GAME NIGHT 8/25: Moanalua/Kahuku
Kahuku linebacker Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu (12) celebrated with linebacker Miki Ah You (10) and defensive lineman Samson Reed (92) after sacking Waianae quarterback Rico Rosario. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
No. 2 Kahuku attempts to start the season with a third consecutive shutout when it hosts Moanalua at Carlton Weimer Field.
MOANALUA NA MENEHUNE (0-2, 0-1) Head coach: Savaii Eselu 2017 Na Menehune roster
NO. 2 KAHUKU RED RAIDERS (2-0, 2-0) Head coach: Makoa Freitas 2017 Red Raiders roster
No. 2 Kahuku 40, Moanalua 6, FINAL
10:37 p.m.: Moanalua gets to the Kahuku 37 but four straight Au incompletions results in a turnover on downs with under six minutes left.
No. 2 Kahuku 40, Moanalua 6, 8:43 4Q
10:27 p.m.: Well, that escalated quickly. Another fumbled connection in the Moanalua backfield and Kahuku recovers at the 2. Sol-Jay Maiava waltzes in on a keeper and Kahuku scores its sixth rushing touchdown tonight.
No. 2 Kahuku 33, Moanalua 6, 9:10 4Q
10:20 p.m.: A bad Moanalua snap is recovered by linebacker Miki Ah You deep in Na Menehune territory and Lavea scores on fourth and goal from the 4 for his second touchdown of the game. Kahuku has put this one to bed.
No. 2 Kahuku 26, Moanalua 6, 10:27 4Q
10:13 p.m.: A 30-yard pass from Maiava across the middle to Kainoa Crismon sets up a 4-yard TD rush by JL Lavea. Suddenly a 20-point game up here.
10:08 p.m.: Nick Au goes incomplete three straight passes to Ezra Grace, with DB Kaonohi Kaniho defending very well on that sequence. Third quarter comes to an end with Kahuku up 13.
10:05 p.m.: Kahuku chooses to punt it right back on 4th and 1 from the Moanalua 46. It nets only 26 yards as Moanalua takes over from its 20.
10:01 p.m.: Moanalua unable to respond in kind, as a bobbled return makes Na Menehune start on their 5. They get out to the 21 but that’s it, and must punt late 3Q.
No. 2 Kahuku 19, Moanalua 6, 3:57 3Q
9:54 p.m.: Sione Mahe is a bad man, and he says no to Moanalua’s getting within a score momentarily. Kahuku gets into the red zone effortlessly and Mahe takes his first handoff of the drive to go pretty much untouched for 15 yards and his third touchdown of the night. Heffernan’s XP is good.
No. 2 Kahuku 12, Moanalua 6, 5:59 3Q
9:47 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN NA MEHEHUNE. Au finds Chad Mann Jr. on a shovel pass and Mann takes it 22 yards to the house, weaving through traffic and cutting left. The kick is blocked, but it’s stunningly a one-score game as Moanalua has scored for the first time since its opener vs. Punahou.
9:43 p.m.: Moanalua is knocking for the first time this half, thanks to the roughing the kicker and another Kahuku personal foul just now. Na Menehune have negative yardage on the ground, but they can cause some definite discomfort here if they score right now. They’re first and 10 from the 17.
9:37 p.m.: Moanalua gets a nice return to open the second half but can’t do anything with it. They punt it away, although it looks like there was some roughing the kicker there. Kahuku still having its troubles with penalties.
9:17 p.m.: Sounds like Kahuku leading rusher Enoch Nawahine (concussion) will not play tonight. But Sione Mahe has eight carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns at the break.
No. 2 Kahuku 12, Moanalua 0, HALF
9:13 p.m.: Maiava takes one last shot deep with 0.8 seconds left, incomplete. Red Raiders take a closer-than-expected 12-0 lead into the break. Moanalua still searching for its first points since a 35-7 loss to Punahou in Week 1.
No. 2 Kahuku 12, Moanalua 0, 1:30 2Q
9:06: Mahe plunges in for his second touchdown, this one unscathed from 10 yards. Kahuku goes for the 2-point conversion but comes up short.
9:05: Alapa reverts to receiver with Maiava at the controls. He’s already got a couple of grabs. Maiava goes deep to Peter John Mataira for 39 yards, and the Red Raiders are knocking for the second time tonight.
9:00 p.m.: A bad snap over Au’s head leads to a very quick three and out for Moanalua.
No. 2 Kahuku 6, Moanalua 0, 5:10 2Q
8:55: There it is. Kahuku’s Mahe takes three straight handoffs and plunges in on the last from 6 yards for the first score of the night. Extra point attempt by Duke Heffernan is no good. 6-0 Red Raiders.
8:50: Kahuku gets its first pick of the night, as Ratu Tuisavura comes away with it. Now Sol-Jay Maiava enters the game at QB.
8:45 p.m.: Moanalua defends holds AGAIN, as Kahuku turns it over on downs as Alapa goes incomplete across the middle. Na Menehune back to midfield the other way.
8:38 p.m.: A new player, Sione Mahe, tears off some big yards on the ground the end the 1Q, scoreless.
8:35 p.m.: Na Menehune with a great chance to score first but Au’s 32-yard field-goal attempt goes wide left.
8:32 p.m.: Moanalua knocking at the Kahuku 15 but QB Nick Au facing 4th and 3. Na Menehune got there with a great 22-yard pass from Au to Ezra Grace.
8:25 p.m.: Moanalua taking advantage of some Kahuku penalties to advance the ball to midfield. Lotta flags so far.
8:20 p.m.: Moanalua’s defense HOLDS on Kahuku’s first drive. Red Raiders have to punt. Who saw that coming? Several backups out there for the Red Raiders. Na Menehune take over at what looks like their 25 after a short punt.
8:12 p.m. Thorton Alapa getting the start at QB for Kahuku. Red Raiders marching behind JL Lavea on the ground.
8:09 p.m.: Moanalua wins the toss, defers to the second half. Na Menehune about to kick off to the Red Raiders on the North Shore.
7:46 p.m.: Pre-kickoff word in the press box with Spectrum Xcast guys Jordan Helle and Coach Millwood is that Kahuku junior DE/LB Tausili Fiatoa will not be playing because he has withdrawn from school.
7:33 p.m.: Kahuku JV dominates for a 28-0 victory. Varsity kickoff in about a half hour.
6:58 p.m.: JV game was delayed by about a half hour, pushing back varsity kickoff
NOTES: Moanalua is on the verge of its first 0-3 start since 2013. Moanalua has never beaten Kahuku, going 0-12-1 with the tie coming way back in 1979. Moanalua hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher since Charles Spencer had 139 in 2010. Kahuku has never had a receiver gain more than 77 yards against Moanalua but has put a running back over 100 in the last four meetings. The last time Moanalua held Kahuku without a 100-yard rusher was 2010 when Aofaga Wily was held to 62. Only two Kahuku quarterbacks have thrown for more than 99 yards, Evan Moe with 100 in 2010 and Tuia Galeai with 121 in 1984.
Moanalua passing vs. Kahuku: Micah Kaneshiro with 258 in 2013 Moanalua rushing vs. Kahuku: Jordan Monico with 176 in 2006 Moanalua receiving vs. Kahuku: Jason Sharsh with 143 in 2013. Kahuku passing vs. Moanalua: Tuia Galeai with 121 in 1984 Kahuku rushing vs. Moanalua: Aofaga Wily with 181 in 2011 Kahuku receiving vs. Moanalua: Uli Abbott with 77 in 1984.