Kapolei isn’t ready for the White Division quite yet.
The Hurricanes stifled Aiea 34-20 Friday night at Aiea, their first conference road win since last year when they beat Aiea. The victory gave Kapolei a spot in the OIA Red playoffs and ensured it would not be demoted next season.
Aiea’s season ended after the “loser-go-home” game that had seniors on both teams staring at their football mortality before Kapolei’s offense finally broke through.
“We tried to give it away,” Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez said. “We played the first quarter, the second quarter and the fourth quarter and we just didn’t show up in the third quarter. Unbelievable.”
Kapolei dominated the first half and led 20-0 at halftime but gave it all up and needed to rally.
The Hurricanes finally broke through with 5:16 left when Dylan Keomaka hit the end zone from 5 yards out. The winning score was set up by a pass interference call in the end zone when quarterback Aizon Kahana overthrew Kaeo Kanoa on a deep slant but Kanoa asked for a call while flying through the air and got it. Mitchell Moses followed with an interception two plays later and Chris Pierce-Kerisiano sealed it with another interception from 37 yards away that he turned into a touchdown.
Kapolei intercepted Aiea five times in the game.
“You just have to finish the game,” Aiea coach Wendell Say said. “The kids are capable. They just didn’t hang onto the ball. The defense didn’t get any rest, we have to sustain drives.”