Baldwin outscores Kamehameha Maui

Bears’ 59-47 win sends Lunas to state tournament

Baldwin High School’s Chayce Akaka (left) and Kaikea Silva celebrate after Akaka scored on the return of a free kick after a safety in the first quarter of the Bears’ 59-47 win over Kamehameha Maui on Saturday at Kanaiaupuni Stadium. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

PUKALANI — If the Kanaiau­puni Stadium scoreboard needs a tuneup after Saturday night’s game, it wouldn’t surprise many people.

In one of the highest-scoring football games in Maui Interscholastic League history, Baldwin High School beat Kamehameha Maui 59-47 on the Warriors’ senior night.

The result clinched an 11th consecutive Division II state tournament berth for defending champion Lahainaluna.

Baldwin improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the MIL’s second round. The Bears must beat first-round champion Maui High next week to force a championship game a week later with a state berth on the line.

Baldwin posted the best point total in an MIL game since its 62-18 win over Kamehameha Maui in 2012.

The Bears’ Bishop Wickes is pursued by the Warriors’ Jayden Delatori in the second quarter. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Bears’ Chayce Akaka passed for 135 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 123 yards and a score and also returned a free kick after a safety 70 yards for a touchdown. Bishop Wickes ran 19 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns.

Kainoa Sanchez passed for seven touchdowns for the Warriors (3-4, 1-2) — four of them to Tyerell Baldonado-Kaleiopu.

Baldwin had 433 yards of offense, while Kamehameha finished with 457.

The Bears scored three times in the fourth quarter, on runs of 3 and 12 yards by Wickes and a 1-yard run by Akaka. The Warriors answered with two touchdown passes by Sanchez — a 17-yarder to Karsyn Pupunu and a 22-yarder to Baldonado-Kaleiopu.

Sanchez finished with 450 passing yards. Baldonado-Kaleiopu caught eight passes for 189 yards.

Kamehameha Maui quarterback Kainoa Sanchez throws a first-quarter pass Saturday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

In a span of 4 minutes, 12 seconds late in the third quarter, four touchdowns were scored — two by each team — and each was a lead-changer.

Wickes ran 11 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 39-35 lead with 36 seconds left in the quarter. The final go-ahead score was set up by a 64-yard kickoff return by Wickes after the Warriors took a 35-32 lead on a 4-yard pass from Sanchez to Kiha Mossman.

The Warriors took a 28-25 lead on Sanchez’s 44-yard pass to Baldonado-Kaleiopu with 4:48 to go in the third.

The Bears had gone in front 32-28 when Akaka hit Mahi DeFrancia with a 33-yard scoring pass.

The Bears led 25-21 at halftime.

he Warriors’ Tyerell Baldonado-Kaleiopu heads to the end zone as he is defended by Baldwin’s Chase Mata in the second quarter. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Baldwin’s Kaikea Silva caught two scoring passes from Akaka — the first was a 31-yarder to give the Bears a 7-0 lead on their first possession of the night.

Silva’s second scoring reception, a 21-yarder, pushed the lead to 25-13 with 2:13 left in the second quarter. Baldwin converted fourth-and-1 on a 2-yard run by Aloalii Laga three plays before the touchdown.

Kamehameha answered Silva’s second touchdown with a 1-yard scoring pass from San­chez to Nathan Facuri with 18 seconds left in the first half. The score was set up by a 67-yard kickoff return by Damon Martin.

After Silva’s first touchdown, the Warriors went 77 yards in 13 plays, tying the game at 7-7 on Baldonado-Kaleiopu’s 11-yard catch.

Baldwin took a 9-7 lead on a safety when a punt snap sailed past Sam Ostermiller and he recovered in the end zone. Akaka returned the ensuing free kick for a touchdown.

Kamehameha Maui fans cheer after Baldonado-Kaleiopu’s touchdown. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Baldonado-Kaleiopu caught a 42-yard touchdown pass on the next drive.

Wickes kicked a 24-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.

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Baldwin 15 10 14 20–59

KS Maui 7 14 14 12–47

First Quarter

B–Kaikea Silva 31 pass from Chayce Akaka (Bishop Wickes kick), 8:02.

KSM–Tyerell Baldonado-Kaleiopu 11 pass from Kainoa Sanchez (Michael Singh kick), 4:27.

B–Safety, Sam Ostermiller recovers bad snap in end zone, 1:06.

B–Akaka 70 kickoff return (kick failed), 0:50.

Second Quarter

KSM–Baldonado-Kaleiopu 42 pass from Sanchez (pass failed), 10:21.

B–FG Wickes 24, 7:48.

B–Silva 21 pass from Akaka (Wickes kick), 2:13.

KSM–Nathan Facuri 1 pass from Sanchez (Facuri pass from Sanchez), 0:18.

Third Quarter

KSM–Baldonado-Kaleiopu 44 pass from Sanchez (Singh kick), 4:48.

B–Mahi DeFrancia 33 pass from Akaka (Wickes kick), 2:29.

KSM–Kiha Mossman 4 pass from Sanchez (Singh kick), 1:05.

B–Wickes 11 run (Wickes kick), 0:36.

Fourth Quarter

B–Wickes 3 run (Wickes kick), 8:43.

KSM–Karsyn Pupunu 17 pass from Sanchez (pass failed), 6:48.

B–Wickes 12 run (Wickes kick), 5:10.

B–Akaka 1 run (kick failed), 2:35.

KSM–Baldonado-Kaleiopu 22 pass from Sanchez (pass failed), 0:57.

Junior varsity–Kamehameha Maui 10, Baldwin 7.

Friday’s Result


At War Memorial Stadium

Maui High 21 3 21 0–45

King Kekaulike 6 0 0 0– 6

First Quarter

MH–Justin Pulido 9 run (Kalia Kapisi kick), 10:49.

KK–Rilee Peters 9 run (run failed), 7:14.

MH–Tevita Takitaki 80 punt return (Kapisi kick), 4:29.

MH–Kainalu Tancayo 7 run (Kapisi kick), 2:27.

Second Quarter

MH–FG Honu Feldt-Antonio 41, 11:20.

Third Quarter

MH–Naia Nakamoto 32 run (Kapisi kick), 10:32.

MH–Solomone Tongi 12 run (Kapisi kick), 7:34.

MH–Pulido 22 run (Kapisi kick), 2:07.


First downs 18 11

Rushes-yards 29-165 39-48

Passing yards 124 30

Total offense 289 78

Return yards 95 78

Comp-Att-Int 8-19-0 2-17-2

Fumbles-lost 2-1 5-1

Penalties-yards 7-60 2-10

Punts-avg 2-40.5 5-37.2


RUSHING–Maui High, Pulido 8-49, Nakamoto 2-45, Tongi 5-39, Arron Borja 5-26, Tancayo 5-14, Jeramy Gonzalez 1-(minus 2), Raymond Brex Delray 3-(minus 6); King Kekaulike, Lucas Tamayose 12-66, Peters 16-17, Arik Mendoza 5-3, R.J. Helgeson 2-(minus 3), Elijah Finau 2-(minus 9), team 2-(minus 26).

PASSING–Maui High, Tancayo 8-16-0-124, Brex Delray 0-3-0-0; King Kekaulike, Peters 2-17-2-30.

RECEIVING–Maui High, Torryn Kauhaahaa-Sulusi 2-28, Spencer Takitaki 2-20, Sylvester Sonognini 1-22, Jamie Elisara Fisher 1-21, Trent Takara 1-19, Mitchell Hirose 1-14; King Kekaulike, Mendoza 1-19, Ben Mahoe 1-11.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–Maui High, Kapisi 40 (WR).



Overall MIL record in parentheses



x-Maui High (4-3) 2 1 .667 89 53

Baldwin (4-3) 2 1 .667 128 70



y-Lahainaluna (7-0) 3 0 1.000 93 31

KS Maui (3-4) 1 2 .333 70 86

King Kekaulike (0-8) 0 4 .000 12 152

x-won first-round championship, y-clinched league championship

Friday’s Result

Maui High 45, King Kekaulike 6

Saturday’s Result

Baldwin 59, Kamehameha Maui 47

Friday, Oct. 20

Baldwin vs. Maui High at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Kamehameha Maui at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.

End of regular season