OIA D-I First Round

The matchup: Kailua (4-4) vs. Moanalua (3-5)
Location/Time: Farrington, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Head-to-head (since 1973): Kailua leads 11-4
Last meeting: Kailua 16, Moanalua 13, Aug. 13, 2016. Mark Lagazo (Kail) 24 carries, 100 yards, TD

They’re not mirror images, though there are some similarities that will ring true for the Surfriders and Na Menehune when they meet on Saturday at Skippa Diaz Stadium in the opening round of the OIA Division I playoffs.

Besides the blue uniforms, each team has a first-year starter: Aaron Mejia of Kailua, Nick Au of Moanalua. Mejia has aired the ball out 144 times in seven games for a modest 790 yards with eight TDs and nine interceptions, but the offense isn’t dependent on his arm. Between Samson Rasay (550 yards, 117 carries, two TDs), Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell (40 attempts, 242 yards, one TD) and Cameron Dudoit-Kamai (28-191, two TDs), Mejia doesn’t have to take aerial risks. With 235 yards on 48 carries (one TD), he’s third on the team in rushing yardage.

Au has improved over the back half of the regular season, resulting in on-field wins over Aiea and Radford). In a pass-heavy offense, Au has thrown the ball 239 times for 1,197 yards, seven TDs and 18 picks. That TD-INT ratio has actually improved drastically in recent weeks.

The ground game is a work in progress, though Makana Spencer (284 yards, two TDs) runs hard every time. The pass-run ratio (239-166) comes out to 59 percent passing plays. It’s not quite as extreme as it was with Alaka‘i Yuen at QB in the ’16 season. Moanalua threw the ball 391 times in 11 games and had 241 rushes, a 62-percent pass-play rate.

The Kailua-Moanalua winner will meet Mililani in the quarterfinal round next week.

Top performances in series
Kailua passing vs. Moanalua: Noah Auld with 274 yards in 2015
Kailua rushing vs. Moanalua: Rocky Alo with 211 yards in 1998
Kailua receiving vs. Moanalua: Martin Tigilau with 150 yards in 2015
Moanalua passing vs. Kailua: Kawika Keama-Jacobe with 298 yards in 2014
Moanalua rushing vs. Kailua: Ishmil Scott with 138 yards in 2012
Moanalua receiving vs. Kailua: Jason Sharsh with 121 yards in 2014

Kailua’s offensive statistics

Aaron Mejia759-144-97908
Cole Weber619-44-31781
Raynen Ho-Mook25-15-1350
Kolo Hanawahine-Wong11-1-031
Samson Rasay91336102
Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell5402421
Aaron Mejia7482354
Cameron Dudoit-Kamai6311862
Cole Weber625731
Alika Teramoto59520
Isaiah Perez28310
Raynen Ho-Mook24210
Kealoha Hanawahine-Wong5672
Kaiimipono Hanawahine-Wong1260
Solomon Farley7140
Gaege Kupahu7230
Tanner Wright8203462
Gaege Kupahu8221952
Solomon Farley710900
Samson Rasay97871
Kamryn Kahoonei58830
Kaniala Williams23602
Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell54320
Shane Kalawaia Jr.13321
Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo55312
Cameron Dudoit-Kamai61250
Oli Williams III11130
Isaiah Perez21120

Moanalua’s offensive statistics

Nick Au9140-279-191,5049
Makana Spencer91002772
Micah Kim633901
Michael Williams316350
Ezra Grace85141
Ezra Bantolina6260
Tupu Alualu11-10
Drayden Von Oelhoffen86-60
Chad Mann Jr.64-70
Javon Monico92-90
Nick Au934-750
Ezra Grace8384937
Drayden Von Oelhoffen8222210
Javon Monico9232040
Ezra Bantolina6151901
Makana Spencer9111640
Idris Thomas411940
Chad Mann Jr.611681
Micah Kim66550
Kylan Iwamasa23150


  1. bumbuchas October 5, 2017 12:27 pm

    i think Kailua’s QB Mejia is out for the season, he didn’t play last week in their 52? – 0 loss to Mililani. though they beat Moanalua early in the season 44-0, it might be a different story this time around. Kailua’s running game has been non-existent in the past couple of their games and Moanalua’s aerial attack has been very proficient. my plate lunch bet goes w/ da Menehunes!

  2. Education First October 6, 2017 11:05 am

    Here is some information for the nitwits that didn’t believe me. This just illustrates that more people are aware of the risks of playing football and how important academics is.

    You think it’s a coincidence that Punahou could barely field an intermediate and jv team? You think there’s no correlation between the low turnout at Iolani and the risk of CTE? Kaiser, traditionally a community with middle class and higher citizens have kids who are not interested in football (and this was prior to the new coach coming 1 year ago).

    Here is the full story – http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/06/sports/sports-breaking/footballs-decline-has-some-high-schools-disbanding-teams/

    I will highlight parts of the story below. I know many of our Kahuku Fans cannot read the entire article, so I will help you guys out.

    “The situation at Centennial — where a long history of losing has dampened students’ enthusiasm for football — is unique to this part of central Maryland, but there are plenty of similar examples around the U.S. Participation in high school football is down 3.5 percent over the past five years, according to the annual survey by the National Association of State High School Federations, or NFHS. The decline would be much steeper if not for a handful of states in the South and the West. Throughout the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast, in communities urban and rural, wealthy and working-class, fewer kids are playing football.”

    “The risks of football have never been more apparent. This summer, researchers at Boston University said they’d found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of the 202 former football players they studied. The athletes whose brains were donated to the study had played football in the National Football League, college and even high school.”

    “A study published last month in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry showed that kids who played football before age 12 were more than twice as likely to have mood and behavior problems.”

    “Maryland is one of 14 states where participation in football was down 10 percent or more over the past five years, according to NFHS data. In all, 41 states saw a decline between the 2011-12 and 2016-17 school years, and just nine states and the District of Columbia saw increases.”

    “In West Windsor Township, New Jersey, which borders Princeton University and has a median household income of $137,000, one of the two public high schools dropped varsity football this year, and the other might have to do the same next year.

    “Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, also disbanded its varsity team, with hopes that it could return in a lower division next year.”

    “In Ventura County, California, northeast of Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks High School disbanded its junior-varsity team this season because it needed sophomores and juniors to fill out the varsity roster. In Marin County, north of San Francisco, Novato High School announced that it wouldn’t field a varsity team this year, but the program got a last-minute reprieve when more athletes than expected showed up for practice.”

    “The decline in participation isn’t just limited to wealthy, coastal communities. Among the states where participation is down more than 10 percent are Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Population in Illinois has also declined over that period, while in Michigan and Wisconsin it has only grown slightly.’

    “While participation in tackle football is down, flag football is becoming more popular. Participation in the NFL Flag program run by USA Football for kids ages 6-17 increased by 66 percent from 2013 to 2016, with 385,000 kids playing last year.”

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