HANAPEPE — Mickey Mouse will be waiting for the Lihu’e Patriots pee-wee squad, which bounced ‘Aiea 20-0 to win the division II regional championship yesterday at Hanapepe Stadium.
Lihu’e utilized a strong defensive effort, along with a tough running attack, to blank the O’ahu champs.
Taren Tani added to the 6-0 score with a 10-yard touchdown run for the 12-0 lead with just under five minutes to go in the third quarter. Calen Kimura’s 2-point kick made the score 14-0.
‘Aiea’s defense played strong throughout the contest, but Lihu’e overpowered the Eagles in the second half.
In the fourth quarter with 27 seconds on the clock, Travis Koga scampered five yards for the touch-down, which made the final tally 20-0 in favor of the Kaua’i pee-wee champions.
“This is what football is all about,” a parent of the Lihu’e squad said.
Lihu’e’s defense was led by Kekoa Augustin, John Das, and Darren Acoba. Meanwhile, the Eagles were led by Joshua Rodrigues and Jordan Coloma.
The Patriots earned a trip to Orlando, Florida for the national championships on December 4.
The Hanapepe Colts are the Kaua’i champions in the junior pee wee division. In the meantime, Koloa and Lihu’e are the co-champions in the midgets division.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com