The defending Open Division state champion Saint Louis Crusaders open defense of their title out on the West side against Waianae, which features the top prospect in the state in the class of 2018 in defensive end Kana’i Mauga. Saint Louis has won the last six meetings dating back to 2005.
No. 1 Saint Louis 49, No. 5 Waianae 7
Final: Saint Louis 49, Waianae 7.
Tacgere with a nice swing pass to RB Skyler Kaleiohi, who makes a nifty move for a first down.
Saint Louis with a new QB, running out the clock, punt.
Tacgere connects on a first-down, play-action pass, but the Seariders go three and out. Punt.
Bonner is on target again, lofting a perfect downfield pass to Matt Sykes, who makes a diving grab over the goal line for the TD. STL 49, WAIN 7, :26, third quarter. Time expires in the third after the kickoff due to the mercy-rule running clock.
Waianae run, option pitch loss of yardage, incompletion. Keoki Davis with a great effort, but his leaping grab is out of bounds. Punt.
Bonner at QB again. Two completions, including a 3-yard toss to Koali Nishigaya, and it’s another Crusader score. STL 42, WAIN 7, 5:28, third quarter.
Waianae starts at its 18 after the kick return. Three and out. Saint Louis is up four TDs, but the defense has not let up a bit. Punt.
New QB for Saint Louis: Maika Bonner. First pass is a completion for 5 yards to Makoa Close. Bonner is sharp, rolling right and coming back to the middle for a tough completion. Then he connects with Mitchell Quinn for a smooth 42-yard pass to the 3. Tamarick Hallums rushes over the goal line for the TD. STL 35, WAIN 7, 8:56, third quarter.
Mauga returns the kickoff to begin the second half 20 yards. Seariders go three and out. Punt.
Waianae ball, haven’t heard anything about RB Rico Rosario, who has not played. The series ends on Sam Scott’s sack of Tacgere as time expires for the first half.
Saint Louis drive stalls inside the 10 after a sack by Mauga, but Tacgere first-down pass is overthrown and Kai Kaneshiro picks it off for the Crusaders. Cordeiro finds Jonah Panoke wide open for 23 yards before Kainalu Tumpap blasts up the middle for his first TD of the game. STL 28, WAIN 7, 1:48, second quarter.
Waianae drives into STL territory but is stopped on a fourth-down option play. Saint Louis takes over, but Cordeiro eyeballs his target in the post and Mauga picks the pass off cleanly, returns it 30 yards to the STL 7-yard line. Waianae lines up in a full house backfield, Mauga is stuffed for a 1-yard loss. Then Tacgere flings a play-action corner pass out of the full house, TD to Atui Vanu. STL 21, WAIN 7, 5:58, second quarter.
Waianae has possession and picks up a first down on a Tacgere completion to the 40 as the quarter ends.
Saint Louis gets a 28-yard completion from Cordeiro to Kekahuna-Kalawe on a perfect post route. Moments later, they connect on an out pattern, but the receiver is ruled down at the 1-foot line. Body in the end zone, ball outside the goal line. On fourth down, Cordeiro keeps on a speed option left and stretches over the goal line for the TD. STL 21, WAIN 0, 1:00, first quarter.
Waianae ball at its 20 after a touchback. Three and out. Punt is high and downed at WHS 34.
Crusaders marching with Cordeiro rifling bullets and scrambling for big yardage. He sprints for a first down to the 7 and then tosses a TD strike to Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe. STL 14, WAIN 0, 4:53, first quarter.
Kana‘i Mauga recovers a teammate’s fumble on the kick return and advances it roughly 50 yards into Saint Louis territory. However, the drive ends on Tui Tuitele’s fourth-down sack.
Cordeiro in the shotgun, nobody open, sprints to the pylon and scores as he leaps and places the ball over the goal line, TOUCHDOWN. STL 7, WAIN 0, 9:10.
Waianae ball at its 43, 10:53, first quarter. Procedure call before the first snap. Two short runs. Deep sideline pass is deflected. Waianae will punt. Bad snap over his head, STL ball at the Waianae 16.
Crusaders QB Chevan Cordeiro scrambles for 4 yards, then a deep shot is incomplete. Third and 6, pass over the middle incomplete and STL will punt. Short punt downed at the Waianae 43. TV timeout.
Opening kickoff is a minute away. Current time 6:36 p.m. Sunny and blue sky. Trades 5-15 mph. Saint Louis will receive the opening kickoff. No. TV timeout.