GAME NIGHT 9/16: Aiea/Kaiser

Aiea quarterback Zelius Maae-Liupaono has thrown for more than 400 yards this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Aiea quarterback Zelius Maae-Liupaono has thrown for more than 400 yards this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Only two ranked teams are in action Friday night in a seven-game slate scheduled for Oahu.

Aiea (1-4, 1-3) and Kaiser (2-4, 1-4) meet in Hawaii Kai on Friday night in a matchup of two teams that have played some interesting games recently. Last season, Aiea’s only win was a 47-43 triumph over the Cougars. Two years ago, Kaiser beat Aiea easily but had to forfeit the victory for using an ineligible player, costing it a possibility to earn a bye in the first round of the OIA playoffs. Instead of possibly playing a home game, it had to travel to top seed Mililani in the quarterfinals and lost.

Aiea 36, Kaiser 20

at Kaiser Stadium
Aiea (2-4, 2-3) 10 13 7 6 — 36
Kaiser (2-5, 1-5) 0 0 13 7 — 20
Aiea—Demeiko Hill 66 interception return (Kobe Kato kick)
Aiea—FG Kato 26
Aiea—Kato 5 run (Kato kick)
Aiea—Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 23 pass from Ty Matsunami (run failed)
Aiea—Babu Capanang 47 pass from Matsunami (Kato kick)
Kais—Andrew Choi 40 fumble return (Andrew Kaufusi kick)
Kais—Keoni Pangan 80 interception return (pass failed)
Kais—Kainoa Craig 53 interception return (Kaufusi kick)
Aiea—Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 14 pass from Matsunami (kick failed)
RUSHING—Aiea: Ryan Panuelo 11-37, Matsunami 3-23, Allen Keohokapu 3-10, Kalai Asing 2-4, Kato 4-3, Fabian Bautista 1-1, Austin Savea 3-0, Ferenisi Lualemana 1-(minus 2), team 1-(minus 4), Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 1-(minus 10). Kaiser: Kainoa Craig 8-36, Kainoa Torres 13-21, Kaufusi 2-5, Micah Mashima 1-2.
PASSING—Aiea: Matsunami 16-27–2-239, Kato 2-7-0-7. Kaiser: Torres 11-30–3-122, Kaufusi 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Aiea: Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 6-106, Bautista 5-51, Jayden Chaviera 4-30, Capanang 3-59. Kaiser: Keoni Pangan 4-73, Mashima 4-34, Kaufusi 2-15, Shaun Kim 1-0.


Aiea recovers onsides kick on its 49. Instead of sitting on it it’s four passes. Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 14-yard TD pass from Matsunami. 36-20, 6:20

Aiea runs it six straight times and then decides to pass on third-and-1. It’s picked off by Kainoa Craig, who returns it 53 yards for Kaiser’s third defensive TD of the game.


Sack by Gage Asing ends the Kaiser drive. Matsunami is picked off by Keoni Pangan, who returns it 80 yards for a TD on the final play of the third quarter.

Jayden Chaviera injured after a 1-yard catch. Looks like his ribs. Aiea fails to convert on fourth down at the Kaiser 26.

Tyson Creekmur forces a fumble and Andrew Choi, who already has a sack in the game, scoops up the fumble and returns it 40 yards for a TD.

A 50-yard kick return by Kaufusi. Second pick of the game by Gage Asing.

Matsunami hits a 37-yard pass to Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo and then a 47-yard TD pass to Babu Capanang. 30-0, 10:30.

OL Bronson Afong shaken up on a play for Kaiser. Cougars can’t do anything with it and turn it over on downs.

Aiea’s Ferenisi Lualemana trips on the first play and fumbles and Kainoa Craig returns it for Kaiser to the Aiea 12.

at Kaiser Stadium
Aiea (1-4, 1-3) 0 0
Kaiser (2-4, 1-4) 10 13
Aiea—Demeiko Hill 66 interception return (Kobe Kato kick)
Aiea—FG Kato 26
Aiea—Kato 5 run (Kato kick)
Aiea—Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 23 pass from Ty Matsunami (run failed)
RUSHING—Aiea: Allen Keohokapu 3-10, Kalai Asing 2-4, Matsunami 1-4, Austin Savea 2-3, Kato 4-3, Fabian Bautista 1-1, Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 1-(minus 10). Kaiser: Kainoa Craig 4-21, Kainoa Torres 7-9, Andrew Kaufusi 2-5.
PASSING—Aiea: Matsunami 4-6–0-53, Kato 2-7-0-7. Kaiser: Torres 10-20–2-110.
RECEIVING—Aiea: Jayden Chaviera 3-29, Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo 1-23, Bautista 1-6, Babu Capanang 1-2. Kaiser: Keoni Pangan 4-73, Micah Mashima 4-34, Kaufusi 1-3, Shaun Kim 1-0.
Junior varsity — Kaiser 37, Aiea 6


Aiea fakes a punt but is stopped and then Kaiser goes for it on fourth down and is stopped. Ty Matsunami in at QB for Aiea. OL Isaiah Mersburgh (5-9, 320) shaken up on a play and has to be helped off. Matsunami a 23-yard TD pass to Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo to make it 23-0 with 21 seconds remaining.

Personal foul on Kaiser makes for a three-and-out.

Sophomore DB Babu Capanang with the INT for Aiea. Na Alii can’t do anything with it, however, and turn the ball over on downs.

Aiea has to punt but Kaiser fumbles the catch and Na Alii has it on the Cougars’ 25. More offsides penalties on the Cougars. Kobe Kato 5-yard TD run. 17-0. 7:22.

DL Ferenisi Lualemana blows it up for a 6-yard sack to make it fourth-and-8. DB Arman Mogote blitz’s through for the sack and Aiea takes over on its 48.


Kalai Asing gets his second tackle for loss but Torres hits Micah Mashima for 31 yards on third-and-19. Quick pass to Pangan who jukes two defenders and picks up 16 yards on the reception. Quarter ends with Kaiser facing third-and-2 on the Aiea 24.

Andrew Choi gets a sack for Kaiser. Kobe Kato hits a 26-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.

Torres bobbles the snap. Bobbles it again. It’s on the ground. DL Treau Tupuola with the fumble recovery.

After scrambling for 9 yards, Torres hits Pangan for 27 yards on third-and-1 into Aiea territory. Demeiko Hill with an interception and he returns it 66 yards for a TD. 7-0 Na Alii.

Kobe Kato starts at QB for Aiea. Kaiser jumps offsides twice to give up a first down without a play but then gets a stop on the next three plays as Kato overshoots a receiver deep. Punt.

Kaiser receives. QB Kainoa Torres completes a 25-yard pass to WR Keoni Pangan on third down. DL Kalai Asing with a sack for Aiea and the Cougars will punt. A well-designed fake punt results in a 23-yard run by Kainoa Craig. DB Gage Asing with a tackle for loss and now Kaiser punts.


HISTORY: Aiea leads the all-time series 12-3. Because Kaiser had to forfeit its win in 2014, the Cougars have now lost nine in a row to Na Alii with the last victory a 21-7 triumph at Aloha Stadium in 1996 behind QB Grant Sato.


  1. Checkyoself September 16, 2016 4:25 pm

    Aiea 14-17 Kaiser

  2. "UNITY=STRENGHT" September 16, 2016 4:57 pm

    Aiea should be motivated tonight Solid on Defense with some hitting out there!!! and there Offense line giving there QB some time to move the season almost coming to a end nuff futting around lets go!!!

  3. ??? September 16, 2016 6:07 pm

    OC, please tell Kobe to stop throwing the football like a baseball, you need some loft on your deep balls. Good luck…………

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