WAILUKU - Cayde Omura is playing his senior football season at Seabury Hall with a heavy heart.
Omura, who scored three touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a 47-7 win over St. Anthony at War Memorial Stadium in a Maui Interscholastic League eight-player game on Thursday night, said after the contest that he is dedicating this season to a close family friend, Kealii Dukelow, who died in July at the age of 42.
"I thought of it as soon as he passed away, he is my dad's best friend," Omura said, adding that he called Dukelow an uncle. "He was an awesome guy. We weren't related by blood, but we considered him family."
Seabury Hall’s Cayde Omura runs for a touchdown during the second quarter of the Spartans’ 47-7 victory over the Trojans on Thursday at War Memorial Stadium.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Seabury Hall’s Jaxson Stinger backpedals away from St. Anthony’s Joey Cardoza during the second quarter.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
All 38 players who dressed for the Spartans (2-0) were able to get into the game against the Trojans, who had only 15 players available.
Next week, Molokai comes to town to face a Seabury team that is now 8-0 all-time in league play.
The Farmers finished second in the MIL last season, losing twice to the Spartans.
Seabury Hall 47, St. Anthony 7
Hana at Molokai, 11 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Hana vs. St. Anthony at War Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m.
Seabury Hall vs. Molokai at War Memorial Stadium, 6:30 p.m.
"That's the game, that's the one that counts," Seabury coach Andrew Burger said of Molokai. "It will be physical, a very physical game. Our guys are ready."
The Spartans put Thursday's game away early, scoring on five of six first-half possessions and mixing in Omura's 70-yard punt return for a score.
Omura capped an eight-play, 64-yard drive on the opening possession of the game with a 9-yard touchdown run. Omura carried four times on the drive for 38 yards.
Omura made it 13-0 the next time he touched the ball, on his punt return with 5:21 left in the first quarter.
"I have come close before, but I have never done anything like that," Omura said. "I was super tired."
After a St. Anthony punt hit a blocker and went six yards backwards, the Spartans were back in business at the Trojans' 25-yard line. Seabury scored four plays later on a 2-yard run by Jaxson Stinger, one play after Stinger hit Rip Pahukoa on a 27-yard pass.
Omura's final play was a 23-yard touchdown run with 10:48 left in the second quarter. Omura finished his night with 61 rushing yards on five carries and 87 on two returns.
Carter Christie's 27-yard run and Cody Wendt's 20-yard jaunt gave the Spartans a 40-0 lead at halftime.
St. Anthony got on the scoreboard with a 65-yard drive to open the second half, capped by a 13-yard run by quarterback Colby Tam to temporarily stop the mercy-rule running clock, but Seabury turned it back on with a 52-yard touchdown run by Marcus Thomas on its next drive.
The Spartans rolled up 267 yards on the ground, handing the ball among 11 players. They punted only once, recorded five sacks and limited the Trojans to 141 total yards.
Tam ran 11 times for 55 yards and had 34 yards through the air despite missing much of the second and third quarters with cramps.
Stinger completed three of six passes for 63 yards - all of the incompletions were on drops.
"That's kind of been plaguing us all year," Burger said. "We make the tough catches, but we are dropping the easy ones. We are working on it every day."
St. Anthony had to postpone a game scheduled at Molokai last week, and was playing its season opener.
"First game for us, not playing to speed right now, but the kids showed heart and finished the game well," said Trojans coach Alika Delos Santos.
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SH-Cayde Omura 9 run (Kevin Lewis kick), 9:17.
SH-Omura 70 punt return (run failed), 5:21.
SH-Jaxson Stinger 2 run (run failed), 2:19.
SH-Omura 23 run (Lewis kick), 10:48.
SH-Carter Christie 27 run (Lewis kick), 4:46.
SH-Cody Wendt 20 run (Lewis kick), 1:14.
SA-Colby Tam 13 run (Kei Sakai kick), 6:03.
SH-Marcus Thomas 52 run (Lewis kick), 4:45.