Kailua couldn’t stop Waianae’s running attack

Waianae's Jorell Borge-Pontes sped for a 90-yard touchdown run during the Seariders' 37-22 OIA quarterfinal win over Kailua on Friday night at Raymond Torii Field. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Waianae’s Jorell Borge-Pontes sped for a 90-yard touchdown run during the Seariders’ 37-22 OIA quarterfinal win over Kailua on Friday night at Raymond Torii Field. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kailua head coach Joe Wong was anticipating a classic heavyweight bout and he got what he asked for against Waianae.

The Seariders (7-2) ran the ball 58 times and rolled up 308 rushing yards in a 37-22 dumping of the Surfriders at Waianae’s Raymond Torii Field on Friday night, leaving Wong and the Windward-side bunch in the losing corner before a long, quiet, 40-mile bus ride home.

Several times, the Seariders’ line plowed big holes up the middle, but most of the time, the 10 Waianae ball carriers in the option offense went off tackle and it took two, three or more defenders to take them down. Many times, with the Waianae runners still on their feet, Kailua had to resort to tackling by the jersey to swing them down.

They just weren’t going to go down easy in the Oahu Interscholastic Association football quarterfinals.

“That’s our theme — to get as many yards as possible,” running back Javen Towne said after carrying the ball 16 times for 86 yards.

A pressure defense kept Kailua quarterback Noah Auld off balance. He wound up fumbling twice, losing one, and getting intercepted three times. Those turnovers were costly.

Waianae first-year head coach Walter Young said the plan was to shorten the game by running the ball. It worked. Afterward, he said they “ran the ball fairly well.”

Quite the understatement.

On the losing side, Kailua defensive end Christian Mejia was asked what the Surfriders (7-3) could have done better, and he said, simply, “Stop the run.”

Auld finished with three touchdown passes, but Kailua did not have its usual balanced offense clicking. Aside from the four turnovers and three TDs, the Surfriders’ other six possessions ended in punts (twice), on downs (twice), a safety, and the halftime whistle,

One of the biggest plays of the game occurred early in the third quarter, when Waianae punter Makana Roque Gonzales booted a 44-yarder that pinned Kailua at its 1, leading to the safety and a 23-14 lead.

An 86-yard drive led to Kade Ambrocio‘s 3-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter, and Toto Mailo‘s 27-yard interception return for a TD basically sealed the game at 37-14, even though Kailua came back with eight more points.

The Seariders play either Mililani or Moanalua next week in the semifinals and Towne knows the challenge will likely be a tougher one.

“We’ll have to come out stronger and play harder,” he said.

No one knows what the result will be, but at least one thing is certain: Waianae won’t go down easy, and that goes not only for its running backs but also for the whole team, which — as is usually the case with the Seariders throughout the years — is committed to playing four quarters of “coming-right-at-you” football.

Mejia, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive end who had a sack, two other tackles for loss and an interception, did not think Kailua’s season would end this early.

“I thought we could have made it farther,” he said. “So now, we have to concentrate on doing that next year.”


  1. TGOD October 17, 2015 7:45 am

    Hats off to Waianae for playing a great game and representing the West Side well in defending their home turf. Running game looked back on track last night for sure. Congrats. to Kailua on a good season with many accomplishments. What a turnaround from last year.

  2. GoBigRed October 17, 2015 9:11 am

    Where’s all da OIA BLUE cheerleaders??? Cmon…where you at?? Watch… Gonna be an ALL OIA RED FINAL. If Kailua can’t stop Waianae’s run game how da heck will Mililani stop it? Should be a great high scoring game! Last one with the ball wins!

    Oh yeah… How many points did Waianae score vs Kahuku? I believe they had NEGATIVE yards half-time and only gained yardage bs SECOND STRING DEFENSE!!! All you red raider haters no worry. Still get plenny time for jump on our bandwagon.


  3. OHHREALLY October 17, 2015 10:04 am

    Go big red- stay humble my friend..
    In a possible mililani match up vs waianae the question should be how will waianae stop the best RB in the state.

  4. GoBigRed October 17, 2015 10:43 am

    Oh oh oh really… By keeping him OFF da field with non stop running. Duh.

  5. Homegrown October 17, 2015 11:11 am

    GBR relllaaaaxxx. Obnoxious fans like you is part of the reason plenty people love to see Kahuku fail. Let Waianae enjoy their success this article is talking about. Their boys and coaching staff put in work just like ours and deserve whatever recognition is coming their way. Never mind being a buzz kill. Good season to Kailua, awesome turn around.

  6. Lee Boy October 17, 2015 11:26 am

    Everyone knows your defense is good but how about giving Waianae credit for playing a good game. Kailua beat themselves Auld kept throwing picks and making bad decisions. Mejia played and outstanding game if that kid gets in the weight room an puts up some muscle he will be special. Waianae will never outscore Mililani, Malepeai, Timoteo and the Mililani offense will have a field day with the Waianae defense. Do you really think that coach York and his defense haven’t address stopping the run game by now? you are dilusional.

  7. Good Story October 17, 2015 11:31 am

    I don’t think this forum is intended to persuade anyone’s opinion of Kahuku, one way or another. As long as we are not personally attacking the kids, or inciting violence..let the people speak. I say a lot of things here I normally wouldn’t, but that’s why aside from Matuu, Tanoai, and Mika we all chose anonymity. We must defend this house from all haterz…both foreign and domestic. Hopefully Amazing, True Story…whoever you are, have already worked out your issues cause you are Killing Me!

  8. Good Story October 17, 2015 11:34 am

    @Lee Boy
    …finally gathered your thoughts huh? I can’t hear you…try taking your foot out of your mouth before you talk.

  9. GoBigRed October 17, 2015 12:25 pm

    Uh. READ my post… By saying that Waianae is gonna be in the OIA championship game I am INFERRING that they have a great team and are playing great. What?? Gotta spell it out for you guys?? DOH!!

    Homegrown. Lettum hate all they want. Who cares?? None of that hate is gonna help Kahuku’s opponents ON DA FIELD. AINOKEA!!


  10. 88 October 17, 2015 12:27 pm

    Leave Lee Kid alone. It wasn’t Waianae’s D it was the REFS that gave the game to them. The same REFS that are going to give Punahou and Kahuku the win tonight. Clown

  11. GoBigRed October 17, 2015 12:34 pm

    Hahahahahaaaaa!!! FINALLY!! Somebody else besides Kahuku fans complaining about refs!

    Although… I do believe Kahuku leads all schools by a far margin in penalties this season just sayin…

    Don’t blame da refs when it’s a blowout!!

  12. Good Story October 17, 2015 12:40 pm


    88 is Red Raider, he’s being sarcastic…but keep it up my friend.

  13. 88 October 17, 2015 12:58 pm

    Uhhhh duhhhhh…….

  14. GoBigRed October 17, 2015 1:15 pm

    I know. I seen his other posts. Just having fun.

    Why so serious???


  15. Lee Boy October 17, 2015 1:36 pm

    @88- I will be at the stadium supporting the Crusaders to bad you and coaches can’t be there. LMAO

  16. Kahuku_rr October 17, 2015 2:09 pm

    88 coming up with excuses

  17. GoBigRed October 17, 2015 2:28 pm

    @Lee Boy. You BETTER go dey gonna need one shoulder to cry on aftah da game!


  18. GoBigRed October 17, 2015 2:33 pm

    @Lee Boy. York can “address” his D’s inability to stop da run aaaaalllll night!! But he doesn’t have da “tools” necessary to work out his vision ON da field. They’ve been working on it ALL SEASON and still no can.

    I can think of every way imaginable to be a millionaire but unless I do da work it ain’t happening. And he doesn’t have the personnel on defense that can get it done. They’re still a good team… They just suck at stopping the run.

  19. Manley October 17, 2015 3:35 pm

    Keeping it on the game, new coach Walter Young of Waianae and Coach Joe Wong of Kailua should be commended for outstanding game play and atheletes. With Mililani s graduating seniors and the new OIA transfer rule, Kailua can make its move in the blue division. Good luck to them next season and good luck to Waianae next week.

  20. hi808 October 17, 2015 4:29 pm

    I hear that only one Kahuku fan is posting all these posts and arguing with himself. hahaha. #bipolar #dontstoptakingyourMeds #lenayKekua

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