HANAPEPE — The Kapa‘a Junior Varsity football team controlled both the clock and the Waimea JV team for a 48-0 win, Saturday at the Hanapepe Stadium.
Warrior defensive back Chaz Pacleb grabbed three interceptions, including the game closer with 53 ticks showing on the clock.
His two earlier plucks, one in the first quarter and the second in the second quarter set up Kapa‘a touchdowns.
Following a 17-yard Shain Davis touchdown in Kapa‘a’s opening drive, the Kapa‘a defense reared its head when Leevi Bethel, going on to score two touchdowns, pounced on a muffed short kickoff on the Menehune 46-yard line.
With less than half of the first period peeled off the clock, Warrior JV signal caller Fresno Masaniai, going on to score two touchdowns and passing for one, bulled up the middle for three yards and the score at the 5:05 mark.
Jonathan Paleka, finishing five-for-six in point after kicks, graced the TD for the early 14-0 lead.
With less than half of the first quarter remaining, Kapa‘a limited Waimea to just two touches before Pacleb snared a Menehune air ball to set up Kapa‘a’s third touchdown on the Waimea nine-yard stripe.
Bethel pushed up the middle for two yards and the score with 1:55 showing in the period, Paleka doing the PAT boot for the 21-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Bethel reaped his second score in the second quarter to cap a 55-yard drive which was generated after Waimea was forced to punt in the face of the strong Warrior defense and a hail of yellow flags. The Warrior running back skirted blueshirts for 12 yards and the score with 2:25 remaining in the half.
Kapa‘a stuttered at that point, Paleka being forced back on Warrior penalties for a third try at the point-after from 42 yards out, the ball singing after clanging off the crossbar on the attempt.
But Kapa‘a was not done with the scoreboard as Pacleb broke up another Menehune possession with his second interception on the 36-yard line, Masaniai connecting with A.J. Cummings on a 21-yard scoring pass with 1:01 showing in the half and Paleka gracing that score for the 34-0 lead.
Waimea continued to suffer at the hands of the Kapa‘a defense after Kapa‘a’s Daniel Alonzo disrupted the Menehune’s possession in the third quarter with another interception, this time at the Waimea 40-yard line, setting up another Kapa‘a score.
Masaniai kept the ball on a rightside romp of 18 yards at the 5:58 mark with Paleka booting the PAT for the 41-0 lead, triggering the bench into action.
Quarterback Turtle Kuhaulua graced the scorebooks with his offering, a keeper seven-yard score in the fourth quarter, graced by the Paleka PAT for the 48-0 read which had a period put to it when Pacleb took the air out of Waimea’s sails on his third interception with 53 seconds showing on the clock.
Kapa‘a next hosts Kaua‘i, Saturday at the New Kapa‘a Town Park stadium, the first time this season a football game will be played there.
The JV game kicks off at 2 p.m. with the varsity game starting no earlier than 4:30 p.m.