ICYMI: Kahuku gets back on track
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
Kahuku defensive back Kai Noeau celebrated after scooping up a dropped lateral pass and returning it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Red Raiders’ win at Farrington on Friday.
Following its first back-to-back losses in the regular season since 1996, Kahuku held a players-only meeting at the start of the week.
“They know that they needed to right the ship,” Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho said.
An 80-yard touchdown pass from Farrington quarterback Chris Afe to super-sophomore Raymond Millare on the third play from scrimmage at Skippa Diaz Stadium on Friday night suggested that might not be the case for the three-time defending OIA champions.
It turned out to be the only blip on the radar for Big Red, which pitched a shutout the rest of the way and scored 34 unanswered points to clinch a playoff berth in the OIA Open Division with a 34-8 win.
Quarterback Robbie Sauvao tossed two first-quarter touchdown passes and Zealand Matagi rushed for 72 yards and another score to help Kahuku (5-3, 2-2 OIA Open) win for the seventh time in its past eight games against the Governors (2-8, 1-4).
Sauvao averaged nearly 23 yards on his 10 completions, finishing with 229 passing yards.
Happy returns for Gilman
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 pay dirt, then turning an interception into a pick-6 from 30 yards out as No. 2 Punahou overwhelmed Waianae 52-0 on Friday night.
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 — 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.
It was Punahou’s second win ever at Raymond Torii Field. The teams last met in 2008, a 37-21 win for Punahou at Alexander Field. In the previous meeting between the teams at Torii Field, Punahou prevailed 21-12 in ’06. Waianae won the four previous matchups with the Buffanblu.