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Kaiser rallies past Kauai to win Division II state championship

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 a.m. HST, Nov 24, 2013

Kaiser's Canaan Saole blocked a punt that was recovered for the go-ahead score as the Cougars scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Kauai 17-7 in the Division II final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

It's the first state football championship for Kaiser (13-1), which won the 1979 Prep Bowl.

Kauai finishes its season 10-1.

Defenses from both teams dominated the game as Kaiser finished with 1119 total yards while Kauai was held to 77. The Red Raiders had 36 rushing attempts for a total of 10 yards.

Nearly all of that came on an 18-play, 83-yard drive in the second quarter that took up 9:55 on the clock. Kanoa Iwasaki scored on a 3-yard run to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead with 1:05 remaining in the half.

Kaiser outscored Kauai 17-0 after the break. The Cougars tied the game on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kahoalii Karratti to Elima Haole in the third quarter.

Saole blocked a punt to start the fourth quarter that was recovered by Melvin Kahunanui, who ran it in from the 1.

Kahunanui later intercepted Kauai's Kanoa Andrade with a minute left to seal the win.

Saole finished with nine tackles and a sack and Karratti was 8-for-15 for 91 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Matt Sai added a 30-yard field goal for the Cougars, who won their final 13 games after losing to Campbell in their season opener.

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SY808 wrote:
Congrats to both teams!
on November 23,2013 | 06:10PM
Shawn211 wrote:
Way to go Cougars and Red Raiders!!! You are all winners!!!
on November 23,2013 | 06:55PM
niimi wrote:
Have Rich coach UH again.
on November 23,2013 | 06:57PM
808ikea wrote:
I agree. After being rejected by the UH as a head coach candidate and an assistant coach I think he has proven he is the ultimate motivator and a good coach.
on November 23,2013 | 08:22PM
thenocomment wrote:
To all the ILH recruiting haters when ILH teams win state championships...Kaiser HS football team is the prime example that the OIA recruits kids out of district from all parts of Oahu as has been doing since the ILH split in the 1970s
on November 23,2013 | 10:41PM
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