GAME NIGHT 8/5: Damien/Castle

Damien quarterback Marcus Faufata-Pedrina found the endzone on an 8-yard TD run to cap the Monarchs' first drive of the season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The John Hao era begins at Castle as the Knights get to enjoy their one home game of the season due to an issue with the lights. Castle welcomes Damien to town in just the fourth meeting between the two schools since 1975. Castle has won the last two meetings.

Damien Monarchs
Last year: 7-3
Head coach: Eddie Klaneski, seventh season, 24-31
2017 Monarchs roster


Castle Knights
Last year: 4-5
Head coach: John Hao, first season (Third overall), 15-6
2017 Knights roster

Castle with 58 kids on the roster with a uniform number. Impressive turnout.

Damien 42, Castle 7

at Castle H.S. field
Damien (1-0) 6 6 16 14 — 42
Castle (0-1) 0 7 0 0 — 7
DMS—Marcus Faufata-Pedrina 8 run (kick failed)
Cast—Makana Smith 69 pass from Jaylen Uyemura-Lee (Cheyden Costa kick)
DMS—Logan Lauti 5 run (pass failed)
DMS—Jarvis Natividad 19 pass from Faufata-Pedrina (Shiloh Kaeo kick)
DMS—Safety, Cody Silva takes knee in end zone
DMS—Akila Arecchi 71 kickoff return (Kaeo kick)
DMS—Matthew Faufata-Pedrina 31 blocked punt return (Kaeo kick)
DMS—Tanner Souza 25 pass from Faufata-Pedrina (Kaeo kick)

RUSHING—Damien: Keoua Kauhi 22-158, Faufata-Pedrina 9-28, Lauti 4-21, Arecchi 4-3, Shiloh Kaeo 1-0. Castle: Dylan Kelling 6-43, Scotland Sua’ava 1-3, tUyemura-Lee 7-(minus 27).
PASSING—Damien: Faufata-Pedrina 8-13–0-104. Castle: Jaylen Uyemura-Lee 17-27–1-201.
RECEIVING—Damien: Arecchi 2-28, Lauti 2-24, Souza 1-25, Natividad 1-19, Lindon Sevilleja 1-13, Kaena Mamala 1-(minus 5). Castle: Smith 6-89, Elijah Catrett 6-60, Kawai Naki 3-47, Kala’i Cabana-Zukeran 1-4, Senituli Punivai 1-1.

Faufata-Pedrina hits Tanner Souza with a 25-yard TD pass on third down and that will get the running clock going.

Kyle Apuya gets an interception for the Damien defense.

Damien with the blocked punt and Matthew Faufata-Pedrina returns it 31 yards for a TD. Second special teams TD of the game for Damien.

Uyemura-Lee with a couple of early throws before the receivers can get out of their breaks and it’s a three-and-out. Uyemura-Lee has been solid tonight. 15-23, 192 yards, 0 INT.


Kauhi with runs of 10, 8 and 19 yards and Damien quickly into Castle territory. Fourth-and-4 for Damien on the Castle 22 and Faufata-Pedrina fumbles the snap. He jumps on it but it’s a turnover on downs.

Castle quickly drives into Damien territory as Uyemura-Lee is 4-for-4 for 37 yards on the drive as the quarter ends. Jon Dalmacio comes up with a big a sack and Castle misses a 42-yard field goal.

Akila Arecchi with a 71-yard kick return for a TD. All of a sudden it’s 28-7, 1:36.

Shiloh Kaeo with a big sack to force a three-and-out. Then the punter drops to a knee to field the ball and is down in the end zone for a safety. Damien now up 21-7.

Long delay as big Damien OL Magnus Fonoti-Faumuina (6-1, 300) is hurt on a running play. Out comes the cart. Back to action and Faufata-Pedrina does a great job escaping a sack on third down and finds Lauti for 23 yards and a first down. Kauhi with a couple of first-down runs over 10 yards to put the ball at the Castle 32. Faufata-Pedrina converts a fourth-and-1 on the ground and then hits Jarvis Natividad near the sideline for a 19-yard TD pass. 19-7, 3:41.

Castle will get the ball first and quickly go three-and-out as the pass is incomplete on third-and-3.


at Castle H.S. field
Damien (0-0) 6 6
Castle (0-0) 0 7
DMS—Marcus Faufata-Pedrina 8 run (kick failed)
Cast—Makana Smith 69 pass from Jaylen Uyemura-Lee (Cheyden Costa kick)
DMS—Logan Lauti 5 run (pass failed)

RUSHING—Damien: Keoua Kauhi 9-52, Faufata-Pedrina 6-24, Lauti 2-16, Akila Arecchi 2-3, Shiloh Kaeo 1-0. Castle: Dylan Kelling 5-41, Scotland Sua’ava 1-3, Uyemura-Lee 3-(minus 20).
PASSING—Damien: Faufata-Pedrina 5-9–0-37. Castle: Jaylen Uyemura-Lee 8-12–0-146.
RECEIVING—Damien: Arecchi 2-28, Lindon Sevilleja 1-13, Lauti 1-1, Kaena Mamala 1-(minus 5). Castle: Smith 4-86, Elijah Catrett 3-25, Kawai Naki 1-35.


A dead ball personal foul on Damien gives Castle the ball on its 45 to start with 24 seconds remaining. After an incomplete pass, Kelling takes the handoff 16 yards to the Damien 39. Timeout Castle with 11 seconds to go. Uyemura-Lee scrambles to his left and hits Kawai Naki on the run. Naki makes a move but is tackled on the 4 as the clock reaches zero. HALFTIME.

Monarchs start on their 33. Faufata-Pedrina rolls out on the play-action and hits Arecchi for 17 yards. Longest pass play of the game for Damien into Castle territory. Faufata-Pedrina doing his thing on this drive as the clock winds down. He scrambles for 14 and a first down and then again for 9 yards and another first down. Castle calls timeout with :45 remaining and Damien second-and-10 on the 16. Logan Lauti with an 11-yard run to the 5. Timeout Damien. Logan Lauti 5-yard TD run with 30 seconds remaining. Two-point conversion is no good.

Castle’s Makana Smith goes up to grab a pass before scooting 69 yards for a Knights touchdown against Damien. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Uyemura-Lee completes two short throws and then tosses one up DEEP. It’s underthrown but Makana Smith comes back on it to get it and then cuts inside and he’s off to the races. Uyemura-Lee to Smith for a 69-yard TD pass and Castle takes the lead, 7-6, 3:25, Q2.

It’s quickly third-and-5 after two short runs. A first down gain is wiped out by an illegal formation penalty. Screen pass to Lindon Sevilleja goes for 13 and a first down. Holding penalty helps to kill the drive and Damien will punt.

Castle will start its next drive at the Damien 48 to start the second quarter. Castle goes for it all deep and gets the pass interference call. On third-and-1, Uyemura-Lee has the ball knocked out of his hand by his running back as he drops back to throw. Castle recovers but it’s fourth-and-4. Josiah Medal up the middle with a huge sack and it’s a turnover on downs.


Faufata-Pedrina scrambles on a broken play and gets 3 yards on third-and-2 to move the chains. Chaz Ciacci with a huge sack of Faufata-Pedrina and it’s third-and-32. Somehow Damien gets a receiver open deep but Faufata-Pedrina just overthrows him.

Castle will start on its 38. Jaylen Uyemura-Lee at QB for the Knights. Dylan Kelling at RB and he rips off 31 yards on Castle’s first play from scrimmage. Uyemura-Lee finds Makana Smith twice on passes for a total of 11 yards to move the chains. Uyemura-Lee has to scramble on second-and-14 and has a wide open receiver in the end zone but the ball is overthrown. On third-and-14, Uyemura-Lee finds Elijah Catrett for 14 yards and just enough to set up first and goal. Uyemura-Lee called for intentional grounding on third-and-goal from the 12 and the fourth-down pass is out of bounds.

Damien quarterback Marcus Faufata-Pedrina found the endzone on an 8-yard TD run to cap the Monarchs’ first drive of the season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Jarvis Natividad with a nice return near midfield for Damien, which returns Marcus Faufata-Pedrina at QB. Running back Keoua Kauhi gets the first three carries and gobbles up 21 yards. Damien’s first third-down play is a 9-yard completion to Alika Arecchi to move the chains. Kauhi with a 16-yard gain to set up first-and-goal but he’s stuffed for a loss by Castle DL Kekoa Martinez-Laa for a loss. Faufata-Pedrina runs on the bootleg and scores on an 8-yard TD run to cap the opening drive. 6-0, 8:01.

Damien wins the toss and will receive.

Damien: Shiloh Kaeo, Josiah Medal, Marcus Faufata-Pedrina, Aisaac Unga
Castle: Ezekiel Rombawa, Kauka Umiamaka, Kawai Naki, Kekoa Martinez-Laa


  1. the truth August 6, 2017 1:04 pm

    From the other article:

    “We overpowered them a little bit offensively and defensively we got after them,” Klaneski said. “You could tell (Castle) was already gassing in the first half. They had a lot of guys out and a lot of guys playing both ways.”

    Gassing in the first half?!!! Time to turn off the radio and do more 240’s. Castle would always have guys out at the beginning of the season due to grades but always played other teams tough with what they had. Conditioning and speed made up for lack of size and numbers. Now Castle has some size and numbers. Get these guys in shape, firing out and moving faster coach.

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