Lihue Pop Warner three times a charm in Pearl City

O’ahu – The Lihue Patriots Midgets football team defeated the Pearl City Charges, 22-6, last weekend at Cooke Field on the University of Hawaii campus in Manoa.

The game was one of three played between Lihue Pop Warner and O’ahu teams at Cooke Field. The Lihue Pop Warner Association brought its teams for a weekend of fun and football. They attended the Hawaii High School Championship game on Friday night, and then the UH game on Saturday. They also had a chance to enjoy an afternoon at the water park.

The Patriots’ offense was a load for the Chargers, with big runs by Jonathan Rellin, Stanton Yoshimori, Lucky Andres and a great catch by Jett Jasper.

Lihue’s defense was resilient, as well, giving up just on touchdown.

In the second game, the Lihue Junior Pee Wee Jaguars defeated the Kaneohe Knights, 14-6.

The Jaguars defense allowed just one touchdown in what turned into a close game.

Lihue led 8-6 at the half, but with two minutes left in the game, Chase Yasay extended Lihue’s lead with a 5-yard touchdown run, stemming from fine blocking from his offensive line.

In the last game of the day, the Lihue Dolphins Pee Wee team topped the Pearl City Chargers Pee Wee team 14-6.

In another close game with tough defense on both sides of the ball, the Pearl City Chargers struck first on a punt return. But it turned out to be all the scoring the Chargers of Pearl City would do. The Lihue Dolphins took over and marched on to victory.

More Football Notes – The Lihue JPW Jaguars were the Kaua’i Junior Pee Wee champions for the 2002 season, edging out the Kekaha JPW Panthers.

Lihue and Kekaha were co-champions last season (2001) and this year the Lihue Jaguars took the trip to Regionals Games at Aloha Stadium. The Jaguars played the Aiea Rainbows for the State Championship Division II, and fell, 18-13. The Aiea Rainbows would become the State Junior Pee Wee champions. The Lihue Jaguars have been in the playoffs for the three years that Kaua’i started the Junior Pee Wee Division.

It is a credit to the coaching staff of the Jaguars for their continued success in the program. Head Coach Trent Shimabukuro and his entire staff deserve congratulations for a great job facilitating the program and the kids. Hats off to Association President Todd Young, who has lead the Association for the past four years.

The games played this past weekend on O’ahu were through the efforts of Todd Young.

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