LIHUE – Running back Luke Tsuchiya rushed for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Waimea Menehunes 23-0 blanking of the Kapa’a Warriors in week 2 of KIF junior varsity football Friday at Vidinha Stadium.
The Menehunes improve to 1 win, 0 losses. 1 tie; Kapa’a falls to 0-1.
Waimea played tough defense at the onset of the game, stuffing Kapa’a twice for negative yards, the second time resulting in a safety to put the Menehunes up 2-0.
On the Menehunes ensuing drive, quarterback Thomas Batis connected with Tight End Justin Estes for 35 yards to set up a 22-yard touchdown dash by Walea Arquette.
In the second quarter, Menehune running back Joseph Mecham brought Waimea’s offense within the red zone with two sparkling runs of 23 and 33 yards. In the red zone, Tsuchiya picked up his first TD with an eight-yard skip past the goal line. Waimea led 16-0 at the half.
The third quarter turned into turnover-city. Four fumbles occurred in under four minutes – one which nullified a swift 78-yard pick-up by Tshuchiya. Kapa’a Guard T.J Relacion landed on a fumble on the following play. Sixteen seconds later, Waimea’s Dustin Rita picked up a Kapa’a fumble. Waimea also landed on a fumble earlier in the quarter, not long after Warrior lineman Kapena Cummings-Gardner picked one up to round out an array of loose balls.
Finally, in the fourth qaurter, Tsuchiya finished off the Warriors with a 31-yard TD run, putting Waimea up 23-0.