Taran Tani threw for two touchdowns and added a scoring run for insurance as the Midget Lihu‘e Patriots blanked Hanapepe 40-8 Saturday.
Mycah Aquias had two scoring runs and four PAT boots in the win.
With the victory, the Midget Patriots share an unblemished record along with Koloa JPW in the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Association’s tackle football season following seven weeks of play. Koloa drew the bye this weekend.
The Midgets and Koloa are both 5-0 and have 10 points to lead the standings of their respective divisions.
Tani fired his first aerial midway through the opening period, a 34-yarder to Darren Acoba. He added a second toss early in the second period, a 4-yarder to Travis Koga.
Aquias graced both scores with successful PAT kicks for the 16-0 lead.
Javin Balisacan put Hanapepe on the board with 3:44 left in the half on a 12-yard scoring run with Torrey Santiago doing the PAT kicking honors for the 16-8 halftime score.
Aquias and Tani went back to work in the second half with Aquias charging a yard for his score and doing the PAT honors in the third frame.
He repeated the feat with 8:16 showing in the game, this time bulling 5 yards for the score and successful PAT.
Tani put the icing on the Lihu‘e win on a 14-yard scoring run with 1:34 left with Shea Shimabukuro adding the PAT kick for the final math.
Kekaha 16, Kapa‘a 14
Alika Emayo made the big difference for Kekaha in their 16-14 win over the Kapa‘a Eagles PeeWee contest.
Emayo was 2-2 in point-after kicks for the difference.
With 1:36 showing on the clock, Emayo pulled in a
24-yard pass for the final math.
Earlier, Waika Alapai exploded for a 59-yard scoring run and added a 13-yard romp for Kapa’a. Bronson Aiwohi added the PAT kick following Alapai’s second TD.
The Kekaha win puts them in a 3-way tie for third place in the standings race with 4 points along with Koloa and Lihu‘e. Kapa‘a Eagles PW (3-2) slipped to second place with 6 points below Hanapepe.
Hanapepe 12, Lihu‘e 0
Mikeo Rita lit the fuse on a pair of fourth quarter scores to lead the Hanapepe PW (4-2) to a 12-0 win over the Lihu‘e Patriots PW (2-3) and first place in the standings.
With 5:39 showing on the clock, Rita broke open on a 71-yard scoring run and iced the win on a 67-yard gallop in the final minute of play. Both PAT attempts failed for the final score.
The Lihu‘e Patriots (2-3) share a three-way tie for third with Kekaha and Koloa.
Hanapepe JPW 12, Lihu‘e JPW 6
Kenneth Tacazon broke open for a 42-yard score with 7:15 showing to give Hanapepe its 12-6 margin over Lihu‘e.
Beau Kohatsu put the Patriots on the boards first on a 34-yard scoring strike with 4:28 remaining in the half for a 6-0 halftime lead.
Mikey Rita, whose brother Mikeo starred in the Hanapepe PeeWee victory, pulled the Colts into the fray with a 6-yard scoring run midway through the third frame.
Kapa‘a JPW 12,
Kekaha JPW 7
Edsel Lactaotao’s utilitarian ways fired the JPW Kapa‘a Eagles to a 12-7 final over Kekaha.
Lactaotao broke a defensive slugfest with 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter with an 84-yard touchdown and followed that with a 56-yard punt return in the third quarter.
Tyran Remata kept Kekaha from a shutout, scoring on a 22-yard run with 5:34 left in the game. Remata iced the score with a pass to Kaiea Daligdig.
Kapa‘a 8, Kekaha 6
Zaimana Fernandez made the difference for the Midget Kapa’a Eagles in their 8-6 win over Kekaha.
Fernandez did the point-after boot following the Eagles’ late touchdown reaped by Kaulana Kaui’s 6-yard run.
Brycen Kato put Kekaha on the board on a 20-yard scoring run in the opening quarter.
Saturday’s games remain at Hanapepe Stadium, where Kapa‘a will take on Hanapepe at 8 a.m. Koloa and Kekaha will tangle in the afternoon series at 2:30 p.m.