Waimea Holds On; Kapa’a’s valiant effort stifled

HANAPEPE – In the time it takes for the referee to reach for the yellow hanky

in his back pocket, Kapa’a players and fans swung from ecstasy to empty.

In

that split second, one man in a striped shirt stripped Warriors running back

Dahson Gonzales of a 66-yard touchdown run. It was an effort that would’ve tied

Friday night’s KIF battle between Kapa’a (1-2, KIF) and Waimea (3-0) at seven –

extra point assumed – with four minutes remaining in the game.

But holding

was the call. And in that instant, the KIF season, for all intents and

purposes, ended.

The Menehunes’ Ikaika Cabral drove the ball in for an

insurance TD with under one minute remaining to leave the final score 14-0.

Junior Chesley Barba scored Waimea’s first touchdown, a three-yard sweep,

at the 9:32 mark of the second quarter.

The performances of each team’s

featured running back and defense were the evening’s prevailing themes.

As

usual, Waimea proved nearly impenetrable early, holding Kapa’a to just 12

first-half yards. But Gonzales, behind the stellar play of the Warriors’

offensive line, found a hole or two in the second half. The junior finished

with 56 yards on 16 carries. It was Waimea’s fourth shutout of the

season.

Equally as impressive was the Warriors’ defense. Waimea running

back Jessie Sablan, making his first appearance of the 2000 KIF season, did

rumble 120 yards on 27 carries, but not without a fight. The Menehunes gained

199 yards total on the night.

As crushing as the holding penalty was for

Kapa’a, the Warriors must look elsewhere for their downfall – turnovers. Kapa’a

fumbled six times, losing three, and quarterback Dustin Mundon was intercepted

twice.

Magnifying the pain, two of Kapa’a’s fumbles slipped free inside the

15-yard line. The second led to Barba’s score.

Of course, Waimea was not

without mental mistakes. The Menehunes were penalized 12 times for 80 yards on

the game. But 11 of those flags were thrown in the opening half, allowing

Kapa’a decent field position often.

Cabral rushed 10 times for 28 yards.

Josh May, the Menehunes’ first option with Sablan sidelined, carried once for

two yards.

Waimea QB Nikko Naumu ended 2-of-11 for 43 yards. Mundon was

1-for-8 for 17 yards.

Waimea 14, Kapa’a 00

Waimea 7

0 0 7 14

Kapa’a 0 0 0

0 00

Scoring summary

Waimea – Chesley Barba 3 run; A.

Agan kick

Waimea – Cabral 4 run; A. Agan kick

The Vital

Stats

Team Stats Menehunes Warriors

1st Downs

8 9

Total Yards 199 102

Rushing

43-156 29-85

Passing 2-11-0-43

1-8-2-17

Punting 7-35 6-32

Fumbles-lost 1-0

6-3

Penalties-Yards 12-80 5-40

By DENNIS FUJIMOTO,

Staff

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