Kahuku ends mainland drought with win in Utah

Kahuku running back Zealand Matagi (26) gained yards with two Timpview defenders struggling to bring him down. Photo by Samantha Madar/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Bishop Gorman. Liberty (Nev.) High. Long Beach Poly. Sierra Vista (Nev.).

And now Timpview (Utah).

Hawaii improved to 8-0 over the last eight days against mainland schools with Kahuku flexing its muscle in a 34-14 win over Timpview (Utah) on Saturday in front of a packed house on the Timpview campus.

Kahuku won a game against a mainland opponent for the first time since a 25-6 win over Narbonne (Calif.) in 2006.

Since then, it’s been four straight losses against out-of-state teams — 27-0 at Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) in 2007; 38-15 to East High in Salt Lake City in 2013; 35-7 to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas in 2016; and 17-0 to Bingham at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas in 2017.

“It feels good to finally win. The last time Kahuku won, some of these boys weren’t even born,” Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho joked to reporter Eric Butler, who covered the game for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Hats off to them, they were resilient to the end. And everybody who came on the trip was able to play as well.”

Kahuku walked off the field before its game against Timpview on Saturday. Photo by Samantha Madar/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Tiger Adolpho threw two touchdown passes and Zealand Matagi, coming off a 261-yard performance against Campbell last week, added a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for a 34-7 lead.

Timpview scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after trailing 28-0.

Matagi finished with 90 yards on 19 carries and Lokana Enos and Lalio Kaluna caught TD passes for Kahuku (4-1).

Kana Fonoimoana-Vaomu blocked a punt recovered by Ace Kaufusi in the end zone late in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead at the break.

Kaufusi then blocked a punt recovered by Fonoimoana-Vaomu for a TD to make it 21-0 in the third quarter.

“Everybody just rallied to the ball,” Kaufusi said. “We’ve got some dogs on our team who are willing to put their bodies in front of anyone and sacrifice for the team."

“We came in with one purpose, to win and create history for our school and represent the 808,” he added. “We did pretty good. We have a lot to work on for our big game next week (against St. Louis), but I’m proud of what we’ve done.”

Additional bleacher seating for 2,000 people was installed at Timpview and the game was moved from Friday to Saturday to help accommodate the fan interest from those previously associated with Kahuku and now living in Utah.

Approximately 6,500 people attended the game.

“We’re very grateful for Timpview. They’ve been a gracious host for us all week. To get our players to play in a different atmosphere, climate, different school – it was an honor,” Carvalho said.

“It was rough in the beginning because of the air, of course,” said Adolpho, who finished 5-for-11 for 97 yards with the two TD throws. “Once we got acclimated, it was great.”

Kahuku returns home to play Saint Louis in seven days at Aloha Stadium.

Kahuku’s defensive line took down a Timpview Thunderbird during the first quarter. Photo by Samantha Madar/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku ends mainland drought with win in Utah

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