Dancing on homecoming night isn’t normally this slick.
Somehow, the Kahuku Red Raiders found a way, despite a mud bog on their home field. Running back Aofaga Wily led the way with 125 rushing yards on 22 carries as No. 1 Kahuku blanked No. 8 Farrington 16-0 last night at Carleton Weimer Field.
"I’m thanking my offensive line. They did a good job," said Wily, a sophomore. "I had to adjust my footwork. I was more lighter and I didn’t plant."
The Red Raiders’ defense took care of the rest, shutting down the visiting Governors, who managed just 96 total yards.
Defensive back Tigi Hill was a key player, with an interception, a fumble recovery and a big play on special teams. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior dove for the ball on a punt and saved it for a teammate, who downed it at the Farrington 1-yard line early in the second quarter. That led to a safety, giving Kahuku a 2-0 lead.
Linebackers T.J. Tito and Ben Mamea were among the Red Raiders who kept discipline and stuffed Farrington’s ground attack. The Govs had 3 rushing yards on 17 carries.
"Coaches said we had mental mistakes, a little bit, not hitting the gaps sometimes. That’s what we talked about at halftime," Tito said.
Kahuku is 5-0 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red East (7-0 overall).
"They did a good job defensively. We had to fill the gaps against Farrington, a tough running team," coach Reggie Torres said. "We want to be perfect. It’s about finding your mistakes and fixing them. Fortunately, our special teams put us in a position, we got that safety and we pinned them off that punt."
Farrington slipped to 2-3 in league play (4-3 overall), losing to Kahuku for the 14th time in 15 meetings. The previous three matchups were decided by a total of 12 points.
Farrington’s offense, treading through slick mud and a relentless Kahuku defense, managed 30 total yards and two first downs in the first half.
It took a Josh Sorensen punt — downed at the 1-yard line on Hill’s saving dive to keep the ball out of the end zone — to set up the only points of the first half. Nicholas Acoba and Tito tackled Farrington running back Scotland Smith in the end zone for a safety with 10:54 left in the first half.
Kahuku got no deeper than the Farrington 19-yard line the rest of the half. That drive came up empty after quarterback Evan Moe was sacked by Govs linebacker Justin Vele on third down, and a fourth-down pass to Galeai Malufau fell incomplete.
Vele came up with a big hit on Kahuku fullback Fonoivasa Mataafa on a pass play, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Jerome Faamata.
Kahuku scored later on a 55-yard drive, with Wily scoring from 4 yards out to give his team a 9-0 lead with 59 seconds left in the third quarter.
Mataafa added a 1-yard run up the middle to close out the scoring with 1:23 remaining.
Now, the Red Raiders go back to work.
"It means nothing until we get our goal, which is taking state," Tito said. "We got the shutout, but some of our teammates didn’t get to play, so some of us are disappointed. We want to get ready for the playoffs, improve on staying humble. Just because we’re undefeated everybody’s starting to get big-headed. The seniors understand that clearly."
|Farrington (4-3, 2-3)||0||0||0||0||—||0|
|Kahuku (7-0, 5-0)||0||2||7||7||—||16|
Kah–Safety, Nicholas Acoba, T.J. Tito tackle Scotland Smith in end zone
Kah–Aofaga Wily 4 run (Josh Sorensen kick)
Kah–Fonoivasa Mataafa 1 run (Sorensen kick)
RUSHING–Far: Scotland Smith 9-9, Jordan Hakuole 4-7, Jared Hakuole 4-(minus 13). Kah: Wily 22-125, Tyrone Brown 12-48, Mataafa 7-44, Ben Mamea 2-9, Evan Moe 5-(minus 5), Punga Vea 1-(minus 7).
PASSING–Far: Ja. Hakuole 5-16-2-93. Kah: Moe 6-18-0-95.
RECEIVING–Far: Barrett Toma 2-55, Andrew Gangloff 1-18, Jo. Hakuole 1-13, Smith 1-7. Kah: Shairone Thompson 2-59, Vea 2-16, Mataafa 1-16, Galeai Malufau 1-4.
Junior varsity–Kahuku 7, Farrington 6.
Roosevelt 18, Moanalua 0
Agaese Tago rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Matthew Lono-Holani opened the scoring with a 5-yard run in the second quarter as the Rough Riders shut out the visiting Menehune.
Tago put the game away with an 85-yard TD run with 5:01 left in the game and Benjamin Menashe kicked a 35-yard field goal with 9:39 to play.
|Moanalua (3-4, 2-3)||0||0||0||0||—||0|
|Roosevelt (2-5, 2-3)||0||8||0||10||—||18|
Roos–Matthew Lono-Holani 5 run (Agaese Tago pass from Lono-Holani)
Roos–FG Benjamin Menashe 35
Roos–Tago 85 run (Menashe kick)
RUSHING–Moan: Michael Egami 4-22, Dillon Turk 5-10, Keven Amaral 3-10, Charles Spencer 7-6, Chasen Hamasaki 2-6, Tayler Tanaka 1-(minus 1). Roos: Tago 12-150, Cozia Chapman 7-28, Lono-Holani 7-21, William Kaina 9-21, Toa Fola 3-11, Darryle Alfapada 5-7, Donnevon Ito 3-1, Jesse Napoleon 1-0.
PASSING–Moan: Amaral 7-15-91-0, Turk 2-5-17-0. Roos: Lono-Holani 4-8-73-0.
RECEIVING–Moan: Tanaka 2-50, Spencer 3-33, Richard Villasenor 1-9, Anthony Bowen 1-9, Egami 2-7. Roos: Kaipo Pale 1-46, Asten Koki 2-25, Agaese Tago 1-2.
Junior varsity–not available
OIA Red West
Radford 7, Aiea 3
Phil Hogan’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Rams a home victory over Na Alii.
Aiea’s Anae Vaa had another solid game on the ground, running for 128 yards in the loss.
|Aiea (3-4, 1-4)||0||0||3||0||—||3|
|Radford (4-3, 3-2)||0||0||0||7||—||7|
Aiea–FG Ezra White 34.
Rad–Hogan 1 run (Cayman Conley kick)
No. 3 Mililani 34, Kapolei 7
Trojans quarterback Trent McKinney passed for 148 yards and accounted for three touchdowns as Mililani manhandled the Hurricanes.
Zachary Payoma rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in the win.
|Mililani (6-1, 4-1)||7||7||20||0||—||34|
|Kapolei (1-7, 1-5)||0||0||0||7||—||7|
Mil–Bryson Calma 21 pass from Trent McKinney (Jarin Morikawa kick)
Mil–Nainoa Pihana 13 pass from McKinney (Morikawa kick)
Mil–Zachary Payoma 4 run (Morikawa kick)
Mil–McKinney 1 run (kick failed)
Mil–Colby Lum 64 run (Morikawa kick)
Kapo–Keaka Fernandez 47 run (Josh Sharp kick)
RUSHING–Mil: Payoma 13-131, Trent McKinney 13-83, Kaimi Kamakau 11-71, Lum 1-64, Darius Calma 1-0. Kapo: Fernandez 9-50, Trey Kamachi 4-31, Elden Arellano 1-14, Roderick Raquedan 2-12, Seth Roman 2-9, Darrius Lopez 2-6, Keaka Napuelua Ah Yee 3-5, Devin Jenkins 2-1, Denzel Davis: 1-(minus 4).
PASSING– Mil: McKinney 17-23-2-148-2. Kapo: Keaka Napuelua Ah Yee: 1-2-0-13; Kamachi:1-5-1-0.
RECEIVING– Mil: Hassan Richardson 5-34, Bryson Calma 4-44, Nainoa Pihana 2-25, Ervan Jean-Pierre 2-10, DeShawn Benson 2-6, Zachary Payoma 1-17, Colby Lum 1-12. Kapo: Eric Morales: 1-13, Roman: 1-0.
Junior varsity–Kapolei 29, Mililani 7