Monday, Sept. 25, 2023 |
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KAPAA — Kapono Na-o of the Kapaa Junior Warriors, Division 2, found the end zone at the end of a 1-yard push to give the hosting Warriors a 12-6 edge over the Kap City Hurricanes, Division 2, at the break Sunday at the Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Memorial Sports Park.
The Hurricanes answered with three touchdowns in the third quarter, and despite the Junior Warriors responding with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, came up short, 26-28 against the visiting Hurricanes from Kapolei, Oahu.
Ezekial Olie capped the opening series with a 30-yard keeper play with 8:13 remaining in the stanza.
Kapaa answered by sputtering in the red zone after Kawai Lingaton drove to the Hurricanes’ 9-yard line. He bounced off a Hurricane defender to find the end zone only to have the score called back on an infraction.
The Hurricanes took over only to lose the ball to Na-o who found the end zone at the end of a charge up the middle for the 6-6 deadlock at the end of the opening quarter.
With 46 seconds remaining in the half, Na-o broke the stalemate with a 1-yard charge into the end zone for the 12-6 go-ahead at the break.
More infractions plagued the Junior Warriors on its third quarter opening series, and on its first punt of the game, the Hurricanes’ Matthew Moon snagged the punt and returned it for a touchdown. Olie ran the ball for the PAT that put the Hurricanes up, 14-12.
The loss gives the Junior Warriors a loss for the weekend.
Kap City D2 earlier defeated the Lihue Division 2 team, 28-12, Friday for its second win on the Kauai trip.
Olie was the D2 Hurricanes’ pivot, getting a keeper TD, passing to Enari “EJ” Tapeni for a 25-yard touchdown with 11 ticks remaining in the third quarter, Sunday, and tapping the end zone for a pair of 2-point Point After Touchdowns.
The Hurricanes’ D2 victory sent the Kap City visitors home victorious after the Division 1 Hurricanes pounced on the Kapaa Green, Division 1, 22-3 in the Sunday afternoon outing.
Kapaa Green, D1 finished the weekend with a split after defeating Pearl City, 22-0, Friday night in Kapaa and suffering a 3-22 loss, Sunday to the D1 Hurricanes.
In the third Friday night matchup, Kapaa’s D1 team shut down Lihue D1, 36-0.
The Kapaa Junior Warriors next host Aiea, Friday night in Kapaa with a 6 p.m. kickoff. Saturday games start at 3 p.m. with the two Lihue flag football teams meeting each other. At 4 p.m., the Kapaa Junior Warriors kick off against the Lihue D2 team. Aiea will take on the Lihue D1 team starting at 6 p.m.
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