Lunas start fast, take down Na Alii
Lahainaluna uses multiple QBs, RBs in 16th straight win
PUKALANI — The Lahainaluna High School football team entered Friday night having won 15 games in a row, the second-longest winning streak in the state behind Saint Louis.
The Lunas easily added No. 16 to that total with a methodical 49-3 win over King Kekaulike at King Kekaulike Stadium on Na Alii’s senior night.
Three Lahainaluna quarterbacks threw touchdown passes, 12 different rushers ran the ball and the Lunas’ defense did not allow a touchdown for the fourth time in five Maui Interscholastic League games.
Na Alii scored on a 34-yard field goal by Hanalei Akina on the final play of the game.
“It’s always great to be able to have everybody get in the game,” Lahainaluna co-head coach Garret Tihada said. “You know, they all practice. They all practice every day and work hard, so everybody deserves that chance to get in.”
Lahainaluna (5-0) added its seventh touchdown when Etuati Storer, the fourth quarterback to see action, hit Kawehi Gillcoat with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 2 minutes, 22 seconds to go in the third quarter.
The Lunas rolled to a 42-0 lead at halftime by showing off their vast array of talent.
Joshua Tihada, the second-leading rusher and leading scorer in the league, did not touch the ball after carrying 25 times last week for 210 yards and four touchdowns. Garret Tihada said after the game that Joshua Tihada was a bit banged up and this game was a chance to rest him.
“He practiced towards the end of the week, so he’ll be back,” Garret Tihada said. “It was just total body aches and pains.”
Sheldon Frias capped a six-play, 62-yard drive on Lahainaluna’s opening possession with a 3-yard run to make it 7-0.
Kaihulali Casco intercepted a T.J. Perkett pass and returned it 18 yards to the Lahainaluna 47-yard line — Kamalei Watson’s 1-yard run made it 14-0 five plays later. The big play on the drive was a 44-yard strike from Esekielu Storer to Kai Bookland that took the ball to Na Alii’s 5.
Then the Lunas added four quick touchdowns in a span of 3:41 early in the second quarter.
Jesse Dudoit dove in from 2 yards out to cap an 81-yard drive that took just six plays. Bookland caught an 18-yard pass and Matthew Rabino had a 22-yard catch on the drive.
After forcing a three-and-out, Bookland broke free for a 48-yard scoring pass from Storer.
After Gillcoat recovered an onside kick for Lahainaluna, the Lunas scored again three plays later on a 25-yard pass from Nainoa Irish to Devon Sa-Chisolm.
Lahainaluna’s Tre Rickard intercepted a Perkett pass and returned it 39 yards for the final touchdown of the first half, with 7:41 left.
Rickard intercepted a second pass in the fourth quarter. The Lunas defense allowed just three first downs and 85 yards on the night.
“Lahainaluna’s tough, their offense is like a machine,” King Kekaulike co-head coach Tyson Valle said. “Their defense flies around, gets to the ball quick. We didn’t expect them to be this quick, but they’re quick, pretty fast.”
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Lahainaluna 14 28 7 0–49
King Kekaulike 0 0 0 3– 3
LL–Sheldon Frias 3 run (Kaihulali Casco kick), 7:12.
LL–Kamalei Watson 1 run (Casco kick), 3:18.
LL–Jesse Dudoit 2 run (Casco kick), 11:22.
LL–Kai Bookland 48 pass from Esekielu Storer (Casco kick), 9:21.
LL–Devon Sa-Chisolm 25 pass from from Nainoa Irish (Casco kick), 8:52.
LL–Tre Rickard 39 interception return (Casco kick), 7:41.
LL–Kawehi Gillcoat 25 pass from Etuati Storer (Casco kick), 2:22.
KK–FG Hanalei Akina 34, 0:00.
Junior varsity–Lahainaluna 37, King Kekaulike 3.
(Overall MIL record in parentheses)
W L Pct PF PA
Maui High (3-1) 1 0 1.000 41 13
Baldwin (1-4) 0 1 .000 7 34
W L Pct PF PA
Lahainaluna (5-0) 2 0 1.000 83 10
KS Maui (2-1) 0 0 .000 0 0
King Kekaulike (0-5) 0 2 .000 16 90
Lahainaluna 49, King Kekaulike 3
Maui High vs. Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5
Baldwin at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Maui High at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.