Bears fall in shootout

Teams combine for 129 points in win for Alaska champ Bartlett

Kapena Kamai of Baldwin High School is tackled by Bartlett’s Darius Coston (from right), Montiae Couse and Herman Grey in the first quarter of the Bears’ 74-55 loss to the Golden Bears on Saturday evening at War Memorial Stadium. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — It’s hard to imagine many, if any, of the 1,000 or so fans in the stands at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday night had ever seen anything quite like this.

Bartlett High School of Anchorage, Alaska, beat Baldwin 74-55 in a nonleague game that featured a little bit of everything.

The Golden Bears, the Division I defending state champions from the 49th state, unleashed a Delaware Wing T offense that rolled up 11 touchdowns, 37 first downs, and 796 yards rushing behind three 200-yard ballcarriers.

Baldwin answered with 261 yards and four touchdowns passes from La’a Asuega-Stark, and 318 all-purpose yards from Bishop Wickes, including back-to-back 91-yard touchdowns on kickoff returns as the game wore down.

“It was a crazy game,” Bartlett co-head coach Daniel Esparza said. ‘We won our state semifinal last year in Alaska 75-62, so this game kind of reminded me of that. We’ve got to improve, obviously, on defense, but Baldwin played great. They’ve got some explosive athletes.”


Baldwin coach Pohai Lee could only agree.

“Yeah, fireworks,” Lee said. “We expected them to be good — you can see they’ve got some size, they’ve got some speed, they are well-coached. Yeah, they’re a good team.”

Elijah Lear scored on Bartlett’s first and last carries of the game and finished with 247 yards on 21 carries. Hunter Cargill had 263 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and Tsuginori Fudge had 222 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries for the Golden Bears, who return 15 starters from last season’s championship team.

Baldwin opens Maui Interscholastic League play on Friday against Lahainaluna, the two-time defending Division II state champions who run a very similar misdirection rushing attack as Bartlett.

“Obviously we’ve got a lot to work on and that’s our job in a short week, but we’re moving on to our MIL season,” Lee said.

Bartlett’s Elijah Leer tries to fight through a tackle atempt by Baldwin’s Akuila Koloamatangi. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Asuega-Stark rambled 64 yards around the right side to bring the Bears within 42-30 with 11 minutes, 33 seconds left in the third quarter.

Fudge answered with his third long scoring run, a 55-yarder, for Bartlett before Wickes flew through traffic, going 71 yards just 23 seconds later to bring the Bears within 50-37 with 7:47 to go in the third.

After Fudge’s 9-yard touchdown run on the next drive, Kili Madrid caught a touchdown pass from Asuega-Stark on fourth-and-7, but just moments later Cargill broke free on a 70-yard run to push the Bartlett lead to 62-43 with 10:32 to play.

Wickes fumbled on the third play of Baldwin’s next possession and Bartlett’s Herman Grey recovered on the Baldwin 11-yard line.

Cargill then scored for the third time, from 14 yards out, to make it 68-43 with 8:42 to play. Wickes answered 15 seconds later with his first 91-yard kickoff return touchdown to bring the Bears back within 19 points.

Baldwin running back Bishop Wickes looks for an open lane Saturday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lear’s 7-yard run with 6:35 to play was the Golden Bears’ 11th and final TD, and was followed by Wickes’ second straight 91-yard kickoff return for a score.

“Bishop and I had a talk after the fumble — and those things happen — but we preach about ball security and we didn’t want to give them a short field,” Lee said. “He rallied back from that right after we talked and that’s what he’s supposed to do.”

Asked if he had ever had a player return back-to-back kickoffs for touchdowns, Lee smiled and said, “First time for me.”

Bartlett ran to a 42-23 lead at halftime on the strength of 457 yards and 20 first downs, all on the ground.

Kapena Kamai caught six passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first half.

The Bears’ Tyron Nakooka reaches for a first-quarter pass before Bartlett’s Colton Hackmann breaks up the play. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Baldwin finished the night with 365 yards of offense. Bartlett was 0-for-4 passing in the game.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com


Bartlett 20 22 14 18–74

Baldwin 9 14 14 18–55

Malu Plunkett runs with the ball. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

First Quarter

Bart–Elijah Lear 80 run (run failed), 11:48.

Bart–Tsuginori Fudge 27 run (Lear run), 9:57.

Bald–Kapena Kamai 30 pass from La’a Asuega-Stark (run failed), 5:46.

Bart–Fudge 57 run (kick failed), 3:12.

Bald–Bishop Wickes 21 FG, 1:57.

Second Quarter

Bart–Fudge 20 run (run failed), 9:29.

Bald–Kili Madrid 25 pass from Asuega-Stark (Wickes kick), 8:09.

Bart–Kahn Mavaega 5 run (Hunter Cargill run), 4:27.

Bald–Kamai 62 pass from Asuega-Stark (Wickes kick), 4:07.

Bart–Cargill 10 run (Mavaega run), 0:26.

Third Quarter

Bald–Asuega-Stark 64 run (Wickes kick), 11:33.

Bart–Fudge 55 run (Michael Tosi run), 8:10.

Bald–Wickes 71 run (Wickes kick), 7:47.

Bart–Fudge 9 run (run failed), 3:21.

Fourth Quarter

Bald–Madrid 7 pass from Asuega-Stark (kick failed), 11:23.

Bart–Cargill 70 run (run failed), 10:32.

Bart–Cargill 14 run (run failed), 8:42.

Bald–Wickes 91 kickoff return (pass failed), 8:27.

Bart–Lear 3 run (run failed), 2:10.

Bald–Wickes 91 kickoff return (pass failed), 1:55.

Friday’s Result

At War Memorial Stadium


Kauai 0 12 13 3–28

Maui High 7 0 7 0–14

First Quarter

MH–Christian Lee 30 pass from Brex Delray (Delray kick), 4:14.

Second Quarter

K–Logan Noice 14 pass from Tyler Oshima (kick failed), 4:12.

K–Pono Carvalho 23 pass from Oshima (kick failed), 0:36.

Third Quarter

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.

Fourth Quarter

K–FG Alapai 38, 11:54.


First downs 23 13

Rushes-yards 45-235 18-4

Passing yards 177 244

Total offense 412 248

Return yards 32 57

Comp-Att-Int 11-25-1 16-33-3

Fumbles-lost 7-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 9-70 3-35

Punts-avg 2-30.5 4-24.0


RUSHING–Kauai, Bisarra 24-172, Oshima 8-54, Hoku Parbo 5-12, Joshua Rivera 2-12, Keawe Parangao 2-8, team 4-(minus 23); Maui High, Jeremy Gonzalez 2-9, Hirose 3-7, Josiah Castillo 1-5, Ian Aguinaldo 1-3, Cameron Russell 1-(minus 2), Delray 6-(minus 6), Isaiah Sedino 3-(minus 6), team 1-(minus 6).

PASSING–Kauai, Oshima 11-25-1-177; Maui High, Delray 16-33-3-244.

RECEIVING–Kauai, Carvalho 3-49, Easton Luis 3-27, Asano 2-56, Parangao 1-21, Noice 1-14, Bisarra 1-10; Maui High, Trent Takara 6-136, Hirose 5-46, Lee 2-33, Aguinaldo 2-24, Toryn Kauhaahaa-Sulusi 1-5.