HONOLULU - Aloha Stadium continues to serve as the Baldwin High School football team's house of horrors-and Saint Louis is the landlord.
The Crusaders remained unbeaten against the Bears on Saturday, winning 46-0 in the nightcap of the Crusader Football Invitational.
Baldwin, which fell to 0-6 against Saint Louis, was shut out at Aloha Stadium for the second straight time, following last season's 35-0 blanking at the hands of Punahou in the semifinal round of the Division I state tournament.
Baldwin High School’s Kawena Alo-Kaonohi looks for running room during the first half of the Bears’ 46-0 loss to Saint Louis on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
BRIEN ING / ScoringLive photo
Baldwin senior quarterback Keelan Ewaliko, a two-time Maui Interscholastic League offensive Player of the Year, exited the game in the first quarter following the Bears' third offensive series, after being tackled while recovering a snap that sailed over his head. Following the play, the quarterback was seen on the sideline with his shoulder pads off and trainers examining his midsection.
"I think he just bruised his ribs; I think he'll be OK," Baldwin coach A.J. Roloos said. "He went to the (emergency room) to check it out, but I'm not too sure what the outcome is. It was more precautionary. He wanted to play, but I told him, 'I'd rather have you during the regular season than losing you in this one game that really doesn't mean anything for us.' "
Ewaliko's absence slowed the Bears' offensive attack - they gained positive yardage on just nine of 26 plays from scrimmage in the first half. As a team, Baldwin committed seven fumbles-six of which came on bad snaps from center - and finished with minus-45 yards of total offense and six first downs.
"We played a good team, and we know where we're at now," Roloos said. "We'll go break down the tape, and see where we're at. We've got to work on our snaps from the center to the QB, and out front, work on our blocking. If we take care of that we'll move forward from here."
Baldwin, playing its only preseason game of the year, fumbled twice on its opening drive, and Saint Louis (1-1) began its first possession on the Bears' 19-yard line. The Crusaders wasted little time in posting a 6-0 advantage - Kawai Mook-Garcia found a wide-open Ricky Ahlo-Pinera for a touchdown on the first play.
Following a Baldwin punt, Mook-Garcia connected with Devan Stubblefield on a 29-yard touchdown strike for 12-0 lead with three minutes to play in the opening quarter. The Crusaders kept the momentum going, scoring on their first possession of the second period as Mook-Garcia scampered for a 5-yard touchdown.
Mook-Garcia would add touchdown passes to Jerrick Taboada (18 yards) and Kainoa Abreu (14 yards) for a commanding 33-0 lead at halftime. Adam Noga punched in a six-yard touchdown run to put Saint Louis up 39-0 early in the third quarter, and started the mercy-rule running clock.
"We came in with the thought that we needed to contain him, he's a great athlete," said Saint Louis coach Matt Wright in reference to initially game-planning for Ewaliko. "Our defense did a good job of getting after him. You never want to see anyone get hurt."
Baldwin will begin its bid for an eighth straight MIL title on Sept. 1 against Maui High at War Memorial Stadium.
Ewaliko is 16-0 in MIL play as a starter, but fell to 2-5 against non-league opponents.
Baldwin's Miki Fangatua had five tackles - three for loss, including a sack.
Baldwin ............ 0 ....... 0 ..... 0 ....... 0-0
Saint Louis ..... 12 ..... 21 ..... 6 ..... 7-46
StL-Ricky Ahlo-Pinera 19 pass from Kawai Mook-Garcia (kick failed), 7:49.
StL-Devan Stubblefield 29 pass from Mook-Garcia (kick failed), 3:04.
StL-Mook-Garcia 5 run (Aaron Peltier kick), 10:35.
StL-Jerrick Taboada 18 pass from Mook-Garcia (Peltier kick), 5:35.
StL-Kainoa Abreu 14 pass from Mook-Garcia (Peltier kick), 0:13.
StL-Adam Noga 6 run (kick failed), 9:21.
StL-Jordan Eugenio 98 pass from Ryder Kuhns (Peltier kick), 1:32.
|Total offense||(minus 45)||182|
RUSHING-Baldwin, Thad Shishido 4-8, Dusty Flores 3-5, Ryan Graham 9-(minus 3), Keelan Ewaliko 7-(minus 30), team 4-(minus 82); Saint Louis, Mook-Garcia 5-18, Noga 8-16, Allan Cui 2-0, Kaulana Vinoya 4-(minus 2).
PASSING-Baldwin, Graham 6-16-0-42, Ewaliko 1-2-0-15; Saint Louis, Mook-Garcia 11-15-0-152, Kuhns 1-3-0-98, Robert Fale-afine 0-2-1-0.
RECEIVING-Baldwin, Larry Gines 3-20, Ryan Garces 2-20, Shishido 1-15, Atreil Tanaka 1-2, Drake Carvalho 1-2; Saint Louis: Ahlo-Pinera 3-35, Abreu 3-34, Eugenio 1-98, Stubblefield 1-29, Taboada 1-18, Jeremy Tabuyo 1-12, Wallen Teo 1-12, Noga 1-12.