Unbeaten Lunas take down Bears

Tihada rushes for 210 yards, four TDs in win

Lahainaluna High School’s Kainalu Kaililaau receives the ball from Tre Rickard in front of Baldwin’s Josiah Sniffen in the second quarter of the Lunas’ 34-7 win over the Bears on Saturday night at Sue Cooley Stadium. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

LAHAINA — It was a festive homecoming night for the Lahainaluna High School football team, and the Lunas took care of business as usual in a 34-7 win over Baldwin on Saturday night at Sue Cooley Stadium.

Lahainaluna (4-0) won its 13th straight Maui Interscholastic League game dating back to 2016 while rushing for 336 yards — junior running back Joshua Tihada had 210 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries.

The Lunas scored the final 34 points of the game, but there are still things to work on for the two-time defending Division II state champions.

“We did OK tonight in the running game,” Lahainaluna co-head coach Garret Tihada said. “We made a lot of mistakes tonight and we definitely have got to clean that up.”

Tihada broke free for a 63-yard run to the end zone with 6 minutes, 29 seconds to play to give the overflow crowd a nightcap to the excitement.

The Lunas’ Joshua Tihada scores a touchdown. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

The Lunas took a 21-7 lead in to the locker rooms after Tihada ran for three touchdowns in the second quarter.

Tihada’s first score came from 5 yards out on the first play of the second quarter and ended a nine-play, 77-yard drive. Tihada carried six times on the drive for 37 yards.

The Lunas’ second touchdown was set up by an interception by Tre Rickard at the Baldwin 16-yard line. After a 4-yard run by Kaihulali Casco on the first play of the drive, Tihada carried four straight times for the final 12 yards, scoring on a 1-yard run to give the Lunas a 14-7 lead.

Lahainaluna added its third first-half touchdown on a 10-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a 6-yard run by Tihada with 45 seconds left in the first half. Tihada had four carries on the drive for a total of 34 yards.

Tihada finished the first half with 16 carries for 100 yards.

Lahainaluna’s Kawehi Gillcoat catches a pass in the second quarter. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

The Bears took a 7-0 lead on the first possession when they went 80 yards in 10 plays.

Bishop Wickes dove in from 1 yard out to make it 7-0 with 3:51 left in the first quarter. The big plays on the drive were a 42-yard pass from La’a Asuega-Stark to Kili Madrid that took the ball to the Lunas’ 23-yard line and a 2-yard run by Wickes on fourth-and-1 at the 14.

Baldwin coach Pohai Lee saw improvement from his 1-4 team.

Wickes ran for 105 yards on 22 carries — his touchdown was the first surrendered by the Lunas’ defense in league play. Lahainaluna beat the Bears 49-6 on Aug. 17.

“They’re solid in every respect of the game,” Lee said of the Lunas. “We’ve got a lot of respect for them, but at the same time I think we played better considering injuries, which everybody goes through, and those types of things.”

The Lunas’ Sheldon Frias tries to break free from Baldwin’s Randy Kahiamoe (33) and Ben Tokanang. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com


Baldwin 7 0 0 0–7

Lahainaluna 0 21 3 10–34

First Quarter

The Bears’ Bishop Wickes runs toward the Lunas’ Kamalei Watson. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

B–Bishop Wickes 1 run (Isaiah Souza kick), 3:51.

Second Quarter

LL–Joshua Tihada 5 run (Pablo Rico kick), 11:56.

LL–Tihada 1 run (Rico kick), 8:55.

LL–Tihada 6 run (Rico kick), 0:45.

Baldwin’s La‘a Asuega-Stark looks downfield. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Third Quarter

LL–Rico 30 FG, 2:16.

Fourth Quarter

LL–Tihada 63 run (Rico kick), 6:29.

LL–Rico 44 FG, 1:29.

Junior varsity–Lahainaluna 21, Baldwin 7.

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Friday’s Result


At War Memorial Stadium

King Kekaulike 7 0 0 6–13

Maui High 27 7 7 0–41

First Quarter

MH–Mitchell Hirose 11 pass from Brex Delray (Delray kick), 9:38.

KK–Trey Hunter 91 pass from T.J. Perkett (Peighton Akina kick), 4:32.

MH–Naia Nakamoto 61 run (Delray kick), 4:10.

MH–Delray 1 run (kick blocked), 2:43.

MH–Nakamoto 61 run (Delray kick), 1:10.

Second Quarter

MH–Trey Gaspar 62 interception return (Delray kick), 0:00.

Third Quarter

MH–Nakamoto 46 run (Delray kick), 3:30.

Fourth Quarter

KK–Zyrus Paton 5 run (kick failed), 9:15.


First downs 13 12

Rushes-yards 47-134 29-310

Passing yards 141 47

Total offense 275 357

Return yards 81 221

Comp-Att-Int 4-16-2 4-7-2

Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-1

Penalties-yards 10-88 8-56

Punts-avg 6-33.5 3-36.3


RUSHING–King Kekaulike, Hunter 28-118, Paton 8-15, Lanakila Day 3-11, Zack Hokoana 5-(minus 4), Perkett 3-(minus 6); Maui High, Nakamoto 16-304, Jeremy Gonzalez 4-21, Delray 2-1, Christian Lee 1-(minus 2), Rusty Lopaka-Abalos 4-(minus 4), Taelen Bates 1-(minus 5), team 1-(minus 5).

PASSING–King Kekaulike, Perkett 4-16-2–141; Maui High, Delray 2-4-2–32, Bates 2-3-0–15.

RECEIVING–King Kekaulike, Hunter 1-91, William Yudis 3-50; Maui High, Hirose 2-32, Torryn Kauhaahaa-Sulusi 1-9, Ian Aguinaldo 1-6.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–King Kekaulike, Hanalei Akina 44 (SH); Maui High, Delray 33 (WL).




(Overall MIL record in parentheses)



Maui High (3-1) 1 0 1.000 41 13

Baldwin (1-4) 0 1 .000 7 34



Lahainaluna (4-0) 1 0 1.000 34 7

KS Maui (2-1) 0 0 .000 0 0

King Kekaulike (0-4) 0 1 .000 13 41

Friday’s Result

Maui High 41, King Kekaulike 13

Saturday’s Result

Lahainaluna 34, Baldwin 7

Friday, Sept. 28

Lahainaluna at King Kekaulike, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29

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