GAME NIGHT 9/17: Bishop Gorman/Kahuku

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Kahuku gets ready in the locker room. Photo by David Becker/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku gets ready in the locker room. Photo by David Becker/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

It’s time.

Game day is finally here. Hawaii’s top team, Kahuku, faces the nation’s No. 1 team, Bishop Gorman, in a hugely anticipated game in Las Vegas. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Hawaii time and we will have live updates throughout the game.


Bishop Gorman 35, Kahuku 7, FINAL

PHOTO GALLERY OF KAHUKU/BISHOP GORMAN

FINAL STATS FOR KAHUKU
Sol-Jay Maiava 6 carries, 18 yards, TD
Elvis Vakapuna 20 carries, 58 yards
Harmon Brown 10 carries, 41 yards
team 1 carry, -8 yards
Sol-Jay Maiava 3-9, 33 yds
Steven Lombard 2 rec, 26 yds
Kai’ea Dowling 1 rec, 7 yds
142 TOTAL YARDS

FOURTH QUARTER

Gorman will take a knee and that will be it …NO. They fake the run and throw a deep ball to the end zone. Incomplete. Absolutely classless move by the Gaels. Now it’s over. Red Raiders have 18-game winning streak snapped. Bishop Gorman has now won 44 in a row.

Kahuku turns it over on downs after picking up a first down.

Gorman starts on the Kahuku 47 with 4:03 remaining. Cianelli picks up 3. Thompson-Robinson with a 14-yard catch to the 30 as Gorman still throws it around. Cianelli stopped by Ah You for a yard. Ah You, Kaniho, Sauvao have been really good tonight for Kahuku. Red Raiders whistled for a defensive pass interference. Ball at the 14 with 2:31 remaining. Tate Martell 14-yard TD pass to Dorian Thompson-Robinson. 35-7.

Another touchback. Haven’t gotten to see Stokes Nihipali-Botelho return one tonight. Second intentional grounding call on Maiava loses 20 yards to the 2. Kahuku punts to the 47.

Cianelli runs twice for 8 yards. Third-and-2. Martell hits Nailor for 20 yards to the 22. Martell runs for about 8 yards but fumbles again. Nihipali-Botelho has a shot to recover it but can’t and somehow Gorman jumps on it. Kahuku missed what might have been its last chance there. Martell can’t get away from Kesi Ah-Hoy who tries to rip the ball loose. Third-and-3 at the 5. Pitch to Dorian Thompson-Robinson who gets the first down at the 2. Kaniho blows up the run at the 2. He’s had a good game showing off for scouts in Las Vegas. Brevin Jordan 3-yard TD pass from Martell. 28-7.

Kahuku starts on own 43. Second play of drive, miscommunication in the backfield and Maiava gets popped and fumbles. Gorman recovers on the Kahuku 40.

Two incomplete passes as Kahuku gets pressure on Martell and Gorman will go for it on fourth-and-8 from the 43. Martell overthrows a receiver deep in the end zone and Kahuku takes over.

THIRD QUARTER

Cianelli with a 15-yard run to the 45 of Kahuku. Cianelli picks up 2. Quarter ends.

Kahuku comes out in a different formation and Bishop Gorman has to call timeout. Red Raiders start on their 20. Kahuku moves it inside Gorman territory as Harmon Brown picks up 7 and then 14. False start on Kahuku makes it second-12 at the Gorman 48. Play-action pass and Maiava finds Lombard for 8 yards. Third-and-4 at the 40. Fourth-and-4 after no gain. Play-action and Lombard has the catch but is drilled by Bubba Bolden and drops it. Huge hit forces turnover on downs.

Gaels start on their 20 and Cianelli picks up 6. Now 11 more as Gorman picks up a first down. Second-and-6 and Kekaula Kaniho with a HUGE sack to force third-and-long. Martell is forced all the way back inside his own 10 and then he somehow eludes everybody and picks up 20 to the Kahuku 49. What an unbelievable scramble run by Martell to move the chains. Cianelli now breaks off a 27-yard run to the 17. Martell’s first-down pass is batted down at the line. Third-and-3 at the 10 as Sauvao stops Cianelli after a gain of 7. Kahuku stops the run on third down. Derek Ng attempts a 27-yard field goal but Kahuku is called for roughing the kicker to give the Gaels a first down. First-and-goal at the 5. Pass is incomplete. Second down. Cianelli stopped at the 3. Third-and-goal. Martell rolls out and scores on a 3-yard TD run. Roughing-the-kicker penalty is costly. 21-7, 5:54.

Kahuku came out in full force in Las Vegas. Photo by David Becker/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku came out in full force in Las Vegas. Photo by David Becker/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

KAHUKU STATS
Sol-Jay Maiava 4 carries, 42 yards, TD
Elvis Vakapuna 14 carries, 35 yards
Harmon Brown 4 carries, 12 yards
team 1 carry, -8 yards
Sol-Jay Maiava 1-2, 18 yds
Steven Lombard 1 rec, 18 yds

After the half ended, Bishop Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez was whistled for an unsportsmanlike call as he continued to yell at the officials after the fumble ruling when Martell tried to spike the ball.

SECOND QUARTER


Vakapuna runs for 3 and Kahuku calls timeout with 11 seconds left on the 41. Maiava called for intentional grounding. Third-and-28. Kahuku takes a knee. Halftime.

Good 30-yard return on the kickoff is stopped by Stokes Nihipali-Botelho at the 31. Big hit. Martell stopped for a loss of 1 and then Nailor gets 8 on the screen. Third-and-3. Cianelli just gets the first down. 4-yard carry. Martell completes a 7-yard pass to the 50. Timeout Bishop Gorman as Kahuku keeps the receiver inbounds. Nailor gets open deep but he drops what might have been a TD. Cianelli carries for 14 yards on third-and-3. Timeout Gaels with 40 seconds remaining. Martell with a short 5-yard pass to the 31 but the receiver is drilled by Kaniho. Martell has to spike it but the officials call it a fumble and Kahuku recovers. Red Raiders ball on the 38.

Kahuku starts on its 20. Vakapuna runs it three times and just gets to the 30 on third-and-2 for a first down. Play-action pass and Maiava hits Steven Lombard for 18 yards to the 48. Kahuku into Bishop Gorman territory and will go for it on fourth-and-3 at the Gaels 45. Sol-Jay Maiava keeps and he’s GONE. 45-yard TD run. Huge score late in the first half for Kahuku.

The Gaels start on the Kahuku 43. Bishop Gorman has dominated field position. Cianelli with 10 yards on the run. Another run of 4 yards to the 29 as Ah You gets another tackle. Cianelli stopped for no gain by Codie Sauvao and it’s third-and-6 from the 29. Austin Arnold with a 15-yard reception to the 14 on a quick pass. Another missed tackle by Kahuku. Cianelli for 3 to the 11. Third-and-6 from the 10 as Sauvao stops the RB for no gain. Martell has all day and finds Austin Arnold in the corner of the end zone. 10-yard TD pass makes it 14-0 Gaels.

Kahuku with a personal foul on the kickoff so it will start on its 10. Now with a false start. First-and-15 from the 5. Harmon Brown with the direct snap at QB and he has two 3-yard runs to make it third-and-9. Now a delay of game. Kahuku piling up the penalties here. Vakapuna stopped for a loss of 1 by Haskell Garrett and Kahuku will punt from own end zone.

Screen to the TE, Brevin Jordan and Kahuku misses about 4 tackles. 18-yard TD pass from Martell to Jordan on a play Kahuku should have wrapped up near the 10. Gaels score on first play of second quarter.

FIRST QUARTER

Bishop Gorman starts on its 44 after a 19-yard punt return. Cianelli runs for 2 yards with Ah You making the stop. Martell scrambles and hits Jalen Nailor deep for 39 yards to the 15. Martell stopped for a loss of 1. Martell takes too much time and it’s a delay of game. Martell breaks contain and scrambles inside of the 5 but a flag is thrown down field. Illegal block on Gorman. Martell scrambles for a yard. Quarter ends with Gorman facing third-and-13 from the 18.

Vakapuna runs for 3 yards. He runs for 5 to set up third-and-2. Maiava keeps on the read-option and takes it 18 yards to the 32. First down Kahuku. Injury timeout as a Kahuku OL is down on the play. Vakapuna picks up 1 to the 33. False start on Kahuku. After nine straight runs, Kahuku goes play-action and Maiava misses an open Christopher Tuliloa who was open and had a lot of room. Vakapuna runs for 4 and Kahuku will punt.

QB Tate Martell and the Gaels start on their 35. Amod Cianelli rumbles for 25 on the first play and then Martell keeps for 23 yards to the 17. Miki Ah You with the sack of Martell on first down. Martell loses 2. Cianelli runs for 6 to set up third-and-6 from the 13. False start on the Gaels. Third-and-11. Martell runs for 12 to the 6 but he fumbles. Kahuku recovers. Holding on Bishop Gorman is declined. Red Raiders take over on their 6.

Elvis Vakapuna with a 6-yard carry on first down. He is stopped for no gain on second down and Bishop Gorman is whistled for a late hit. 15-yard penalty moves it to the 41. Vakapuna with four carries for 9 yards. Kahuku facing third-and-7 on its 44. QB Sol-Jay Maiava picks up nothing on the QB draw. Kahuku will punt.

Kahuku wins the toss and will receive. Close to 12,000 people tuned in to the live stream at kickoff.

Captains for Kahuku: Kekaula Kaniho, Aliki Vimahi, Vili Fisiiahi, Kesi Ah-Hoy.

RB Biaggio Walsh and WR Tyjon Lindsey will not play for Bishop Gorman.

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To get you ready, here’s a look at our coverage leading up to the game.

Score prediction: Kahuku vs. Bishop Gorman
Q&A: Bishop Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez
Kahuku community pumped for Gorman game
Physical Kahuku team faces ultimate test
Kahuku still close to Semones’ heart


Bishop Gorman roster
Kahuku roster

Kahuku has won 18 in a row. Bishop Gorman has won 42 in a row. Live updates follow below:

COMMENTS

  1. anywaaaays!! September 18, 2016 10:29 pm

    CAMPBELL????? BWAAAAHWAHHAAAAAWHAAAAAWHAAAAAAAWHAAAAAAAA
    …..bwaaabwaaaBWAAAAAAWBAAAAABWAAAAAAAAAAAA

    SO NOW YOU MOVE TO VEGAS AND YOU JUMPING ON THE GORMAN BANDWAGON?
    All of a sudden Ken is the man because he wears BG t-shirts and can call the island boys from the 808 state trash!?!? What a sell-out. Good stay in vegas, Hawaii no more room for sell-outs like you. Easy to jump ship and abandon your roots, not in kahuku we rooted 4 life!


  2. i love 88 September 19, 2016 5:30 am

    anywaaaays!! September 18, 2016 at 8:56 pm
    Where is educationfirst? I challenged him to bet $5k on the spread but he chickened out and only wanted to bet straight up win/loss. What a coward.

    crickets……….!!!!!!!

    Man, c’mon you don’t have $5,000, haha. Yeah….I have 15 Billion Dollars and I am going to donate 500 million of it to Kahuku to make a state of the art sports facility.

    C’mon, stop making up lies. And if you were going to bet $5000 straight up, then you would have lost $5000. And if that happened (it would not since we know you don’t have $5000 and even if you did you wouldn’t pay it) all of your welfare monies saved would be gone.

    What would you do? I am calling B.S. And my B.S. meter is reading off the charts now.

    Anyone can talk crap on here, “I have $5000.” NO YOU DON’T. Stop lying. Now wonder your kids don’t give a crap about school. Their dad is a liar, straight up.

    BTW, I am also the current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei.


  3. i love 88 September 19, 2016 5:41 am

    anywaaaays!! September 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm
    Ken what school did you go to?????? yup thats right ….crickets….change your screen name and come back talk smack with another identity because you are shame of your alma mater.

    If Kahuku is trash but is King of Hawaii then where does that put St. Louis and Punahou?
    Easy to hate the team on top when your view is from the bottom of the dumpster.

    You are insane to compare Kahuku to Punahou in anything. What happens after graduation? Punahou kids go to school like Harvard, Brown, Yale, and Penn. Kahuku goes to BYU-Hawaii if they are lucky.

    Much of the expansion and development in Honolulu is being created by Black Sands. Last time I checked, the owners, BJ and Ian went to Punahou. In our board meetings, I never see any graduates from Kahuku. Why is that?

    The 2 largest banks, FHB & BOH have CEO’s with Punahou ties. FHB’s CEO, Mr. Harrison had a son who graduated from Punahou. BOH’s CEO Peter Ho graduated from Punahou.

    Let’s get real son, you guys would be lucky if your kids eventually got a job at Punahou in the locker room washing their kids’ jocks.

    That is how small your view of the world is. You think football is almighty when it’s really no different than dance, art, or playing hopscotch. It’s an extra curricular activity. It’s sad that you have to live through it since your kids are really not good at anything else.

    And their clock is ticking down knowing that once they graduate it’s all downhill with a life filled with limited opportunities, possible welfare, and maybe living on the streets/beach>

    I’ll stay with the Punahou team who is good, often cannot beat Kahuku in a sporting activity, but then their kids will graduate, go to college, and live a life filled with exploration, opportunities, travel, and anything else their mind desires.

    CHECKMATE.


  4. TooMeke September 19, 2016 5:43 am

    Mean da hate…HA!

    BTW – Still top 25 in the nation: http://usatodayhss.com/rankings/expert/boys/football/2016/6
    HA! That’s a testament to just how good BG really is.

    Also, the score could’ve easily been 24-7: They got 11 points off of our stupidity (penalties, bad play-calling, poor decision-making). Having a freshman QB and new offensive schemes didn’t help…but we would’ve lost even with our old OC and main schemes. BG is that good. The score might have been closer…but give BG credit – they are loaded with talent (even if their coach is a crybaby idiot).

    My takeaway from the game (and I was NOT one of those saying we were more physical/smashmouth/blah blah blah)…

    BG is the real deal…from their college freshman QB (19 yo) to their RB and their front 7. (Tua is a better QB…by far).

    But their most impressive unit BY FAR… is their **O LINE**. They should get player(s) of the game. I focused on them all night (I was there). Go back and watch the replays. Big Red consistently rushed 5-6 defensive players and the BG QB had all day in the pocket for the most part. He only scrambled when he couldn’t find open WRs (which, btw was most of the night – a credit to our DBs who played 1-on-1 man coverage all night long). That O LINE also opened up big holes right up the middle for their RBs.

    I have watched HS football all over this nation for 30-plus years and can honestly say that is hands down the best HS O-LINE I have EVER seen…period. They make their QB and RB, who are really good, great.

    Regardless of the outcome, it was an awesome experience and I thank BG for the opportunity. I hope that our display of good sportsmanship (unlike BG, whose own fans boo’d them for not shaking hands at the coin toss) and community support TO THE END brings much needed attention to all of Hawaii’s talented youth. I hope Hawaii teams get increased opportunities to play elite teams in the future because of this game. To be the best you gotta play the best…and we did.

    Now we can focus on OIA and States…and I know this experience/loss will greatly benefit our #1 goal of repeating as State Champs. In that respect, I’m glad for the new format…because after we smash both Puns and St LuLu, we won’t have to hear all the ILH crying about the “unfairness” of not having both teams in States. *IT WON’T MATTER*

    RR4L!!


  5. i love 88 September 19, 2016 5:47 am

    So anyone who chooses to move their homes and root for their new hometown team is a sell-out?

    I admire any family who takes a risk and moves for possibly better education for their kids, maybe a higher paying job, or just to see what other kinds of opportunities might present themselves. I applaud you Ken.

    And that is why anywaaaays doesn’t like you. He didn’t have the nuts to take a risk and see what is out there. Instead he lives on the beach in his tent. And he uses his stolen iTouch generation 1 to steal wireless internet that isn’t password protected from the nearby houses.

    He is angry because Kahuku failed him and his children. And the tent that they found on the side of the road is leaking and starting to get too small for the 5 of them.

    But guys, he has $5000 to bet, hahah! SURE (wink wink)!


  6. Manley September 19, 2016 8:10 am

    Too meke, yes I agree the Oline was tops. Too many accolades goes to play maker big names, but the Oline was great. I must say that during DeLasalle s run , they were smaller but hand plays ,leverage and foot work was pro like.


  7. Education First September 19, 2016 8:17 am

    anywaaaays!! September 18, 2016 at 8:56 pm
    Where is educationfirst? I challenged him to bet $5k on the spread but he chickened out and only wanted to bet straight up win/loss. What a coward.

    crickets……….!!!!!!!

    I have to apologize to all the people on here, especially anywaaaays. I was off island Japan dong business.

    Anyway son, when you talk big, you don’t get to bet with spread. You bet straight up. That’s how the big boys roll. Secondly, do you even have $5K? I am pretty confident that you don’t.

    Anyway if you want to talk big and act like you have money you can place a wager with me today. I rented out the private room at Sushi Onodera (normally not open for lunch) on Kapahulu. Our rez is at 11:30am and I will be there for at least 2-3 hours. When you arrive, valet your car, ask for the Nakamura party of 6, and I will be seated with a red aloha shirt on.

    Make sure you bring a minimum of $10K since you think you roll large. You can pick the NFL game you want to bet on. You can even choose the team and game you want. And we will use Harrah’s current odds.

    I hope to see you there today to place this little wager.


  8. al September 19, 2016 8:46 am

    @i love 88 “I’ll stay with the Punahou team who is good, often cannot beat Kahuku in a sporting activity, but then their kids will graduate, go to college, and live a life filled with exploration, opportunities, travel, and anything else their mind desires.”

    Actually, the only sport that Kahuku beats Punahou in is basically football (although they’re both very competitive overall when they play) and recently girls volleyball. All other sports, from basketball, tennis, soccer, etc, Punahou smashes Kahuku.

    Academics are no comparison, of course, along with grades, test scores, college placement, college graduate rates, etc. You know, all the things that are important for school itself. The top kids academically at Kahuku are probably just as good as the top kids at Punahou, but overall, from top to bottom, the Punahou student body is of course much stronger.

    That’s not a knock on Kahuku. That’s just reality.


  9. red x September 19, 2016 9:36 am

    All these haters because they’re so jealous of us winning so they have to do it a cry baby way and bring down the kids using education.
    Also I think education first, I love 88 and al is the same guy.


  10. Jeezy33 September 19, 2016 9:50 am

    “Also I think education first, I love 88 and al is the same guy.”

    Right. Because there’s NO WAY that three different people possibly think that Kahuku fans like anywaays are full of BS. It has to be a conspiracy. Possibly from the ILH!


  11. AUWE September 19, 2016 10:56 am

    Eh! Game pau already, focus on next game… And for all you guys saying your team could have done better, your team Neva go cuz dey Neva have da coconuts to try! Chaaaddduuuppp already, I would be more worried of what’s coming ahead, Kahuku gonna be more motivated then ever!!! Good luck to everybody da rest of da season…


  12. Education First September 19, 2016 11:10 am

    I am not Al. The webmaster can validate it. I am still waiting on anywaaays….


  13. 808Savage September 19, 2016 12:05 pm

    Georgia vs Hawaii
    Notre Dame vs Alabama
    Oregon vs Ohio St.
    Bishop Gorman vs Kahuku

    Too much pride not enough reality.


  14. Education First September 19, 2016 12:10 pm

    al September 19, 2016 at 8:46 am
    @i love 88 “I’ll stay with the Punahou team who is good, often cannot beat Kahuku in a sporting activity, but then their kids will graduate, go to college, and live a life filled with exploration, opportunities, travel, and anything else their mind desires.”

    Actually, the only sport that Kahuku beats Punahou in is basically football (although they’re both very competitive overall when they play) and recently girls volleyball. All other sports, from basketball, tennis, soccer, etc, Punahou smashes Kahuku.

    Academics are no comparison, of course, along with grades, test scores, college placement, college graduate rates, etc. You know, all the things that are important for school itself. The top kids academically at Kahuku are probably just as good as the top kids at Punahou, but overall, from top to bottom, the Punahou student body is of course much stronger.

    That’s not a knock on Kahuku. That’s just reality.

    @AL, some Kahuku supporters will come back with the same tired comments. Our speech and debate team beat some kids from Punahou and Iolani. We had a graduate who went to Yale/Harvard/Princeton/etc.

    At every school that tests low, there will be a few kids who buck the trend, whose parents took education seriously, and will do well for themselves.

    I am talking about the whole group. I can see why many of these kids struggle academically. Look at how angry these people are.

    Do you think they would be this angry if it was Math Bowl? Or a Science Competition. But I totally get it. When you are only good at 1 thing, and there is a chance it might someday be taken away, there is cause for concern. That is human nature.


  15. Jeezy33 September 19, 2016 12:40 pm

    “And for all you guys saying your team could have done better, your team Neva go cuz dey Neva have da coconuts to try! Chaaaddduuuppp already”

    Who is saying this? I don’t think anybody is saying this.

    This may be instructive for you guys: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferiority_complex


  16. Richard Ngalu September 19, 2016 7:39 pm

    I would like to have a friendly bet $20.00. Kahuku is going to the state championship and win. It’s gonna be a back to back state championship. You all are invited to the game. It will be held at Aloha stadium. Nov.8. Don’t worry plenty of seats and I will be sitting in the back of the end zone which ever one is open to sit in. I prefer opposite of the jumbo tron. Friendly bet just come and enjoy. We don’t need to talk. See you there. Bring your friends, family and most importantly bring the KEIKI’S they will enjoy it.


  17. I love 88 September 19, 2016 9:14 pm

    @Education First, did “ANYWAAAYYYS” show up for your bet today?


  18. Jason Keuma September 20, 2016 5:31 am

    People who use their real names post more positive comments.

    Despite what any nay sayer is saying, they still watched the game. Thank you for supporting the kids. I look forward to the next game this Saturday.

    I was hopeful after the first quarter, not as much (but still hopeful) after the end of the second quarter. When they got up by three touchdowns, reality set in and I just hoped that they could hold them at that, which they did. Still proud of the fact that they got to go. They would not have scheduled true game if BG didn’t think that they would not have benifited them.

    Initially I thought that going for one more score the final seconds of the game was classless, but they were just trying to keep up with the IMGs scoring. I’m sure the coach has some incentive if he takes states, ends up with a “national championship”

    I don’t have a critical eye as to what happened, or what didn’t happen, but it was fun to see the QB running in their backfield almost getting sacked for a huge loss. If sports is a form of entertainment, this game entertained me. It entertained others too, because they watched also.


  19. 808Savage September 20, 2016 10:15 am

    Jeezy33 September 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm
    “And for all you guys saying your team could have done better, your team Neva go cuz dey Neva have da coconuts to try! Chaaaddduuuppp already”

    Who is saying this? I don’t think anybody is saying this.

    Unfortunately the #1 team comes out of their way to come here & played Hawaii’s best twice. Kahuku just stuck their neck out a little to far & went searching for a beat down. Out of the 3 times a Hawaii high school has faced a #1 nationally ranked team. Kahuku has done the worst, merely embarrassing to say the least.

    De La Salle vs St. Louis (31-21)
    Bishop Gorman vs St. Louis (52-40)
    Bishop Gorman vs Kahuku (35-7)

    You do the math my friend.


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