Kapa‘a High School lost little time getting into the scorebooks as Devin Machado ran the ball to paydirt with less than two minutes peeled off the opening clock enroute to the Warriors coming home with a 19-13 win over the Waialua Bulldogs on O‘ahu.
Russ Mahuiki-Cummings capped the score with a point-after kick with 10:17 showing in the first quarter for the 7-0 lead that stood through the third quarter.
The Bulldogs broke the ice with Kala Labra running the ball to the end zone with 9:12 showing, Travis Siu doing the PAT honors with his kick for the 7-7 stalemate.
Working downfield, the Bulldogs struck with less than a minute peeled off the final stanza as Justin Barit scooted to paydirt with 11:06 showing.
The point-after kick attempt was blocked by the Warrior defense for the 13-7 Bulldog nod which was answered by a pair of Warrior scores for the Kapa‘a win.
Frank Rivera deadlocked the game for the second time with his run to the end zone with 4:05 showing, with the go-ahead kick attempt being blocked by Waialua.
Less than a minute later, Isaac Miyashiro found paydirt to break the stalemate with 3:19 showing. The point-after kick attempt went awry for the 19-13 Kapa‘a score.
Warrior defensive standouts included LB Amini Taofu`ou (INT), DB Kalen Laranio (4th quarter INT), DB Miyashiro (INT), and DL Falcon Valeria (blocked PAT).
Kapa‘a will be hosting the Kamehameha Warriors this coming Saturday at Vidinha with both their Junior Varsity and Varsity boys seeing action.
That game, according to KONG Radio Am570 KIF announcer Joel Pahukula, will be broadcast live as will the Friday night encounter featuring the Kaua‘i High School Red Raiders trying to get into the win column against Punahou.
Waimea beat Hawai‘i Prep 26-21 on Saturday.