Redskins’ comeback a point short

LIHUE — Makoa Vanaman scored three touchdowns in a 21-20 over the Koloa Redskins on Sunday at Vidinha Stadium.

Hanapepe Colts Junior Peewee kicker Nainoa Ragragola booted a field goal on a third-and-two situation with 13 seconds from the Koloa 8-yard line to give the Hanapepe Colts a 21-6 lead at the break.

Earlier, the Colts got touchdowns from Vanaman — a 2-yard charge in the first quarter, a 6-yard push to open the second quarter and a 46-yard breakout with 7:08 showing in the half.

Kahanu Davis, the Koloa quarterback took the first play from scrimmage on its first possession for a 49-yard touchdown with 3:59 remaining in the first quarter for the 6-6 stalemate after the point-after failed.

Koloa answered the call in the second half with a 14-0, driving the fans on both sides into a cheering frenzy as evening fell.

The Redskins picked up their second TD when Robbie Correa bulled 2 yards into the end zone with 1:18 left in the third quarter.

Koloa’s final attempt came with 5:34 showing when Kahanu Davis hit pay dirt on a 1-yard charge, Sean Mullikin doing the sole point-after boot for the 21-20 final.

“This is so emotional,” said Sheila Kaui-Davis whose grandsons played on both teams. “Degan Davis is the quarterback for the Colts, and Kahanu Davis is the quarterback for Koloa. I got a photo of both of them when Koloa beat Hanapepe earlier in the season. Today, Hanapepe beat Koloa, and they’re co-champions. I’m so excited and proud of both of them — co-champions!”

Earlier in the day, the Kapaa Eagles Junior Midgets waged a strong comeback against Hanapepe Colts JPW coached Kyle Linoz.

“The Kapaa JM and Koloa JPW programs did an excellent job this year, and their respective communities should be proud of their coaches, players, and cheers for their outstanding efforts,” Linoz said.

Arroyo said with the completion of the regular season, KPWFL hosts the Harold Naumu bowl game with four teams from Oahu on Saturday. Sunday is the annual Shriner’s Game with proceeds benefiting the Kauai Shriners and the Shriners Hospital featuring a team from Maui. Games will be played at Vidinha Stadium on both days.

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