Posted: September 18, 2012 - 7:18pm
Noa led Punahou's high-flying passing attack
In a battle showcasing No. 3 and No. 4, it was No. 9 that stole the spotlight.
Punahou wide receiver Kanawai Noa electrified a crowd of about 4,500 at Hawaii Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium with regularity, pulling down a game-high 198 yards on 8 receptions, three of them for touchdowns, in third-ranked Punahou's dominating 43-14 win over fourth-ranked Saint Louis.
The sophomore wide receiver, who dons the number 9 jersey, currently leads all Division I pass catchers statistically with 719 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"Well, its not really an individual effort, its a team effort" said Noa. "Without my quarterback or my line, I wouldn't be doing the things that we are right now."
As a team, the Buffanblu certainly had all cylinders firing against the Cruasders, encapsulated by the first play from scrimmage in the second quarter, as Punahou QB Tui Tuileta would connect with a streaking Noa along the right sideline for a gorgeous 67-yard touchdown, on a play that looked to be an overthrown ball intended for another Buffanblu reciever.
"The players executed really well today (against Saint Louis) and when the line is clicking everything else can click." remarked Tuileta, who completed 21-of-26 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
And the Tuileta-to-Noa tandem would click two more times on the evening, the first on a 1-yarder for a second score late in the third quarter, and the other with 6:41 left in the contest on a 44-yard deep ball.
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Pearl City WR Isaac Amorin had 4 receptions for 131 yards and 2 TDs against Anuenue.
Kalani QB Noah Brum threw for 221 yards and 4 TDs against Roosevelt.
Baldwin QB Keelan Ewaliko threw for 101 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 176 yards and 3 TDs against Kamehameha-Maui.
Kaiser RB Fitou Fisiiahi rushed for 33 yards and 3 TDs against Nanakuli.
Baldwin RB Dusty Flores rushed for 141 yards and 2 TDs against Kamehameha-Maui.
Kaiser RB Kai Gonda rushed for 95 yards and a TD and added 3 receptions for 60 yards against Nanakuli.
Leilehua QB Justin Jenks threw for 275 yards and 3 TDs against Kapolei.
Kealakehe RB Lennox Jones had 3 rushing TDs against Hilo.
Kamehameha-Hawaii WR Shaun Kagawa rushed for 97 yards and a TD against Hawaii Prep.
Waianae RB Alakai Kealoha rushed for 118 yards against Campbell.
Konawaena QB Lii Karratti threw for 303 yards and 6 TDs against Kohala.
Anuenue RB Kainalu Kaleo rushed for 170 yards and 2 TDs against Pearl City.
Kalani PK Leo Klink hit field goals of 41 and 20 yards and made all 4 of extra point attempts against Roosevelt.
Hawaii Prep RB Bobby Lum rushed for 133 yards against Kamehameha-Hawaii.
Farrington DB David Luafatasaga had 2 interceptions against McKinley.
Radford QB Cody Lui-Yuen threw for 369 yards and 6 TDs against Waialua.
Kalani WR Ikona Mamiya had 5 receptions 99 yards and 2 TDs against Roosevelt.
Maui RB Justin McCrary rushed for 163 yards and 2 TDs against King Kekaulike.
Konawaena WR Domonic Morris had 3 receptions for 100 yards and 3 TDs against Kohala.
Punahou WR Kanawai Noa had 8 receptions for 198 yards and 3 TDs against Saint Louis.
Radford WR Jameson Pasigan had 9 receptions for 118 yards and 2 TDs against Waialua.
Waipahu WR Dylan Pakau had 4 receptions for 162 yards and 2 TDs against Aiea.
Kamehameha-Hawaii RB Faaolaina Teofilo rushed for 114 yards against Hawaii Prep.
Saint Louis WR Jeremy Tabuyo had 9 receptions for 99 yards against Punahou.
Farrington RB Tyler Taumua rushed for 118 yards and a TD against McKinley.
Radford WR Zach Tinao-Rabellizsa had 6 receptions for 77 yards and 3 TDs against Waialua.
Pac-Five RB Keoni Tom-Millare rushed for 58 yards and 3 TDs and added 4 receptions for 97 yards and another score against Damien.
Konawaena DB Ryan Torres-Torioka had 3 interceptions including 2 returned for touchdowns against Kohala.
Anuenue RB Anuenue Tui rushed for 186 yards and a TD against Pearl City.
McKinley WR Tyrell Tuiasosopo had 2 receptions for 94 yards and a TD and added an interception defensively against Farrington.
Punahou QB Larry Tuileta threw for 359 yards and 4 TDs against Saint Louis.
Punahou RB Ryan Tuiasoa rushed for 111 yards and 2 TDs against Saint Louis.
Waianae RB Jeremy Willes rushed for 149 yards and 3 TDs against Campbell.
Kamehameha-Maui RB Connor Yap rushed for 189 yards and 2 TDs against Baldwin.
Punahou WR Kanawai Noa carries a Saint Louis defender en route to one of his three scores. ScoringLive file photo