Kamehameha Maui falls to Valley Center

Kamehameha Maui quarterback Kainoa Sanchez releases a third-quarter pass Friday during the Warriors’ 34-0 loss to Valley Center (Calif.) on Friday at Kanaiaupuni Stadium. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

PUKALANI — The Kamehameha Schools Maui football team proved it had an appetite for playing hard even after giving up a touchdown on Friday’s opening possession, but a steady diet of Valley Center running back Mateo Sinohui eventually proved too much to take on.

Sinohui ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns, and the Jaguars from Southern California defeated the Warriors 34-0 in a nonleague game at Kanaiaupuni Stadium.

“There’s a lot for us to take away from this one,” said Kamehameha coach Ulima Afoa, whose team fell to 2-1 — the Warriors beat Maui High last week in their Maui Interscholastic League opener after a nonleague victory over Kalaheo. “The score is not indicative of our effort.”

Sinohui ran on all but one play as the Jaguars reached the end zone on each of their first two possessions of the second half, scoring on carries of 14 and 21 yards to make the score 28-0.

Each of those series followed turnovers. Ethan Wolfe recovered a Kainoa Sanchez fumble after Kamehameha had driven to the 14-yard line to begin the third quarter, and Quest Smith then intercepted a Sanchez pass.

Kamehameha Maui’s Tristan Catan returns a fourth-quarter kickoff Friday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Valley Center (1-0) covered 75 yards in 4 minutes, 2 seconds on the first possession of the game. K.J. Mazzetti completed two passes to Loren Diloreto on the drive, the second for a 23-yard touchdown. Diloreto had caught a 15-yard pass earlier, and the remaining 37 yards were covered on runs by Sinohui, who carried the ball 23 times in the game.

The Jaguars finished with 216 yards on the ground.

“We’re an inside zone team, that’s where we start,” Valley Center coach Rob Gilster said. “That’s the play that we run. If we can run that play effectively, then everything works.”

Mazzetti was 7-for-16 passing for 123 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions.

The Jaguars went in front 14-0 on a 41-yard drive in the second quarter after the Warriors were unable to convert a fourth down. Mazzetti completed two of three passes on the possession, and Sinohui eventually ran 7 yards into the end zone.

The Warriors’ Makana Saito-Takabayashi tackles Valley Center’s Loren Diloreto in the third quarter. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Ronny McCowan ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown, and finished with 52 yards on 14 carries.

Damon Martin, last year’s MIL rushing leader, ran for 25 yards on 12 carries for Kamehameha. Tristan Catan caught four passes for 68 yards.

“We feel good after we win until 12 o’clock, and we have until 12 o’clock today to feel bad,” Afoa said. “We’ve had two wins, and now we have to come back from a loss.”

* Brad Sherman is at sports@mauinews.com

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The Jaguars’ Mateo Sinohui is tackled by Kamehameha Maui’s Logan Cabanilla-Aricayos (right) and Tiliti Adams in the third. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

KS Maui 0 0 0 0–0

Valley Center 7 7 14 6–34

First Quarter

VC–Loren Diloreto 23 pass from K.J. Mazzetti (Alex Hakes kick), 7:51.

Second Quarter

VC–Mateo Sinohui 7 run (Hakes kick), 5:44.

Third Quarter

VC–Sinouhi 14 run (Hakes kick), 5:35.

VC–Sinouhi 21 run (Hakes kick), 3:17.

Fourth Quarter

VC–Ronny McCowan 4 run (kick failed), 5:32.

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MIL STANDINGS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. PF PA

Baldwin 0 0 .000 0 0

Maui High 0 2 .000 26 53

DIVISION II

W L Pct. PF PA

Lahainaluna 2 0 1.000 77 13

KS Maui 1 0 1.000 21 13

King Kekaulike 0 1 .000 0 45

Friday’s Results

Valley Center (Calif.) 34, Kamehameha Maui 0 (nonleague)

Lahainaluna 32, Maui High 13

Today’s Game

King Kekaulike vs. Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1

Baldwin vs. Lahainaluna at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2

King Kekaulike at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.

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