Posted: September 15, 2012 - 1:45am
Waipahu knocks off 'Aiea, 28-7
'AIEA -- Waipahu used a balanced attack (209 yards passing, 188 rushing) and hard-hitting defense Friday night to defeat 'Aiea, 28-7, in O'ahu Interscholastic Association football action.
The Marauders improved to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the OIA Red Conference Western Division. Na Ali'i fell to 3-2, 1-2.
Using a two-quarterback system by alternating between Kaimi Paredes and Kai Mercado-Aiona on every play, Waipahu's offense kicked into gear late in the first quarter after going three-and-out on its first two possessions.
Wesley Nagaseu, a ball-hawking and physical linebacker, came in to play fullback and capped a 10-play, 45-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge on the final play of the first quarter. Jayson Gonzalves' extra point made it 7-0.
After 'Aiea went three-and-out on the ensuing series, Mercado-Aiona found Dylan Pakau on a pass down the right sideline and Pakau raced in for a 76-yard TD. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the PAT attempt back to the 25-yad line, and it failed.
The Marauders later made it 21-0 after an 11-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a 1-yard run by Mercado-Aiona and followed by Nagaseu's two-point conversion run with 1:35 remaining in the half.
Waipahu extended the lead to 28-0 late in the third quarter after Mercado-Aiona's 24-yard touchdown pass to Pakau, who finished with four catches for 162 yards and two TDs.
Na Ali'i did not get on the scoreboard until 1:19 left in the game, on Isaiah Hernandez-Fonoti's 6-yard touchdown pass to Kamakana Apelu.
Mercado-Aiona finished with five completions in eight attempts for 170 yards, and Paredes ended up with 80 yards rushing on 15 carries.
September 15, 2012
Dylan Pakau 76 yard touchdown pass from Kai Mercado-Aiona
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