GAME NIGHT 9/9: Campbell/Moanalua

Moanalua receiver Brandon Bender was hit by Campbell linebacker Tyrese Tafai in a game last season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Head coach: Darren Johnson
Sabers roster


Head coach: Savai’i Eselu
Na Menehune roster


Campbell 51, Moanalua 6, Final

Campbell 51, Moanalua 6, 5:58, Q4

After a Campbell fumble recovery, Joshua Salvido rumbles for a 19-yard run, then scores on a 1-yard blast. Micah Kim blocks the PAT, the third blocked conversion attempt by Na Menehune.

Campbell 45, Moanalua 6, 7:19, Q4

Viliami Faumui runs four times in a row, scoring on a 4-yard punch over the right side.

Subs are in for Campbell, which means Kaipo is done for the night after a 24-for-41, 356-yard, five-TD performance. With no turnovers. He finishes just 32 yards short of the school mark. Isaac Hurd, you still top the chart.

Campbell 38, Moanalua 6, 5:20, Q3

Na Menehune get on the scoreboard with a smooth trick play, a hook-and-ladder from Nick Au to Javon Monico (3-yard pass) and lateral to Micah Kim (44-yard run). PAT kick misses.

Campbell 38, Moanalua 0, 5:20, Q3

Jacob Covington off right tackle for a 20-yard TD run. Kick misses. Mercy-rule running clock will be in effect.

Moanalua three and out, punt.

Campbell 32, Moanalua 0, 7:45, Q3

Kaipo launches a 32-yard bomb to Colon-Valentin and the lead is 32. Kaipo is now 24-for-41, 356 yards with five TDs and no picks.

Campbell 25, Moanalua 0, Halftime

Kaipo has thrown the ball a whopping 37 times with 21 completions for 289 yards. Clearly, balanced offense wasn’t part of the game plan. The strategy is working. He is on his way to perhaps getting close to the school record, which is 388 yards set by Isaac Hurd on Nov. 8, 2013, against Hilo at soggy Wong Stadium.

Makana Spencer has been impressive for Moanalua, running hard on every carry: 56 yards, 10 attempts.


At Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
Campbell (3-2, 3-1) 12 13 x x — x
Moanalua (0-4, 0-3) 0 0 x x — x
CAM—Vernon Etrata-Daite 24 pass from Krenston Kaipo (kick blocked)
CAM—Gabriel Colon-Valentin 28 pass from Kaipo (run failed)
CAM—Poki‘i Adkins-Kupukaa 13 pass from Kaipo (kick blocked)
CAM—Adkins-Kupukaa 37 pass from Kaipo (Ariel Villanueva kick)

JV—Moanalua 10, Campbell 7.

Jacob Covington 7-29,
Kaipo 1-4,

Makana Spencer 10-56,

Kaipo 21-37-0-289

Nick Au 6-14-2-46,

Tyrese Tafai 2-15,
Adkins-Kupukaa 6-93,
Etrata-Daite 4-92,
Christian Quiambao 5-56,
Colon-Valentin 2-36,
Dylan Ursua 1-8,
Covington 1-(-1),

Idris Thomas II 2-12,
Drayden Von Oelhoffen 1-4,
Spencer 2-8,
Ezra Bantolina 1-22,

Campbell drives to the Moanalua 5, but stalls out with three incompletions in a row

Campbell 25, Moanalua 0, 10:19, Q2

Moanalua three and out, punt, ball goes out at the Moanalua 48. Three plays later, it’s Kaipo to Adkins-Kupukea down the left hashmark for a 37-yard TD.

Campbell 18, Moanalua 0, 10:19, Q2

Campbell scores for the third time in three possessions. Adkins-Kupukea hauls in a tight spiral on a sideline route next to the left pylon. 13-yard TD despite tight coverage. PAT is blocked again by Jesse Kaohi, who rips through right up the middle.

The first quarter ends with Campbell in possession just over mid-field after an interception by Dylan Duque. That’s two picks already by the Sabers defense.

Campbell 12, Moanalua 0, 4:12, Q1

Moanalua picks up a first down, then punts. Poki‘i Adkins-Kupukaa returns the punt 15 yards to midfield. Six plays (and four completions later), Campbell is in the end zone again. Kaipo with a smooth deep post spiral to Gabriel Colon-Valentin, 28-yard TD. The PAT run is stuffed.

Campbell 6, Moanalua 0, 9:40, Q1

Campbell stalls at the Moanalua 16, but on the next snap, Tyrese Tafai intercepts a pass by Na Menehune at the 30. Two plays later, Krenston Kaipo connects with Vernon Etrata-Daite for a 24-yard TD strike. PAT kick is blocked.

As usual, it’s a scalding hot afternoon at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium, all the more steamy thanks to the classic concrete bleachers. There must be a way to convert all that high temperature into solar energy or something. Moanalua won the JV game, 10-7. We are 12 minutes away from kickoff for the varsity game, which is almost precisely on schedule (5:31 p.m. kickoff). I don’t see any TV cameras here, so there will not be extended time outs.


NOTES: Campbell needed two OTs to beat Moanalua 12-6 last year. This is the first time the two teams are playing each other at Roosevelt. Campbell hasnt won at Roosevelt since beating McKinley in 2012. Not counting forfeits, Moanalua hasn’t won at Roosevelt since beating McKinley there in 2007, going 0-5 since. In all, Na Menehune are 1-9 on Roosevelt’s field.

Top performances in the series:
Campbell passing vs. Moanalua: Lalo Respicio with 302 yards in 2008
Campbell rushing vs. Moanalua: Randy Nii with 182 yards in 1974
Campbell receiving vs. Moanalua: Samson Anguay with 172 yards in 2008
Moanalua passing vs. Campbell: Alakai Yuen with 238 yards in 2015
Moanalua rushing vs. Campbell: Ricky Ahn with 126 yards in 1986
Moanalua receiving vs. Campbell: Michael Feliciano with 129 yards in 2012


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