Freshman linebacker Mathias Tuitele-Iafeta led an inspired defense and junior quarterback Alex Ironside accounted for three touchdowns – two on the ground and one in the air – as McKinley outlasted Waipahu in a 34-27 shootout yesterday at Roosevelt High School’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.
With 19 seconds remaining in the game, the Marauders came within 7 points of the Tigers when senior quarterback Mark Bumanglag connected with Justice Amadeo on a 21-yard scoring strike. But the point-after kick failed, as did the on-side kickoff. It was Waipahu’s third unsuccessful attempt at kickoff trickery during the game.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Waipahu trailed McKinley 26-21 when Bumanglag scored on 5-yard touchdown run and Kaseli connected on the PAT. But the Marauders were unable to overtake the Tigers’ lead.
"We made some key stops on defense, and we got some breaks on offense," said McKinley head coach Joseph Cho, whose Tigers recorded their first victory of the season. "I can’t say enough about our kids. They showed a lot of heart, especially when they didn’t during the Kaimuki game. In the game against the Bulldogs eight days ago, McKinley lost 16-2.
The Tigers’ game plan was to contain Marauders senior fullback Victor Moananu, Cho said. Moananu scored the game’s first touchdown and rushed for 97 yards on 22 carries.
"That fullback (Moananu) is quite a load. In general, our defense did a good job in stopping him," Cho said.
The key to controlling the Waipahu ground game was Tuitele-Iafeta.
"He’s a defensive leader," Cho said. "I am glad that I will have him for three more years."
Tuitele-Iafeta, who doubles as a tailback, scored McKinley’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Cho also praised the play of the Tiger offensive line, Ironside and wide receivers Solomon Dixon and Jace Bolosan.
|Waipahu (1-1, 1-1)||7||7||0||13||–||27|
|McKinley (1-2, 1-2)||20||0||6||8||–||34|
Waip-Victor Moananu 7 run (Brysen Kaseli kick)
McK-Mathias Tuitele-Iafeta 2 run (Jethro Quidilla kick)
McK-Alex Ironside 1 run (Quidilla kick)
McK-Ironside 5 run (kick failed)
Waip-Mark Bumanglag 20 run (Kaseli kick)
McK-Jace Bolosan 53 pass from Ironside (kick failed)
Waip-Bumanglag 4 run (Kaseli kick)
McK-Solomon Dixon 44 run (Joash Togiai run)
Waip-Justice Amadeo 21 pass from Bumanglag (kick failed)
RUSHING-Waip: Moananu 22-97, Bumanglag 8-88, Jerry Tanupo Jr. 7-49, Devin Kaneshiro 6-21, Chance Delima 1-21, Tydro Ate-Taito 7-20, Drake Yoshioka 2-8, Colin Andres-Paguirigan 1-1. McK: Dixon 9-96, Togiai 11-31, Tuitele-Iafeta 3-10, Ironside 5-(minus 3).
PASSING-Waip: Bumanglag 3-11-0-61, Yoshioka 2-3-1-15. McK: Ironside 11-15-1-196.
RECEIVING-Waip: Amadeo 2-51, Ate-Taito 2-15, Tanupo Jr. 1-10. McK: Bolosan 4-106, Jason Guan 2-42, Dixon 2-28, Jordan Aikau 1-12, Tristan Ramones 1-5, Togiai 1-3.
Junior Varsity-McKinley 14, Waipahu 0
No. 8 ‘Iolani 35, Kaiser 0
Reece Foy passed for three touchdowns and 299 yards to lead the Raiders over the visiting Cougars. Foy connected on 19 of 29 passes, hitting Kasey Takahashi, Kevin Barayuga and Jordan Lee for scores and ‘Iolani defense held Kaiser to 90 yards of total offense.
Iol-Kasey Takahashi 6 pass from Reece Foy (Jordan Lee kick)
Iol-Ammon Baldomero 2 run (Lee kick)
Iol-Kevin Barayuga 8 pass from Foy (Lee kick)
Iol-Kody Mento 1 run (Lee kick)
Iol-Lee 22 pass from Foy (Lee kick)
RUSHING-Kais: Josh Gonda 11-36, Sitelimani Latu 1-12. Iol: Baldomero 11-22, Lee 2-21, Josiah Situmeang 1-18, Foy 2-17, Mento 8-6.
PASSING-Kais: Latu 6-16-1-42. Iol: Foy 19-29-1-299, Situmeang 3-3-0-19.
RECEIVING-Kais: Joshua Perry-Kruse 4-29, Lorenzo Reeves 1-10, Kaipo Oamilda-Scholtz 1-3. Iol: Sheldon Gallarde 5-68, Barayuga 4-61, Takahashi 4-33, Josiah Sukumaran 2-49, Baldomero 2-15, Tanner Nishioka 1-40, J. Lee 1-22, Bret Christman 1-16, Sam Lee 1-9, Dane Arakawa 1-5.
Kailua 38, Pac-Five 21
Kalaheo 49, Nanakuli 6
Jesse Carney put the Mustangs on top early, scoring the game’s first three touchdowns as Kalaheo cruised to a victory over the Golden Hawks.
Carney finished the game with 240 yards rushing in addition to his three touchdowns, while Justin Pagan contributed 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns.