Kennedy Who? Waianae’s defense just fine

Waianae defender Senio Samisoni dropped Farrington quarterback Montana Liana in the second quarter of Friday night's game. (Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser)
Waianae defender Senio Samisoni dropped Farrington quarterback Montana Liana in the second quarter of Friday night's game. (Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser)

Early in camp, Waianae coach Daniel Matsumoto was among the first to point out that one player is not going to be able replace Kennedy Tulimasealii.

How about a whole corps of them?

The Seariders sacked Farrington quarterback Montana Liana six times and pressured him many more in a 33-16 win over the Governors at Raymond Torii Field on Friday night. Nayton Kuresa led the way with two bags, followed by Senio Samisoni and Kalalena Mauga with one each. Shayne-Lopaka Reagan and Sione Taukolo combined for a sack late in the game. Linebacker Justice Gomes followed the defensive line with a sack of his own.


Not only did the Seariders never allow Liana to get comfortable, the defensive line forced the smaller Governors to fumble twice, with Chade Wong and Koali Opunui coming up with the ball. Ronald Matautia clinched the game with a spectacular runback of a touchdown of Liana’s only interception.


Farrington, which shredded Waianae for more than 250 yards in last year’s opener, only managed 68 yards on the ground on Friday night, and its offense only put the ball in the end zone once.

Tulimasealii graduated last year after being named a Star-Advertiser All-State first-teamer. He is now at the University of Hawaii. Judging by Waianae’s season opener, there might be more for UH to choose from over in Waianae.

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