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Farmers capture fifth straight MIL title

Molokai High School coach Mike Kahale is doused by his players as the Farmers defeated Lanai Saturday. RICK SCHONELY photos

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.

Molokai’s Kanalu Kahale prepares to catch a pass that’s over the head of Lanai’s Rayden Manuel on Saturday.

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

The Pine Lads’ Allen Adams tries to bring down the Farmers’ Kilakila Orlando.

Molokai 24 0 16 14–54

First Quarter

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)

Molokai quarterback Kaimana Nakayama drops back to pass.

L–Jesse Sigrah 90 run (2-point conversion good)

Second Quarter

L–Kekoa Catiel 9 pass from Devrene Kahananui-Alejado (conversion failed)

L–Kainalu Kapu 55 run (2-point conversion good)

Third Quarter

M–English 67 pass from Nakayama (2-point conversion good)

M–Kanalu Kahale 34 pass from Nakayama (2-point conversion good)

Fourth Quarter

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)

MIL Standings

W L Pct PF PA

Molokai 4 0 1.000 181 62

Lanai 2 2 .500 170 116

Hana 0 4 .000 40 213

Saturday’s Result

Molokai 54, Lanai 30

End of regular season