GAME NIGHT 9/17: Kamehameha/Saint Louis

Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa is 4-0 in his career against Kamehameha  Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa is 4-0 in his career against Kamehameha Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

No. 2 Saint Louis has a chance to finish the first half of the ILH Division I season undefeated with a win over Kamehameha on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff between the Saints (3-0, 2-0) and the Warriors (2-2, 1-1) is 6 p.m.

Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa enters the game with 6,441 career passing yards. He trails career record-holder Timmy Chang by 1,560 yards.

HISTORY: Saint Louis leads 64-28-2 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras. The Crusaders have won four in a row but the teams have split the last 10 meetings overall.

Live updates will follow below:

FINAL: Saint Louis 35, Kamehameha 3.
At Aloha Stadium
Kamehameha (2-3, 1-2) 3 0 0 0 — 3
Saint Louis (4-0, 3-0) 7 14 0 14 — 35
KS—FG Adam Stack 39
STL—Chris Sykes 15 pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Jacob Tobias kick)
STL—Dylan Silva 2 run (Tobias kick)
STL—Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 6 pass from Tagovailoa (Tobias kick)
STL—Austin Tuisano 3 run (Tobias kick)
STL—Silva 8 run (Tobias kick)

RUSHING—Kamehameha: Kanoa Shannon 20-93, Breden Akima 4-19, Nathan Utu 1-7, Yam 4-(-15), Trever Kahunahana 1-1. Saint Louis: Silva 8-64, Tagovailoa 9-19, Keoki Wela 3-1, Tuisano 2-7, Chevan Cordeiro 1-20.

PASSING—Kamehameha: Yam 14-29-2-171. Saint Louis: Tagovailoa 20-35-0-258.

RECEIVING—Kamehameha: Chris Ah Mook Sang 3-48, Jaykob Cabunoc 6-115, Shannon 2-(-2), Sheldon Rosa 3-10. Saint Louis: Kekahuna-Kalawe 5-72, Noah Alejado 2-18, Ronson Young 3-18, Jaymason Nunuha 1-32, Silva 1-13, Sykes 1-15, Chandler Washington-Villanueva 3-48, Jonah Panoke 2-23, Tuisano 1-7, Mitchell Quinn 1-12.

(Note: Corrects Tagovailoa rushing statistics.)

Zhane Chang-Holloway with an interception on a Yam pass. He returns it to the STL 45.

Cordeiro takes the field. Tagovailoa’s night is pau. He finished 20-for-35, 258 yards, one TD, no picks. Workmanlike and efficient. 75-yard drive in five plays. A 28-yard gain by Silva, a 20-yard scramble by Cordeiro. Tuisano drags tacklers for a 6-yard gain before Silva bursts through for an 8-yard TD run. STL 35, KS 3, 3:57.

Kamehameha airing it out. Unnecessary roughness call against STL, and then an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Slade-Matautia, who is disqualified. From what I understand, it’s his second personal foul, hence the ejection. Not a good turn of events for the Crusaders in a 28-3 game. Fourth down, screen pass loses 14 yards. STL ball a its 25, 6:33 left.

Yam completes a pass to Ah Mook Sang, but his next pass is tipped and picked off by Slade-Matautia, who does a run left, then back right, hurdles a Warrior and goes down. Two flags on Saint Louis.

Personal foul against Saint Louis on the first play of the quarter, then Tagovailoa again to Kekahuna-Kalawe for 14 yards. Tua knows the hurry-up well, but he is equally versed in managing clock. He takes off out of the pocket, loses a shoe and cuts back against the grain for a 23-yard pickup to the 3. Who needs cleats? Austin Tuisano takes a handoff from Chevan Cordeiro and rambles around left end for a 3-yard TD run. STL 28, KS 3, 11:13. Tagovailoa is 19-for-32, 246 yards, one TD, no picks. He has rushed for net 19 yards but that’s deceiving. His running ability, the elusiveness and strength, are too much for any defense to handle.

The quarter ends with Saint Louis content to hand the ball to its RBs and taking time off each play clock. It’s all business, as usual. Quarter ends with STL up 21-3 and having the ball at the KS 20 after a 21-yard pass from Tagovailoa to Kekahuna-Kalawe.

Saint Louis punt. Kamehameha punt. Saint Louis punt. Kamehameha dropped pass on fourth down. STL ball at its 33.

Tagovailoa is 12-for-21, 183 yards, one TD and no picks. He has some massive gains and losses that add up to eight carries for 12 yards. He has been sacked four times. Dylan Silva is the only other ballcarrier for STL, two attempts for 9 yards, one TD.

Kanoa Shannon has 12 carries for 62 yards to lead Kamehameha. Yam is 5-for-10, 89 yards, sacked three times.

At Aloha Stadium
Kamehameha 3 0 x x — 3
Saint Louis 7 14 x x — 21
KS—FG Adam Stack 39
STL—Chris Sykes 15 pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Jacob Tobias kick)
STL—Dylan Silva 2 run (Tobias kick)
STL—Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 6 pass from Tagovailoa (Tobias kick)

Kanoa Shannon 12-62,
Breden Akima 3-16,
Nathan Utu 1-7,
Yam 3-(-19).

Saint Louis:
Silva 2-9,
Tagovailoa 8-12.

Yam 5-10-0-89.

Saint Louis:
Tagovailoa 12-21-0-183.

Chris Ah Mook Sang 1-19,
Jaykob Cabunoc 3-58,
Shannon 1-12.

Saint Louis:
Tosh Kekahuna 3-42,
Noah Alejado 1-9,
Ronson Young 1-12,
Jaymason Nunuha 1-32,
Silva 1-13,
Sykes 1-15,
Chandler Washington-Villanueva 3-48,
Jonah Panoke 1-19.

Crusaders get the ball back with :12 left in the half. Two incomplete passes by Tagovailoa and it’s intermission.

Kamehameha’s next series begins at its 23. Yam launches a bomb to Cabunoc, who leaps high to make a 36-yard catch near the right sideline. Warriors burn a time out with :55 left in the half. Yam goes deep on the left side, incomplete with Chris Ah Mook Sang and Cabunoc in the vicinity. Then he’s sacked, 6-yard loss. Time out, :43. Crusaders bring the heat again and Isaac Slade-Matautia sacks Yam. That’s three sacks for the Crusaders. Time out, this time called by STL. Warriors call a fake, snap to the up back and he is forced out after a 7-yard run, turnover on downs.

Saint Louis’ ensuing series is riddled by penalties from both teams. Crusaders have fourth and 26 from the KS 41. Time out with 2:45 left in the half. There have been four penalties and two sacks, including one credited to the Warriors as Tagovailoa snaked back and forth in the backfield and was whistled for intentional grounding. Tagovailoa takes off and gets just past the first-down marker for a 26-yard gain and first down. Only he could do something like that. Three plays later, Tagovailoa to Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe on a post route, 6-yard TD pass. After all that, some great defense by Kamehameha, Tagovailoa WILLED his offensive unit past the goal line. Amazing. STL 21, KS 3, 1:24.

Kamehameha starts its next series at its 30. Give to Shannon for 5 yards and he is down. Limps off the field. He has 50 yards on 10 carries already. Breden Akima enters, gains 2, back to the double-TE/pistol/H-Back set and he churns out a 12-yard gain. The drive stalls, however, and Stack punts.

Huge break for Saint Louis as Kamehameha lines up in four wide, then has to punt. The Crusaders nearly block Stack’s punt, and it goes for minus-2 yard. Not sure if it was partially blocked but the effect was the same. STL ball at the KS 39. Nine plays, 39 yards and Dylan Silva punches into over from the 2 on a straight give. STL 14, KS 3, 9:21.

Crusaders respond with a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Tua Tagovailoa is sacked twice, but he scrambles twice for gains of 13 and 8 yards. His fourth-down swing pass to Dylan Silva is huge, picks up first down at the 15. Next play, he fires a TD strike to Chris Sykes. STL 7, KS 3, 46.

Opening series by Kamehameha is deliberate and very effective. Double-tight end set all the way, Kanoa Shannon lines up as the RB, behind an H-back with the WR in motion sometimes, in effect a Power-I. Shannon gains 36 yards on eight carries. Sack and incomplete pass stop the Warriors, who get a 39-yard field goal from Adam Stack. KS 3, STL 0, 5:11.


Kickoff is 3 minutes away on a cloudy, muggy early evening at Aloha Stadium. Everywhere I’ve been today, people are tuned in via live stream or the Prep World live blog of the game.

I’m expecting rain here sometime. Dark gray clouds hanging over Halawa all afternoon. No. 6 Kamehameha in white jerseys with double navy blue stripes on each shoulder, white helmets with the large blue ‘K’. A very Indianapolis Colts look.

Saint Louis in navy blue top to bottom, white numbers with single red stripes at the shoulders. Classic looks for a classic matchup.

Saint Louis fans watching the Kahuku-Bishop Gorman game online.
Saint Louis fans watching the Kahuku-Bishop Gorman game online.





  1. Searider86 September 17, 2016 8:29 pm

    At the game…Slade-Matautia was ejected after his 2nd personal foul…does anyone know if he’ll be able to play the next game?

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