No. 3 Kahuku 24, No. 3 Punahou 14, final
Though the Red Raiders continue to unveil new looks — pistol and spread formations with four receivers — the philosophy hasn’t strayed far from its roots.
Kahuku ran the ball on 20 of 29 first-half plays from scrimmage, with Galeai Malufau carrying 12 times for 22 yards.
Punahou’s defense was stingy on the ground, but Kahuku quarterback Evan Moe found the passing lanes to his liking. Kahuku scored on its first drive, a 13-play, 55-yard work of labor. Moe, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, fired a third-down strike to Punga Vea on a post route in the middle of the end zone, and Kahuku led 7-0 with 3:24 to play in the first quarter.
Kahuku’s next two offensive possessions bogged down, but a muffed punt return by Punahou’s Steven Lakalaka — in swirling gusts — was recovered by Red Raiders linebacker T.J. Tito at Punahou’s 14-yard line. Five plays later, on another third-and-goal snap, Moe found tight end Shairone Thompson in the right corner for a 14-yard touchdown pass.
The Red Raiders led 14-0 with 4:55 remaining in the second quarter.
It was a rough first half offensively for Punahou, which did not get past its 41-yard line until late in the half. That series began at the Buffanblu 46-yard line after a Kahuku punt, and ended with a Punahou punt.
Kahuku’s Veteson Sauni, Hauoli Jamora and Tito racked up sacks of Punahou quarterback Kaiana Eldredge before halftime. The Buffanblu had minus-7 yards in total offense in the first half.
What their offense couldn’t do, the Buffanblu defense certainly did. Jeremy Ioane hauled in a pass tipped by teammate Brian Suite and returned it 81 yards up the left sideline for his team’s first touchdown. Punahou was within 14-7 with 5:48 left in the third quarter.
Kahuku answered with a drive that stalled at the Punahou 25-yard line, but Cameron Mercado drilled a 42-yard field goal through a sideways gust to push Kahuku’s lead to 17-7 with 1:40 left in the third.
Lopaka Morris, who had tantalized defenders with punt returns — several that were called back by penalties — broke off a 64-yard touchdown run on an end-around play. Morris, who lined up as a receiver, became a “fly” back and took the handoff from Moe, who had faked up the middle, and juked two would-be tacklers on route to the end zone. Kahuku led 24-7 with 11:26 remaining.
Radford 35, Anuenue 0, final
J.B. Fontenot threw two touchdown passes to lead host Radford past Anuenue 35-0 in the OIA White football opener for both teams last night.
TJ Reid caught both of Fontenot’s TD passes and finished with four receptions for 95 yards.
Phil Hogan led the Radford running attack with 108 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries.
The Rams outgained Na Koa 313-121.
All of Na Koa’s yards came via the run, and Radford intercepted Anuenue’s only pass.
Pac-Five 66, McKinley 40, final
P.J. Minaya passed for 436 yards and eight touchdowns as the Wolfpack outgunned the Tigers in a shootout at Roosevelt.
London Amorin hauled in 11 receptions for 171 yards and 4 TDs and Darin Kamealoha added two scoring grabs from 49 and 48 yards.
McKinley quarterback Sio Fiso passed for two touchdowns and ran for another .
Aiea 50, Kalani 0, final
Otto-Titan Salausa scored four touchdowns and Chucky Kaahanui added three as Na Alii crushed the Falcons.
Kalani held Aiea to 14 points in the first half.
No. 10 Mililani 21, No. 4 Leilehua 18
Taz Stevenson scored on an 80-yard touchdown run and recovered a fumble on defense deep in Mililani’s territory to stop a Leilehua drive late in the first half.
Stevenson has 132 all-purpose yards — 101 rushing — in the first half and quarterback Trent McKinney has thrown for a touchdown and run for another to put the Trojans up 18 at the break.
McKinney hooked up with Hassan Richardson for a 23-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 45 seconds remaining. He finished the half 7-for-10 for 91 yards with the TD and an interception.
Leilehua drove the ball to the Mules 5, but quarterback Andrew Manley threw four straight incompletions, including one on fourth-and-goal with 7 seconds remaining.
Tyler Boone made a 23-yard field goal for Leilehua’s only score. Manley completed 13-of-25 passing in the half for 147 yards.
Roosevelt 27, Damien 13
The Rough Riders scored three first-quarter touchdowns and held off the Monarchs in an interleague game at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.
Matthew Lono-Holani threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Kaipo Park and Tyler Kila punched in a score from 4 yards out.
The Rough Riders’ special teams contributed when Robert Wills recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Damien scored twice in the third quarter, including Brenan Furtado’s 55-yard touchdown burst up the middle, but could not complete the comeback.