Owen hits 49-yard field goal for the tie

Kapa‘a 10, Waimea 10 – HANAPEPE — Cody Owen hit a 49-yard field goal with 1:44 left of the game to break the Menehune out of their second-half scoring slump and tie the game at 10-10, at last night’s homecoming at Hanapepe Stadium.

Kapa‘a led for the majority of the game, holding Waimea to 10-7 at the half.

The Warriors (1-5-1 overall, 0-4-1 Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation) started out strongly with what would have been a 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Caleb Sarsona. But Waimea got a hand on him and the officials caught his leg stepping out of bounds at the 22 before reaching the goal line and the ball was brought back. Two plays later, officials waived another Kapa‘a would-be touchdown pass caught by Joseph Velasco because of an illegal shift by the Warriors.

That pushed them back 5 yards and on the ensuing play, Waimea’s Saui Matagiese came out with the pressure on Brehdan Kamibayashi, forcing him to throw downfield and was nearly intercepted by Max Agor. Waimea would go on to hold Kapa‘a down to a field goal.

On their first possession of the game, Waimea had three back-to-back penalties and was unable to pick up the first down, forcing Owen to punt. That didn’t matter as Kaulana Waalani-Arroyo picked off Kamibayashi — his first of three on the night — to regain possession. That play led to a would-be 5-yard touchdown by Waalani-Arroyo. Waimea was called for blocking from the back and that was the end of the first.

But starting the second quarter on the Kapa‘a 3 yard line, Paul Correa rushes for the touchdown to gain the lead.

Kapa‘a’s Tim Teves would score a 1-yard touchdown just before the half.

It was an error-filled first half, with the three interceptions and four fumbles. Both teams would go into a slump until the final two minutes of the game.

Last night’s game got a late start due the long junior varsity game which finished with Waimea defeating Kapa‘a 79-8. Immediately following was the homecoming class marches.

Waimea (4-2-1, 2-2-1 KIF) next travel to Vidinha Stadium for Kaua‘i’s homecoming.

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