Koloa, Lihu’e share PW Midget title

HANAPEPE — The Koloa Raiders struck in their first two possessions Saturday for a 14-0 win over the Hanapepe Colts Midget team to establish a two-way sharing of the championship in that division.

Jane Garma, secretary for the Kaua’i Pop Warner Association, said both teams will share the championship because none of the teams will be traveling, and a playoff will have no bearing.

However, prior to the game, a coin toss determined that Koloa, by virtue of their win, will be playing visiting Kailua (O’ahu) here in one of the up-coming Bowl games.

Hilton Delima-Kamai tapped paydirt on a short charge to cap Koloa’s opening drive with 4:22 left in the first quarter.

Loren Duarte’s point-after kick gave the Raiders their 8-0 lead.

Ikaika Rapacon opened the second quarter on a 5-yard run for the 14-0 math as Trent Allianic’s point-after attempt failed.

Both midget squads featured their defensive and special teams talent as Koloa’s Randy Lau kept the Colts scoreless with several key stops, and the Colts’ Bully Pancho intercepted a Koloa pass in the third quarter to squelch a Raider drive.

Earlier in the day, the Lihu’e Midget Patriots scored four touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 32-14 win over the Kapa’a Eagles.

Rysan Sakamoto lit the fuse on the first quarter explosion with an 80-yard kickoff return and followed that up with a 22-yard aerial connection to Dayne Murata with less than three minutes peeled off the clock.

Jared Fujioka added a 6-yard scoring run, and a 65-yard punt return by Paleku Yasay accounted for the Lihu’e scoring, Yasay also going 4-for-4 in point-after kicks.

Devin Chong and BJ Aiwohi notched the Eagles touch-downs in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, Chong also successful in two point-after plays.


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