After playing six games in six weeks, No. 7 ‘Iolani was potentially facing 77 days before getting back on the field for the Division I state tournament.
Fortunately for the Raiders, four OIA teams have stepped up to fill their bye weeks with interleague games against ‘Iolani.
The Raiders passed their first test last week, beating Kailua after 29 days off, and they remained undefeated with a 49-14 win over visiting Castle on Friday afternoon at Eddie Hamada Field.
Running back Brody Bantolina continued his standout senior season with four more rushing touchdowns to give him 20 in eight games, and quarterback Micah Hoomanawanui threw touchdown passes to Kai Preusser and Keao Miyahira in one half of work.
‘Iolani (8-0, 6-0 ILH D-I) has games remaining at Roosevelt on Nov. 19 and at Radford on Dec. 3 before playing in the Division I semifinals of the state tournament on Dec. 17 at a site to be determined.
“Very grateful they wanted to play,’ ‘Iolani coach Wendell Look said. “We tried to space out the games over the two months and play every two weeks, and so I looked at the schedule and tried to pick the teams who had byes who were willing to play us.”
First-year Castle coach Junior Pale was up to the challenge, adding ‘Iolani to a schedule to play in six consecutive weeks.
Coming off a 23-point loss to Moanalua, the Knights (1-2, 1-1 OIA DI) had their best drive of the game to end the first quarter.
Quarterback Daunte Ching completed his first pass, a 27-yard strike to Coby Tanioka, and then found Tanioka on a 9-yard TD throw to cut the deficit to 14-7 after the first quarter.
‘Iolani, which scored on two Bantolina runs in the opening 12 minutes, dominated the rest oft the half, outscoring Castle 28-0 to take a 42-7 lead into halftime.
Hoomanawanui dropped a 43-yard touchdown throw into the hands of Preusser just before he crossed the goal line to go up 21-7.
After a long punt return by Tristan Martinez, Bantolina ran four straight times, capped off by a 1-yard plunge for a 28-7 lead.
‘Iolani led 35-7 when Martinez returned another punt 55 yards to the Castle 10 with 28 seconds remaining.
Hoomanawanui then found Miyahira for a 10-yard touchdown on the next play for his final throw of the game.
Sophomore Kualau Manuel took over in the second half and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Taniela Taliauli on fourth down.
“It’s good to be playing bigger, physical teams and it’s going to make us better,” Look said. “I think we’ve been able to create turnovers and make the offensive field shorter for us, which makes it that much easier to put points on the board.”
‘Iolani has scored at least 28 points in every game this season.
Bantolina finished with 110 rushing yards on 16 carries and Hoomanawanui was 8-for-11 for 93 yards.
Ching, who threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Kala Estacado-Matthews in the fourth quarter, finished 11-for-18 for 118 yards for Castle.
No. 4 Mililani 38, Leilehua 0
The Trojans pitched a second straight shutout and are now 3-0 this season, having only given up six points.
“We’ll find out next week — Kahuku,” Mililani coach Rod York said when asked to evaluate his team’s performance. “Leilehua’s done. They should be in Division I. They’re in the wrong division. So I’m not going to measure our team against Leilehua. We’ll find out next week against Kahuku.”
The Trojans dominated the field position battle in the win, with Mililani scoring in three or less plays on each of its five touchdown drives.
“Our defense played well, and our specials teams played well,” York said. “They gave the offense a short field.”
With three of those drives beginning on Leilehua’s half of the field, quarterback Emana Tarape and the Mililani offense weren’t asked to provide fireworks. Tarape, filling in for the injured Kini McMillan, understood the assignment. Playing efficient football, he led the Trojans with 143 passing yards on 8-for-12 attempts, tossing a pair of touchdowns while not turning the ball over. Backup QB Makavelli Novera also threw a touchdown pass in the second half, as the two Trojans combined for four passing touchdowns.
Tarape and Novera were aided by some 50-yard receivers. Lando Werner-Celes collected a game-high 58 receiving yards on two catches. Werner-Celes also caught Tarape’s first touchdown throw, a 54-yard connection. Jensyn McGree made the best of his lone catch of the game, a 51-yard touchdown strike from Novera in the second half.
The run game was led by Tavian Hallums, who came on strong in the accelerated second half with a game-best 88 yards on five carries. Hallums scored the opening touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run. Starter Nehemiah Timoteo saw a limited workload in the blowout, carrying the ball just four times for 55 yards. Timoteo added a receiving touchdown on an 18-yard second-half connection with Tarape.
Makel Paiva, who finished the game a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points, found himself on the receiving end of Tarape’s second touchdown, for 11 yards. Paiva rounded out the first half scoring with a perfect 44-yard field goal to give Mililani a 24-0 lead at the halftime break.
The Mules were led by Cole Northington, who toted the ball 13 times for a team-high 33 rush yards. Leilehua starting quarterback Pono Arindain struggled to find his targets in the face of a relentless Trojans pass rush. Arindain completed six of 21 passes for just 26 yards and an interception. Backup Xander Muyot found success after replacing Arindain in the second half, completing five of six passes for 43 yards.
Jonathan Chen, Star-Advertiser
Waipahu 21, No. 10 Moanalua 14
The Maruaders arrived on the doorstep but came away empty on its first two possessions.
Then they quickly figured out how to hit pay dirt multiple times.
Joseph Mckenzie caught a 2-yard scoring pass from Joshua Manu, Toodie Failauga had a 79-yard fumble return for a score and Michael Iaulualo had a 2-yard touchdown run for visiting Waipahu over a 7-minute, 3-second span of the second quarter.
“I just seen the ball loose,” said senior defensive back Failauga of the fumble return for a score. “I thought I was going to jump on it, but I knew I had a chance to pick it up and score, so I scooped it up and I ran.”
Said Waipahu coach Bryson Carvalho on the 21-point surge: “Just coming together. Sticking to what we call in practice and what we work on and just executing it. We were fortunate to get those scores on the board and get an advantage going into half.”
On their first possession, the Marauders (2-0) had second-and-goal from the 1 but were stopped on downs. On their next series, they had the ball at Na Menehune 3 after a fumble recovery by Seth Setu, but Manu was intercepted in the end zone by Moanalua linebacker Skyler Pangan on the next play.
“We were fortunate enough to get some more turnovers and have short fields and stuff,” Carvalho said. “It’s all about staying focused. Football is about playing four quarters and not giving up. That’s our whole mindset. One snap, clear. It was frustrating. I’m just glad these guys kind of overcame it.”
Waipahu’s average starting field possession on its five first-half drives was the Na Menehune 31.
Moanalua scored on a 13-yard pass from Taylor Malloe to Gabe Wells with 9:40 remaining and Kindred Malakai Park scored on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to seven with 1:11 left.
Failauga, the brother of former Waipahu running back Alfred Failauga, recovered the on-side kick to seal the game.
Waipahu had six sacks and blocked two punts.
“I’m high on my defense,” Carvalho said. “I love the way they play and the energy they bring. They set the tempo for our whole team.”
He added his team focused on special teams during last week’s bye.
Malloe passed for 228 yards for Na Menehune (2-1).
Kyle Sakamoto, Star-Advertiser
Roosevelt 38, Kailua 7
Kaymen Lewis completed 14 of 18 passes for 278 yards and four touchdown to the lead the Rough Riders over the Surfriders.
Kamuela Kaaihue caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and the Roosevelt defense intercepted four passes.
Kaiser 34, Radford 14
Kaiser quarterback Easton Yoshino and receiver Kamakana Mahiko shattered school records as the Cougars (4-0, 4-0) ran up 569 total yards of offense to take sole possession of first place in OIA Division II.
Yoshino hit Mahiko for touchdowns of 6, 75 and 78 yards in the first half alone. Yoshino finished 22-for-36 for 462 yards and four touchdowns, breaking Kaiser’s passing record for yards in a game held by David Chu who threw for 370 in a 2001 win over Moanalua.
Mahiko finished with 10 receptions for 292 yards to break the record of 191 receiving yards in a game set by Waikoloa Noa in a 2002 loss to Waialua.
Ryder Rodrigues contributed 11 carries for 80 yards and Kai Blackston had eight carries for 66 yards and a score for Kaiser.
Radford’s Kalob Victorino-Avilla completed 22 of 39 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams. Ojijah Gomez had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown and Jack Carlson had eight receptions for 72 yards and a score.
Pearl City 14, Nanakuli 13
Chargers senior quarterback Sefo Feeago passed for 61 yards and added seven rushes for 33 yards and a touchdown to hand the Golden Hawks their first loss of the season.
Pearl City senior Mark Moreno ran 1 yard into the end zone for the only score of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Feeago added a 6-yard run and senior wide receiver Joshua Gleason caught Feeago’s pass in the end zone to convert the 2-point attempt for a 14-0 lead.
After several timeouts on both sides, Nanakuli’s Keahi Ah Sui scored on a last-second 14-yard touchdown run and senior Micah Nihoa made the extra point to make it 14-7 at halftime.
Golden Hawks senior wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV recorded the final touchdown of the game on a 5-yard rush with 3:24 left in the third quarter, but Nihoa’s kick failed and Pearl City secured the victory as neither team drew another score.
Noelle Kakimoto, Special to the Star-Advertiser
‘Iolani 49, Castle 14
At Eddie Hamada Field
Castle (1-2, 1-1) 7 0 0 7 — 14
‘Iolani (8-0, 6-0) 14 28 0 7 — 49
Iol — Brody Bantolina 7 run (Allison Chang kick)
Iol — Bantolina 1 run (Chang kick)
Cast — Coby Tanioka 9 pass from Daunte Ching (Laurin Buckenburgh kick)
Iol — Kai Preusser 43 pass from Micah Hoomanawanui (kick failed)
Iol — Bantolina 4 run (Taniela Taliauli pass from Hoomanawanui)
Iol — Bantolina 10 run (Chang kick)
Iol — Keao Miyahira 10 pass from Hoomanawanui (Chang kick)
Iol — Taliauli 15 pass from Kualau Manuel (Chang kick)
Cast — Kala Estacado-Matthews 29 pass from Ching (Buckenburgh kick)
RUSHING—Castle: Mason Carreira 6-27, Ching 3-21, Estacado-Matthews 4-11, Shaedon Kanoa 3-6, Staten Martin 1-5, Rusty Bolosan 1-0, team 1-(minus 16). ‘Iolani: Bantolina 16-110, Miyahira 4-48, Cainen Torres 11-19, Hoomanawanui 2-4.
PASSING—Castle: Ching 11-18-1-118. ‘Iolani: Hoomanawanui 8-11-0-93, Manuel 6-11-0-84.
RECEIVING—Castle: Tanioka 7-55. Estacado-Matthews 4-63. ‘Iolani: Preusser 4-70, Taliauli 3-48, Jazz Priester 2-27, Tristan Martinez 2-8, Sean Weiss 1-15, Miyahira 1-10, Hyrum Horita 1-(minus 1).
No. 4 Mililani 38, Leilehua 0
At Hugh Yoshida Stadium
Mililani (3-0) 7 17 14 0 — 38
Leilehua (0-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0
MIL—Tavian Hallums 4 run (Makel Paiva kick)
MIL—Lando Werner-Celes 54 pass from Emana Tarape (Paiva kick)
MIL—Paiva 11 pass from Tarape (Paiva kick)
MIL—Paiva 44 field goal
MIL—Nehemiah Timoteo 18 pass from Tarape (Paiva kick)
MIL—Jensyn McGree 51 pass from Makavelli Novera (Paiva kick)
RUSHING—Mililani: Hallums 5-88, Timoteo 4-55, Tykea Johnson Jr. 5-18, Novera 3-11. Leilehua: Cole Northington 13-33, LeShaun Cameron 4-12, Malachi Tupai 1-2, Brayden Furtado 1-2, Pono Arindain 6-(minus 8), Aliiolani Kahanu 1-(minus 12), team 1-(minus 22).
PASSING—Mililani: Tarape 8-12-0-143, Novera 1-3-1-51. Leilehua: Arindain 6-21-1-26, Xander Muyot 5-6-0-43.
RECEIVING—Mililani: Werner-Celes 2-58, McGree 1-51, Gavin Hunter 2-42, Timoteo 1-18, Kapono Ho’okano-Sallas 2-14, Paiva 1-11. Leilehua: Keawe Andres 6-39, Furtado 1-10, Laakea Umiamaka 1-8, Tupai 1-6, Jett Cabal 2-6.
Waipahu 21, Moanalua 14
Waipahu (2-0) 0 21 0 0 — 21
Moanalua (2-1) 0 0 0 14 — 14
Waip—Joseph Mckenzie 2 pass Joshua Manu (kick failed)
Waip—Toodie Failauga 79 fumble return (Saige Marienthal pass from Manu)
Waip—Michael Iaulualo 2 run (Connor Wittig kick)
Moan—Gabe Wells 13 pass from Taylor Malloe (Alex Heim kick)
Moan—Kindred Malakai Park 1 run (Heim kick)
RUSHING—Waipahu: Iaulualo 21-54, Manu 1-(minus 7), Team 4-(minus 14). Moanalua: Pila Goo Sun 1-23, Cameron Johnson 6-15, Malakai Park 5-9, Jayce Bareng 1-4, Ryson Lum 4-4, Team 1-(minus 6), Emmett Kelly 1-(minus 6), Malloe 6-(minus 13).
PASSING—Waipahu: Manu 16-21-1-105. Moanalua: Malloe 20-39-0-228, Kelly 1-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Waipahu: Jayjay Rayner 6-47, Mckenzie 5-28, Aston Contado 3-19, Saige Marienthal 1-7, Iaulualo 1-4. Moanalua: Wells 8-97, Bareng 3-49, Andy Canencia 3-18, McCaddy 2-24, Ruben Chavez 1-14, Johnson 1-12, Keenan Ezekiel Villegas 1-1, Isaac Ishikawa 1-3, Lum 1-0.
JV—Waipahu 14, Moanalua 8
Roosevelt 38, Kailua 7
At Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
Kailua (0-3, 0-2) 0 0 7 0 — 7
Roosevelt (1-2, 1-2) 10 7 7 14 — 38
ROOS — FG Porter Ellis 30
ROOS — Silas Kekahuna 6 run (Ellis kick)
ROOS — George Matsunaga 31 pass from Kayman Lewis (Ellis kick)
ROOS — Jayden Gaopoa-Montgomery 65 pass from Lewis (Ellis kick)
KAIL — Blazen Lono Wong 2 pass from Kahiapo McKeague (Hugo Mila Nierhaus kick)
ROOS — Kamuela Kaaihue 6 pass from Lewis (Ellis kick)
ROOS — Kaaihue 11 pass from Lewis (Ellis kick)
RUSHING—Kailua: Rudy Bernadino 9-33, Cayson Samson 2-5, Colin Friel 2-5, Christian Yamamoto 12-3, David Quidachay Wise 1-1, Romeo Ortiz 2-(minus 6), McKeague 2-(minus 9). Roosevelt: Kai He 8-31, Kekahuna 5-14, Kalua Nahale 1-1, Nicholas Garner `1-1, Tiana Burgess 3-(minus 2), Lewis 4-(minus 20).
PASSING—Kailua: McKeague 6-14-1-69, Ortiz 2-7-2-5, Friel 0-4-1-0. Roosevelt: Lewis 18-24-0-278.
RECEIVING—Kailua: Japheth Lilo 3-40, Damien Jacobs 3-29, Nainoa Smith-Akana 1-3, Long Wong 1-2. Roosevelt: Matsunaga 4-87, Gaopoa-Montgomery 4-86, Christian Aarona 5-71, Chase Aguinaldo 3-17, Kaaihue 2-17.
Kaiser 34, Radford 14
At John Velasco Stadium
Kaiser (4-0, 4-0) 13 14 0 7 — 34
Radford (3-1, 3-1) 7 7 0 0 — 14
KAIS — Kamakana Mahiko 6 pass from Easton Yoshino (Ian Shearer good)
RAD — Olijah Gomez 18 pass from Kalob Victorino-Avilla (Harrison Hoskins good)
KAIS — Mahiko 75 pass from Yoshino (kick failed)
RAD — Jack Carlson 19 pass from Victorino-Avilla (Hoskins good)
KAIS — Justin Kanekoa 48 pass from Yoshino (Shearer kick)
KAIS — Mahiko 78 pass from Yoshino (Shearer kick)
KAIS — Kai Blackston 2 run (Shearer kick)
RUSHING—Kaiser: Ryder Rodrigues 11-80, Blackston 8-66, Yoshino 7-(minus 39). Radford: Christian Payton 14-33, Michael Hayslett 6-26, Victorino-Avilla 9-8, Gomez 1-4.
PASSING—Kaiser: Yoshino 22-36-0-462. Radford: Victorino-Avilla 22-39-2-275.
RECEIVING—Kaiser: Mahiko 10-292, Kanekoa 5-81, Donovan Reis 1-47, Keagan Lime 2-24, Rodrigues 3-10, Ryan Sumida 1-8. Radford: Carlson 8-72, Gomez 5-95, Roch Schaefer 4-40, Payton 3-44, Joel Gillies 1-14, Dane Fagaragan 1-10.
Pearl City 14, Nanakuli 13
at Nanakuli H.S.
Pearl City (2-2, 2-2) 6 8 0 0 — 14
Nanakuli (2-1, 2-1) 0 7 6 0 — 13
PC – Mark Moreno 1 run (pass failed)
PC – Sefo Feesago 6 run (Joshua Gleason pass from Feesago)
NANA – Keahi Ah Sui 14 run (Micah Nihoa kick)
NANA – Joseph Lewis IV 5 run (kick failed)
RUSHING—Pearl City: Caleb Ka’ai 23-141, Feesago 7-33, Moreno 2-5, TEAM 1-(minus 4). Nanakuli: Ah Sui 11-81, Lewis IV 4-63, Christian Asinsin 14-23, Allen Mahoe III 1-1.
PASSING—Pearl City: Feesago 5-17-0-61. Nanakuli: Ah Sui 24-42-2-252.
RECEIVING—Pearl City: Micah Higa 3-27, Bradley Kansou 1-18, Zion Gella-Kaulia 1-16. Nanakuli: Lewis IV 6-90, David Kalili 7-43, Mahoe III 2-41, Asinsin 6-39, Hansen Salausa-Ka’awa 3-39.
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