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.