GAME NIGHT 9/9: Kahuku/Bingham
Kahuku came out in full force in Las Vegas for last year's game against Bishop Gorman and will do the same tonight against Bingham. Photo by David Becker/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
For the second straight year, Kahuku will play a ranked team in Las Vegas when the Red Raiders take on Bingham (Utah) in the second game of the Polynesian Football Classic at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Kahuku (4-0) is ranked No. 23 in the country by Max Preps while Bingham is No. 16. The Red Raiders are 0-4 all-time on the mainland including last year’s 35-7 loss to Bishop Gorman.
Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava suffered a shoulder injury last week against Aiea and will be a game-time decision according to coach Makoa Freitas.
KAHUKU RED RAIDERS (4-0) Head coach: Makoa Freitas Red Raiders roster
BINGHAM MINERS (3-0) Head coach: John Lambourne Miners roster
Kickoff is expected some time around 5 p.m. Live updates will follow below.
Liberty (Nev.) beat Alta (Utah) 28-7 in the first game.
Bingham (Utah) 17, Kahuku 0
FINAL. Red Raiders shut out for first time since Aug. 15, 2008 (35-0 vs. Kamehameha)
BOX SCORE at Sam Boyd Stadium
Bingham (4-0) 7 3 7 0 — 17 Kahuku (4-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
BING—Ryan Wood 3 run (Brandon Lopez kick) BING—FG Lopez 32 BING—Amoni Kaili 8 run (Lopez kick)
RUSHING—Bingham: Kaili 10-71, Braedon Wissler 18-38, Wood 15-33, team 2-(minus 5). Kahuku: Enoch Nawahine 15-26, Thorton Alapa 3-19, Toalei Lefau 2-1, Peter John Mataira 1-0.
PASSING—Bingham: Wood 5-14-0-88. Kahuku: Alapa 6-16-1-75.
RECEIVING—Bingham: Brayden Cosper 3-52, KC Lewis 2-36. Kahuku: Kainoa Crismon 3-29, Nawahine 1-36, Mataira 1-5, Sitaleki Tongi 1-5.
Red Raiders start on their 47 and Alapa tries a deep ball but it’s way underthrown and Tanner Merrillpicks it off.
Kahuku has a chance to force another three-and-out but Red Raiders jump offsides on third-and-2 and give up a cheap first down. Kaniho with a nice pass breakup on the next third down and Bingham will punt with 3 minutes to go.
Kahuku starts on its 38. Alapa just throws one up deep and Nawahine comes down with the catch. 36 yards on the play. Biggest play of the night for Kahuku. Alapa then hits Crismon for 12 yards and it’s first-and-10 at the Bingham 12. Alapa finds Crismon for 8 yards to the 4 and it’s fourth-and-2. Kahuku goes for it and Alapa can’t connect on the pass to Nawahine. Turnover on downs.
Fatu Atuaia comes in on a blitz and gets the sack to force a Bingham three-and-out.
Kahuku second-and-10 at Bingham 40 to start the fourth quarter. Kainoa Crismon with an 8-yard reception and it’s fourth-and-2 at the 32. Kahuku going for it. Red Raiders go play action and Alapa is pressured into an incomplete pass. Bingham takes over on downs.
Alapa able to complete a pass on third down to move the chains. A 5-yard reception by Sitaleki Tongi. Nawahine stopped twice for no gain but Alapa is able to scramble for 14 yards on third-and-10 to move the chains. Deep ball on third-and-long and Bingham is called for pass interference. That will move the ball into Bingham territory for the first time tonight.
Bingham’s first drive of the second half begins in Kahuku territory at the 48. Fatu Atuaia comes flying in for the TFL on third down. Three-and-out. Big win for the Kahuku defense. NO! Kaili on the fake punt runs for 30 to the 15. First down Bingham. Amoni Kaili 8-yard TD run on third down. 17-0.
Kahuku gets the ball first to start the second half. Red Raiders start on their 22. Lots of confusion on offense for Kahuku as a delay of game penalty is called and then a weird looking pass play resulting in a loss of 1. Third-and-18. Incomplete. Alapa now 1-for-7 for 5 yards.
Bingham sort of out-Kahukuing Kahuku in this one. Dominating the time of possession. 81 rushing yards on 27 carries. Kahuku giving up just 3 yards a pop but it’s been enough to move the chains as Wood has sprinkled in a few nice passes. Kahuku not having Maiava available has been huge in this one.
HALFTIME BOX at Sam Boyd Stadium
Bingham (3-0) 7 3 Kahuku (4-0) 0 0
BING—Ryan Wood 3 run (Brandon Lopez kick) BING—FG Lopez 32
RUSHING—Bingham: Braedon Wissler 11-30, Amoni Kaili 6-29, Wood 10-22. Kahuku: Enoch Nawahine 7-23, Thorton Alapa 1-6.
PASSING—Bingham: Wood 5-11-0-88. Kahuku: Alapa 1-6-0-5.
RECEIVING—Bingham: Brayden Cosper 3-52, KC Lewis 2-36. Kahuku: Peter John Mataira 1-5.
Wissler slammed for no gain on third down and Bingham will have to punt as Kahuku calls timeout to get the ball back. Wissler came in averaging 10.0 yards a carry in Bingham’s first three wins and has been held in check. 11 carries for 30 yards.
Kahuku starts from its 17 with 3 minutes left in the half. Alapa completes his first pass, a short 5-yard gain to Peter John Mataira. Nawahine gets 5 yards and a first down but clock is ticking. Two incomplete passes and Kahuku has to punt with less than a minute to go.
Bingham: 35 plays, 170 total yards. Kahuku: 8 plays, 24 total yards.
Third-and-3 and Wissler is able to bounce it outside for 9 yards. His longest run of the game. Third-and-7 and Wood hits Brayden Cosper for 16 yards. More poor tackling by Kahuku and then a jump ball to Cosper is complete for 26 yards. Miners timeout with 6:59 left in the half. First-and-10 at the Kahuku 17. Big tackle for loss by Ah You to set up third-and-7. Play-action pass to Lewis is complete for 13 yards to the 1. Another wide open receiver. Wood tries to sneak it in and gets blasted by Ah You for no gain. Timeout Kahuku. Kaili stopped for no gain and it’s third-and-goal at the 1. Wood stuffed again on the QB sneak and it’s FOURTH AND GOAL. Toss to Wissler gets it in but holding on the Miners. Lopez with a 32-yard field goal. 10-0
Incomplete pass and Kahuku will punt. Sekope Latu with a 46-yard punt. Miners will start next drive from their 11.
Kahuku will start at its 17-yard line. Nawahine with good runs of 6 and 9 yards to start the drive and get a first down. Alapa takes a shot deep and a holding penalty on Bingham is called. Quarter ends with Kahuku facing a third-and-9 from its 43.
Miners start on their 44. Bingham takes a shot deep on the first play and it will be a defensive pass interference call on Kaniho. Twice poor tackling by Kahuku allows Bingham to pick up a bunch of extra yards on running plays. A holding call backs things up and Bingham calls timeout facing third-and-5 at the Kahuku 10. Wood scrambles out of the pocket and steps out right at the 5 for a first down. Wood on the QB keeper for a 3-yard TD run. 7-0 Bingham.
OH MY GOODNESS. JL Lavea with an absolute katoosh of the punt returner. Holy smokes. Legal hit. Lavea came in full speed and CRUSHED the returner.
Kahuku will start at its own 13. Thorton Alapa at QB for Kahuku. They come out passing and the throw out wide is a little high. Enoch Nawahine starts at RB and runs for 2 yards. Alapa scrambles for 6 yards on third down but is short. Kahuku three-and-out.
Kahuku will kick off. Miners start on their 29. Miners run it four straight times. Miki Ah You with a huge hit on the RB for a tackle for loss and then Nalu Emerson drops a pick-six. Third down and Kahuku sacks Bingham QB Ryan Wood. Bingham recovers the fumble and will punt. BAD SNAP on the punt but Wood is able to hit KC Lewis and a busted punt turns into a 23-yard reception and first down for Bingham. Tough break for Kahuku, but a run for no yards and two incompletions and Bingham will have to punt.
Both teams have hit the field for warmups. Kickoff set for 5 p.m.