Posted: August 17, 2012 - 11:50am
Campbell rushes past Kailua, 13-7
Campbell RB Paul-Andrew Rhoden attempts to run past a Kailua defender. Johnny Wilson | Special to SL
KAILUA-Kailua won the turnover battle, but Campbell cashed in on its only takeaway in a 13-7 non-league prep football win Friday night at the Surfriders' field.
Despite turning over the ball three times, the Sabers (2-0) executed a ground attack (241 yards rushing, two touchdowns) that was considerably more effective than their passing game (138 yards, two interceptions and fumble loss after a reception). Running backs Paul-Andrew Rhoden and Triston Pebria rushed for 130 and 68 yards, respectively, and each rushed for a TD.
"The way it looks, we might have to (run more)," Campbell coach Amosa Amosa said. "We knew coming in we had tandem backs in Pebria and Rhoden, and our O-line was really improving."
The Surfriders (0-2), still trying to find their rhythm offensively, labored through the ground and the air. Their deepest penetration was to the Sabers' 17, where they missed a 33-yard field goal, before finally scoring in the third quarter on Kahaku Iaea's 23-yard TD pass to Micah Kaimana on a drive set up by Thomas Leong's 38-yard kickoff return to midfield following Campbell's second TD.
"This was the first week we had a whole bunch of guys back," Kailua coach Gary Rosolowich said of his offense's struggles. "We had 12 guys out (last week). Offense is much more (about) timing. But we're still dropping too many balls."
The game was delayed 26 minutes when umpire Brian Souza was knocked out in an apparent collision with players on the field early in the fourth quarter. On the play, Rhoden was tackled near the Kailua sideline after an 11-yard gain, but Souza was down near the middle of the field, where the umpire is situated on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage. Campbell athletic trainer Alison Kuramoto said Souza appeared woozy and was taken to the hospital by ambulance as a precaution.
After a scoreless first half, the Sabers finally broke the drought with a 10-play, 84-yard drive in which 58 yards were tallied on seven running plays, ending with Rhoden's one-yard TD dive. Justin Tago-Su'e's PAT gave Campbell a 7-0 lead with 3:57 left in the third quarter.
Leong's 29-yard return on the ensuing kickoff game Kailua possession at its 35. But on first down, RB Jarrin Young fumbled and Campbell DB Joshua Forte recovered the ball at the Surfriders' 33. Three plays later, Pebria scored on a 22-yard run to make it 13-0. Tago-Su'e missed the PAT.
Kailua scored on its next series after Leong's 38-yard kickoff return set its offense up at midfield.
But Kailua's offense never got inside the Sabers' 42 the rest of the game.
Freshman Noah Auld started at quarterback for the Surfriders, but was 0-of-1 passing and he was sacked for an 11-yard loss by LB Donovan Poniatowski. Iaea came in later and was 7 of 24 for 116 yards.
Campbell's defense also contained Young to 33 yards on 14 carries.
The Sabers' passing game was not consistent, as Tago-Su'e threw two interceptions, both by Kaimana. Tago-Su'e was 11 of 23 for 138 yards. He had a 30-yard shovel-pass TD nullified by a penalty. Campbell's third turnover was from a fumble by Brannon Bantolina after a nine-yard reception.
Both teams begin O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red play next weekend. The Sabers will host 'Aiea (2-0) and the Surfriders will host Moanalua (0-2), whose losses are to Red West powers Wai'anae and Mililani.
August 17, 2012
Tristan Pebria, 22 yard touchdown run
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Campbell players combine to make a stop against Kailua. Johnny Wilson | Special to SL
Kailua RB Jarrin Young attempts to ward off a Campbell defender. Johnny Wilson | Special to SL