HANAPEPE — The Waimea offense has relied on the run for most of the 2003 season.
On Friday night at the Hanapepe Field, the Menehunes came out throwing throughout the game and the results were quite effective.
Waimea’s John Palacio found a streaking Justin Estes for a 57-yard scoring pass on the team’s first offensive possession of the game en route to a 31-8 KIF win over Kapa‘a on Homecoming for the Menenhunes.
The Waimea passer added two scoring passes to Jordan Dizon in the second half of the victory.
Palacio threw for 111 yards on five completions in the first half and Estes hauled in three passes for 104 yards in the first 24 minutes of play to help the Menehunes (3-2 in the KIF) take a 7-0 halftime lead.
On the opening kickoff of the third quarter, Waimea’s Rhyan Parbo received the ball at his own 7-yard line and then blazed 93 yards for a touchdown to give the Menehunes a 14-0 edge.
Jordan Dizon hauled in a 25-yard scoring pass from Palacio at the end of the third quarter to push the lead out to 24 points.
Kalima Leong fired a 62-yard touchdown strike to Brian Merkel to put the Warriors (0-6 in the KIF) on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. Dizon added a 53-yard touchdown catch in the fourth period.
Waimea finished with 276 yards while the Warriors had 148 yards of offense.
The Menehunes face Kaua‘i on Friday night in the Red Raiders’ Homecoming celebration at Vidinha Stadium.