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Lahainaluna beats Kapaa to win first state D-II title


    Lahainaluna’s Siale Hafoka (15) scores a touchdown after a blocked punt against the Kapaa Warriors during the first half of the 2016 HHSAA Division II state championship.

Lahainaluna scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to defeat Kapaa 21-14 to win its first Division II state football championship on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.

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Siale Hafoka returned a blocked punt 23 yards for a score and Bailey Honda brought back an interception 55 yards for a touchdown for the Lunas (9-4), who are the first of three teams to be crowned champions in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football Championships.

‘Iolani and Mililani played later tonight for the Division I state championship and Kahuku and Saint Louis will square off Saturday night for the Open Division title.

The Lunas were 0-3 in a state final before finally breaking through against Kapaa (8-2), which battled back from a 21-point deficit and had a chance to score on its final possession before turning the ball over on downs.

Kiliona Keohuloa added a 7-yard TD run for Lahainaluna. Kapena Texeira bullied his way for a 1-yard touchdown run for Kapaa’s first points of the game in the third quarter.

Gabe Keener caught a 32-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-18 with 7:04 left in the game to keep Kapaa in it.

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