Cowboys blank Warriors 38-0 in exhibition

LIHUE – Quarterback Andrew Kamanao, who led a bewildering Kaua’i offense, threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for 2 more Saturday in the Cowboy’s 38-0 win over the Hawaiian Warriors in an exhibition game at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.

The win was another productive outing for the semi-pro Cowboys, who haven’t slowed down since their playoff run in last summer’s Hawaiian Football League season.

Kamanao, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 200 yards, ran for touchdowns of 2 and 40 yards as the Cowboys picked up a total of 304 yards of offense.

The Warriors couldn’t find the open field against a bruising Cowboy defense. Kaua’i forced three turnovers and allowed just 96 yards of offense.

Quarterback Reid Takara, who led the Warriors rushing with 34 yards on 6 carries, completed only 7 of 25 passes for 43 yards.

Although running back Keone Ah Loo had just three carries, he rushed for 58 yards. His 38-yard dash to open the game set up the Cowboys’ first of four end zone appearances in the half – an 8-yard pass from Kamanao to wideout Terry Noice to put Kaua’i up 8-0.

After a turnover on downs, the Cowboy offense went back to work. Following completions to receivers Billy Grace, Noice and James Carvalho, Kamanao ran from 2-yards out for the second Cowboy score.

A 53-yard TD pass from Kamanao to a fleet-footed Noice put Kaua’i up 22-0 at the onset of the second quarter. And the Cowboys capped a 30-point half on their next possession with a 38-yard TD pass to Mark Burger.

The Warriors’ pass defense picked up in the second half, avoiding a Kamanao completion for several series. Instead, they let Kamanoa hurt them with his legs.

Rolling out of the pocket, the nimble quarterback used a tremendous block from Guy Kuhualua to run 40-yards for the Cowboys’ fifth and final touchdown.


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