HANAPEPE – It was a night any opposing team would dread.
The Waimea Menehunes dominated on both sides of the ball, and the KIF’s most prolific running back, Jordon Dizon, showcased another unprecedented rushing performance.
Dizon ran for 368 yards and 5 touchdowns in the Menehunes 55-7 drubbing of the Kapa’a Warriors Friday night at Hanapepe Stadium.
The 5 TDs tied a KIF record and his rushing total may also have set a league record as Dizon further proved he is one of the finest rushers the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation has ever seen. Dizon rushed for over 200 yards and 2 TDs in the first quarter alone, providing the bulk of Waimea’s 561 yards of total offense.
The Menehunes also showcased a pass-unfriendly defense, causing five Warrior interceptions. Gary Mata netted two interceptions, one which he ran back for a 27-yard TD return.
The Warriors, in changing its offensive scheme to a predominantly pass oriented offense, finished with 295 yards of total offense. Dustin Mundon passed for 226 yards and one TD but also threw five interceptions.
Waimea opened the first quarter with a 9 play, 58 yard drive which ended with a Dizon 32-yard TD dash.
Kapa’a responded on its next possession. A 44-yard pass from Mundon to Frank Rivera, Jr. preceded a 30-yard TD reception by wideout Jonny Po Hooikaika, and the Warriors tied the Menehunes 7-7.
It didn’t last. Dizon returned on Waimea’s next possession with a weaving 64-yard TD run to put the Menehunes up 14-7. And just two minutes later, following a Dane Koga interception, Dizon brought Waimea within the red-zone on a 42-yard carry and finished the drive with a 2-yard TD run.
The Warrior turnover trouble continued in the second quarter. Within two minutes, Gary Mata intercepted a Mundon pass and picked up a fumble to set up the Menehunes next score, a 29-yard TD pass from Palacio to reciever Tyson Fernandez.
The Menehunes weren’t through.
On the Warrior’s first drive of the second half, Gary Mata intercepted a Mundon pass and ran it back 26-yards to put Waimea up 34-7.
Dizon wasn’t through, either. Two more sizeable TD runs – of 50 and 65 yards – accounted for his fourth and fifth end-zone appearances of the night.
And prior to the junior’s final TD dash, Palacio connected with Dane Koga on a 57-yard TD pass to round out the Menehune scoring.