GAME NIGHT 9/14: Kamehameha/Kahuku

No. 2 Kahuku 24, No. 6 Kamehameha 7, final

10:16: Game over.

10:13: A fourth-down Keone pass falls incomplete. Kahuku ball at its 42. 2:37 left in game.

10:10: Kahuku punts from its own end zone. It’s partially blocked by Kamehameha’s Hoku Arias.

10:06: The Warriors get as far as the 14 before Keone throws an pass that is intercepted by Kahuku’s Peter John Mataira.

10:01: Kamehameha is on the move with three four first downs with a blend of passes and runs. The Warriors are at the Kahuku 30.

9:54: Two Kahuku penalties push the ball all the way back to the Red Raiders’ 7. Sauvao is back in at QB and he throws a 21-yard completion to Mason Paulo, but it’s not enough. Kahuku has a fourth down and 4 at its 35. They are back in punt formation. Kamehameha calls a timeout.

9:51: A blitzing Nalu Emerson sacks Keone for 7 yards. Kamehameha punts. Kahuku takes over on its 29.


9:50: Third quarter ends.

9:49: Fiatoa sacks Keone for a 6-yard loss.

9:47: Keone hits Skyler Ramos with a 21-yard pass to the Warriors’ 41.

9:46: Warriors ball on their 20 after a touchback.

9:45: Penalties on both sides, including a roughing the kicker flag on Kamehameha, calls for a replay of fourth down.

9:44: Kupono Blake drops Alo-Maiava for a 4-yard loss. Kahuku will punt.

9:42: Kahuku calls timeout. It’s third down and 7 at the Kamehameha 33.

9:41: Thorton Alapa in at QB for Kahuku

9:39: After the punt, the Red Raiders have excellent field position at the Warriors’ 36.

9:36: Kamehameha can’t mount a drive and will punt.

9:33: The Warriors nearly muff the punt return, but Hoku Arias recovers.

9:32: The Red Raiders stall at their own 26 and line up to punt.

9:24: A play-action pass from Keone to Akima over the middle results in a 26-yard touchdown. Preston Rezentes kicks the extra point. KAHUKU 24, KAMEHAMEHA 7, 7:06 left in third quarter.

9:22: Two Keone passes to Edward Correa of 7 and 19 yards pushes the ball to the Kahuku 42.

9:20: On third down, a Sauvao pass is intercepted by Kamehameha’s Chanston Kaleikoa. Warriors ball at their 32.

9:16: The drive stalls and Kamehameha punts. Kahuku takes over on its 35.

9:14: The Warriors are on fire so far in the second half. Two Keone completions and a Reino Bush run have accounted for three first downs on the first three plays of the half.


8:55: Halftime.

8:53: The Warriors have a fourth and 10 at the Kahuku 28. 0:07 left in first half. A Keone pass falls incomplete.

8:52: A personal-foul penalty and a roughing-the-passer penalty gives the Warriors 30 yards all the way to the Kahuku 28. But only 18 seconds remain in the first half.

8:47: Two plays later, Lefau scores from 1 yard out. Heffernan kicks the extra point. KAHUKU 24, KAMEHAMEHA 0, 0:49 left in second quarter.

8:44: On a second-down play, Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu is in the right place at the right time again. He picks off a Keone pass and runs it back 34 yards to the Kamehameha 1.

8:39: On third and 3, Alo-Maiava picks up the necessary 3 yards to the 4. On the next play, Alo-Maiava takes a direct snap and goes around the right side for a 4-yard TD. Heffernan kicks the extra point. KAHUKU 17, KAMEHAMEHA 0, 1:42 left in first half

8:38: Lefau’s 11-yard run gives the Red Raiders a first and 10 at the Kamehameha 14.

8:37: Alo-Maiava picks up another first down with a 6-yard run.

8:34: Sauvao scrambles for 13 yards and a first down at the Kamehameha 43.

8:33: Kahuku linebacker Miki Ah You is reportedly out for the season with a knee injury.

8:32: Lefau rushes for 7 yards and Alo-Maiva picks up 6 for a first down at the Red Raiders’ 44.

8:30: A Sauvao to Alo-Maiava pass gets 8 yards and a first down to the Kahuku 31.

8:27: Kamehameha has a fourth down and 17 at the Kahuku 35. The Warriors are punting.

8:24: Kiai Keoni in at QB for Kamehameha. He connects with Braden Akima for a 34-yard gain to the Kahuku 28.

8:21: The Kamehameha defense holds. Kahuku’s turn to punt. A short punt gives the Warriors field position at their 40.

8:19: Kahuku gets a gift on a Warriors’ facemask penalty. Red Raiders ball at their 39.

8:15: The Warriors get 6 yards on three downs and punt.

8:12: A Sauvao to Heffernan 14-yard pass sets up Alo-Maiava’s 6-yard up-the-middle TD run. Heffernan kicks the extra point. KAHUKU 10, KAMEHAMEHA 0, 11:36 left in second quarter.


8:11: First quarter ends

8:10: Alo-Maiava’s 7-yard gain on a triple option pitch brings the ball to the Kamehameha 20.

8:05: Immense defensive pressure puts the Warriors on their heels. Tausili Fiatoa makes a tackle for loss and then comes up with a sack of Togiai after Fonoimoana-Vaomu just missed getting him. Kamehameha punts and Kahuku takes over on the Warriors’ 35.

8:04: Red Raiders get nowhere on three downs and punt.

8:00: On a fourth and 1 from the Kahuku 39, Togiai is pressured and Aaron Fonoimoana is at it again, stripping the ball. The loose ball ends up in the arm of teammate Elaijahl Latu. Kahuku ball at its 48.

7:59: Togiai scrambles 12 yards to the Red Raiders ’48.

7:58: Kamehameha’s Alec Serrao runs back the kick 26 yards to the Warriors’ 40.

7:55: Kahuku is faced with a fourth and goal from the 6. Duke Heffernan comes in to kick a 22-yard field goal. KAHUKU 3, KAMEHAMEHA 0, 5:52 left in first quarter.

7:52: Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu blocks a punt and it is recovered by teammate KJ Macatiag. Red Raiders ball at the Warriors’ 11.

7:51: A holding penalty hurts Kamehameha. The Warriors will punt.

7:49: Christmas Togiai in at QB for the Warriors.

7:48: Kamehameha gets its first taste of the Kahuku defense, starting from its 19.

7:47: Sauvao scrambles and is stopped for a 6-yard gain on third and 11. Kahuku is punting.

7:46: Two Wes Alo-Maiava runs pick up a first down.

7:45: Robbie Sauvao in at QB for Kahuku.


7:41: Kamehameha won the toss and deferred to the second half. Kahuku will receive. Kamehameha will defend the North end zone.

7:40: The captains are coming on the field. Hoku Arias, Reino Bush, Akalea Kapolo and Lokahi Pauole for the Warriors. Tuia Tupuola, Ethan Erickson, Toalei Lefau and Duke Heffernan for the Red Raiders.

7:28: We are about 15 minutes from kickoff. Kahuku won the JV game 42-29.

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NOTES: Kamehameha leads the all-time series 6-2, but tied 2-2 when it is played at Aloha Stadium. The Warriors last beat the Red Raiders in 2009.

>> Kahuku has never had a passer throw for more than 138 yards against Kamehameha but Robbie Sauvao appears to be primed for a breakout with six touchdown passes while sharing time with Thorton Alapa. Whoever is throwing the ball, he can rely on more than one receiver with Mason Paulo and Duke Heffernan sharing an almost equal load. Kahuku hasn’t had a rusher gain 100 yards against the Warriors since Kamuela Alisa with an even 100 in 2005 and Wes Alo-Maiava is still looking for a breakout game as he is averaging only 54 yards per game this year but has eight touchdowns. He has earned 36 percent of the carries in Sterling Carvalho‘s offense, with Toalei Lefau getting the backup work. Last year Enoch Nawahine got 41 percent of the carries under Makoa Freitas. But that is more of a workload than Harmon Brown got two years ago under Vavae Tata, when he was handed the ball 31 percent of the time.

Kahuku has never scored more than three touchdowns against the Kamehameha defense.

>> Kamehameha has never had a passer throw for 200 yards against Kahuku, and the last time a running back exceeded 100 yards against the Red Raiders was Ryan Ho with 121 in 2009. With Christmas Togiai averaging 128 passing yards a game and backfield duo Reino Bush and Alec Serrao splitting carries evenly (both have 39 this year), an offensive breakout is unlikely. If the Warriors can move the ball, it will probably be on the back of Skyler Ramos, who leads the team in touchdowns with three but is averaging only 65 yards per game. Charley Boiling in 2009 is the only Warrior to have 100 yards receiving against Kahuku.


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