HPA rolls in the prelude: Ka Makani defeated Pahoa 69-0
WAIMEA – We have been warned.
Ahead of the 2021 season, Hawaii Prep head coach Kaluka Maiava said fans should expect an exciting, explosive season from Ka Makani.
After the 69-0 win over Pahoa on Saturday afternoon, Hawaii Prep agrees with their head coach.
On his first start below center, Tre Walker scored four touchdowns: three in the air and one on the ground. The senior signal caller looked good from start to finish, opening the scoring in the first quarter with a 42-yard punch at Alakai Aipia and ending the day with a 10-yard scamper in the end zone.
“He cut it up, man,” Maiava said of Walker. âHe’s really running the show. He’s in control, he’s a true leader, the boys feed on his energy and he just gets warm. “
Braeden Samura and Ekolu Kainoa were on the receiving end of Walker’s last two touchdown passes. Jakob Honda added three more touchdowns on the ground, all before half-time. However, it was Kamuela Gaughen who got the longest score of the day, overwhelming and beating the Daggers’ defense by 78 yards to the end zone in the third quarter.
Add a pair of Pick-6s – one from Jordan Hanano in the second quarter and another from Luke Hendricks in the third – and the blowout was complete. Pahoa struggled to move the ball against a swarming HPA defense, registering only one first down in the entire game.
“It’s pretty impressive for us,” said Maiava. âHats off to our boys, who study the playbook diligently, practice hard and practice the game speed every day. They have prepared well for it and they deserve it. “
Maiava sees an area for improvement: special teams. While Mason Hunt was drilling his first nine extra point attempts, the last of the day was blocked. A couple of kickoffs jumped out of bounds for penalties, and coverage failures resulted in kickers making tackles far too often.
“I’m a big special team guy – that was my bread and butter in my playing time – special teams have to be cleaned up,” said Maiava. “I don’t want my kickers to do tackles.”
Pahoa (0-1 BIIF) is hoping to get back on their feet next week when they travel to Kohala on Saturday.
The 1-0 Ka Makani will take to the streets next week. They’ll face Honokaa on Friday night and hope to light up the scoreboard for a second straight week.
âI’m excited to see what the next week will bring,â said Maiava. “We look forward to the lights on Friday evening.”
KEALAKEHE 20, KAMEHAMEHA 0 (non-league)
The Waveriders may have incorporated elements of the Air Raid offensive into their scheme, but when the going got tough on Friday night, it was Kealakehe’s ground play that beat them.
TJ Arakawa took over as a feature return for the Waveriders, scoring two of Kealakehe’s three touchdowns. The senior running back averaged more than 11 yards per carry and dragged the rock 12 times for 136 yards. Arakawa’s touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters gave his team much-needed respite in what turned out to be a largely defensive fight.
In head coach Kealoha Wengler’s first game, Kamehameha unveiled a strong Wing-T-style offensive. Although the Warriors couldn’t find the end zone, the plan managed to confuse the Kealakehe defenses in several places throughout the night.
“We shot in the dark,” said Kealakehe head coach Wyatt Nahale of his team’s defensive strategy. âTheir style of attack is something that not everyone in the league does.
âThe challenge was to put something else togetherâ¦ We responded really well. I thought defensively, they have teamed up. In the end, I’m always happy to see that we were able to hold our opponent down. “
Jacob Mahelona scored the Waveriders’ first score of the season when he caught a touchdown pass from Sheynen Nahale in the first quarter.
Nahale was 19-29 years old that night and shot 193 meters through the air. The senior quarterback’s favorite targets were Mahelona, ââwho caught four passes for 45 yards, including the game’s only touchdown pass, Ayzen Cummings, who caught 64 yards, and Hunter Acia, who caught three passes for 61 yards.
Above all, Kealake’s head coach was happy to finally get reps in the game for his team after almost two years without competition.
âOur biggest advantage is being able to gain more experience as a team,â said Nahale. âThere are so many new pieces we’re trying to put together; The experience is probably the greatest thing we can take with us. “
Kamehameha returns home next week; They will be hosting Ka’u in their official BIIF opener.
Kealakehe has a goodbye next week. The Waveriders will next be in action on Friday October 29th when they welcome Waiakea to their BIIF opener.