St. Anthony High School returned to official football with a 48-14 victory over Hana in the Trojans' eight-player debut Saturday at Hana Ball Park.
The game was the opener in the newly sanctioned Maui Interscholastic League sport for each team - Seabury Hall beat Molokai on Friday at War Memorial Stadium to kick off the inaugural season.
The Dragons were playing their first-ever football game. The Trojans were a part of the 11-player game in the MIL from 1943 to 2008.
St. Anthony High School’s Colby Tam runs for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Trojans’ 48-12 victory over Hana on Saturday at Hana Ball Park.
AUTUMN TAM photo
The Dragons and Trojans line up for a play Saturday.
RICH YOUNG photo
"It is awesome to see St. Anthony back on the football field," said Trojans coach Tylan Rogers. "It is one of those things where people have been talking, 'Hey, we have MIL coming up.' We only had three teams last year (in unofficial play), so this is awesome to have Hana a part of this league. This is huge for St. Anthony because football is a St. Anthony tradition. Now, we are able to start bringing that back."
All 21 Trojans on the roster played in the game.
"A lot of our freshmen, it was their first time ever playing football," Rogers said. "We also had a couple of sophomores, juniors who had never played either, so this was a great way to get everyone on the field. We had a lot of younger guys step up big."
Seabury Hall 23, Molokai 20
St. Anthony 48, Hana 14
St. Anthony vs. Seabury Hall at War Memorial Stadium, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Hana at Molokai, noon
Among those was sophomore Colby Tam, who passed for three touchdowns and ran for one.
"He was really able to scramble," Rogers said.
Keeston Sutherland caught Tam's first two touchdown passes, both in the first quarter. Tam also had his touchdown run in the first, which ended with St. Anthony in front 22-6.
The Trojans' Charlie Donnelly scored on a 79-yard fumble return in the second quarter - Hana Ball Park constrained the field to 80 yards - and caught a touchdown pass from Preston Masanda in the fourth.
Ryan Apel had a touchdown reception and 2-point conversion catch for St. Anthony, as well as an interception and fumble recovery. Masanda threw and ran for touchdowns, and Cory Williams had a sack.
Chasen Kanakaole and Isaiah Pu-Akima each ran for touchdowns for Hana.
"For us, it's all new," said Dragons coach Kenneth McNickle. "Other teams around the league, they've got boys who played for other schools, or flag football and pee wee and Pop Warner and other things. In Hana, we have two guys on our 18 who have played any kind of football. So, we're going in completely fresh, completely new.
"Our guys, I couldn't be prouder of what they did."
St. Anthony ..... 22 ..... 6 ..... 14 ..... 6-48
Hana ................. 6 ..... 0 ....... 0 ..... 8-14
SA-Keeston Sutherland 30 pass from Colby Tam (Ryan Apel pass from Tam), 10:32.
SA-Sutherland pass from Tam (conversion failed), 5:02.
SA-Tam 42 run (Preston Masanda run), 2:17.
Hana-Isaiah Pu-Akima 38 run (conversion failed).
SA- Charlie Donnelly 79 fumble return (conversion failed).
SA-Apel pass from Tam (Kaelen Hoopii run), 10:15.
SA-Preston Masanda 6 run (conversion failed).
Hana-Chasen Kanakaole 40 run (Kauhi Kanakaole run).
SA-Donnelly pass from Masanda, 9:45.