Posted: September 15, 2012 - 1:02am
Leilehua routs Kapolei, 47-0, on Homecoming night
The Mules' defense came up big on the road, pitching a shutout against Kapolei. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL
Justin Jenks three touchdown passes along with help from the Mules defense helped fuel Leilehua to a 47-0 win over Kapolei. The shutout pitched by Leilehua spoiled homecoming for Kapolei at the Hurricanes field Friday night.
"Just happy for our boys after a tough loss to Aiea," said Mules coach Nolan Tokuda. "This is a wild west so anything can happen on a Friday night."
Marching down the field was Leilehua, who scored on their opening drive, as well as seemingly every drive ensuing. A series led by junior quarterback Justin Jenks, who was 6 of 6 of passing on that possession, ended with a with a five yard run straight up the gut of the Hurricane defense by junior Keanuu Kamakaiwi to put the Mules up 6-0 at the 8:22 mark of the first quarter.
"Overall a good win," said Jenks. "If everybody does their part individually and we mesh together as a team, we'll do well."
The Mules would strike again in the first quarter, this time with special teams. Brennon Jacinto would bang out a 38 yard field goal with 2:59 to go in the first, and the senior would also boot through a 28 yarder with 3:28 to go until halftime.
"I'm really excited because our kids really worked hard this week," said Tokuda. "(They) played for one another and were focused."
Justin Jenks would share the scoring love tonight as he aired out three touchdowns Friday night to three different receivers. Jenks would make his first score after finding and stringing out senior receiver Nick Rodriguez. Although the catch was made, Rodriguez took a nasty hit from a Kapolei defender before falling into the end zone. That score coming early in the second quarter at the 10:03 mark.
For the second touchdown pass, Jenks would find and connect with senior Keoni Piceno. The transfer from Campbell would speed his way through the defense, giving the Mules a 25-0 lead with 43 seconds left to go in the half. The last touchdown pass for Jenks would come at the top of the fourth quarter. A 25 yard connection with junior Kristian Wong-Ventura would be the final touchdown of the night.
"All my receivers did well," said Jenks. "Some of those bad passes I threw to them and they caught it. It was amazing for them."
Jenks played the whole night due to his fellow quarterback Levi Castanares being out with an injury. The Mules used him quite conservatively in order to prevent injury to the junior quarterback.
"We actually went in with one quarterback tonight," said Tokuda. "It was pretty scary; game plan was just to get the ball quick off his hands."
Not only did the defense hold a shutout, but the Mules defense would also put some points up on the scoreboard. A 2 yard scoop and score from junior defensive linemen Torenzo Vereen would give Leilehua a 32-0 score going into halftime.
"We always pride ourselves on good defense," said Jenks. "They were lights out tonight."
Special teams also played a huge factor for the Mules in their blowout win over Kapolei. Not just in the field goals, but punts and other aspects. After scoring a safety by tackling the Kapolei ball carrier with about three minutes left to go in the game helped seal the victory for the Mighty Mules on Friday.
"(Leilehua) was hitting on all cylinders," said Hurricanes' coach Darren Hernandez. "We didn't come out and play well at all. We didn't have an answer."
Leilehua would also make another special teams highlight as the game would progress. A blocked punt set up the Mules inside the Kapolei ten yard line. A couple plays later, sophomore Ikaika Piceno would pound his way for a one yard score.
"We'll see what were made of next week," said Hernandez. "If we can bounce back from this and come back strong, that'll go a long way in determining what kind of team we have."
September 15, 2012
Leilehua quarterback Justin Jenks gets set to let a pass attempt fly against Kapolei. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL