MIL Football: Akaka Brothers Lead Bears Over Warriors, 35-14September 6, 2015, 11:23 AM HST · Updated September 6, 1:09 PM 0 Comments
By Rodney S. Yap
Baldwin High School quarterback Chayce Akaka dialed in his brother Taje Akaka three times Saturday against Kamehameha Maui en route to a 35-14 victory before an estimated crowd of 1,900 at War Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore Chayce Akaka threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns, including three to senior Taje Akaka for 60 yards as the Bears improved to 2-0 in the Maui Interscholastic League.
The win sets up Friday’s battle between Baldwin and unbeaten Maui High (2-0) for the MIL’s Division I first-round championship. The game will be played at War Memorial Stadium, starting at 7 p.m., and will be heard live on ESPN AM 900.
The Akaka brothers combined on scoring pass-catches of 19, 12 and 15 yards. The first two came in the first half and were sandwiched around a pair of Kelii Kaiama field goals of 33 and 28 yards, respectively.
Baldwin rolled up 449 total yards of offense, despite being whistled for 17 penalties for 146 yards.
Kamehameha Maui fell to 2-1 on the season. The Warriors have already clinched the MIL Division II first-round championship.
Trailing 21-0, Kamehameha Maui got on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter when Warrior quarterback Kainoa Sanchez connected with Maikaike English on a 15-yard touchdown pass. The score capped a seven-play 47-yard scoring drive for the Warriors.
The Warriors were held to 19 yards in the first half and 215 yards total.
Saturday’s Scoring Summary
KS Maui 0 0 7 7-14
Baldwin 12 6 10 7-35
BH—FG Kelii Kaiama 33, 7:42.
BH—Safety, Baldwin illegal touch on punt in end zone, 2:16.
BH—Taje Akaka 19 pass from Chayce Akaka (Kaiama kick), 0:29.
BH—Taje Akaka 12 pass from Chayce Akaka (run failed), 6:20.
BH—FG Kaiama 28, 9:12.
KM—Maikaike English 15 pass from Kainoa Sanchez (Kealaula Keliikoa kick), 7:01.
BH—Taje Akaka 15 pass from Chayce Akaka (Kaiama kick), 4:25.
BH—Chazzaniel Sau 27 pass from Chayce Akaka (Kaiama kick), 11:00.
KM—Keliikoa 71 pass from Kulana Wilhelm (Keliikoa kick), 1:06.
Friday, Sept. 11
Maui High vs. Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12
King Kekaulike at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.