GAME NIGHT 9/2: Leilehua/Kapolei

Leilehua's Allen Racette breaks away from the Kapolei secondary for a touchdown during a 2011 game between the teams (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Head coach: Mark Kurisu
2017 Mules roster


Head coach: Darren Hernandez
2017 Hurricanes roster

Leilehua 20, No. 8 Kapolei 19, FINAL

9:29: LEILEHUA WINS. LEILEHUA WINS. Kalaloa is picked off in the end zone. WHAT A WIN FOR THE MULES.

9:28: Both teams exchange timeouts once it became clear that Kapolei is going for the win here.

9:26: TOUCHDOWN HURRICANES. Dylan Toilolo takes a toss three yards for a score. WHAT DO THEY DO NEXT?!

9:25: WHOA. All it took was one play for Kapolei to get to the Leilehua 3.

9:22: TOUCHDOWN LEILEHUA. Andres sneaks it in from three yards out. Regardless of what happens next, what a performance from him. Tom-Mauke’s PAT is good. 20-13. Kapolei’s turn.

9:18: Mules gain a quick first-and-goal after a personal foul penalty.

9:15: After the coin toss, it will be Leilehua that takes the field on offense first. Mules will start on the Kapolei 20. Keep in mind that the overtime is untimed.


9:13: Kapolei with some big plays but with no timeouts, the clock expires. AND WE’RE HEADED TO OVERTIME.

9:09: Pass interference on Leilehua, Kapolei now on its own 26 with 35 seconds left.

9:06: Andres and Ramos connect for a 50-yard pass but they FUMBLE on the next play. Kapolei ball on its own 23 with 50 seconds left.

9:04: The kick is NO GOOD. Bad hold and it looked more like a squib kick. Leilehua takes over with 1:27 left.

9:04: They’re trotting him back out there for the long try.

9:02: WOW. The kick had plenty of leg on it and went through the uprights, but offsetting penalties have this kick back at the 42. Timeout Kapolei, 42 yards just might be too long. 1:32 left.

9:01: Kalaola completes a pass to the back of the end zone but it’s ruled incomplete. Bantolina in for a 37-yard field goal attempt. Leilehua makes the natural call and tries to ice him with a timeout with 1:34 left.

8:59: Kalaola drops back and is SACKED for a loss of 15 yards. Kapolei timeout with 1:41 to go.

8:56: Kapolei is engineering quite a drive here. Kalaola showing poise and precision. Hurricanes now on the Leilehua 10 with a fresh set of downs. 2:12 to go.

8:50: Hurricanes to take over from their own 32.

8:47: TOUCHDOWN LEILEHUA. Andres delivers a 23 yard STRIKE to Jeremy Ramos. Extra point is GOOD and we are TIED with 4:42 left.

8:45: Leilehua gets the stop it needs and is in prime position to either tie or take the lead after a shanked punt. They’ll trot their offense back out there on the Kapolei 25 with 5:33 to go.

8:42: Kapolei is going conservative here with a string of screen passes for minimal gains. They face third and about 20 on their own 23 with 6:36 to go.

8:38: Leilehua is denied on fourth-and-goal from the Kapolei 10. Hurricanes take over with 9:34 to go in the game. With the way this game is going, especially with the way Kapolei’s defense is bearing down in the trenches, some milking of the clock and any type of score could put this one away.


8:30: End of the third. Leilehua faces third-and-11 to start the final quarter.

8:28: Another three-and-out for Kapolei. Some pretty stagnant offense this quarter for both teams, with the exception of Leilehua’s touchdown of course. Leilehua takes over on the Kapolei 45 after a punt with 33 seconds left in the third.

8:24: Leilehua’s turn for a quick three-and-out. Kapolei takes over from its own 16 with 2:44 in the third after a nice punt.

8:20: Quick three-and-out for Kapolei. Leilehua will try to even it up from their own 25 with 4:28 to go in the third.

8:18: Leilehua threatens with some steady yardage but ultimately turn it over on downs. Hurricanes take over from their own 35 with 6:28 left to go in the third.

8:12: Mules are back in business after forcing a Kapolei punt. They’ll take over from their own 25 with 8:58 left in the third.

8:05: TOUCHDOWN MULES AND THEY’RE RIGHT BACK INTO THIS THING. Kona Andres and Jeremy Evans connect for a 20-yard touchdown. Akoni Tom-Makue’s PAT is no good. 13-6 with 11:08 to go in the third.

8:04: Richard Shimasaki takes an interception to the Kapolei 20. What a start for the Mules.

8:03: The Hurricanes will start the second half on their own 35 after the kickoff.


7:44: Short gain for the Hurricanes and that’s the half. Kapolei leads 13-0, and they’ll receive to start the second half.

7:42: Hurricanes call their last timeout with nine seconds left in the half on the Leilehua 38.

7:40: After a punt, Kapolei gets the ball back on its own 21 with 18 seconds left in the half. Let’s see if they air it out here.

7:38: Leilehua faces a third-and-14 from the Kapolei 49. Hurricanes call timeout with 38 seconds left in the half.

7:32: Three-and-out for Kapolei. Leilehua take over from their own 30 with 2:48 left in the half. A score for the Mules here would be a nice momentum boost heading into the intermission.

7:28: Kapolei forces a three-and-out and the Hurricanes will take over at the Leilehua 47 with 4:14 to go in the half.

7:25: Kalaola’s pass is long and the Mules take over with 5:41 left before halftime.

7:23: Kalaola takes a sack to the Leilehua 24. The Hurricane call time facing fourth-and-19 with 5:49 left in the half.

7:20: Teriq Lacaden picks off Max Nichols and the Hurricanes take over at the Leilehua 15.

7:17: TOUCHDOWN HURRICANES. After some T.V. delays and timeouts, Kalaola tosses his second touchdown of the day, a nine-yard strike to Isaiah Ahana, who has been his top target today. Braedon Bantolina‘s extra point is good. Kapolei now leads 13-0 with 6:43 left to go in the half.

7:07: Consecutive hard hits and a sack by Rocky Savea forces the Mules to punt. Kapolei’s offense starts back up on its own 21 with 10:37 left in the second quarter.


7:03: Leilehua picks up a first down but loses yardage right before the first quarter ends. They’ll face second-and-12 to start the second.

7:00: Leilehua calls timeout facing third-and-6 from the Kapolei 34 with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

6:57: TOUCHDOWN KAPOLEI. Kalaola finds Keanu Barboza for a 6-yard score. PAT is blocked. Highly efficient game for Kalaola so far. He’s now 8-for-9 with 73 yards, his only incompletion being a drop. 1:50 left in the first.

6:52: Leilehua goes for it on fourth down from midfield but they don’t get it. Kapolei takes over, 4:41 left in the first.

6:47: Nothing doing for Kapolei after picking up a first down, so they punt. Mules get the ball back on their own 19 with 6:22 left in the first.

6:43: Kapolei quarterback Kaniala Kalaola is sacked for a loss of 10 yards, but completes consecutive passes for a total of 22 yards to make up for it.

6:40: Hurricanes force an early three-and-out and will start from their own 35 with 10:24 to go in the first.

6:37: Mules starting on their own 25 after the opening kickoff.

6:36: Leilehua will receive to start things off.


6:09 p.m.: We’re headed for a fairly on schedule kickoff, maybe just a few minutes late. Kapolei won the JV game 15-0.


NOTES: Kapolei has won the last two meetings, the last time the Mules won was 2012 when they shut out the Hurricanes 47-0. Mark Kurisu is 1-0 against Darren Hernandez. Kapolei is 3-0 against Leilehua when its QB throws for more than 150 yards. Kapolei has never had a receiver gain 100 yards against Leilehua. Kapolei is only 2-2 when it has a 100-yard rusher against Leilehua. Leilehua is 5-0 against Kapolei when its quarterback throws for more than 150 yards. Leilehua is 2-0 against Kapolei when it has a runner go over 100 yards. Leilehua hasnt been 0-3 in the OIA since its winless season in 2001. Kapolei is trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2015. Kapolei hasn’t had a rusher go over 100 yards since Triston Pebria in 2013, a span of 37 games.

Top performances in the series
Kapolei passing vs. Leilehua: Taulia Tagovailoa with 227 last year.
Kapolei rushing vs. Leilehua: Mason Koa with 143 in 2006
Kapolei receiving vs. Leilehua: Jon Santiago with 79 in 2005.
Leilehua passing vs. Kapolei: Bryant Moniz with 295 in 2004
Leilehua rushing vs. Kapolei: Micah Abreu-Laybon with 129 in 2006
Leilehua receiving vs. Kapolei: Chustin Senas with 188 in 2004


  1. "UNITY=STRENGHT" September 2, 2017 5:48 pm

    Let’s see some movement out there you not going get in the end zone if your brothers not on the same page not wanting it. SPEED DRIVE RUN CATCH and HIT and be consistent for 4 Quarters!!!

  2. rrforlifebaby September 2, 2017 9:32 pm

    Congratulations to the Mules. The ‘mighty” ‘canes have got issues they need to work on.

  3. Hau'ulaBoy September 3, 2017 1:55 am

    Congrats to da boys up there in Leilehua. Way to throw everybody way off with the W. Nobody saw that one coming. Good job. What the … RR4L._.

  4. Hau'ulaBoy September 3, 2017 2:01 am

    Somebody was saying that this Kapolei D was the second best D in the state. Ha Ha. That was too funny. Thats why we play the games. Because on paper they look like champs. But thats only on paper. RR4L._.

  5. BG Grad September 3, 2017 8:14 am

    Kapolei’s defense is good. their offense is a train wreck. a quarterback change is needed

  6. Knation September 3, 2017 9:13 am

    Kapolei will be fine. They just not finishing strong. There QB is one of the best in the state. He stats says it all…kapolei is the better team just mistakes here and there is what killing them. Still a team that can beat kahuku and mililani tho!

  7. anywaaaays!! September 3, 2017 10:58 am

    Kapolei? Beating Kahuku? HA. HA. HA. Good luck with that. Kapolei recruits almost as much as the corrupt ILH and has close relations to the HHSAA, who we all know supports the ILH agenda. Just goes to show that hometown boys playing for their hometown team is always better than a bunch of transfers and recruits. RRFL!

  8. Knation September 3, 2017 11:42 am

    Dude I’m from kahuku but I respect every team and don’t underestimate kapolei they have the talent. I bet your the fake anywaaaays!! Just trying to make Kahuku look bad. Try be humble so everyone can respect your opinions…

  9. Bradah D September 5, 2017 5:23 am

    Well said Knation!!! Question is will all the other team’s be ready when they start to click?

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