We’re a few minutes away from kickoff. Kamehameha in navy blue jerseys, pants and helmets. Punahou in white jerseys, pants and blue helmet. Good crowd here at Aloha Stadium.
Canton Kaumatule looked good in pre-game warmups.
Punahou misses two opportunities: Larry Tuileta missed a wide-open receiver at the pylon, and was just a bit off on a screen pass to Kotoni Sekona on a big blitz by Kamehameha. Charles McDonald was short on a 47-yard field-goal try.
Kanawai Noa with a 50-plus yard punt return to the Kamehameha 9. The Buffanblu power it in behind their pistol power-I set. Wayne Taulapapa races in from 2 yards out and Punahou leads 7-0, first quarter, 3:42.
Kamehameha QB Fatu Sua-Godinet throws into a crowd and Punahou safety Cole Obana snatches the deflected pass. Easiest pick of his career. Punahou ball at the Kamehameha 28.
McDonald drills a 43-yard field goal. Punahou 10, Kamehameha 0, first quarter, 1:20. Running-into-the-kicker penalty assessed on the kickoff.
Warriors on the move. Before the end of the first quarter, Brandon Kahookele broke off a 50-yard gain to the Punahou 30. Kahookele later tossed a 17-yard halfback option pass to Kaulana Werner. First and goal, Kamehameha, at the 2-yard line.
Kamehameha’s T.J. Fitzsimmons misses a 33-yard field-goal attempt, 9:11 to go in the first half.
Punahou drive stalls at the Kamehameha 36-yard line. Warriors ball, driving past mid-field with less than 2 minutes to go. They’re in no rush. Kahookele not getting any seams now.
Trent Sitar done good for the Buffanblu. He hustled to recover a muffed punt return by Kamehameha, and on the next play, pulled in a touchdown pass from Larry Tuileta. Punahou 17, Kamehameha 0, third quarter, 3:09.
Wayne Talaupapa caps an energized Punahou no-huddle drive with a 14-yard blast up the middle for a touchdown. Punahou 24, Kamehameha 0, fourth quarter, 7:37.
Offensively, the Warriors’ strengths have been bottled up most of the night, and Punahou has exploited Kamehameha’s weaknesses. Can’t see any argument for any other team as the state’s best right now. Punahou doesn’t have a flaw, it seems.
Goal line stand by the Buffanblu in the final minute sealed the shutout win. They played with passion and pride, all the way to the last play.