LIHU‘E — The Friday night football lights will go on one last time this Friday when the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League hosts a double-header at Hanapepe Stadium.
The Hanapepe Colts will open the night against the Lihu‘e Patriots in a Mitey Mite division matchup starting at 5 p.m.
Following that game, the Kekaha Titans Mitey Mites will meet the Kapa‘a Eagles in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
During Sunday’s matchup at Vidinha Stadium, both the Lihu‘e and Kapa‘a Mitey Mite teams battled to a 7-7 stalemate under the grueling noonday sun.
Action continues Sunday with four games, two Junior Pee Wee matches and two Junior Midget games starting at 8:30 a.m. at Hanapepe Stadium.
The Hanapepe Colts host the Lihu‘e Patriots in games starting at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The afternoon series will see Kekaha Titans hosting the Kapa‘a Eagles in matches starting at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
The Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League opened its fall season with the annual jamboree, Friday night at Vidinha Stadium.
Shoehorned between the double-header KPWFL honored its scholar athletes from the 2010 season, Chez Pacleb of the Kapa‘a Eagles earning the All American Second Team, Certificate of Excellence, and Leslee Aki, also of the Kapa‘a Eagles being commended for Honorable Mention, Certificate of Achievement.
Tobey Aguano of the Koloa Redskins, Ariel Cummings of the Kapa‘a Eagles, Brylyn Aiwohi of the Kapa‘a Eagles, Genessa Jardin of the Hanapepe Colts and Tori Daligcon-Pomaikai of the Kapa‘a Eagles were named to the All American Honorable Mention cheer team, Certificate of Achievement.
Zach Octavio, the American Medical Response, Kaua‘i director, was also honored for his many years of service to the Pop Warner football program.
Ekolu Rivera came up with the only score of the JPW match between the Kapa‘a Eagles JPW and the Lihu‘e Patriots JPW, the score being a safety in the second quarter.
The Junior Midget match between the Patriots and Eagles went to Kapa‘a, 14-6 when Eagles’ quarterback Braxton Garma put the game out of reach in the fourth period on a one-yard keeper score, the touchdown graced by Cade Halemanu running in the PAT for the 14-6 final.
Earlier in the night, Lihu‘e’s Lanakila Wilson, coming up with a big first half interception, tapped paydirt on a 68-yard romp for the Patriots’ only score.
Kapa‘a answered that TD in the second quarter on a Garma three-yard keeper play for the score, icing his down TD with a PAT pass for the 7-6 bulge which stood until the final period.
Sunday saw the Lihu‘e Patriots’ Doza Kaleiohi find the end zone on a five-yard scamper with less than 10 seconds peeled off the second quarter.
Malu Dalston graced the touchdown which came at the 7:49 mark on a run.
The Kapa‘a Eagles answered that score with 2:41 remaining in the half when Keane Cabebe found Sam Odell in the end zone on a 15-yard scoring pass. The point-after was good enough to lock the scoreboard at 7-7.
Hanapepe Colts JPW’s Ryan Banasihan had a pair of third quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach of the Koloa Redskins in the weekend’s finale at Vidinha Stadium.
Koloa opened the match first when quarterback Namaka Parks broke open with the first of two long TD runs, the opener coming just three plays following the kickoff.
Parks’ PAT pass fell short for the early 6-0 lead which was answered on the ensuing Hanapepe possession when Avery Miguel tapped paydirt on a three-yard charge at the 6:27 mark in the first quarter, Colts QB Layson Montemayor finding Noah Ruiz on a point-after pass for the 7-6 go-ahead.
Miguel pushed the Colt margin in the second quarter on a 23-yard TD run at the 9:48 mark for the 13-6 lead.
But Koloa Redskins answered when Parks broke open for his second long TD, this time scampering 65 yards to the end zone with 6:53 showing in the half.
The point-after failed for the 13-12 Hanapepe edge which was advanced with just 26 seconds showing in the half when Montemayor kept the ball on a one-yard keeper TD.
The PAT failed and the Colts took a 19-12 lead into the half until the third frame when Banasihan peeled off his pair of six-yard scores, the first TD being graced by Tai Ofisa on the point-after and Noah Bermudez gracing the second TD.
The public is invited to the KPWFL games and support for the young football players is through the admission charge and patronizing the food booth.
Season tickets are available for $5 at the gate.
Sherri Agosto is the KPWFL president and Teddy Arroyo is the league commissioner.