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Prep Football Preview Special
Prep Football Preview
Game of the Week
Leighland Tagawa | ScoringLiveAugust 17, 2019, 8:17am
Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ Kailua [ 7:30 pm ]
Manic Moanalua strikes again.
Na Menehune recorded four interceptions on defense and earned their second consecutive one-point victory to start the season after defeating Kailua, 19-18, at Alex Kane Stadium in an OIA Division I contest Friday night.
Kailua (0-3 overall, 0-2 OIA D1) started the game off with a bang when junior Jayden Kamakele picked of RJ Javar's first pass of the game. A few plays later, Kailua quarterback Cameron Friel found wideout Kamryn Kahoonei for a 14-yard touchdown to make it 6-0. This was the Surfriders' first points of the year.
Moanalua (2-0 overall, 1-0 OIA D1) managed to shake off the slow start and took the lead 9:41 into the second quarter. Javar easily found Dacyres Domingo from nine yards out at Griffin Motas tacked on the PAT to give Moanalua a 7-6 lead.
The Surfriders rallied a few minutes later when Friel found Raynen Ho Mook over the middle for a 20-yard score. The 2-point conversion run failed so Kailua led, 12-7.
After a fumble recovery by Kailua's Molena Kekauoha and a pick by Moanalua's Jesus Lopez, Na Menehune would tilt the tide back into their favor as they scored with 1:09 left in the first half. Javar found his former Mililani teammate, Jansen York, on a 17-yard TD pass. York was the leading receiver for Moanalua with nine receptions for 154 yards.
Moanalua entered the half with a 13-12 lead. The two teams traded picks (Rashod Tanner for Moanalua and Elijah Pittman for Kailua) in the final minute of the half.
The third quarter started off with a big passing TD from Kailua. From the Kailua 35-yard line, Friel fired a deep ball to the left side of the field that went through the arms of a Moanalua defensive back and into the waiting palms of Kahoonei for a 65-yard score, his second TD of the night. After another failed 2-point conversion, Kailua led 18-13.
Moanalua would return the ensuing kickoff all the way to the Kailua 16-yard line, but turned it over on downs. Kailua seemed to have gained back the momentum when Hastings Yee Hoy intercepted Javar's third pass of the night, but Na Menehune would answer back again at the end of the quarter.
Running back Darius Johnson punched in a 1-yard TD run to give Moanalua a 19-18 lead with 2.8 seconds left in the quarter.
Kailua gained back some momentum in the fourth quarter after a second pick for Pittman and a 57-yard run from Friel. However, Friel would fumble the ball near the Na Menehune red zone and Jett Tanigawa came up with the loose ball.
The Moanalua offense stalled and Kailua had one more chance to win the game. But when the Surfriders got into the red zone, Aukai Grace picked off Friel with 1:12 left in the game to secure the win for Na Menehune.
The Spartans' sophomore was tabbed Most Outstanding Player of last week's Snapple/HHSAA D1 State Championships.
The 5-foot-7 junior guard helped the Red Raiders go undefeated against OIA teams.
Forward Angel Asaah was selected as the league's POY while Charles Chong earned coach of the year.
Maryknoll repeated as Division I state champion with a win over Kamehameha last Friday.
The Spartans avenged three losses to the Warriors in ILH play to capture their second straight championship.
Cowboys outlasted Roosevelt in a frantic finish to claim first-ever state crown.