Naeole-Starkey guides Farmers past Spartans
Molokai High School overcame an early deficit and then held off Seabury Hall’s fourth-quarter rally for 35-26 win Saturday in Hoolehua in each teams’ opening game of the Maui Interscholastic League eight-player football season.
Shraedon Naeole-Starkey threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score for Molokai, which entered the second quarter trailing 6-0 before putting up 35 unanswered points en route to a 12th straight win.
Naeole-Starkey completed touchdown passes of 5 and 68 yards to Kaimana Nakayama in the second quarter, and ran for a 6-yard score.
Braiden Asuncion had a 22-yard touchdown run for the Farmers in the third quarter, and Naeole-Starkey threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jayse Lalim-Rillion in the fourth. The Spartans closed the gap when Tai Ornellas returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score, and Jack Almeida then ran for a 2-yard touchdown and threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Kai Preseault, but the Farmers held on in the matchup of the only teams ever to have claimed MIL titles — Molokai has won the last two, after Seabury claimed the first three.
Alemedia’s 78-yard touchdown pass to Preseault in the first quarter opened the scoring.
Seabury Hall 6 0 0 20 — 26
Molokai 0 21 7 7 — 35
SH–Kai Preseault 78 pass from Jake Alemedia (kick failed).
M–Kaimana Nakayama 5 pass from Shraedon Naeole-Starkey (kick good).
M–Naeole-Starkey 6 run (kick good).
M–Nakayama 68 pass from Naeole-Starkey (kick good).
M–Braiden Asuncion 22 run.
M–Jayse Lalim-Rillion 11 pass from Naeole-Starkey (kick good)
SH–Tai Ornellas 70 kickoff return (kick failed).
SH–Almeida 2 run (kick failed).
SH–Preseault 19 pass from Almeida (2-point conversion good).
W L Pct PF PA
Lanai 1 0 1.000 54 2
Molokai 1 0 1.000 35 26
Hana 0 1 .000 2 54
Seabury Hall 0 1 .000 26 35
Lanai 90, Ka’u 58 (nonleague)
Molokai 35, Seabury Hall 26
Saturday, Sept. 16
Lanai at Molokai, 11 a.m.
Seabury Hall at Hana, 5 p.m.