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Lunas open with 14-0 loss

August 14, 2011 - Robert Collias
The Lahainaluna football team was missing a quarter of the 44 players on its roster on Saturday due to academic difficulties, so a 14-0 loss to Pac-Five does not indicate how good the Lunas can be. Several underclassmen played prominent roles and a lot of them may be headed to more playing time on the junior varsity when the MIL season rolls around.

With that in mind, here is the start of my story from Saturday's heatfest in Lahaina, the opener of prep football on Maui this season on a day the Imu really earned its name on a completely sun-baked afternoon:

LAHAINA - One side of the ball looks solid for the Lahainaluna High School football team. The other is clearly a work in progress.

The Lunas opened the prep football season on Maui with a 14-0 loss to Pac-Five on Saturday at the 'Imu.'

The Lahainaluna defense limited the pass-happy Wolfpack and quarterback Jack Foster into a 7-for-23 performance, and the rushing game to 36 yards.

Foster was sacked four times, and Pac-Five lost 49 yards on two errant punt snaps.

The Wolfpack finished with 154 total yards and nine first downs.

On offense, it was a different story for the startlingly young Lunas, who had three freshmen start and play both ways. Lahainaluna was missing 11 older players due to academic difficulties, and its roster for Saturday had just 44 names - only 14 of them seniors.

"The defense played well today, we had a lot of freshmen out there playing for us," said Lahainaluna co-head coach Garret Tihada. "I give them credit, it must have been a big shock for them. A few freshmen actually went both ways, so I am proud of them."

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