After falling behind by 22 at halftime and again in the third quarter, the Hurricanes made it a one-possession game midway through the fourth period. But the Kapolei offense wouldn’t get another chance to touch the ball again as Waianae managed to run out the clock for a 35-27 win.
After seeing a chance to move into second place in the OIA Red West slip away, Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez picked out three factors that contributed that turned the outcome:
Waianae’s option attack
The Seariders were efficient in their ground game in the first half and scored on five of their six possessions in taking a seemingly commanding lead. The Hurricanes stiffened in the second half to force four punts and a fumble while the offense made its push.
A Kapolei fumble set up a Waianae field goal in the second quarter and the Seariders came up with two more takeaways in the third quarter. Niko Kala-Mahiai scooped up Kapolei’s second fumble of the third quarter and returned it for a touchdown for Waianae’s lone score of the second half.
A touchdown that wasn’t
Trailing 35-20, Kapolei drove to the Waianae 12 late in the third quarter before being pushed back by a holding penalty. The Hurricanes opened the fourth quarter facing a second and 23 from the 25. Quarterback Aizon Kahana swung a pass out to Alton Julius, who pulled up and lofted a throw to a wide-open Ohai Bumanglang in the end zone. But after a discussion, the officials ruled it was an illegal forward pass, taking the score off the board.
Kapolei got 18 yards back on the next play on a completion from Kahana to Tristan Centeio. But Kahana was dropped for no gain on fourth and 15 to end the drive.
Centeio had sparked the Kapolei comeback with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the third quarter.
Kapolei closes the regular season on Oct. 4 at Campbell, the Hurricanes’ third straight road game.