Welcome to ‘Blowout Saturday’ in Hawaii high school football.
It started this afternoon at Alexander Field as Punahou pasted Hilo 59-0. QB Ephraim Tuliloa threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns and backup Nick Kapule was a solid 10-for-12 for 176 yards and a score. Kicker Jet Toner was 8-for-8 on extra points, hit a 21-yard field goal and JUST missed a 55-yard attempt that bounced off the right upright. It probably would have been good from 60.
An hour later just a few minutes south, No. 8 ‘Iolani improved to 2-0 with a 37-0 thumping of Kealakehe at Kozuki Stadium. The Raiders used all three quarterbacks for the second straight week with sophomore T.J. Mizutani putting up an efficient 7-for-10 outing for 88 yards. Jarin Yokogawa was 6-for-13 for 41 yards but did throw two scoring passes and Conor Hannum caught six passes for 77 yards and three TDs.
The blowouts continued at Kunuiakea Stadium as No. 5 Kamehameha handled Baldwin 53-0. Sophomore QB Thomas Yam, playing for injured senior Fatu Sua-Godinet, threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns, breaking Caleb Spencer‘s single-game school record of 312 yards that lasted 13 years.
No. 1 Mililani opened OIA play thumping McKinley 73-14. QB McKenzie Milton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to help the Trojans lead 56-6 at halftime. The Tigers scored on a 97-yard TD pass from Elyjah Badua to Nino Mitchell and Elijah Kapu‘s 1-yard fumble return for a TD.
Milton finished 7-for-8 for 147 yards to top 5,000 passing yards in his career. Vavae Malepeai carried the ball four times for 30 yards and a touchdown.
Margin of victories so far: Punahou (59), Mililani (59), Kamehameha (53), ‘Iolani (37). Now let’s add Farrington (40) to the list as the Governors thumped the Marauders 46-6. The Govs used three quarterbacks in the game. Bishop Rapoza 8-for-9, 105 yards, 2 TD, Joziah Anakalea 5-for-6, 28 yards, 1 TD, Justin Uahinui 6-for-12, 121 yards, 2 TD.
Damien has improved to 2-0 with a 34-19 win over Kauai. Very nice start for Eddie Klaneski‘s bunch. That 14-13 win looks a lot more impressive after Na Alii beat Kaiser 47-43 on Friday.
8:13 p.m.: Konawaena leads St. Francis 16-0 at the end of the first quarter. QB Austin Ewing has thrown two touchdown passes to Kamakana Ching.
8:19 p.m.: Nanakuli 20, Kalaheo 0 HALFTIME Golden Hawks “D” has held the Mustangs to minus-11 yards rushing and Golden Hawks QB Nainoa Banks has three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
Campbell has taken a 6-0 lead on Castle in the first quarter. Knights are driving and Ewaliko hits Simeona-Townsend for a touchdown but his football was on the line. Castle goes for it on fourth-and-17 from the 18 and the pass is batted down in the end zone.
8:44 p.m.: Konawaena has added a safety and leads St. Francis 18-0 at halftime.
8:48 p.m.: Campbell 6, Castle 0, End 1.
8:54 p.m.: Clifford Cunningham returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a TD and then runs in the 2-point conversion to increased Nanakuli’s lead to 28-0 over Kalaheo.
8:58 p.m.: QB Mark Lehrner connects with Jaden Richardson on 15-yard TD pass to cut Nanakuli’s lead to 28-7 over Kalaheo.
8:59 p.m.: Campbell gets to the Castle 5 but fumbles. Knights recover.
9:03 p.m.: UH OH. HERE COME THE MUSTANGS. QB Mark Lehrner connects with Kamani Ah Yat for 6-yd TD pass to make it 28-14. Kalaheo with two touchdowns in less than 3 min.
9:05 p.m.: Campbell again gets good field position inside Castle territory and the Sabers fumble again. Knights ball. Sabers add a 15-yard penalty to boot.
9:09 p.m.: Willie Ewaliko hits a big pass to McGoldrick and then scores on a 1-yard QB sneak. Knights miss the extra-point though and it’s tied 6-6 with 5:03 remaining in the first half.
9:10 p.m.: Kalaheo is driving at the end of the third quarter against Nanakuli. Ball on Golden Hawks 25 to start fourth quarter down 28-14.
9:35 p.m. Kyle Galdeira reports that Kalaheo turns it over on downs and Nanakuli is going to hold on to win 28-14.
9:35 p.m.: Konawaena remains ahead 18-0 to start the fourth quarter against St. Francis.
9:37 p.m. Campbell gets a big TD and 2-point conversion to take a 14-13 lead over Castle with seconds remaining in the first half. And now it’s halftime.
Konawaena holds on to defeat St. Francis 18-6.
10:16 p.m.: McGoldrick hauls in a TD pass from Ewaliko but the extra point is no good and Campbell remains in front 20-19 in the third quarter, 4:29 left.
Long pause in the Castle-Campbell game because of an injury requiring an ambulance.
Nanakuli 28, Kalaheo 14
At Kailua High
Nanakuli (1-0, 1-1) 13 7 8 0 — 28
Kalaheo (0-1, 0-2) 0 0 14 0 — 14
Nan-Clifford Cunningham 6 pass from Nainoa Banks (Cunningham kick)
Nan- Isain Wong-Lonzanida 14 pass from Banks (pass failed)
Nan-Banks 43 run (Cunningham kick)
Nan-Cunningham 90 kickoff return (Cunningham run)
Kala-Jaden Richardson 15 pass from Mark Lehrner (Denali Jackson kick)
Kala-Kamani Ah Yat 6 pass from Lehrner (Jackson kick)
RUSHING: Nanakuli: Banks 14-41, Randy Manewa 1-16, Anthony Booker 2-24, Sunshine Anuenue 13-84, Brandon Sevelino 1-5, Keanu Momoa 1-7, Cunningham 1-8, Wong-Lonzanida 1-8, Team 2-(minus 4). Kalaheo: Caden Smith 3-(minus 4), Tristan Thulin-Marsh 1-(minus 3), Mark Lehrner 8-(minus 26), Kaliu Lapera 7-23, Richardson 1-5, Leo Garza-Tafua 1-(minus 2), Tommy Capllonch 1-(minus 8).
PASSING: Nanakuli: Banks 12-27-80-1. Kalaheo: Lehrner 20-38-231-1. Capllonch 1-2-9-0.
RECEIVING: Nanakuli: Cunningham 5-3, Momoa 2-31, Chyson Morgan 2-11, Wong-Lonzanida 2-28, Anuenue 1-7. Kalaheo: Nathan Hernandez 2-13, Thulin-Marsh 4-51, Smith 2-39, Lapera 2-7, Richardson 6-79, Kennedy Quinn 1-19, Ah Yat 4-32.
10:41 p.m.: Campbell with the interception and return inside the Castle 5. Sabers score the TD but go for 2 and don’t get it. Sabers lead 26-19.
McGoldrick answers with a long TD reception and Castle and Campbell are tied 26-26 early in the fourth quarter. McGoldrick has eight catches for 149 yards and three TDs.
Castle takes a 33-32 lead with 4 minutes and change remaining. McGoldrick up to 173 yards receiving. He is 16 shy of Shaydon Kehano’s school mark.
Campbell loses its sixth fumble on the kickoff and Castle recovers it.
11:23: Final, Castle 33, Campbell 32. Wow. The Knight have not beat the Sabers since 2002.
14: Campbell 35-13
06: Campbell 17-6
05: Campbell 49-30
02: Castle 28-25
01: Castle 23-0
00: Campbell 47-46
99: Castle 31-14
98: Castle 20-20 (yards)
97: Campbell 26-10
96: Campbell 36-20
92: Campbell 34-7
84: Castle 38-6
83: Campbell 15-0
80: Castle 45-7
78: Castle 36-0
77: Castle 12-10
76: Castle 30-7
75: Castle 14-0
Campbell has lost three games in a row, the first time since 2010. The Sabers haven’t lost four in a row since 2009. Thye haven’t started a season 0-3 since 2003, Amosa has never started a season 0-2. Castle hasn’t beat Campbell since 2002. Last year was the first time Nelson Maeda and Amosa Amosa coached against each other. Castle has not had a rusher exceed 100 yards in its past 49 games … Jeremy McGoldrick’s 181 receiving yards last week was second in school history behind Shaydon Kehano’s 189 against Kailua in 2009.