Lahainaluna beats Mount Douglas in nonleague game
WAILUKU – Following a stellar defensive effort a week ago, Lahainaluna High School had an encore performance that was even more stifling.
The Lunas completed their nonleague schedule with a shutout on Saturday, defeating Mount Douglas of
British Columbia 28-0 at War Memorial Stadium.
“We came out and executed pretty good,” said Lunas co-coach Garret Tihada, whose team recorded its eighth shutout in 12 games. “Our defense was lights out and shut them down.”
Four times the Lunas recorded fourth-down stops, and they forced the Rams to punt as many times. They also recorded three sacks after totaling nine in a 28-13 victory over Kapaa on Aug. 17, and allowed Mount Douglas just 178 yards of total offense.
Lahainaluna’s Christian Whitehead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. Jared Rocha-Islas gained 87 yards on seven carries, and quarterback Makoa Filikitonga added 19 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.
The Lunas finished with three pass attempts – all incomplete – but gained 231 yards on the ground.
Although Tihada was proud of his team’s performance, he said the players “need to be a little more consistent” and “sustain drives.”
“I think if we do that, the outcome would’ve been even better,” he said.
That may have been most evident immediately after the game’s second play from scrimmage, when a recovered fumble gave the Lunas the ball on the Rams’ 25 yard line.
On the possession that followed, Filikitonga was sacked twice for a combined loss of 20 yards, and Lahainaluna gave up the ball on downs.
The Lunas would recover on their next possession, however, going 89 yards on a nine-play drive capped by Filikitonga’s 23-yard touchdown run.
Mount Douglas responded by taking the ball to the Lahainaluna 27, but that drive stopped after the teams changed ends to start the second quarter, when Taylor Kohler-Fonohema intercepted an Ashton MacKinnon pass.
Two possessions later, the Lunas found the end zone again – a 36-yard run by Rocha-Islas set up a 5-yard touchdown by Whitehead.
The duo repeated the feat in the third quarter, with Rocha-Islas running for 32 yards before Whitehead’s 48-yard scoring scamper that had him spinning away from defenders.
After forcing another punt, the Lunas scored their last touchdown on a 9-yard dive by Jeffery Ancog.
Tihada had favorable things to say about the Rams.
“I can’t imagine flying over here from the Mainland and adjusting to the humidity and everything,” he said. “But they’re a good team and they got some good players.”
Mount Douglas coach Mark Townsend, who said his team watched film of Lahainaluna prior to the game, “knew that this was going to be the best” they have ever faced.
“It did show that it was our first game of the season,” he said. “This was a great experience for our kids and we knew coming in that this was going to be our toughest opponent and it was a challenge. “They’re a terrific team and well-coached.”
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Mount Douglas ….. 0 ….. 0 ……. 0 …… 0-0
Lahainaluna ……… 7 ….. 7 ….. 14 ….. 0-28
L-Makoa Filikitonga 23 run (Jared Rocha-Islas kick), 3:31.
L-Christian Whitehead 5 run (Rocha-Islas kick), 1:41.
L-Whitehead 48 run (Rocha-Islas kick), 1:17.
L-Jeffery Ancog 9 run (Rocha-Islas kick), 2:42.