GAME NIGHT 9/22: Kalani/Roosevelt

Kalani's Jaemi Harris had a big game against Roosevelt in 2015. Photo by Krystle Marcellus/Star-Advertiser.

The winner of tonight’s game between Kalani and Roosevelt will be on the inside track to claiming the fourth and final playoff berth in OIA Division II.

Top performances in series:
Kalani passing vs. Roosevelt: Noah Brum with 445 yards in 2013
Kalani rushing vs. Roosevelt: Jaemi Harris with 211 yards in 2015
Kalani receiving vs. Roosevelt: Albert Sabog with 300 yards in 1991
Roosevelt passing vs. Kalani: Andrew Kamanao with 481 yards in 1991
Roosevelt rushing vs. Kalani: Dennis Matsumura with 179 yards in 1985
Roosevelt receiving vs. Kalani: Shayne Teruya with 164 yards in 164

Head coach: Scott Melemai
Falcons roster


Head coach: Kui Kahooilihala
Rough Riders roster

Roosevelt 30, Kalani 10, FINAL

10:21: Roosevelt holds Kalani one last time and takes a knee. 30-10 is your final. Impressive win by the Rough Riders.

10:15: TOCUHDOWN ROOSEVELT. Kekahuna beats his man to the edge for a six-yard score. Isaiah Rosa rushes in the two-point conversion. 30-10 with 1:42 left.

10:12: Kalani calls its last timeout with 1:54 left with Roosevelt facing third-and-goal from the 6.

10:08: Roosevelt still milking it here, forcing Kalani to call its second timeout with 3:26 left in the game.

10:04: The Rough Riders are milking the clock with ease, they’re now in the Kalani 26 with 5:15 remaining.

9:57: The Falcons turn it over on downs and it’s been all Roosevelt for some time now. They take over on their own 22 with 10 minutes left.

9:48: TOUCHDOWN ROOSEVELT. They run the play-action to perfection and Kekahuna fins Tasi Sofakini WIDE OPEN for a 38-yard score with 11:39 to go. They go for two but Kekahuna is stuffed at the line. Roosevelt leads 22-10.

9:45: FUMBLE. Tina-Soberano tries to extend a play but coughs it up in the process. The Rough Riders take over at the Kalani 38 with 11:47 remaining. With the way the game is going, a score could make Roosevelt’s lead insurmountable.


9:42: End of the third. The Falcons have been absolutely stagnant since taking a 10-0 lead, but do they have enough in the tank to take the lead? Only time will tell.

9:38: The Rough Riders punt for real this time for a touchback, 2:07 left in the third.

9:31: Kalani’s offense comes up empty again and the Rough Riders will take over on their own 25, 4:48 left in the third.

9:23: ROOSEVELT TAKES THE LEAD. Kukahiwa takes a handoff 32 yards TO THE HOUSE. Kekahuna punches it in for a two-point conversion and the Rough Riders are now up 16-10 with 7:09 left in the third.

9:20: Three-and-out for Roosevelt, put they fake a punt as Myka Kukahiwa picks up 25 yards for a first down.

9:18: The Falcons pick up a couple of first downs but turn it over on downs at the Roosevelt 37. Tina-Soberano has been ice-cold this half with four consecutive incompletions.

9:08: Kalani will start the half on its own 30 with 11:51 left in the third.


8:47: Kalani doesn’t make much of the remaining time and we’re at the half with the Falcons leading 10-8. They’ll receive to start the second half, but the Rough Riders have to be pleased with the way they closed the first half out.

8:44: TOUCHDOWN ROOSEVELT. Shastyn Kekahuna punches it in from two yards out and bulldozes his way in again for a two-point conversion. 10-8 Kalani, 45 seconds left in the half.

8:42: The Rough Riders are now on the Kalani 2 with 51 seconds left in the half. A long drive for them.

8:37: A nice drive here for Roosevelt. They’re really wearing Kalani’s defense down with a handful of rushers, and milking clock in the process, intentional or not. They’re now on the Kalani 30 with 2:14 left in the half.

8:34: Rough Riders go for it on fourth down in their own territory, but it pays off. They’re now at midfield with a fresh set of downs.

8:31: Tina-Soberano is picked off in the end zone by Jared Elwin, and the Rough Riders take over from their own 20 with 7:02 left in the half.

8:29: Quite an eventful drive here for Kalani. Despite penalties and losses, Tina-Soberano has the Falcons driving with a couple of junkyard plays, keeping plays alive with his feet and avoiding sacks. Fourth-and-12 at the Roosevelt 32.

8:21: Falcons take over from their own 27, 11:47 left in the second quarter.

8:20: Three-and-out for the Rough Riders, which has been every possession out for them so far.


8:19: We’ve reached the end of the first here at Roosevelt, with the visitors leading 10-0. The Rough Riders face third-and-three from their own 34 to start the second.

8:17: Three-and-out, this time from the Kalani offense. The Rough Riders will look to cut into the lead, starting from their own 28 with 50 seconds left in the first quarter.

8:13: Another three-and-out for the Roosevelt offense. Kalani takes over from its own 37 with 1:55 left in the first.

8:11: Roosevelt’s next drive starts from its own 29.

8:10: They line up to kick and it is…good. Mcclellan knocks in a 34-yarder right down the middle with some leg on it. Kalani extends its lead to 10-0 with 3:57 left in the first quarter.

8:09: Facing fourth-and-goal from the Roosevelt 17, the Falcons call timeout. They originally lined up for a 34-yard field goal, but let’s see what they draw up here.

8:01: Another quick three-and-out for Roosevelt, who have thrown just once in total over their first two possessions. Kalani takes over at midfield with 6:41 to go in the first.

7:58: Injury timeout for Roosevelt.

7:57: Rough Riders will start their next drive from their own 21, 8:17 left in the first.

7:56: TOUCHDOWN. Kalani is on the board first. Tina-Soberano dives in for a four-yard score. If he’s still hurt, he’s certainly not playing like it. Wayne Mcclellan‘s extra point is good and the Falcons lead 7-0 with 8:25 to go in the first.

7:52: Tina-Soberano is now 2-for-3 with 20 yards. Falcons are driving, now on the Roosevelt 23 with 9:37 to go in the first.

7:50: Kalani quarterback Seth Tina-Soberano makes his return after a rib injury kept him out last week in a 49-0 loss to Waipahu. It’s safe to say they missed him. He rips a screen pass for 13 yards on his first attempt.

7:48: Very quick three-and-out for Roosevelt, and they gain just one yard. Kalani takes over on its own 37 after the punt, 10:50 left in the first.

7:45: Rough Riders will start on their own 20 after the kickoff.

7:44: Roosevelt will receive to start this game.


7:09 p.m.: Roosevelt wins the JV game 31-6 behind an inspired crowd.


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