GAME NIGHT 9/5: Roosevelt/Waipahu

Waipahu's Alfred Failauga carried the ball in a win over Nanakuli earlier this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Waipahu’s Alfred Failauga carried the ball in a win over Nanakuli earlier this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Monday night football hits the 808 state for the second time in as many years. Last year, it was lightning that forced two games to be postponed to a Monday. This year, the threat of Hurricane Lester has given us three Monday night games on the slate.

Waipahu (2-0, 1-0 OIA D-II) is on course for a first-place showdown against Pearl City next week if it can get by Roosevelt (1-3, 1-2) in the first game of a doubleheader at Aloha Stadium. Marauders QB Braden Amorozo has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his first two games.

History: Waipahu leads the all-time series 14-1 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras, but Roosevelt won that one game in the last meeting, a 37-18 victory in the 2007 OIA White semifinals.

Live updates of the 4 p.m. kickoff will follow below:

7:08: Final score, Waipahu 43, Roosevelt 14.

7:07: Roosevelt drives to the Waipahu 12, but is stopped on four downs. 11 seconds to go.

6:53: Amorozo hits Failauga with a slant pass from right to left and Failauga bursts through the Rough Riders’ defense for a 34-yard touchdown. Seiuli-Sanchez, the big fullback, bowls in for the 2-point conversion. Waipahu 43, Roosevelt 14. 3:42 left in game.

6:52: Roosevelt goes three and out. Waipahu ball.

6:51: Amorozo’s fourth down pass falls incomplete. Roosevelt ball.

6:45: Yamashita gains 15 yards on a reverse and then Amorozo hits Failauga with a screen pass for 12 yards to set up shop at the Roosevelt 15.

6:42: Ahsing returns a short Roosevelt kickoff 40 yards to the Rough Riders’ 33.

6:39: Kekahuna’s pass finds Isaiah Rosa around the 5 and it looks like he will score, but he is hit by Waipahu’s Samson Taito and the ball falls loose. Alertly, Roosevelt’s Kekoa Pitoy recovers at the 1 and the referees sqy the ball he picked up crossed the goal line (it appeared that it didn’t). Touchdown. Hijirida’s kick is good. Waipahu 35, Roosevelt 14. 9:51 left in the game.

6:33: Waipahu is in punt formation. Punter Brysen Tomas Ignacio fields a short snap and is immediately tackled by Roosevelt’s Elijah Byers. Rough Riders ball at the Marauders’ 19.

6:30: Third quarter ends.

6:24: Waipahu does not move and punts. Roosevelt is driving. A 7-yard run by Kobi Brown and a 9-yard catch by Noah Rosa gets the ball to midfield. But the Rough Riders stall and punt.

6:20: Two plays result in a loss of yardage and then Kekahuna laterals to Kaia and it bounces off his hands. A FUMBLE. Waipahu’s Micua scoops up his second fumble of the game.

6:15: A short completion from Kekahuna to Kaia covers 17 yards, but the Rough Riders lose 15 of it on a personal foul penalty. On the next play, Roosevelt picks up a first down on a 5-yard Kekahuna pass to Rosa.

6:09: New hope for Roosevelt. Waipahu’s Contado is called for roughing the kicker. Rough Riders ball at the the Marauders’ 47.

6:07: Second half underway. Kaia picks up a quick 16-yard gain around end for the Rough Riders, but the drive stalls and they are in punt formation.

5:49: Roosevelt’s Kekahuna takes a knee to end the first half.

5:47: A facemask penalty on Roosevelt helps Waipahu get to the 27, and then on the next play, the Marauders score on a flea flicker. Amorozo laterals to Ahsing, who hits Yamashita wide open in the end zone for a touchdown. Harris’ kick is good. Waipahu 35, Roosevelt 7. 4 seconds before halftime.

5:39: The Rough Riders’ onside kick attempt does not work. Waipahu’s Kemari Hayle recovers.

5:36: Roosevelt’s Elwin picks off an Amorozo pass and returns it 25 yards for the Rough Riders’ first touchdown. Jake Hijirida kicks the point-after. Waipahu 28, Roosevelt 7. 48 seconds left in the first half.

5:34: The Marauders take over when Kamakani Kahalewai intercepts a long Kekahuna pass at his own 1.

5:30: Roosevelt does not move on three downs and punts — the first punt of the game by either team — and gets another possession when the ball bounces off the hands of Waipahu’s Yamashita and the Rough Riders’ Kamalu Newsone recovers.

5:22: On first down, Amorozo fades back and unloads a throw to the left corner of the end zone and into the hands of Alika Ahsing for a 19-yard touchdown. The ball just made it over the fingertips of Rough Riders defender Jared Elwin. Harris makes his fourth extra point. Waipahu 28, Roosevelt 0. 6:39 to go before halftime.

5:20: Roosevelt’s Kekahuna is hit by Montero and fumbles. The ball is recovered by Waipahu’s Jeminae Solomua.

5:15: Lafo Seiuli-Sanchez — a 6-foot-4, 320-pound defensive lineman playing fullback — goes up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown. Harris’ PAT is good. Waipahu 21, Roosevelt 0. 7:39 left in the second quarter.

5:10: Failauga looks like a gazelle, following his blockers and cutting to avoid defenders on a 20-yard gain. He gets four more carries, netting 13 yards to the Roosevelt 7. Second down and goal.

5:08: Rough Riders quarterback Shastyn Kekahuna makes a 27-yard completion to Kekoa Lima, but Roosevelt loses the ball on four straight downs after getting as far as the Waipahu 39.

5:06: Amorozo’s pass intended for AJ Contado is intercepted by Roosevelt’s Randy Eusebio.

5:03: The Marauders face a fourth down and 7 from the 22. First quarter ends.

5:01: Amorozo gains 17 yards on a keeper and Waipahu is driving.

4:57: The Rough Riders pick up some valuable ground, thanks to runs of 8 and 15 yards by Chavis Paia, but Paia fumbles on his next carry and Waipahu’s Brent Micua recovers.

4:49: The Marauders take over, and two plays later, Amorozo hits Isaac Yamashita on a slant. Roosevelt has no safety help and Yamashita bolts 82 yards for a touchdown. Harris’ PAT attempt is good. Waipahu 14, Roosevelt 0. 5:17 left in first quarter.

4:45: Waipahu stuffs the Rough Riders on four downs from the 5. Centennial Kulikefu and Abraham Montero are both in on two of the four stops.

4:42: Roosevelt starts on its own 27. On first down, Isaiah Rosa hits the hole fast and is off for a 78-yard gain to the Waipahu 5. Isaiah Harris made a saving tackle from behind for the Marauders.

4:39: Alfred Failauga picks up 21 yards on a pass from Braden Amorozo and then 19 on the ground during a 11-play, 62-yard touchdown drive. Failauga runs in from the 1 for the score. Samson Taito adds the extra point. Waipahu 7, Roosevelt 0. 8:18 left in first quarter.

4:34: Waipahu receives the opening kickoff.


  1. Checkyoself September 5, 2016 3:25 pm

    Marauders 28-7 Rough Riders

  2. Checkyoself September 7, 2016 8:51 am

    Rough game for the Riders…..
    I like the run option offense and with more practice, less fumbles and mistakes, they will get better. Play calling is there but in need of execution.
    Once they get moving the Rough Riders will get Rolling. Concentration is key to Execution.
    Mauraders have some tricks up their sleeve!!!!!
    Gutsy play calling(double pass) with no mistakes.
    O line and D line look good. Hit the weights Hard and the Mauraders are definately are not only in contention with a D2 Championship but could most definately come back up and be competitive in the D1 division.
    Good luck to both teams…. play hard, play smart.

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