Posted: October 21, 2011 - 1:56pm
No. 3 Leilehua overwhelms Moanalua, 40-7
Leilehua WR Jeremiah Andrade elevates for one of his game-high 15 receptions on the night. Peter Caldwell | Special to SL
Quarterback Kenan Sadanaga overcame three interceptions with 36-of-46 passing for 386 yards and five TDs to lead Leilehua over Moanalua, 40-7, in a quarterfinal of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red tournament on a rainy Friday night at Hugh Yoshida Stadium.
Mules' safety Russell Siavii had four interceptions against Na Menehune.
The Mules (8-0-1), ranked third in the ScoringLive/OC 16 Power Rankings, will play No. 2 Kahuku (8-1) in a semifinal Friday at Aloha Stadium. The No. 9 Na Menehune (5-5) are done for the season.
Correction: An earlier reference on Sadanaga tying the single-game completions record was incorrect. Kailua's Kahaku Iaea had a state record 39 completions earlier this season in a loss to Farrington.
The Mules' other turnover was a fumble.
The quarterfinal anticipated to be the most competitive turned into a rout. Na Menehune went toe-to-toe with the Beasts of the East - Farrington and Kahuku - in close regular-season losses. But the Best in the West - Leilehua is the top seed of its division - might be in store for something more.
"They better watch out," Moanalua coach Arnold Martinez said of the Governors and Red Raiders, both having close calls in their quarterfinal wins Mililani and Waianae, respectively. "Because of the speed of the receiving and the passing game, and they're very smart with their adjustments, they're going to bode well if they end up playing them."
Na Menehune managed to sack Sadanaga four times, but hardly pressed the Mules' receivers, who were open frequently. So Leilehua took what was being given, hence the 49 total pass attempts from 75 snaps from scrimmage.
"We run to run, but we don't run to pass," Leilehua interim coach Mark Kurisu said. "We'd like to run the ball more. (Moanalua) had some really huge linemen. They two-gapped our guards and our tackles, so it was hard to get some good running lanes in there. And they keep six, seven in the box, so we felt we can stretch them left to right, we can come back with something up the middle. We couldn't run it up the middle as well as we wanted to, but we were able to hit some crossing routes."
Wide receiver Jeremiah Andrade could've worn that ubiquitous "OPEN" sign seen at shops and restaurants, as he had 15 receptions for 177 yards and two TDs.
The Mules succeeded in all phases of the game, breaking open a 10-0 halftime lead with a 21-point third quarter, as the rout was ignited when Allen Racette returned the second half kickoff 89 yards to the Moanalua 2. A penalty against Leilehua backed it to the 7, where Sadanaga hit Mykal Peyton for TD just 20 seconds into the half. The Mules, who have shown creativity on special teams all season, converted the 2-point conversion on a pass from holder Andrade to Cole DeCorte to make it 18-0.
Leilehua later redeemed a fumble with Sadanaga 12-yard TD pass to Andrade to make it 25-7.
Na Menehune finally got on the board after Momiyama's missed 46-yard field goal try went for a touchback. Two plays later, Dillon Turk struck Anthony Bowen on an 80-yard TD pass to pull Moanalua to 25-7.
But on their ensuing series, the Mules traversed 63 yards on just three plays with a 15-yard TD reception by Racette that made it 31-7.
Siavii's third interception just before the end of the third quarter set up a Mules' score to start the fourth, a five-yard TD catch by Andrade to make it 38-7.
The special teams closed the scoring when Jeremy Taua blocked a Moanalua punt that bounced out of the end zone for a safety to make it 40-0.
Despite the domination, Kurisu said he is humbled that his team has advanced another step in the tournament.
"Nobody really thinks a lot about us," he said. "I guess because we're small and we don't have the prototypical guys. We don't have big guys, but we have guys with big hearts. This is a typical performance we can have and do some nice things offensively and defensively. For us, we're just humbled that we got a lot of support tonight."
October 21, 2011
Leilehua QB Kenan Sadanaga passed for 386 yards and 5 scores in the win over Moanalua. Robin Sakamoto | Special to SL
Mules DB Russell Siavii picked off 4 Moanalua passes in the game Peter Caldwell | Special to SL