Six more games on Oahu scheduled for Saturday including a couple of afternoon tilts involving neighbor island teams. Let’s get to it.
The Monarchs are riding momentum after a decisive win over Maui last week. Marcus Faufata-Pedrina has already accounted for 520 yards of total offense and eight TDs against two D-I teams.
History: The two schools have never met, but Damien has a long history against neighbor island foes, going 9-2 with a sweep of Hawaii Prep and Kauai last year before losing to Konawaena at states. Kealakehe has faced Oahu schools 21 times over the years, going 3-18. The only time the Waveriders have won on Oahu was 2012 when they beat Kailua 10-3 in a defensive battle. They have lost to Oahu teams four times since then.
Live updates of the 2 p.m. kickoff will follow below:
Damien 41, Kealakehe 7
4:15 p.m.: Deacon Kapea breaks off a 68-yard touchdown run with 6:28 remaining. Running clock in effect? NO. Damien misses its first extra point try. 41-7.
3:59 p.m.: Faufata-Pedrina answers on the ground with a 60-yard TD run to make it 35-7 with 1:14 left in the third quarter. Faufata-Pedrina has now accounted for 12 touchdowns in 11 quarters to start the season.
3:53 p.m.: Bryton Lewi with a 3-yard TD run to get Kealakehe on the board with 2:18 left in the third quarter.
3:41 p.m.: Apiki catches his second touchdown of the game, 13 yards from Faufata-Pedrina who is up to three TD passes. Monarchs well in control ahead 28-0, 7:55, Q3.
3:03 p.m.: Damien QB Marcus Faufata-Pedrina with his second TD pass of the half with 57 seconds remaining. Alika Arecchi with the 5-yard TD catch to make it 21-0.
2:28 p.m.: Damien DL Pomai Kim returns a fumble 10 yards for a TD to give the Monarchs a 14-0 lead, 11:08, Q2.
2:23 p.m.: First quarter ends with Damien still ahead 7-0.
2:13 p.m.: The Monarchs strike first as Marcus Faufata-Pedrina hits Shaun Apiki for a 4-yard TD pass.