Puletua and James Wilson made sure their high school football careers wouldn’t end with the cross-island bus ride from the Windward side back to the Waianae coast.
Puletua Wilson threw two of his five touchdown passes to his twin brother to help Waianae extend its season with a 49-7 rout of Kailua last night in the quarterfinals of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red conference playoffs.
James Wilson ignited the Seariders (4-5) with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown on the game’s opening play from scrimmage, and Puletua completed nine of his 10 passes for 256 yards to lead Waianae into the semifinals.
"We just want to play football. Me and my brother, we didn’t want this to be our last game," Puletua Wilson said. "We may never play football again."
James Wilson’s interception to start the game was the first of three Seariders picks, and Waianae — the third seed from the OIA Red West — pulled away early, taking a 35-7 lead into halftime.
"That’s what we really needed; we needed something to start the momentum," Waianae head coach Daniel Matsumoto said of James Wilson’s score. "With (Kailua’s) type of offense anything can happen, especially being away."
The Surfriders entered the game with one of the state’s top-rated passing offenses, but couldn’t get into a rhythm after a 20-day layoff since the end of its regular season, closing at 5-4 after finishing second in the OIA Red East.
Kailua coach Gary Rosolowich had hoped the three-week break wouldn’t impact the Surfriders’ performance, "but we obviously didn’t play as well as we have in the past. But you can’t take away from what Waianae did. They were ready, they were prepared."
Waianae also had a bye week after securing a playoff berth with a win over Radford on Oct. 8 and used the time off to polish a game plan designed to draw the Surfriders in with play-action fakes and sneak receivers behind the secondary.
"It’s all about carrying out your fakes and footwork," Puletua Wilson said. "If you have good footwork and carry out your fakes, everything will develop and the linebackers will bite on the run and open it up."
The Waianae defense reeled in interceptions on Kailua quarterback Kahaku Iaea’s first two attempts and turned both into scores to take a 14-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game. By the time halftime rolled around, Puletua Wilson had completed seven of his eight passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns.
After James Wilson scored on his 36-yard interception return 15 seconds into the game, Josh Naki pulled in another pick 16 seconds later, and Puletua Wilson faked a handoff and found his brother open downfield for a 36-yard score.
Following a 56-yard touchdown pass to Keola Bradley, Waianae added to the lead with a 10-play, 87-yard drive. The Seariders converted a third and 15 with a 37-yard completion and later scored on third and 22 when Hookena Kamana took a wide receiver screen and scooted 29 yards to push the lead to 28-0.
After Wilson’s fourth touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Malei Suiaunoa, Kailua finally answered with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Iaea to Eric Lum just before halftime.
"Every game we talk, we come together, tell each other to be safe and play your game," Puletua Wilson said. "Don’t listen to anybody else, just play your game."
Wain–James Wilson 36 interception return (kick failed)
Wain–J. Wilson 36 pass from Puletua Wilson (P. Wilson run)
Wain–Keola Bradley 56 pass from P. Wilson (Shaughn Spencer kick)
Wain–Hookena Kamana 29 pass from P. Wilson (Spencer kick)
Wain–Malei Suiaunoa 14 pass from P. Wilson (Spencer kick)
Kail–Eric Lum 47 pass from Kahaku Iaea (Lum kick)
Wain–J. Wilson 42 pass from P. Wilson (Spencer kick)
Wain–Leighton Panui 22 pass from Devon Seabrooks (Alan Ibanes kick)
RUSHING–Wain: P. Wilson 8-60, Eldridge Kuiee 1-34, J. Wilson 5-29, Bryson Panui 12-27, L. Panui 3-25, Jaylen Mitchell 5-7, Kanekapila Hussey 3-7, Jason Towne 1-4, Seabrooks 1-2, Bradley 3-(minus 1). Kail: Jarrin Young 6-37, Iaea 2-(minus 1), Chevy Mikaele 1-(minus 10).
PASSING–Wain: P. Wilson 9-10-0-256, Seabrooks 1-1-0-22. Kail: Iaea 15-40-3-183.
RECEIVING–Wain: J. Wilson 2-78, Bradley 2-73, B. Panui 2-25, Brian Paul Manuel 1-37, Kamana 1-29, L. Panui 1-22, Suiaunoa 1-14, . Kail: Lum 6-125, Chancen Schutter 3-25, Young 3-0, Ryson Lee-Kealoha 2-28, Cody Johnson 1-5,
JV–Kapolei 28, Kailua 9
OIA WHITE SEMIFINAL
Kaimuki 14, Pearl City 13
The Bulldogs held off the Chargers and will face the winner of tonight’s Waipahu-Kalaheo game for the OIA White title.
No details were reported.
Pac Five 30, Damien 10
Chalson Baitlon scored twice on kickoff returns in the third quarter as the Wolfpack (3-6, 2-4) rallied from a 10-0 deficit to beat the winless Monarchs (0-9, 0-7) in the first game of an ILH doubleheader at Aloha Stadium.
Baitlon took the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a score, then grabbed a free kick following a safety, returning it 68 yards for a TD, as Pac-Five outscored Damien 23-0 in the third quarter.
At Aloha Stadium
|Pac-Five (3-6. 2-4)||0||7||23||0||—||30|
|Damien (0-9, 0-7)||10||0||0||0||—||10|
Punahou 17, Kamehameha 14 OT
No details were reported.