Posted: August 25, 2012 - 5:00pm
No. 6 Saint Louis pounds No. 10 Baldwin, 46-0
Saint Louis QB Kawai Mook-Garcia gets a pass attempt past Baldwin's Miki Fangatua. Eugene Tanner | SL
HALAWA - One week made all the difference for Kawai Mook-Garcia.
The senior quarterback figured into five touchdowns - all in the first half - to lead Saint Louis to a 46-0 rout of Baldwin in the featured game of the Crusader Football Invitational at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium Saturday night.
Saint Louis (1-1), ranked sixth in the ScoringLive/OC16 Power Rankings, dominated all facets of the game. The Crusaders scored on their very first play from scrimmage and never looked back against the 10th-ranked Bears (0-1).
"It was a great win, but even more so I'm happy with the execution from our boys tonight, especially after coming off a tough loss last week in which we didn't execute," said Saint Louis coach Matt Wright, who picked up his first career win. "I think the boys took it upon themselves; We had a great week of practice and they came out here with determination to execute and I think they just focused on what they had to do and I'm proud of them."
Mook-Garcia, who sat out last week's loss to Farrington due to disciplinary reasons, played just one half and completed 11 of his 17 pass attempts for 153 yards with four touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown and rushed five times for 23 yards.
"It felt so awesome, I missed this feeling from last year," said Mook-Garcia, who hit four different receivers on his scoring passes. "I couldn't wait to get back on the field. I know I did wrong, but it felt great to be back out there tonight."
Baldwin was never able to find a rhythm on offense and struggled to pick up just six first downs for the game - three off of penalties against Saint Louis. Bad snaps plagued the Bears, accounting for minus 87 yards, and as a team, they were held to minus 103 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
"This was our first preseason game and that's the kind of stuff we're going to take," Baldwin head coach A.J. Roloos said. "We knew we weren't going to play a perfect game, being that it was our first preseason game, but you're going to make mistakes now and we just have to clean stuff up and we'll be all right."
The Bears finished with minus 45 yards of total offense and was 0-for-11 on third downs. Whatsmore, standout quarterback Keelan Ewaliko left the game with an apparent rib injury in the first quarter. Roloos said Ewaliko was taken for X-rays and he is unsure of his status for Saturday's Maui Interscholastic League-opener against Maui.
A high snap over the punter's head on Baldwin's first drive gave Saint Louis a short field on its opening possession. On the very next play, Mook-Garcia hit Ricky Ahlo-Pinera on a 19-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring.
Saint Louis extended its lead on its next drive when Mook-Garcia connected with Devan Stubblefield for a 29-yard touchdown pass. The scoring play - which was set-up by a 22-yard run by Mook-Garcia on a third-down play three plays earlier - capped a six-play, 70-yard drive. After a failed PAT, the Crusaders led, 12-0, to start the second quarter.
Early in the second, Mook-Garcia called his own number, scoring on a 5-yard quarterback draw up the middle. After the extra point by Aaron Peltier, the score was 19-0 with 10:35 left in the quarter.
Following a Baldwin three-and-out, Mook-Garcia led the Crusaders on a seven-play drive that covered 46 yards, culminated by his 17-yard scoring strike to Jerrick Taboada. The PAT was good by Peltier to extend the Saint Louis lead to 26-0.
Just before the end of the first half, Mook-Garcia completed four straight pass attempts, the last of which was a 13-yard touchdown to Kainoa Abreu, who was left uncovered along the right sideline. The Crusaders led, 33-0, at halftime.
"I'm comfortable throwing to anyone and it was good to spread the ball around tonight," said Mook-Garcia, a second-year starter. "We didn't have tape on Baldwin, but we talked about what they did from last year and worked off of that."
Early in the third quarter, Saint Louis took advantage of another Baldwin miscue when a high snap from center sailed over backup quarterback Ryan Graham's outstretched hands and Kamalei Correa fell on the loose ball for the Crusaders at the Baldwin 15-yard line.
Three plays later - with its jumbo package in - Saint Louis scored its second rushing touchdown on a 6-yard toss play to Adam Noga. Correa, a defensive end, came in as a blocking tight end and Colton Goeas, a linebacker, aligned at fullback on the play. Noga received the toss right, followed the lead of his blockers and fell forward into the end zone after contact. The PAT was no good and the score was 39-0 with 9:21 left in the third.
"I hope the kids really, really learn from it. We played a great Saint Louis team and we're just going to take this and go on from here," Roloos said.
Saint Louis added a late score on a 98-yard touchdown pass from third-string quarterback Ryder Kuhns to Jordan Eugenio with 1:32 to play in the game.
The game, which followed a non-league game between Damien and Vacaville Christian (Calif.), began at 5 p.m. to allow the Bears to fly back to Maui Saturday night.
Saint Louis returns to Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium Saturday for a non-league game against reigning three-time Nevada Class 4A state champion Bishop Gorman.
August 25, 2012
Jordan Eugenio, 98 yard pass from Ryder Kuhns
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Saint Louis WR Ricky Ahlo-Pinera looks for yardage after the catch against Baldwin. Eugene Tanner | SL
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