Posted: September 26, 2012 - 8:10pm
Kahuku-Farrington showdown tops Week Eight schedule
Two of the two running backs in the state, Farrington's Amo Silva and Kahuku's Aofaga Wily, take the field Saturday. ScoringLive file photos
Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium will play host to a pair of important games this weekend in both the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and Oahu Interscholastic Association.
On Friday, the nightcap of an ILH doubleheader features Saint Louis, ranked fifth in this week's ScoringLive/OC16 Power Rankings, taking on No. 6 Kamehameha. The game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 7:45 p.m., will follow a Division II game between No. 10 Iolani and Damien at 5 p.m.
The following night, two of the state's top three teams will battle for the top spot in the OIA Red East Conference when No. 3 Farrington faces off against top-ranked Kahuku at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, three of the four ranked teams in the Red West will be playing Friday night and in the White Conference, second-place Kaiser hosts first-place Radford, also on Friday.
INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE OF HONOLULU
No. 10 Iolani vs. Damien - Friday, 5 p.m. at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium
The Raiders (4-2, 1-2) have allowed 110 points in their last two games, which both resulted in losses to Division I foes Saint Louis (68-39) and Kamehameha (42-34). Iolani staged a late comeback attempt against the Warriors last Thursday - led by senior wide receiver Tanner Nishioka's 15 receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns - but senior quarterback Reece Foy's potential game-tying pass on a two-point conversion was intercepted in the end zone and Kamehameha added an insurance score in the game's final minute. The Monarchs (3-3, 0-3) have dropped their last three contests since a 3-0 start. Junior quarterback Syles Choy threw for 160 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-23 passing in a 40-7 loss to Saint Louis Friday. Despite being outscored in its three losses, 108 to 19, Damien is averaging 26.5 points and 301 yards per game offensively. The Monarchs have shown balance with senior running back Kyle Sato (5.9 yards per carry, 4 TDs) and Choy (833 pass yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs). They average 153.7 rush yards per game and 147.3 by pass.
No. 5 Saint Louis vs. No. 6 Kamehameha - Friday, 7:45 p.m. at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium
With both of these squads looking up at Division I leader Punahou - who is idle this week - the playoff implications at stake in this game loom large. The Crusaders (3-3, 2-1), who have yet to win back-to-back games, were walloped by the Buffanblu, 43-14, nearly two weeks ago. Senior Kawai Mook-Garcia is expected to make his second straight start at quarterback after missing Saint Louis' two previous games due to a leg injury he suffered in a loss to Bishop Gorman (Nev.) on Sept. 1. Junior running back Adam Noga (hamstring), who missed last week's 40-7 win over Damien, has run for 572 yards and eight touchdowns. The Warriors (4-2, 2-1) are coming off a narrow win over Iolani, in which they passed for 185 yards and rushed for 185. Senior quarterback Makoa Camanse-Stevens passed for 185 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore running back Kaulana Apelu rushed for a pair of scores against the Raiders. Kamehameha has won three of its last four games, with its only loss during that stretch coming against Punahou (34-14 on Aug. 31). This will be the first of two meetings in a three-week stretch between the Crusaders and Warriors. The teams will play again at Aloha Stadium on Oct. 12.
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Red East Conference
Kailua vs. McKinley - Friday, 7 p.m. at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
After having lost their first four games of the season, the Surfriders (2-4, 2-2) have rebounded with consecutive wins over Kaimuki and Castle to move into fourth place in the Red East. Senior quarterback Kahaku Iaea threw three touchdown passes, including two to senior wide receiver Micah Kaimana, as Kailua built a 24-0 halftime lead en route to a 24-6 win over Windward rival Castle Saturday. The Tigers (2-4, 1-3) sit in fifth place in the Red East after having lost their last three, including a 42-13 decision at Moanalua Saturday. In the loss, Gerime Bradley returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and fellow junior Mathias Tuitele-Iafeta scored McKinley's only other score on a short run.
Kaimuki vs. Castle - Saturday, 5 p.m. at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
The winner of this game - between two of the state's eight remaining winless teams - will likely claim the Red East's sixth and final playoff berth in the 12-team OIA Red Tournament. For the Bulldogs (0-7, 0-5), it is their last shot to pull off a win as they are idle next week. Kaimuki has allowed a state-worst 307 points by its opponents and has scored just 59 points this season. Opponents average nearly 44 points and over 400 yards offensively against the Bulldogs, who are coming off a 42-7 loss to top-ranked Kahuku Friday. Meanwhile the Knights (0-6, 0-4) haven't fared much better, having scored just 21 points against 136 allowed through four league games. Castle averages just 83.7 offensive yards, including negative 21.8 rushing yards per game.
No. 3 Farrington vs. No. 1 Kahuku - Saturday, 7 p.m. at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium
With the traditionally large crowds that both schools draw, the OIA league office opted to move the site of this game to Aloha Stadium for this year and next. In years past, at both Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium - home field of the Governors (6-0, 4-0) - and Carleton E. Weimer Field - home of the Red Raiders (5-0, 4-0) - fans had to be turned away due to safety reasons. This time that won't be an issue and both cheering sections should be out in full force. Farrington has relied heavily on its run game (1,711 rushing yards to 514 passing) and its two-headed combo at running back: seniors Amo Silva (906 rush yards, 11 TDs) and Tyler Taumua (511 rush yards, 8 TDs). Sophomore quarterback Montana Liana (7 TDs, 3 INTs) has thrown just 91 passes all season, completing 44 of them (45 percent). The formula has largely been the same for Kahuku (1,149 rushing yards to 449 passing), which has been led by senior running back Aofaga Wily's 677 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Lasi Livai (4 TDs, 2 INTs) has completed 21 of 45 pass attempts this season. Defense is a common strength for both teams: Farrington has allowed just 20 points and Kahuku 17 through four Red East games apiece so far. Opponents are averaging just over 133 yards of total offense against the Govs and just below 160 against the Red Raiders.
Red West Conference
No. 4 Mililani at Aiea - Friday, 7 p.m.
The Trojans (5-1, 3-1) have won their last two games and are in the driver's seat in the Red West with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Mililani is coming off a dominating 45-0 blanking of Kapolei Friday, in which senior quarterback Jarin Morikawa threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns - including three to senior Dakota Turner - on 24-of-36 passing with no interceptions. Morikawa, who has given a verbal commitment to Illinois State, also ran in two other scores. Na Alii (3-3, 1-3) have lost two straight home games after a road upset at Leilehua nearly three weeks ago. Aiea lost five turnovers, including two interceptions apiece by sibling quarterbacks Shaenan and Isaiah Hernandez-Fonoti, in a 35-20 loss to Waianae Friday. Na Alii defense was allowing just over 50 rushing yards per game by its opponents, but gave up 185 and three touchdowns to the Seariders.
No. 8 Campbell at Kapolei - Friday, 7 p.m.
The Sabers (5-2, 3-2) are coming off a thrilling 35-34 overtime win over Leilehua Friday to keep pace with Waianae for second place in the Red West. Campbell completed just eight passes against the Mules to overcome three interceptions and ultimately won it in overtime on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Justin Tago-Su'e to Amosa Amosa Jr. and the ensuing extra point by Tyler Subia. Senior running back Paul-Andrew Rhoden carried 17 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Hurricanes (3-3, 1-3) are reeling, having lost three of their last four, including the worst losses in program history in shutouts at the hands of Leilehua (47-0) and Mililani (45-0) the past two weeks. Kapolei, which managed just 169 yards of total offense against the Trojans Friday, is currently tied for sixth with Aiea, who it plays next week. The Hurricanes have been outscored, 122 to 38, in four Red West games this season.
Waipahu at No. 7 Leilehua - Friday, 7:30 p.m. (OC16)
The Marauders (2-4, 2-2), who are coming off a bye week, snapped a two-game skid with a 28-7 win at Aiea two weeks ago. Waipahu put up nearly 400 yards of offense against a usually-tough Na Alii defense and sophomore quarterback Kai Mercado-Aiona threw for two scores and ran in another. Senior Dylan Pakau is second amongst Division I pass catchers with 544 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He is averaging 27.2 yards per catch and 108.8 per game. The Mules (4-2, 2-2) are looking to rebound off their narrow loss at Campbell last Friday, but may have to do it without quarterback Justin Jenks (1,038 pass yards, 9 TDs), who left the game against the Sabers late with an injury. Senior wide receiver Keoni Piceno, who took over at quarterback for Jenks against Campbell, ranks fourth in Division I with 476 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Leilehua and Waipahu are tied for fourth in the Red West entering the game.
Pearl City at Waialua - Friday, 6 p.m.
The Chargers (3-4, 3-3) have won their last three after a 0-3 start in the White Conference. Pearl City posted 418 yards of total offense, including 337 passing, to upend Kalaheo, 46-20, last Friday. Junior Tanner Tokunaga caught seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and senior Daicorri Briscoe added 106 yards on three receptions with two scores against the Mustangs. Pearl City fell behind Kalaheo 6-0 early on, but scored the next 46 points before allowing a pair of late touchdowns. The Bulldogs (0-6, 0-4) have scored just 33 points in four league games, worst in the White Conference. Waialua gave up 62 points in a blowout against Kaiser Friday, in which it managed just 92 offensive yards.
Radford at Kaiser - Friday, 7 p.m.
Two of the state's hottest teams will duke it out Friday night at Kaiser Stadium in what may be a battle for the top seed in the postseason OIA White Tournament. The Rams (6-0, 5-0) are one of just five remaining unbeatens in the state and have sole possession of first place in the nine-team White. Radford is averaging nearly 400 yards and just over 38 points per game while it has allowed under seven points and under 170 yards per game by opponents. Chris Jackson ran for 171 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and fellow senior Mana Kakiwa recorded three sacks and a rushing score in a 30-0 win over Kalani Friday. The Cougars (5-2, 5-1) have won five straight following back-to-back losses to Campbell and Kalaheo to open the season. Senior quarterback Makana Lyman (1,372 pass yards, 12 TDs, 2 INTs) ranks third amongst Division II passers statistically.
Roosevelt at Nanakuli - Friday, 7 p.m.
The Rough Riders (0-5, 0-5) have allowed a White Conference-worst 235 points by opponents this season and may see that number increase against a Nanakuli team that is averaging more than four touchdowns a game. Roosevelt had its best offensive game in a 42-25 loss to Anuenue Friday, totaling 322 yards, with exactly 161 passing and 161 rushing. However, three interceptions and 348 rushing yards by Na Koa ultimately did in the Rough Riders. The Golden Hawks, who were idle last week, saw their modest two-game win streak snapped in a 47-14 loss to Kaiser two weeks ago. Nanakuli was outgained by the Cougars in total offense, 403 yards to 182 and trailed 41-0 after three quarters. Junior quarterback Chazz Troutman (447 yards, 5 TDs) ranks fourth amongst Division II rushers statewide.
Kalaheo vs. Kalani - Saturday, 6 p.m. at Kaiser Stadium
With both teams, along with Nanakuli, tied for third in the White, this is a game with big playoff implications. The Mustangs (3-3, 3-2) began conference play 3-0, before suffering consecutive losses to Radford and Pearl City to fall two games behind league-leader Radford. Kalaheo allowed 337 pass yards and six touchdowns through the air as it was blown out by the Chargers, 46-20, last Friday. Senior linebacker Omar Silva returned a fumble 58 yards for a score in the loss. The Falcons (3-3, 3-2) would also like to turn the tide following a 30-0 shutout loss at Radford Friday. Kalani allowed 547 offensive yards by the Rams, including 229 rushing yards. Senior defensive lineman Shiloh Laboy recorded a pair of sacks in the loss.