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Sabers score 40 points in 2nd half, beat Kona 47-37

August 18, 2013 - Robert Collias

Maui High 47, Konawaena 37

At War Memorial Stadium

In as wild a second half as the MIL will ever see, the Sabers scored 40 points to improve to 2-0 in the preseason. The Sabers play Baldwin on Friday to open MIL play.

Maui High overcame a 24-7 halftime deficit with three touchdowns in the first 4 minutes, 12 seconds of the third quarter and took a 34-24 lead on a fourth score by Onosai Emelio with 5:05 left in the third period.

Andre Pierman returned the second-half kickoff 55 yards to the Konawaena 33-yard line and Emelio scored on a 20-yard run to cut the deficit to 24-14.

Pierman then recovered an onside kick and Emelio scored on a 7-yard pass from Tyson Takabayashi – the Sabers' first completed pass this season – to make it 24-21 with 8:46 left in the the third quarter. Mario Fernandez rambled 25 yards to the Kona 17-yard line to start the drive, but was injured on the play — he was on crutches at the end of the game.

The Sabers took a 27-24 lead on an 18-yard touchdown run by Justin Cravalho with 7:48 remaining in the third quarter. The two-play, 23-yard drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Maui High's Nathan Apolo after Brandon Howes was sacked by several Sabers.

The Sabers scored first on a 20-yard touchdown run by Fernandez, but Konawaena scored the next two touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After a bad snap on a punt gave the Wildcats the ball on the Maui High 29-yard line, they needed just two plays to score -- a 24-yard strike from Brandon Howes to Chase Takaki and a 5-yard run by Dishon Cho.

On their next possession, Cho broke free for a 48-yard run and Takaki caught a 22-yard scoring pass from Howes to make it 14-7 with 4:42 left in the first quarter.

John Replogle just added a 28-yard field goal for the Wildcats to make it 17-7 with 9:18 left in the first half.

Late in the half, Cameron Howes caught a 29-yard scoring pass from his brother to make it 24-7.

Let's just say it was a wild, wild affair in the second half. Pick up the paper in the morning, it should be a fun read, especially for Sabers' fans.


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