LIHU’E — Hanapepe Colts’ quarter-back Jenzen Cacal was frustrated.
The Colts’ Midget team had come back from a 20-0 halftime deficit against the Koloa Raiders, and with over two minutes remaining, was driving hard.
James Delos Reyes announced the Colts in the third quarter as he punched in a 5-yard TD with Allen Pancho doing the point-after honors.
That put Hanapepe on the board after the Koloa Raiders tallied two first-quarter scores by Kylee Rapacon to assert themselves in the Midget division.
Rapacon closed the quarter with a 76-yard breakaway for score before following that up with a 5-yard charge with just six ticks left in the frame.
Trent Allianic kicked the point-after following Rapacon’s first TD for a 14-0 lead.
With just 30 seconds left in the second half, Loren Duarte capped a Raider drive on a 5-yard scoring charge with the point-after effort falling short for the 20-0 halftime read.
Hanapepe unleashed its arsenal of weapons, and Cole Parongao netted the second TD in the third quarter with just 45 seconds showing on the clock, Pancho’s foot gracing the TD for the 16-20 showing.
But the Raiders’ defense stiffened at midfield, and despite two time-out calls, the Colts’ drive stalled just short of a life-giving first down in the waning minutes of the game.
Cacal tossed his helmet in frustration, his face wrinkled in the so-close, so-far effort. A third down pass play to Robert Head was defended on by the Koloa Raiders forcing a fourth down, and again, the Raiders’ defense held as Cacal was cut down shy of a first down. That loss, coupled with a 32-0 Lihu’e Patriots win over the Kapa’a Eagles, leaves two teams vying for the lead in the Midget division play, the Colts being pushed into a tie with Kekaha for the second berth.
In the Lihu’e Midget win, Paleku Yasay chalked up four touchdowns of 12, 5, 32 and 46 yards on a kickoff return to lead the effort with Kaulana Waalani-Arroyo intercepting a Kapa’a pass for a 20-yard scoring return in the final quarter.
Micah Aquias’ kick for the PAT following the interception rounded out the 32-0 win.
Lihu’e will face Hanapepe this Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium starting at 2:15, and Koloa will be up against Northshore starting at 6:15 p.m.
“This is still a very big game for us,” said one of the Lihu’e Patriots coaches following their Saturday night win.
Mikeo Rita notched three touch-downs to couple with a fumble recovery for score by Jae Delos Reyes to keep the Hanapepe Colts JPW undefeated with a 5-0 record.
Rita scored on runs of 19, 53, and 21 yards in each of the first three quarters while Delos Reyes returned the errant pigskin 55 yards in the Colts’ 24-0 win over Koloa, Saturday.
Alika Emayo scored two touchdowns and Acetyn Emayo added one as Kekaha took an 18-7 win over the Northshore Ali’i in the JPW contest.
Following a 44-yard scoring run by Alika, and a 3-yard charge by Acetyn, Na Ali’i’s Ranson Camat pulled off a nice kickoff return play for a 73-yard gallop downfield in the first quarter, Camat icing his TD with a point-after run for the 12-7 read.
Alika topped the JPW win on a 15-yard scoring run in the third frame for the 18-7 final.
Lokelo Peleras-Costa prevented a shutout for Northshore on a 46-yard pass interception for touchdown in the final quarter as Kekaha took a 34-6 win to the gates in their Midget encounter.
Kailan Malama notched scores of 52, 3, 44, and 37 yards on both sides of the ball to lead the Chargers. A 22-yard pass interception by Michael Acoba rounded out the scoring as Jared Fernandez iced the score on a point-after boot.
Kapa‘a Eagles’ JPW team got a gimme from the Lihu‘e Patriots whose punt attempt went awry in the second quarter for a safety as Kapa‘a left the field with a 2-0 win.
Full weekend scores, standings, and next weekend’s schedule can be found above in the scoreboard section.