GAME NIGHT 8/25: Carson/Kamehameha

Head coach Abu Ma'afala begins his third season at Kamehameha on Friday. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

Two games tonight involving ILH teams facing mainland competition. The first takes place at Kunuiakea Stadium as No. 6 Kamehameha hosts Carson (Calif.).

Head coach: Arnold Ale


Head coach: Abu Ma’afala
2017 Warriors roster

No. 6 Kamehameha 33, Carson 10

at Kunuiakea Stadium
Carson (0-1) 0 0 0 10 — 10
Kamehameha (3-0) 7 20 6 0 — 33
KS—Skyler Ramos 7 pass from Thomas Yam (Leihalia Panui kick)
KS—Thomas Yam 4 run (Nokea Nakachi-Isaacs kick)
KS—Ramos 38 pass from Yam (Nakachi-Isaacs kick)
KS—Kanoa Shannon 3 run (kick blocked)
KS—Ramos 34 pass from Yam (kick failed)
Car—FG Javier Beccer 27
Car—Elijah Brice 26 pass from Jaja Bellinger (Beccer kick)

RUSHING—Carson: Bret Maluga-Aoatoa 12-25, Brandin Combs 4-6, Devonte Lee 2-(minus 1), Jaja Bellinger 11-(minus 12). Kamehameha: Shannon 13-52, Reino Bush 5-28, Brandon Baniaga 3-15, Kainoa Garner 1-10, Laakea Ane 3-7, Alec Serraro 2-7, Noa Kaaina 2-6, Lancen Dung 1-2, Brock Ai 4-0, Christmas Togiai 1-(minus 1), Yam 11-(minus 3), team 3-(minus 19).
PASSING—Carson: Bellinger 9-24–4-213. Kamehameha: Yam 11-16-0-262, Baniaga 0-3-1-0.
RECEIVING—Carson: Joseph Bryson 3-84, Tyler Washington 3-62, Brice 1-26, Jeremiah Wingo 1-25, Anthony Henderson 1-16. Kamehameha: Onyx Freitas 4-115, Ramos 4-89, Davis Mun 2-30, Shannon 1-28.

Te Kaha Peihopa gets a sack for the Kamehameha defense before Bellinger finds Elijah Rice for a 26-yard TD.

Offense has really slowed down with Yam out. Another three-and-out.

Carson starts on the Kamehameha 5 but only manages a 27-yard field goal by Javier Beccer. 33-3, 9:57.

Baniaga’s pass is off the receiver and picked off by Pele Pereira.

Fourth-and-goal at the 9 and Bellinger tries to run it in but Jadakiss Salevao gets the stop at the 2. Turnover on downs.

Senior Brandon Baniaga in at QB. Three-and-out.

Colts go three-and-out. Bellinger 4-17, 99 yards, 4 INT. He hasn’t gotten much help tonight.

Yam back in at QB. He finds Freitas for 39 yards on third down. Looked like another busted coverage. Freitas with four receptions for 115 yards. Yam finds Ramos again for a 34-yard TD. Third TD catch for Ramos (4-89). Yam now at 262 passing yards. 33-0. 4:07.

Senior Kamahoi Sanchez picks off Bellinger near the goal line. Six takeaways for the Kamehameha D.

Christmas Tongiai starts second half at QB for Kamehameha. Warriors lose yards on first two runs and have a delay of game. Shannon then fumbles at the 10 and Carson takes over on the 9.

Kamehameha forces a three-and-out to start second half.

at Kunuiakea Stadium
Carson (0-0) 0 0
Kamehameha (2-0) 7 20
KS—Skyler Ramos 7 pass from Thomas Yam (Leihalia Panui kick)
KS—Thomas Yam 4 run (Nokea Nakachi-Isaacs kick)
KS—Ramos 38 pass from Yam (Nakachi-Isaacs kick)
KS—Kanoa Shannon 3 run (kick blocked)

RUSHING—Carson: Bret Maluga-Aoatoa 6-12, Brandin Combs 2-5, Devonte Lee 1-(minus 1), Jaja Bellinger 6-(minus 4). Kamehameha: Shannon 9-44, Reino Bush 3-22, Yam 9-10, Brock Ai 3-0, team 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Carson: Bellinger 4-12–3-99. Kamehameha: Yam 8-10-0-179.
RECEIVING—Carson: Tyler Washington 2-58, Jeremiah Wingo 1-25, Anthony Henderson 1-16. Kamehameha: Onyx Freitas 3-76, Ramos 2-45, Davis Mun 2-30, Shannon 1-28.

Carson puts together it’s best drive of the game as a pass interference call on Kamehameha and a 25-yard reception by Jeremiah Wingo puts the ball deep in Warriors territory. Kupono Blake and Ezra Evaimalo combine on a third-down sack and the field goal is missed.

Kamehameha goes for it on fourth-and-16 on the Carson 35 and Yam has a wide open Brock Ai who drops it. Would have been six.

Another Carson turnover as Jonah Welch (I think) strips the ball away and Kalawaia Pescaia recovers for Kamehameha.

Yam hits Davis Mun twice for 30 yards and Kanoa Shannon finishes the drive off with a 3-yard TD run. XP is blocked. 5:56

APO AGAIN. Jonah Apo with his second INT and third takeaway in the first half alone.

BUSTED COVERAGE on third down and Yam hits a WIDE OPEN Skyler Ramos, Nobody around him and it’s an easy six. 38-yard TD pass makes its 21-0. 7:36

Jonah Apo recovered a fumble earlier and now gets an interception. Three turnovers for Carson.

A hold stalls out Kamehameha’s drive. Warriors punt. Yam now 5-for-6 for 111 yards.

RB Devonte Lee fumbles his first handoff and Kamehameha recovers. Jonah Apo on the recovery.

Thomas Yam scores on a 4-yard TD run. 14-0, 11:53.


Shannon with back-to-back runs of 11 and 26 yards. Tuisaloo tackles Shannon for a loss of 3 to end the first quarter.

Desmond Unutoa jumps the route and gets a pick for the Kamehameha defense.

Punt shanked and Kamehameha takes over on the Carson 16. Skyler Ramos with a 7-yard TD pass from Thomas Yam. XP is good. 7-0 KSK, 2:40.

Carson goes three-and-out as Bellinger fumbles the snap on third down but recovers.

Kamehameha starts on its 38 and Yam finds Freitas for a 48-yard pass and catch. Carson stuffs the run and Kamehameha goes for it on fourth down. Pass to Freitas is broken up. Carson takes over on its 12.

Carson QB Jaja Bellinger has a deep ball called back by a penalty and the Colts go three-and-out.

Warriors stopped on fourth down as Seleve Tuisaloo sacks Yam. Warriors got 17 yards on the pass to Onyx Feitas and a 16-yard run by Tam on first two plays.

Kamehameha will receive.

CAR: Jaja Bellinger, Jenson Misaalefua
KS: Thomas Yam, Dayne Hall, Kalawaia Pescaia, Jadakiss Salevao

Former Kahuku head coach Vavae Tata is on the Carson coaching staff as defensive coordinator.

Kamehameha is 11-2 against Mainland foes since 1973 and hasn’t lost since 2008 against St. John Bosco. That gives the Warriors a two-game winning streak. Carson has never played a Hawaii foe.

Kamehameha passing vs. mainland: Joe Tom with 106 vs. Clark in 1973
Kamehameha rushing vs. mainland: Ryan Ho with 138 vs. Sj. John Bosco in 2008.
Kamehameha receiving vs. mainland: Eleu Kane with 63 vs. Morse in 1992.


  1. Warrior#1 August 26, 2017 4:13 am

    Question for coach? Just wondering Why Kamehameha’s star safety #31 didn’t play. will he be ready against St. louis?

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