LIHU‘E — Football takes a break this weekend as the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League hosts its 2011 Regional Cheer Competition, Sunday starting at noon at the Kaua‘i High School Gym.
Admission is $7 for general admission, $5 for kupuna and youth between 5 and 7 years old, and youngsters ages 4 and under admitted free.
The event is being hosted by the KPWFL under the direction of KPWFL Cheer Coordinator Tasha Daligcon and the Wescon Cheer Coordinator Yvonne Hosaka.
Heading into the break, the Hanapepe Colts spoiled the Koloa Redskins’ efforts at a weekend sweep and the Lihu‘e Patriots’ Mitey Mites kept the Eagles from a weekend sweep.
Hanapepe opened the weekend with a split, Saturday, Raymond Mendoza scoring three early touchdowns, including a 37-yard pass interception return for an 18-0 Hanapepe halftime lead in the Junior Midget matchup.
Ryan Ruiz completed a 14-yard scoring pass to Justin Fune in the third quarter to give Hanapepe a 24-0 lead before Koloa answered when Shaggy Sanchez lunged three yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Colts answered that touchdown when Levi Otsuka-Lewis returned the kickoff 70 yards for the 30-7 Colts lead.
The scoreboard kept flickering, Koloa lighting up on a one-yard Alika Ventura touchdown, Sanchez getting the point-after followed by Ruiz igniting the Hanapepe score on a 65-yard aerial hit to Otsuka-Lewis for the 36-14 final.
Keith Kanna recovered a fumble and ran it back 32 yards to prevent a Hanapepe shutout with just 2:38 remaining in the game, Degan Davis doing the point-after in the 12-7 Koloa win in the Mitey Mite match at Vidinha Stadium.
Koloa opened the books in the second quarter when Kahanu Davis found Wailani Kawahalau on a 13-yard pass with 3:09 showing in the first half.
The Redskins upped the ante in the third quarter when Kawelo Huddy found the end zone on a one-yard charge.
Noah Bermudez got the Colts on the board in the first quarter on a one-yard score in the Junior Pee Wee matchup, Sunday.
The Colts defense added a safety between the efforts of Noah Ruiz and Naikoa Siamo, the 8-0 lead standing through the half.
Rhino Banasihan found open ground on a 29-yard scoring run in the third and Avery Miguel rounded out the books with a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the 20-0.
Dillon Apilado opened the Kapa‘a Eagles’ scorebooks, Sunday, taking a fumble recovery to the end zone for the early 6-0 lead which stook until the final period when Eagles’ quarterback Kalo‘elani Aguiar came around for a 10-yard run to paydirt, Kade Kupihea doing the point-after honors in the Junior Pee Wee matchup.
Braxton Garma had a fumble recovery, two touchdowns and two point-after plays to lead the Kapa‘a Junior Midgets to its 21-6 win.
The Patriots’ Aaron Renaud found Keala Iwasaki on a 16-yard hit to the left pocket for the 6-0 Lihu‘e lead which vanished in the third quarter when Garma recovered a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown. He followed that score with a successful point-after for the 7-6 go-ahead.
In the fourth period, Garma tapped paydirt for the second time on a five-yard run, gracing that TD with his second PAT.
Mana Kupihea did the insurance score on a three-yard run with Makalapua Vidinha-Rivera doing the point-after for the 21-6 final.
Malu Ralston scored touchdowns of three yards and 62 yards to lead the Lihu‘e Patriots Mitey Mites 20-0 win over Kapa‘a.
Doza Kaleiohi, doing the point-after following Ralston’s first TD in the opening quarter, added a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Keane Tibon doing the point-after following that score.
KPWFL teams return to the gridiron Oct. 29 and 30 at Hanapepe Stadium.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253)