HPA stops Kapa‘a short in preseason

Ka Makani 7, Kapa‘a 0 – Hawai‘i Prep Academy’s Ka Makani stopped the Kapa‘a High School Warriors inside the 10-yard line 13 times within the final nine minutes of the game to win their first preseason game yesterday on the Big Island.

Kapa‘a head football coach Keli‘i Morgado said getting that close so many times and not scoring was frustrating for him and the players. The offense at times misread the plays or dropped the ball.

“There was one time we were first and goal on the 1 and there was a penalty so we were able to get that down back, but there were times we were in the 5-yard line and we just weren’t able to score,” he said. “The pro of that is that the protection was good so we could get a play off.”

Overall, Morgado said the Warriors didn’t perform as well as he hoped, but being that it was a preseason game, it will be used as a learning experience.

Ka Makani got on the board in the second quarter when senior running back Greg Walker made his way into the end zone from 2 yards out with five minutes left in the half.

That’s when Morgado said he thought his players started to cave emotionally and wasn’t sure if they’d be able to rebound.

But they did, and even got close to tying the game when Vaughn Nebre connected with Preston Ikehara-Yasa and the Warriors were stopped at the 1. Ka Makani’s defense held strong to hold the lead and clinch the win.

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