Red Raiders down Sabers
WAILUKU — There were some flashes of brilliance for the Maui High School football team in its 2018 debut on Friday night. However, there weren’t enough of them in a 28-14 loss to Kauai at War Memorial Stadium.
In a game that began with a quick first quarter and ended near 10 p.m., the Sabers showed that its defense has some stoutness — the Sabers had two takeaways and forced seven fumbles — and the offense has a passing attack.
Brex Delray threw for two touchdowns and 244 yards, Trent Takara caught six passes for 136 yards and five different receivers had receptions in the first 15 minutes of the game.
The Red Raiders beat Kalaheo 40-6 last week and showed why they are the favorites in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation while Maui High was playing its first game under head coach James Kammerer.
Kauai needed just one offensive play to cash in on a turnover to begin the second half and push its five-point halftime lead to 18-7. Kauai linebacker Austin Olivera made a diving interception of a tipped pass to give the Red Raiders the ball on the Maui High 45-yard line.
Kauai running back Kyle Bisarra, who finished with 172 yards on 24 carries, took a handoff on the next play and streaked up the middle for a 45-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes, 24 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Sabers answered with a 59-yard pass in the flat from Delray to Takara on the next play from scrimmage, down to the Kauai 3-yard line. On the next play, Pono Carvalho stepped in front of a Delray pass and intercepted it to give Kauai the ball on its own 3.
Kauai then went 97 yards in seven plays to push the lead to 25-7 on a 49-yard scoring pass from Tyler Oshima to Kona Asano with 8:00 left in the third quarter.
After an interception grabbed by Maui High’s Kevin Cacho, the Sabers went 78 yards in five plays, closing within 25-14 on a 20-yard scoring pass from Delray to Mitchell Hirose with 3:58 left in the third quarter.
Kaylee Alapai nailed a 38-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter for the final points of the game.
Kauai led 12-7 at halftime after two second-quarter touchdowns drives.
Logan Noice caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Oshima with 4:12 left in the second quarter to bring Kauai within 7-6. That capped a nine-play, 69-yard drive.
The Red Raiders took the lead on a 23-yard scoring pass from Oshima to Carvalho with 36 seconds left in the first half. Kauai took over at its own 48-yard line with 2:21 left in the second quarter after an interception by Whitney Lugo.
Two plays before the go-ahead touchdown, Oshima broke the pocket and scrambled for 22 yards to the Sabers’ 23-yard line.
Maui High broke on top 7-0 on a pretty 30-yard scoring pass from Delray to Christian Lee with 4:14 left in the first quarter. That play capped a four-play, 23-yard drive. Delray was sacked for a loss of 7 yards on the first play of the possession.
The two teams traded three straight turnovers to start the game.
Noice, the Kauai punter, could not handle an errant snap on the first possession and the Sabers took over at the Kauai 15, but six plays later there was a fumble on a handoff and the Red Raiders’ Jesse Cardines recovered on the 9-yard line.
Kauai fumbled three plays later and Maui High’s Viliami Makoni recovered, setting up the Sabers’ first touchdown pass.
* Robert Collias is at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kauai 0 12 13 3–28
Maui High 7 0 7 0–14
MH–Christian Lee 30 pass from Brex Delray (Delray kick), 4:14.
K–Logan Noice 14 pass from Tyler Oshima (kick failed), 4:12.
K–Pono Carvalho 23 pass from Oshima (kick failed), 0:36.
K–Kyle Bisarra 45 run (kick failed), 10:24.
K–Kona Asano 49 pass from Oshima (Kaylee Alapai kick), 8:00.
MH–Mitchell Hirose 20 pass from Delray (Delray kick), 3:58.
K–FG Alapai 38, 11:54.
Junior varsity–Maui High 14, Kauai 12.
Kauai 28, Maui High 14
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