HANAPEPE — Rhandy Compoc-Dela Cruz coughed up a four-yard score with less than three minutes showing on the game clock Saturday.
That was the turning point for the Hanapepe Colts Midget squad which took a 6-0 win over the Lihu‘e Patriots Midget team.
Entering the contest at Hanapepe Stadium, both teams were tied for the lead with 5-1 records after each team handed each other losses earlier in the season.
But the Compoc-Dela Cruz TD broke open a 0-0 defensive slugfest to give the Colts Midget team a 6-1 record and 12 points while Lihu‘e drops to a 5-2 showing with 10 points.
Chavis Alapai finished with three touchdowns, including an opening 35-yard interception runback, to lead the Kapa‘a Eagles Midget team to a 33-6 edge over the Kekaha Chargers in an earlier game.
The Alapai interception broke a 0-0 halftime deadlock and was followed by Atta Vinhaca plucking another Kekaha pass for the second score that came less than 20 seconds following Alapai’s interception.
Alapai opened the fourth quarter on a 48-yard TD that was answered by Kekaha’s Acetyn Emayo returning the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for the Chargers’ sole score of the contest.
Alapai answered with a 20-yard score and Dereck Silva iced the win for the Eagles with a 42-yard run with 2:26 showing. Bronson Aiwohi kicked a point-after and Thomas West Jr. ran in a PAT for the final adjustments.
The win improves the Eagles to 2-5 and 4 points while the Chargers drop to 1-6 and 2 points in the division.
La‘akea Iseri-Carvalho threw for two touchdowns to lead the Kapa‘a Eagles JPW to its 32-0 showing over Kekaha.
Iseri-Carvalho opened the books early with a 29-yard hit to Brayden Apilado and John Levinthol’s PAT run-in gave Kapa‘a a 7-0 lead in the first frame.
Shain Davis found Apilado on a 52-yard connection in the second quarter with Levinthol running in the PAT for the 14-0 halftime lead.
Mitchell Peralto Jr. added a 28 yard score in the third and Chaz Pacleb came up with a 51-yard interception runback in the fourth before Iseri-Carvalho closed the books on a 20-yard scoring hit to Wylan Kawelo-Kamoku.
Tyler Smith and Kristopher Alcos each had touchdowns as the Lihu‘e Patriots took a 14-6 win over Koloa in the second JPW contest.
Smith opened with a 2-yard charge and Alcos’ 43-yard scamper gave Lihu‘e a 14-0 halftime lead which was answered late in the third quarter when Kekaha’s Lopaka Ventura found Brayden Abreu for a 57-yard scoring connection at the 1:10 mark.
Kapa‘a Eagles are undefeated in the JPW standings with a 6-0 record and 12 points followed by Lihu‘e finishing the weekend at 4-2-1 and 9 points. Hanapepe follows at 2-4 and 4 points, Koloa drops to 2-5 and 4 points for the tie in third place. Kekaha is 1-4-1 and 3 points.
Koloa quarterback threw for three touchdowns and Kyren Rapacon ran for two to keep the Koloa Rams’ record unblemished with a 32-0 showing over the Lihu‘e Patriots.
Aguano hit Tystin Gummerus for 26 yards and connected with Kelson Andrade for 37 yards in the first half. Andrade pulled in another 21-yard scoring aerial in the third.
Rapacon opened in the first quarter with a 54-yard paydirt run and added Koloa’s final score in the fourth with a 15-yard run to the end zone. He also had a point-after run following Andrade’s 21-yard score in the third.
Aguano iced the win by running in the point-after following Rapacon’s score at the 8:41 mark in the contest.
Rashaan Kuhaulua threw for a touchdown and ran one in to lead the Kapa‘a Eagles PW to a 27-2 win over the Hanapepe Colts.
With just two ticks remaining in the half, Kuhaulua bulled for a yard to open the books with Edsel Lactaotao doing the PAT boot for the 8-0 halftime lead.
Hanapepe answered in the third quarter with a safety, but with 14 seconds showing in the period, Lactaotao took to the air and hit Daniel Alonzo on a 14-yard scoring hit for the 14-2 bulge.
Kuhaulua found Leevi Bethel on a 53-yard pass and a fumble recovery by Aaron Cummings in the end zone accounted for the final math.
Koloa remains undefeated in the PeeWee standings with an 8-0 record and 16 points while Lihu‘e drops to 0-8.
Kapa‘a improves to 5-2 and 10 points and Hanapepe is in third place with a 2-5 showing and 4 points.
Games for the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Association enter its ninth week of league play Saturday with games taking place at Hanapepe Stadium.