Akoi kicks Warriors to win

PUKALANI – In a game that started 50 minutes late and finished at 10:35 p.m., the Kamehameha Schools Maui football team climbed to the top of the Maui Interscholastic League Division II standings.

Behind the lead of seniors Chase Newton and Kailoa Akoi, the Warriors beat King Kekaulike 29-0 in the league opener for both teams in front of about 1,000 fans at Kanaiaupuni Stadium on Saturday.

Akoi drilled field goals of 49, 18 and 21 yards, and Newton rumbled 24 yards for the first touchdown and passed 10 yards to Keawe Rindlisbacher for the second – both in the third quarter.

Ian Armitage ran 15 yards for the final touchdown with 8 minutes, 11 seconds to play.

Akoi’s 49-yard field goal is the longest in the MIL since 2010, when Baldwin’s Ceejay Santos hit a league-record 53-yarder, and a 50-yarder.

King Kekaulike quarterback Riley Widell was sacked nine times for a loss of 58 yards and Na Alii committed 17 penalties for 140 yards, handing the Warriors 11 of their 24 first downs.

Kamehameha Maui took the lead on the booming 49-yarder by Akoi with 54 seconds left in the first quarter – the kick cleared the uprights with about five yards to spare.

On the game’s first drive , Na Alii had an apparent 60-yard touchdown pass from Widell to Austin Ferreira wiped out by a block-in-the-back penalty from well behind the play. The drive ended on a 50-yard field goal try by Micah McDonald that was short.

The first half was a battle of attrition that ended with the Warriors on top 6-0 after Akoi’s second field goal, the 18-yarder, with four seconds left before the break.

Akoi missed a 57-yard field try well short midway through the second quarter.

Kamehameha Maui drove to the King Kekaulike 17-yard line and had a first down after Newton drew a Na Alii lineman offside with less than two minutes to play in the second quarter, but the drive ended when Akoi missed a 34-yard field goal try wide right.

After forcing a punt, Kamehameha Maui’s Chase Alexander returned the kick 31 yards to the 9-yard line. Despite two pass-interference penalties in the end zone – no longer an automatic first down after an offseason rule change – Akoi added the 18-yard kick.

In the first two quarters, Kamehameha Maui had 10 first downs, half of which came on penalties by King Kekaulike, which committed 11 for 78 yards.

The Warriors finished the night with 115 yards rushing – Armitage had 70 on 17 carries – and 237 yards of offense. Newton finished 11-for-33 passing for 122 yards with an interception and touchdown.

King Kekaulike had 31 total yards in the first half, 51 through the air, and finished with 78 yards, including 86 passing for Widell.

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King Kekaulike …………. 0 ….. 0 ……. 0 ……. 0-0

Kamehameha Maui ….. 3 ….. 3 ….. 17 ….. 6-29

First Quarter

KSM–Kailua Akoi 49 FG, 0:54.

Second Quarter

KSM-Akoi 18 FG, 0:04.

Third Quarter

KSM-Akoi 21 FG, 7:18.

KSM-Chase Newton 24 run (Akoi kick), 5:22.

KSM-Keawe Rindlisbacher 10 pass from Newton (Akoi kick), 2:07.

Fourth Quarter

KSM-Ian Armitage 15 run (kick blocked), 8:11.

Junior varsity-King Kekaulike 38, Kamehameha Maui 21.

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Friday’s Result


Baldwin ……… 6 ….. 20 ….. 7 ……. 0-33

Maui High ….. 0 ……. 0 ….. 0 ….. 13-13

First Quarter

B-Jeremiah Badillo 17 run (kick failed), 7:14.

Second Quarter

B-Keenan Luis 1 run (pass failed), 8:39.

B-Solomon Kurkowski-Hoopii 33 pass from Badillo (Teva Eldridge pass from Kawela Kaeo-Mata), 5:53.

B-Benjamin Wuthrich 19 pass from Badillo (kick failed), 2:10.

Third Quarter

B-Anthony Kahoohanohano-Davis 9 pass from Badillo (Wuthrich kick), 7:46.

Fourth Quarter

MH-Daniel Kelley 3 run (Jared Kapisi kick), 9:28.

MH-Alexander Vainikolo 5 run (kick failed), 6:35.

Junior varsity-Maui High 3, Baldwin 0.



RUSHING-B, Dusty Flores 16-126, Badillo 4-29, Nohea Keahi 1-20, Atreil Tanaka 1-13, Micah Pagaduan 5-6, Kawena Alo-Kaonohi 1-3, Luis 2-1, Kawelu Kaeo-Mata 1-(minus 5), team 1-(minus 13); MH, Onosai Emelio 6-74, Kelley 12-51, Jeremiah Tasini 8-34, Tyson Takabayashi 11-31, Vainikolo 2-12, Nathan Apolo 2-8, Justin Cravalho 2-2, Arven Lacaden 1-2, Ericson Hirose 1-(minus 1), Austin Hoe 1-(minus 4), team 2-(minus 18).

PASSING-B, Badillo 10-13-0-134, Josiah Maglente-Tonu 0-3-0-0; MH, Hoe 3-7-1-73, Takabayashi 1-7-1-11.

RECEIVING-B, Chris Kazanecki 3-36, Kaeo-Mata 3-20, Kurkowski-Hoopii 1-33, Wuthrich 1-19, Flores 1-17, Kahoohanohano-Davis 1-9; MH, Kapisi 4-84.