Bears surprise Sabers, win second-round title

Kili Madrid of Baldwin High School catches a pass in front of Maui High’s Toti Lavaka in the first quarter of the Bears’ 24-14 win over the Sabers on Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

WAILUKU — Bishop Wickes is a valuable runner for the Baldwin High School football team, but Saturday night his receiving prowess propelled the Bears to their biggest win of the season.

Wickes hauled in a screen pass from La’a Asuega-Stark and rumbled through traffic 15 yards to the end zone to give Baldwin a 10-point lead in a 24-14 victory over Maui High at War Memorial Stadium.

“We always knew that — sometimes he wants it a little bit too much,” Baldwin coach Pohai Lee said of his senior running back. “We were saving that play for Bishop. We have got to get our money player the ball and he delivered.”

The victory earned Baldwin (3-5) the Maui Interscholastic League Division I second-round crown and forces a playoff game involving the Sabers (4-3) and Bears on Nov. 2 at War Memorial Stadium.

The league has a pair of makeup games slated for next week as the result of postponements from Hurricane Lane in August. Maui High is scheduled to play Kamehameha Maui next Friday in a game originally slated for Aug. 24. The Bears are idle next week.

Baldwin’s Bishop Wickes returns a kickoff in the first quarter. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Saturday’s win reversed a 44-6 win for Maui High in the first meeting between the two largest schools Maui County on Sept. 15.

“As I said before the season we want to play our best ball at the end of the season,” Lee said. “Obviously this game collectively in all three phases we were on it. The bottom line was our boys didn’t want to go home early.”

Wickes did rush for 131 yards and a touchdown to push him into second on the MIL rushing list, but it was his third catch of the night that was the key.

The Bears slammed the door shut on the Sabers when linebacker Chasen Foster intercepted a Brex Delray pass with 2:24 to play.

The Bears took the lead for the third time when Kili Madrid caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Asuega-Stark with 7:15 left in the third quarter. The acrobatic play capped a four-play, 67-yard drive that started with a 40-yard fly sweep run by Maluhia Plunkett.

Baldwin’s Kapena Kamai collides with Maui High’s Trey Gaspar in the first quarter. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

The Sabers led 14-10 at halftime in a back-and-forth first two quarters.

Wickes put the Bears ahead early when his 25-yard field goal capped a nine-play drive on the opening possession of the game. Midway through the second quarter, Wickes broke free up the middle on a 75-yard touchdown run to give the Bears a 10-7 lead.

After Wickes’ field goal, the Sabers needed just one play and 12 seconds off the clock to take a 7-3 lead when Nakamoto rumbled 65 yards untouched to the end zone.

Nakamoto’s 3-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds to go in the first half gave the Sabers the lead back after a nine-play, 55-yard drive. Nakamoto ran five times on the drive for 42 yards.

Nakamoto finished 126 yards rushing and now has 1,162 for the season.

Maui High coach James Kammerer declined comment after the game.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

Baldwin 3 7 7 7–24

Maui High 7 7 0 0–14

First Quarter

B–FG Bishop Wickes 25, 7:51.

MH–Naia Nakamoto 65 run (Brex Delray kick), 7:39.

Second Quarter

B–Wickes 75 run (Isaiah Souza kick), 5:36.

MH–Nakamoto 3 run (Delray kick), 0:31.

Third Quarter

B–Kili Madrid 32 pass from Laa Asuega-Stark (Souza kick), 7:15.

Fourth Quarter

B–Wickes 15 pass from Asuega-Stark (Souza kick), 7:33.

Junior varsity–Maui High 13, Baldwin 12

Friday’s Result

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 64

KING KEKAULIKE 24

At Kanaiaupuni Stadium

King Kekaulike 7 3 14 0–24

KS Maui 35 14 7 8–64

First Quarter

KSM–Karsyn Pupunu 23 pass from Tiliti Adams (Sam Ostermiller kick), 9:25.

KSM–C.J. Hamasaki 28 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 6:47.

KSM–Dane Abarra 54 run (Ostermiller kick), 3:05.

KSM–Tristan Catan 6 run (Ostermiller kick), 2:49.

KK–Trey Hunter 87 run (Peighton Akina kick), 1:42.

KSM–Makani Smith-Kemfort 2 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 0:59.

Second Quarter

KK–FG Hanalei Akina 26, 9:01.

KSM–Pupunu 42 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 5:23.

KSM–Trystan Ah Yat 13 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 0:57.

Third Quarter

KK–Elijah Finau 31 fumble return (P. Akina kick), 11:44.

KSM–Smith-Kemfort 4 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 8:49.

KK–Hunter 14 run (P. Akina kick), 1:09.

Fourth Quarter

KSM–Pupunu 3 pass from Adams (Abarra pass from Catan), 10:01.

KK KSM

First downs 7 27

Rushes-yards 35-225 27-366

Passing yards 11 229

Total offense 236 595

Return yards 214 91

Comp-Att-Int 1-10-0 15-24-0

Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-1

Penalties-yards 10-85 7-47

Punts-avg 5-41.8 0-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–King Kekaulike, Hunter 28-198, Kali Kuhaulua 3-14, Zack Hokoana 3-14, Kris Barlahan 1-(minus 1); Kamehameha Maui, Abarra 14-236, Catan 5-70, Adams 4-50, Noah Helm 2-19, Hamasaki 1-0, team 1-(minus 9).

PASSING–King Kekaulike, Hunter 1-10-0–11; Kamehameha Maui, Adams 14-22-0–217, Hamasaki 1-1-0–12, Catan 0-1-0–0.

RECEIVING–King Kekaulike, T.J. Perkett 1-11; Kamehameha Maui, Pupunu 5-95, Smith-Kemfort 5-74, Hamasaki 2-34, Ah Yat 2-26, Abarra 1-0.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–none.

MIL Standings

SECOND ROUND

(Overall MIL record in parentheses)

DIVISION I

W L Pct PF PA

x-Baldwin (3-5) 2 2 .500 95 126

Maui High (4-3) 2 2 .500 89 97

DIVISION II

W L Pct PF PA

x-Lahainaluna (7-0) 4 0 1.000 168 10

KS Maui (4-3) 2 2 .500 137 139

King Kekaulike (0-7) 0 4 .000 67 184

x-clinched second-round championship

Friday’s Result

Kamehameha Maui 64, King Kekaulike 24

Saturday’s Result

Baldwin 24, Maui High 14

End of second round

Friday, Oct. 26

Maui High at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27

King Kekaulike at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.

End of regular season

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