Warriors top Bears in OT

Kamehameha Maui quarterback Tiliti Adams runs for a first-quarter first down Friday against Baldwin High at War Memorial Stadium. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — Dane Abarra dove to catch a 2-point conversion pass more than 3 hours after the game began to clinch a 29-28 double-overtime for Kamehameha Schools Maui over Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

It is the second win ever for the Warriors over Baldwin — the first was a 17-14 win on Oct. 24, 2014.

The Bears scored on a 2-yard run by Bishop Wickes to take a 28-21 lead in the second overtime — Baldwin scored 28 unanswered points after falling behind 21-0 early in the second half.

The Warriors made it 28-27 in the second overtime on a pretty scoring pass from Tiliti Adams to Karsyn Pupunu, who had seven catches for 141 yards and two scores. The 20-yard scoring pass came on third-and-10.

Regulation ended in a bit of confusion after a 56-yard burst up the middle by Abarra put the Warriors in business at the Baldwin 37-yard line.

Baldwin High’s Bishop Wickes recovers the ball after a fumble. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Warriors then reached the Bears’ 8 on a 22-yard pass from Adams to Pupunu before an intentional grounding penalty trying to stop the clock moved Kamehameha back to the 21-yard line with 4 seconds to play.

Sam Ostermiller barely missed a 39-yard field goal, but a penalty was called on the Bears, apparently giving the Warriors an untimed down for another field goal try.

The officials waived off the chance to try the untimed down and the game went to overtime.

Neither team scored in the first OT — Baldwin’s Jedidiah Nerpio recorded his second interception of the night, grabbing an Adams pass in the end zone on the second play of the possession. Wickes’ 30-yard field goal try on the Bears’ possession was a low line drive that was blocked.

The start of the second half delivered the fireworks that were expected from the beginning.

Kamehameha Maui's Makani Smith-Kemfort (right) celebrates with teammate Tristan Catan after catching a second-quarter touchdown pass. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

On the first play scrimmage, Wickes, who had 172 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 19 carries, broke free up the middle for a 64-yard burst to the Kamehameha 16-yard line.

He was denied a touchdown on a diving, shoestring tackle by Kapena Gushiken.

Gushiken’s hustle paid off again four plays later when another layout effort helped him block a 29-yard field goal try by Wickes.

The Warriors immediately took advantage when Adams hit Pupunu running free for a 63-yard scoring strike to push their lead to 21-0 with 9 minutes, 41 seconds left in the third quarter.

Baldwin then made it a game with a pair of quick scores of its own. Kili Madrid caught a 5-yard scoring pass from Laa Asuega-Stark to make it 21-7 three minutes later. Asuega-Stark had a 39-yard run to the Kamehameha 14-yard line to set up the score.

The Bears pulled within a touchdown with 3:30 left in the third quarter. That score was set up by an athletic interception by Josiah Sniffen and a 37-yard Bubba Varner reception that took the ball to the 4.

Baldwin finally tied the game on an 11-yard pass from Asuega-Stark to Kapena Kamai with 5:33 to play. That capped a 12-play, 67-yard drive that included three key runs by Wickes for 30 yards.

The Warriors took a 14-0 lead into the locker room on the strength of the arm of Adams, who threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Tristan Catan in the first quarter, and 30 yards to Makani Smith-Kemfort in the second quarter.

Adams finished with 303 passing yards.

The second touchdown capped an eight-play, 53-yard drive that was highlighted by a 25-yard screen pass from Adams to Abarra.

The first scored capped a seven-play, 62-yard drive on the opening possession of the game.

Baldwin struggled on offense in the first half, gaining just 59 yards which was offset by 69 yards in penalties. The Warriors piled up 197 yards of offense in the first half.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.


KS Maui 7 7 0 0 0 8–29

Baldwin 0 0 14 7 0 7–28

First Quarter

KSM–Tristan Catan 8 pass from Tiliti Adams (Sam Ostermiller kick), 8:35.

Second Quarter

KSM–Makani Smith-Kemfort 30 pass from Adams (Ostermiller kick), 8:24.

Third Quarter

KSM–Karsyn Pupunu 63 pass from Adams (Cruz Braun kick), 9:41.

B–Kili Madrid 5 pass from Laa Asuega-Stark (Bishop Wickes kick), 6:13.

B–Wickes 4 run (Wickes kick), 3:30.

Fourth Quarter

B–Kapena Kamai 11 pass from Asuega-Stark (Wickes kick), 5:33.

Second Overtime

B–Wickes 2 run (Wickes kick)

KSM–Pupunu 20 pass from Adams (Dane Abarra pass from Adams)

Junior varsity-Baldwin 40, Kamehameha 6.



Friday’s Result

Baldwin 38, Kamehameha Maui 21 2OT

Today’s Game

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

Friday, Sept. 7

Baldwin at King Kekaulike, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Kamehameha Maui at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.