick)
CAM—Adkins-Kupukaa 87 interception return (kick failed)
CAM—Adkins-Kupukaa 48 pass from Kaipo (run failed)
AIEA—Romance Maae-Liupaono 10 pass from Ty Matsunami (kick failed)
CAM—Sky Lactaoen 6 run (Villanueva kick)
CAM—Safety, Christian Rapis tackled in end zone
CAM—Joshua Salvido 25 run (kick failed)

RUSHING—Aiea: Isaiah Ripley 14-26, Ty Matsunami 11-27, Lualemana 2-2, Christian Rapis 1-(-1), Maae-Liupaono 1-(-1). Campbell: Adkins-Kupukaa 1-13, Sky Lactaoen 6-69, Kaipo 1-(-15), Vaimoui 6-33, Tafai 2-5, team 2-(-22), Jacob Covington 2-44, Tasi Faumui 7-36, Salvido 1-25.

PASSING—Aiea: Matsunami 16-30-3-134, Lualemana 1-1-0-8, Rapis 2-2-0-35. Campbell: Kaipo 9-16-1-191.

RECEIVING—Aiea: Kitashima 6-37, Austin Mogote 1-4, Sam Okamoto 3-32, Maae-Liupaono 2-11, Ripley 2-11, Allen Keohokapu 3-48, Fabian Bautista 2-34. Campbell: Adkins-Kupukaa 6-157, Vernon Etrata-Daite 2-25, Tasi Faumui 1-9.

No. 7 Campbell 48, Aiea 13, 3:16, Q4

Joshua Salvido scores up the middle on a 25-yard run.

No. 7 Campbell 42, Aiea 13, 4:10, Q4

Safety for Campbell after tackling Aiea backup QB Christian Rapis.


The third quarter ends with Aiea at its 34-yard line.

No. 7 Campbell 40, Aiea 13, :46.5, Q3

Sky Lactaoen scores on a 6-yard TD to cap a quick 49-yard drive by the Sabers.

No. 7 Campbell 33, Aiea 13, 2:09, Q3

It’s gotten sloppy here with the teams exchanging interceptions. Campbell has now picked off Matsunami three times, all in the red zone. Aiea is at the Campbell 10, fourth and 2 with 2:14 left in the third quarter. Matsunami has five wide, empty backfield and hits Romance Maae-Liupaono on a slant for a 10-yard TD pass. High snap on the PAT, kick is partially blocked.

No. 7 Campbell 33, Aiea 7, 6:50, Q3

Another huge pick by Campbell deep in the red zone. Matsunami’s long pass is intercepted by Jared Thomas, who returns the ball 56 yards to the Aiea 44. Three plays later, Kaipo launches a 48-yard bomb to Adkins-Kupukaa for a TD. PAT run by Tafai is stuffed.


No. 7 Campbell 27, Aiea 7, Halftime

At Campbell
Aiea 7 0 — 7
Campbell 7 20 — 27
CAM—Poki‘i Adkins-Kupukaa 40 pass from Krenston Kaipo (Ariel Villanueva kick)
AIEA—Teron Kitashima 8 pass from Ferenisi Lualemana (Kaitlyn Hamilton kick)
CAM—Viliami Vaimoui 11 run (Villanueva kick)
CAM—Tyrese Tafai 1 run (Villanueva kick)
CAM—Adkins-Kupukaa 87 interception return (kick failed)

#33 Isaiah Ripley 8-26,
#8 Ty Matsunami 5-16,
#75 Lualemana 2-2,

#3 Adkins-Kupukaa 1-13,
#36 Sky Lactaoen 4-20,
#12 Kaipo 1-(-15),
#10 Vaimoui 5-45,
#4 Tafai 2-5,

Matsunami 12-15-1-82,
Lualemana 1-1-0-8

Kaipo 8-12-0-143

#6 Kitashima 5-35,
#7 Austin Mogote 1-4,
#18 Sam Okamoto 3-32,
#4 Romance Maae-Liupaono 1-1,
#33 Ripley 1-3
#25 Allen Keohokapu 2-15

Adkins-Kupukaa 5-107,
#14 Vernon Etrata-Daite 2-25,
#16 Tasi Faumui 1-9,

Aiea drives to the Campbell 10 with :04 left in the half, but Cassius Taualo sacks Matsunami to end the half.

No. 7 Campbell 27, Aiea 7, :45.7, Q2

Adkins-Kupukaa returns an overthrown pass by Matsunami to the house, weaving to the left sideline for an 87-yard interception return. Huge play by the highly versatile sophomore.

No. 7 Campbell 21, Aiea 7, 3:32, Q2

Sabers controlling the line of scrimmage, converting on fourth and 1 as Vaimoui barrels off the right side for 10 yards. Tyrese Tafai gets his first action on offense, scoring on a 1-yard blast.

Five-yard kickoff return sets Aiea back at its 10. They advance to their 22, punt, ball downed at the 45. Short field for Campbell.

No. 7 Campbell 14, Aiea 7, 11:01, Q2

Campbell driving and it’s fourth and 1 at the Aiea 11 after a nine-yard screen pass to PAK (Adkins-Kupukaa). Time out, JCHS. Dive right to Viliami Vaimoui, who rambles in for an 11-yard TD almost untouched.


The opening quarter ends with the Sabers at the Aiea 20. Kaipo has open receivers most of the time so far. He is 5-for-8, 121 yards, one TD, no picks.

No. 7 Campbell 7, Aiea 7, 2:00, Q1

Na Alii put together a determined, piecemeal drive with a lot of short passes by QB Ty Matsunami. They convert on a key fourth and 3. Inside the 10, they turn to Ferenisi Lualemana, a 5-9, 330-pound defensive tackle. He lines up at QB, gains 1 yard. Then he fumbles, looks like he was going to throw, recovers. Finally, fourth and 6, he finds Teron Kitashima on a jump pass at the line of scrimmage. Kitashima is wide open at the goal line, 8-yard TD pass. WOW.

No. 7 Campbell 7, Aiea 0, 8:59, Q1

Strange but true. Campbell drove to the Aiea, 10, committed three penalties in a row, took a 15-yard sack and fumbled (and recovered) before QB Krenston Kaipo connected with Poki‘i Adkins-Kupukaa on a 40-yard bomb for a TD. Kupukaa already has four receptions for 100 yards after breaking the school record for receiving yardage (204) last week against Farrington.

Campbell will receive the opening kickoff. Conditions are breezy, around 10-20 mph, clear skies, still warm with the sun going down.


  1. What? August 19, 2017 11:34 pm

    Aiea football,
    maybe a different coach might turn the program around. The students deserve to see their football team win. I guess the school or community like what Say is doing.

    same thing different year.

  2. What? August 19, 2017 11:59 pm

    Say is teaching these kids valuable life skills. Losing is just as much a part of life as winning. The discipline that thsee kids learn from football will stay with them forever.

    I’m sure these kids learn discipline from Say. Maybe next game! But, it would be nice to see Aiea football win. Go and win the next game Aiea!

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