Bears blank Kekaulike, Lunas beat Sabers
By Fred Guzman
The stage is set for an intriguing MIL football matchup on Friday night between defending D-I champion Baldwin and D-II title hopeful Kamehameha at War Memorial Stadium.
Baldwin’s defense registered seven sacks and the offensive unit ran the ball effectively as the Bears decisively defeated King Kekaulike 25-0 on Saturday.
In a non-conference game, Kamehameha-Maui improved its early-season record to 2-0 under new coach Kevin O’Brien with a 32-0 romp past La Jolla Country Day School.
It was another impressive outing for a Warriors’ defense that limited Maui High to just eight yards in total offense the previous week in a 40-2 win over the Sabers, which will try to rebound against Kekaulike on Saturday.
The Lunas will draw a bye this week before its always anticipated showdown with Baldwin the following week.
Following a slow start on Friday, Lahainaluna got its ground game in gear and eased to a 38-6 win over Maui High.
Jojo Hidalgo scored three touchdowns, including a 91-yard kickoff return, and Jostin Carbajal added a pair of scores for the Lunas, who improved their MIL record to 2-0. The Sabers dropped to 0-2.
The Lunas limited Maui High to a single first down over the first three quarters and a toal of four for the game.
In junior varsity action, Maui High’s junior handed Lahainaluna a rare setback, defeating the Lunas 16-6.
MORE PREP FOOTBALL: Flaying high following its upset of defending state D-I champ Kamehameha last week, No. 2 Farrington was brought down to earth, giving up a late TD after having rallied to a lead of their own in a 29-28 loss to Castle. QB Jaymason Lee sparked Castle’s comeback by completing 28 of 45 for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns – including a 21-yard hookup with Joshua King for the tying score. Adam Aquino converted the winning extra point with 2:51 to play after Farrington missed what turned out to be a costly PAT on its final score earlier in the quarter.
No. 1 Kahuku romped to a 39-0 win over Kaiser as Tyrone Brown and Aofaga Wily combined to rush for 207 yards. … Kailua survived a wild shootout to beat Roosevelt 41-30. … No. 7 Leilehua rallied from a 21-0 deficit to post a 32-20 road win over Campbell as Blaine Furtado ran for 131 and 2 TD for the Mules.
In other prep games: No. 3 Saint Louis rallied from a 17-14 halftime deficit to crush No. 6 and defending state D-I champ Kamehameha 41-17 at Aloha Stadium in the ILH opener for both teams. … Waianae, who was 0-3 after opening with three quality opponents, posted a surprisingly lopsided 42-28 win over No. 4 Mililani. … No. 8 Iolani blanked Damien 23-0. … Kaimuki defeated Waialua 34-9. … Featuring a 19-player roster Anuenue beat McKinley 36-22. … Kapolei beat Aiea 7-0. … HPA defeated Honokaa.