ILH Football
Tagovailoa lifts Saint Louis over Kamehameha, 46-38


Sat, Sep 20, 2014 @ Aloha Stadium [ 7:30 pm ]

Final 1 2 3 4 T
STL(6-4-0) 20 13 6 746
KSK(5-3-0) 20 7 3 838
Noah Sua-Godinet 268 yd 2 TD
Tua Tagovailoa 399 yd 4 TD
Jordan Bayudan 142 yd 1 TD
Tua Tagovailoa 190 yd 1 TD

On a humid Saturday night at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium, Saint Louis sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had Kamehameha sweating.

Tagovailoa netted 589 yards of total offense, passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the No. 8 Crusaders over No. 4 Warriors, 46-38, in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I knock-down, drag-out affair.

It was one of the more entertaining games of the season - though not to defensive coordinators - as the teams combined for 1,303 yards of total offense. In the first quarter alone, the teams had combined for 518 yards and three touchdowns each and left the game knotted at 20.

Tagovailoa completed 23 of 33 passes for 399 yards with TD passes of 28 yards to Allan Cui, 11 yards to Ricardo Sallas III, 21 yards to Drew Kobayashi and 25 yards to Jimmy Nunuha. For good measure, Tagovailoa had 190 yards on 24 carries, including a 2-yard TD.

"Tua, on his throws, was good," Saint Louis coach Cal Lee said. "He ran well, too."

"He's a good player, had a good game," Kamehameha coach Doug Cosbie said. "They run a good system and he fits it well."

Tagovailoa had to be at his best because Kamehameha QB Noah Sua-Godinet was doing a number of his own to keep the Warriors within striking range. He was 14 of 30 for 268 yards and two TDs and rushed 18 times for 122 yards and two more scores.

"Fatu does a good job," Cosbie said. "He does what we ask him to do."

Saint Louis' Toa Augafa and Matthew Mariota each had interceptions late in the game to stop potential rallies by the Warriors.

Lost in the offensive madness was Saint Louis RB Jahred Silofau gaining 137 yards on 17 carries with two TDs. Kamehameha RB Jordan Bayuden led the game with 142 yards rushing on 12 tries, the bulk coming on an 82-yard TD. Warriors' WR Alika Kahaulelio led all receivers with 140 yards from five receptions.

Still, the night belonged to Tagovailoa.

"We tried to off set our run with our pass," he said. "I feel that if we can make the defense think, be on their toes, so we'll be good."

One Warrior defender did give Tagovailoa trouble. Defensive back Austin Borengasser had two sacks and an interception.

The wild first quarter saw both teams score on each of their first three series. Each time, Saint Louis took the lead, Kamehameha scored to tie.

Saint Louis took the opening kickoff and scored in two minutes, seven seconds into the game on Tagovailoa's first TD pass, a 28-yarder to Cui. Noah Alejado missed the PAT.

Kamehameha responded 67 seconds later on Bayudan's 82-yard run. Noah Crabbe's PAT was blocked to keep the game at 6.

Saint Louis capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive with Silofau's 3-yard run with Alejado making the PAT to make it 13-6. But Kamehameha retorted with a nine-play, 80-yard drive a 21-yad TD pass from Sua-Godinet to Kumoku Noa. Crabbe made the PAT to tie the game at 13.

The Crusaders regained the lead on Tagovailoa's 11-yard TD pass to Sallas, but the Warriors tied it again on Sua's 12-yard TD run.

Kamehameha initiated the first stop of the game early in the second quarter. The Crusaders worked their way to the Warriors' 20, but after a penalty, three incomplete passes by Tagovailoa and a 1-yard run, they lost the ball on downs.

The Warriors, aided by a 44-yard pass from Sua-Godinet to Kahaulelio, scored on the QB's second rushing TD on a 14-yard run to give Kamehameha a 27-20 lead with 8:49 in the half.

Saint Louis had an apparent 80-yard TD run by Silofau nullified by a penalty and eventually punted for the first time in the game. And like following a blue print, Kamehameha's ensuing series ended with a punt.

From the Kamehameha's 43, the Crusaders needed only two plays to tie the game on Tagovailoa's 21-yard TD pass to Drew Kobayashi.

Kamehameha punted on its next series, but Saint Louis answered with Nunuha's 25-yard TD reception from Tagovailoa to give Saint Louis a 33-27 lead with 2:09 left in the half.

The defenses either took over the third quarter or the offenses were too gassed. Kamehameha managed a 30-yard field goal by Crabbe to pull to 33-30 with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Saint Louis responded with Tagovailoa's 2-yard TD run to make it 39-33 with 1:47 in the third.

Mariota's interception in the fourth quarter set up Saint Louis' final score of the game: Silofau's 3-yard run with 5:50 left in the game to make it 46-30.

Kamehameha made it a one-possession game when Sua-Godinet hit Noa for a 4-yard TD. Sua-Godinet then connected with Kaulana Werner for the 2-point conversion to pull the Warriors to within 8, but Saint Louis controlled the ball the rest of the way to secure its first win against a Division I opponent.

"I've always been told to enjoy the win now," Tagovailoa said, "but you just have to keep moving."

Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at [email protected].

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