GAME NIGHT 8/5: Punahou/Leilehua


It’s opening night in the 808 with seven high school football games scheduled for Oahu.

The No. 3-ranked Punahou Buffanblu, who had their streak of four consecutive ILH championships stopped by Saint Louis last season, heads to California Avenue to open the season for the second consecutive year against the Leilehua Mules.

10:20 p.m.: And it mercifully ends 70-9.

10:09 p.m.: Kawika Anderson Seumanutafa Bryant scores on a 5-yard TD run with 6:40 left. Something to build on.

9:58 p.m.: Sitiveni Kaufusi 1 run, and there is the school record. Punahou leads leilehua 70-3 with 11:53 left.

9:47 p.m.: Enoch Nawahine 83-yard run for Punahou. They are not piling on, but they are threatening the school record for points with a 63-3 lead. The only time they have scored more since 1973 was a 68-0 win over Pac-Five in 2014.

9:36 p.m.: Punahou extends it to 56-3 when Marist liufau returns an interception 35 yards for a score. The Buffanblu have been over 60 points only twice since 1973.

9:26: And they finally hit halftime. Leilehua has more than a few things to talk about.

9:11 p.m.: Punahou can’t be stopped. Tamatoa Falatea 32 pass from Barber, Buffanblu up 49-3. Their most points ever is 68.

9:01 p.m.: Eamon Brady 13 pass from Kapule, Punahou 42-3 with three minutes left before the half.

8:53 p.m.: Arceneaux 36 pass from Barber on 4th and 19. Punahou up 35-3 with five minutes before the half.

8:43 p.m.: Cole Arceneaux 21 TD pass from Kapule after a 61-Yd completion by the same two. Buffanblu are rolling 28-3 in the second quarter.

8:37 p.m.: Leilehua quarterback Kona Andrea laid out by sideline after a pass downfield. Flag down. Andres down for two minutes and then walks off. 10:03 left in the second.

8:28 p.m.: Keala Martinson 4 pass from Stephen Barber on fourth down. Pun 21-3, Q2, 11:56

8:20 p.m.: Akoni Tom Makue boots a field goal from 24 yards out, Leilehua is on the board in the second quarter.

8:12 p.m.: Punahou’s Tanner Ono has an 83 yard punt return touchdown wiped out by penalty. 14-0 in the second quarter.

8:10 p.m.: Nick Kapule and Stephen Barber alternating possessions.

8:06 p.m.: Cortez Feeia scores from a yard out, Punahou already up 14-0 in the first quarter.

7:51 p.m.: Ethan Takeyama scores on a 12-yard pass from Nick Kapule to open the scoring with 10:37 left in the first quarter.

7:39 p.m.: Punahou pulls out a squeaker in the JV game 14-13. Punahou plugged an extra points on the Mules’ final score.

Kickoff is scheduled for around 7:30 p.m. and live updates will follow below.

For now, here are some game notes to get you ready:

Last meeting: Buffanblu QB Ephraim Tuliloa was 13-for-22 for 144 yards and three touchdowns in Punahou’s 49-7 win to open the 2015 season.

>> Punahou and Leilehua have played three times — all in the last 10 years — with the Buffanblu winning all three by an average margin of 27.3 points.

>> Punahou won its first state title in football beating the Mules 38-7 in the 2008 final. Current San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o had eight tackles and two sacks and QB Cayman Shutter threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns for the Buffanblu.

>> Punahou is 10-5 against OIA teams since the start of the 2010 season but three of those loses have come in the state final.

>> Leilehua QB Kona Andres threw for a career-high 295 yards last year against Waipahu. It was just the second time since 2007 the Mules went the entire season without at least one game with a player throwing for more than least 300 yards.

>> Leilehua is 3-1 in its last four games against the ILH.

>> Punahou’s Kale Ane begins his 18th season as Buffanblu head coach and is six wins away from passing longtime Maui coach Curtis Lee with 131 wins to crack the all-time top 10 list for Hawaii high school football coaches.

>> Leilehua’s Nolan Tokuda needs 19 wins to become the 28th Hawaii high school football coach with 100 career victories.


  1. WahiawaGreenandGold August 5, 2016 2:28 pm

    Hoping for a amazingly competitive game…
    David and Goliath… Many have their doubts but you can never ever count the MIGHTY MULES OUT!!!
    GOOOOOO MULES!!!!!!!!

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