Posted: September 19, 2012 - 5:35pm
Leilehua-Campbell clash tops Week 7 match ups
Keoni Piceno and the Leilehua Mules look to keep pace in the wild OIA West as they take on the Campbell Sabers. ScoringLive file photo
With three weeks remaining in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference regular season, the playoff picture in the East is beginning to clear-up, while out in the West all seven teams remain in playoff contention and are within one game of each other.
Eastern division-leading Farrington has a bye week leading up to next Saturday's showdown against top-ranked Kahuku at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. The Red Raiders, meanwhile, look to remain perfect against a winless Kaimuki team Friday and fourth-place McKinley visits third-place Moanalua Saturday.
The feature game on the West this week will be No. 4 Leilehua visiting No. 9 Campbell Friday. The game will be televised live statewide on OC16. Also, No. 10 Waianae visits Aiea and fourth-ranked Mililani will play host to Kapolei Friday.
The marquee game in the White Conference has Kalani visiting unbeaten Radford Friday at John E. Velasco Stadium.
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Red East Conference
No. 1 Kahuku vs. Kaimuki - Friday, 5:30 p.m. at Kaiser
The Red Raiders (4-0, 3-0) will be making their first appearance away from the friendly confines of Carleton E. Weimer Field this season when they visit Kaiser Stadium Friday. Senior quarterback Lasi Livai threw a pair of touchdown passes and senior running back Aofaga Wily ran for two other scores in a 35-0 win over Castle last Friday. Kahuku's defense recorded three interceptions - two by senior defensive back Devilo Galeai - and junior defensive end Lamone Williams returned the other for a 47-yard pick-six. The Bulldogs (0-6, 0-4) have been shutout twice in their last three games, including a 36-0 blanking at Moanalua last Friday, and have been outscored by opponents by a margin of 265 to 52 this season.
Castle at Kailua - Saturday, 6 p.m.
Although they have just one win between them, bragging rights for the next calendar year will be on the line when these Windward Oahu rivals meet Saturday. The Knights (0-5, 0-3), who are playing all games on the road this season due to the new artificial playing surface being installed at their home field, have totaled just 394 yards of net offense through five games this year. The Surfriders (1-4, 1-2), who will be celebrating homecoming night, finally broke through with a 48-12 win over Kaimuki two weeks ago after having lost four straight to start the year. Senior running back Jarrin Young led the way with 266 yards on 22 rushes and four touchdowns.
McKinley at Moanalua - Saturday, 6 p.m.
The Tigers (2-3, 1-2) have played the first- and second-place teams in the Red East in each of the previous two weeks and now face the third-place Na Menehune (3-3, 3-1). Since a 43-22 win over La Salle (Ore.) three weeks ago, McKinley has struggled offensively, putting just 110 yards of offense in a 35-6 loss to Kahuku and 139 in a 26-7 loss to Farrington. Turnovers did in the Tigers in both games. They turned it over four times in the first half against the Red Raiders and five more times against the Governors. Moanalua rebounded from a 28-7 loss to Farrington two weeks ago with a 36-0 shutout of Kaimuki last Friday. Junior quarterback Micah Kaneshiro threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns on 12-of-17 passing in the win.
Red West Conference
No. 10 Waianae at Aiea - Friday, 7 p.m.
The Seariders (3-3, 2-2) are the hot team in the Red West of late, having won back-to-back games over Waipahu and Campbell the last two weeks. In a 28-14 win over the Sabers last Friday, Waianae gained 344 yards of total offense - including 269 rushing - while holding Campbell to just 198 yards of offense. Junior running back Jeremy Willes carried 33 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns while senior running back Alakai Kealoha added 118 yards on 20 carries. Na Alii (3-2, 1-2) stumbled in a 28-7 loss to Waipahu on homecoming night last Friday, in which they allowed 397 yards of offense by the Marauders. Aiea's lone score came late in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Hernandez-Fonoti to Kamakana Apelu.
Kapolei at No. 4 Mililani - Friday, 7 p.m.
One team is tied for first, the other tied for last, but just one game separates them in the wild Red West. After a 17-2 win over Waianae just two games ago, the Hurricanes (3-2, 1-2) took a 47-0 shellacking from Leilehua last Friday. Kapolei, which fell behind 32-0 by halftime, had just 34 yards of total offense for the game, while it allowed 391 yards by the Mules. The Trojans (4-1, 2-1), who were idle last week, last played two weeks ago when they topped Campbell, 45-26. Senior quarterback Jarin Morikawa threw for 280 yards and three scores, including two touchdown passes to sophomore receiver Kainoa Wilson, to lead Mililani, which built a 29-0 halftime lead over the Sabers.
No. 4 Leilehua at No. 9 Campbell - Friday, 7 p.m. (OC16)
Any questions about the offensive productivity of the Mules (4-1, 2-1) were answered in the 47-0 shutout of Kapolei last Friday, in which junior quarterback Justin Jenks threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-36 passing. Once again, his favorite target was senior receiver Keoni Piceno, who hauled in nine receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. Piceno, who played at Campbell last year, ranks fourth amongst Division I receivers with 433 receiving yards. The Sabers (4-2, 2-2) have lost back-to-back games since four straight wins to open the season. Senior quarterback Justin Tago-Su'e has thrown for 904 yards and eight TDs, fourth-best in Division I statewide. In its first three games, Campbell allowed just 13 points combined by opponents, but in the last three games, it has allowed a combined 107 points.
Anuenue at Roosevelt - Friday, 6 p.m.
The teams have combined for just one win between them, although Na Koa (1-5, 1-4) have been much more productive than the Rough Riders (0-4, 0-4) offensively, at least. Anuenue, which has attempted just 16 passes all season, averages 364.8 yards per game, including 339.8 rushing. Senior running backs Kainalu Kaleo (1,017 rushing yards, 11 TDs) and Anuenue Tui (637 rushing yards, 5 TDs) are the top two Division II rushers statistically. However, as is the case with Roosevelt, defense has been the downfall for Na Koa, which is allowing an average of 38 points and 328.2 yards by opponents. Opponents are averaging 48.3 points and 347.3 yards per game against Roosevelt, which is averaging just 5.3 points and 172 yards per game offensively.
Kalani at Radford - Friday, 7 p.m.
The Falcons (3-2, 3-1) are coming off a 34-7 win at Roosevelt last Friday, in which junior quarterback Noah Brum threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-27 passing. Junior wide receiver Ikona Mamiya was on the receiving end of five of those passes, including two touchdowns, for 99 yards. Senior kicker Leo Klink, a standout soccer player for the Falcons, converted field goals of 41 and 20 yards in the first half. The Rams (5-0, 4-0) have won their first five games and are coming off a 62-0 thrashing of Waialua Saturday. Junior quarterback Cody Lui-Yuen, who is second amongst all Division II passers with 1,266 yards and 17 touchdowns, threw for 369 yards and six TDs, including three to senior receiver Zach Tinao-Rabellizsa in the win.
Waialua at Kaiser - Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs (0-5, 0-3) allow an average of 46.4 points and 435.5 yards per game by opponents, while offensively, they average just 9.4 points and 135 yards each time out. Waialua managed just 32 yards of total offense and allowed 561 by Radford in a 62-0 blowout last week. The Bulldogs are one of eight schools statewide without a win this season. The Cougars (4-2, 4-1) have won four straight following back-to-back losses to open the year and are in second-place in the nine-team White Conference. Senior quarterback Makana Lyman threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns and junior running back Fitou Fisiiahi scored three rushing touchdowns in a 47-14 win at Nanakuli Friday.
Kalaheo at Pearl City - Saturday, 6 p.m.
The Mustangs (3-2, 3-1), who were idle last week and are currently tied for third (with Kalani) in the White Conference, are coming off a 21-16 loss at Radford two weeks ago. Senior running back Willie Lynch led the way agianst the Rams with 94 rushing yards on 18 carries and a touchdown, but Kalaheo committed five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles), which led to 14 points for Radford. After four consecutive losses to open the season, the Chargers (2-4, 2-3) have won their last two and still have an outside chance to secure one of four berths in the OIA White Tournament. Senior wide receiver Isaac Amorin, who leads all Division II pass catchers with 502 yards and eight touchdowns, caught a pair of scoring passes in a 54-21 win over Anuenue last week.
Bronson Ader and the Campbell Sabers look to get back on the winning track as they take on the Leilehua Mules. ScoringLive file photo