Posted: August 18, 2012 - 9:27pm
Leilehua rallies late to stun Kamehameha, 12-10
Leilehua WR Josh Jenks splits a pair of Kamehameha defenders en route to the end zone in the first half. Greg Yamamoto | SL
WAHIAWA - Sometimes late is better than never.
Joshua Jenks scored the game-winning touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Levi Castanares with seven minutes and 28 seconds remaining to lift Leilehua to a 12-10 win over Kamehameha in a non-league game Saturday night.
A crowd of about 1,200 at Hugh Yoshida Stadium saw the Mules rally from a 10-0 second quarter deficit to improve to 2-0. The Warriors, who missed a potential game-winning 39-yard field goal with 3:30 left, fell to 1-1.
"It was really exciting, but kind of a blur right now," Jenks said of the go-ahead score. "We've been working really hard in practice, and we're doing well so far, but we can do a lot better."
Leilehua opened the game-winning drive from its own 2-yard line with 8:55 left to play after Kamehameha's T.J. Fitzsimmons pinned the Mules deep with his 36-yard punt.
Castanares found Keoni Piceno for a 30-yard pick-up on the second play of the drive and two plays later, the duo hooked up again for a 40-yard completion. On the very next play, Castanares found Jenks on a wide-receiver screen pass. Jenks, who was aligned wide left of the formation, hauled in the pass, split several defenders and went untouched for the score.
Leilehua coach Nolan Tokuda praised the poise of his team to persevere despite trailing for most of the game.
"I'm so proud of the players for continuing to believe in one another and just executing play-by-play," Tokuda said. "It's a preseason game, so we tried to get as many players as we could into the game, but it's just that in the end, we were able to make more plays."
After a scoreless first quarter, the Warriors got on the board midway through the second quarter, capitalizing on a special teams miscue by the Mules. Brennan Jacinto mishandled the punt snap and his desperation pass fell incomplete and Kamehameha took over at the Leilehua 11-yard line. Four plays later, T.J. Fitzsimmons converted a 30-yard field goal with six minutes and 37 seconds left in the second.
Later in the quarter, Kamehameha again made the Mules pay for a special teams error. Leilehua ran a fake punt, but upback Keannu Kamakaiwi was stopped short of the first-down marker and Makoa Camanse-Stevens found Austin Gerard for a 36-yard touchdown on the Warriors' ensuing play. Gerard beat his defender along the left sideline and Camanse-Stevens hit him in stride with 5:33 left.
Following the Fitzsimmons extra point, the Warriors held a 10-0 lead.
Leilehua got on the board just before the half on a nine-yard scoring strike from Justin Jenks to his cousin, Josh, but the two-point conversion pass-attempt was no good. Kamehameha led at halftime, 10-6.
The Mules' offense struggled for much of the game: they failed to pick-up a first down until inside of five minutes to play in the first half and had just 72 yards by halftime.
"We just needed that one opportunity and we were able to hit it and I'm just so proud," Tokuda said.
Fitzsimmons had a 39-yard field goal attempt late in the game, but his kick fell short of the crossbar.
The Mules had just 11 first downs for the game and were 2-of-14 on third downs.
Kamehameha coach David Stant said he hopes to see some growth from his players following the loss.
"We did well, it's just the little things. I think we had two or three turnovers and against good teams like that, I don't think we can do that," Stant said. "It's always sad to lose, but hopefully we learn from it."
Malik Morton recovered a pair of fumbles for Leilehua, which held Kamehameha to 171 offensive yards. Camanse-Stevens finished 13-of-29 passing for 112 yards with no interceptions.
August 18, 2012
Josh Jenks, 30 yard TD pass from Levi Castanares.
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Kamehameha QB Makoa Camanse-Stevens lets a pass attempt fly against Leilehua. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Kamehameha defenders team up for a tackle against Leilehua. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL