@alakaigilman had a heck of game against Waianae #StraightFromTheBush
Punahou's Alaka'i Gilman celebrated after picking up a fumble and returning it for a touchdown against Waianae. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Gilman scores twice on defense
to lead Punahou
It’s not often a defensive player scores a touchdown.
Or two touchdowns. In a span of 18 seconds. For Alaka‘i Gilman, it was a second quarter to remember. The Punahou safety was in the right place at the right time, returning a fumble 25 yards to paydirt, then turning an interception into a pick-6 form 30 yards out, boosting the lead to 28-0 as No. 2 Punahou overwhelmed Waianae 52-0 on Friday night.
Punahou finished regular-season play 6-2 overall, 5-2 in ILH Open play and will meet Kamehameha on Friday in the league playoffs.
Gilman credited teammate Trent Shiraki for making the hit that forced the fumble on his first TD. But in family lore, Gilman did something even his talented older brother — and former Kahuku All-State standout — Alohi Gilman, now playing for Notre Dame — never did.
“I’ve got to credit my brother, but at the same time, I don’t know if he can say he’s done this,” he said.
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VIDEO: No. 2 Punahou shuts out Waianae
Punahou visited Waianae for the first time since 2006 on Friday night and ran away with a 52-0 victory. Hugh Brady passed for three touchdowns and Alaka‘i Gilman returned a fumble and an interception for two TDs. Video: Paul Honda.