Roosevelt’s Aalona Monteilh follows in footsteps of his uncle

Roosevelt's Aalona Monteilh (5) broke up a pass intended for Waialua's Dylan Yadao (1). Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

A kid by the name of Keao Monteilh intercepted four passes for Saint Louis in his first high school start 17 years ago.

That Monteilh evolved into a fine college player at the University of Hawaii.

Now, his nephew is doing big things in high school for Roosevelt.

Aalona Monteilh, whose father Anthony is Keao’s brother, was a defensive presence in Roosevelt’s 28-7 victory over Waialua at the Bulldogs’ Toshiyuki Nakasone Field on Friday night.

In the first quarter, he intercepted a pass at the goal line to stall a Bulldogs drive.

Then, he returned a punt 42 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie.

After that, Monteilh had two interceptions, including one for an apparent touchdown, but they were both called back on penalties.

“This is what we’re looking for,” Monteilh said. “It’s what we do. We’re (aggressive) and in practice we make each other better. Those calls (on the nullified interceptions) weren’t what I was looking for, but I can’t change anything from the game. Waialua has gotten better since last year (when the Bulldogs went 1-8), but we still got the ‘W’ and that’s all that matters.”

Monteilh says he has learned a lot from his uncle.

“I’m trying to break his record (those four TDs in one game in 2002). He was a great player in college and he has taught me so much in how I play and I can thank him for that.”

On the punt return, Monteilh saw his blockers make the hole and sped away.

“I saw the opening and I just took it,” he said.

Said Roosevelt coach Kui Kahooilihala about Monteilh, “He’s a good athlete who plays great in space. He set the receivers up real well and made plays. It’s amazing, man, the things he does on the field.”

The game got testy with tons of personal foul and late-hit penalties. Things got heated often.

“That was too much penalties,” Kahooilihala said. “The kids played aggressive but that extra hitting, we never need to do that. We gotta keep that stuff down. Gotta get back to basics and stick to basics. Waialua is a good team. A very good team.”

Two Waialua players — Tyson Apau (ankle) and Kade Dellatan (unknown injury) — were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Those two injury timeouts resulted in a total of 71 minutes of delay, leading to a game that lasted 4 hours, 3 minutes. In addition, Tyson’s brother Hunter Apau, who scored the Bulldogs’ only touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Justyce Lacar, hurt his collarbone.

Kyler Dicion, who played at quarterback and linebacker and was on the field most of the night for Waialua, said, “It was a hard loss, but we are going to get back up and meet them in the playoffs and they better be prepared is all I can say.

“There was bad blood, super bad blood.”

With three sacks, Keneke Gusman also had a huge game for the Rough Riders


  1. Racquel Hill-Achiu August 17, 2019 1:38 pm

    This game,was SHAMELESS! Such a disappointment to the sport. Nothing,to praise. UNNECESSARY & INAPPROPRIATE actions,of players (and coaches really) should be disciplined. Three (3) boys were hospitalized last night, one (1) remains &undergoes surgery today. Injuries that likely alter these young men & their football /college dreams. This was not a typical Run of Game. This was a mission,to take players out. The refs had ZERO CONTROLthey shohldnt be reffing. The only,thing,proven by all,this stupidity is that Waialua is clearly a threat.

  2. Aaron Furtado August 17, 2019 3:54 pm

    Keneke Gusman had one heck of a game with “5” sacks not 3. The author of this article needs to properly acknowledge the correct stats. His presence was felt all night long and he should be getting much more recognition. Plus he’s been a rough rider since a freshman with never playing football before high school. Keneke Gusman is a pure athlete with a positive attitude and it shows amongst his peers.

  3. One Monteilh August 17, 2019 8:29 pm

    Don’t take away from the player this article his highlighting. If you have gripes about the game, the other team coaches, or the refs, do it on another forum, not on an article that speaks of the accomplishments of my family. There’s nothing to praise? Not the place.

  4. Hawaiian August 17, 2019 8:32 pm

    Football is a tough sport kids do not go out ther with intentions to hurt each other
    You can not condone hard playing football it’s the refs job to take control of the game
    And further more if you watched the Nanakuli game vs Waialua now that’s playing dirty so don’t complain!

  5. SEC August 18, 2019 10:49 am

    Good job #5 for Roosevelt. Man #12 and #3 for Waialua were impressive. I hope #12 is able to come back for the playoffs.

  6. A’a Toilolo August 18, 2019 11:09 am

    Roosevelt played hard to win. That was for sure. From what I know and watched the last 3 years, Keneke was a RB/LB. So he basically played a new position and killed it. I see nothing wrong with Aaron showing love to that purpose. And for the record this article wasn’t “solely” about A’alona although he did play well and that other players names were also mentioned including Keneke. Go Rough Riders!!!

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