Farmers capture fifth straight MIL title
The Maui News
The Molokai High School eight-player football team clinched its fifth straight Maui Interscholastic League title with a 54-30 win over Lanai on Saturday in Hoolehua.
The Farmers wrapped up a 4-0 season in league play after playing a pair of 11-player nonleague games in August. Lanai, which shared the MIL eight-player title with Molokai last season, finished 2-2.
“It was a great day, great win for us,” Molokai coach Mike Kahale said. “Lanai came over and they played us tough. We jumped out early, but they were resilient and our boys had to dig deep and continue to execute. It’s a great team win.”
The Farmers took a 24-0 lead in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run and a 7-yard interception return by Jordan Kupau, and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Kaimana Nakayama to Kawena English. The Pine Lads closed within 24-22 at halftime on a 90-yard run by Jesse Sigrah, a 9-yard scoring pass from Devrene Kahananui-Alejado to Kekoa Catiel, and a 55-yard run by Kainalu Kapu.
The Farmers put the game out of reach with four straight touchdowns in the second half — a 67-yard pass from Nakayama to English, 34- and 30-yard scoring passes from Nakayama to Kanalu Kahale, and a 45-yard run by Dion Kahiwa Augustiro.
The Pine Lads scored the final touchdown on a 4-yard run by Kapu.
Mike Kahale singled out Nakayama, the senior quarterback who is also a baseball standout.
“Kaimana Nakayama played big for us today,” Kahale said. “He had four long touchdown passes, took control of the offense and really was a leader out there for us. He played his best game yet, I think ever, so that was big for him in the last game of his career.”
Lanai 8 14 0 8–30
Molokai 24 0 16 14–54
M–Jordan Kupau 5 run (2-point conversion good)
M–Kupau 7 interception return (2-point conversion good)
M–Kawena English 26 pass from Kaimana Nakayama (2-point conversion good)
L–Jesse Sigrah 90 run (2-point conversion good)
L–Kekoa Catiel 9 pass from Devrene Kahananui-Alejado (conversion failed)
L–Kainalu Kapu 55 run (2-point conversion good)
M–English 67 pass from Nakayama (2-point conversion good)
M–Kanalu Kahale 34 pass from Nakayama (2-point conversion good)
M–Kanalu Kahale 30 pass from Nakayama (conversion failed)
M–Dion Kahiwa Augustiro 45 run (2-point conversion good)
L–Kapu 4 run (2-point conversion good)
W L Pct PF PA
Molokai 4 0 1.000 181 62
Lanai 2 2 .500 170 116
Hana 0 4 .000 40 213
Molokai 54, Lanai 30
End of regular season