HALAWA — Chevan Cordeiro passed for 162 yards and one touchdown and rushed for another, and special teams returned two blocked punts for scores as No. 2 Saint Louis destroyed Baldwin, 61-0, Saturday in non-league football action at Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium.
Cordeiro completed 10 of 17 passes in one half of play. Maika Bonner played the second half, leading four scoring drives and tossing a 40-yard TD pass.
Saint Louis (2-0) also blocked two punts for scores. Kila Kamakawiwoole blocked and returned the ball 2 yards for a TD. Gino Quinones blocked a second punt and Junior Wily returned it 12 yards for another score.
It was a long, rough day for the visiting Bears (0-1) of the Maui Interscholastic League. They arrived early Saturday morning and will depart on the late flight back. If that wasn't enough, they were without a number of players because of academic probations. That pressed defensive lineman Samiu Oto to play QB.
"What you've seen from Samiu, he's been our everything," Pohai Lee said. "He's had his hand in the dirt. He's played linebacker, played running back. Whatever we asked him to do, he's done without any kind of gripe. He's just living the dream for two weeks."
Oto last played QB regularly as a freshman on the JV team when Chayce Akaka, one of the regular QBs who didn't play against Saint Louis, was called up to the varsity three seasons ago.
"I just do it for the team," Oto said of playing QB. "It's next man up."
Lee, nephew of Saint Louis coach Cal Lee, said although his team was overmatched, the experience will carry his players a long way.
"We never talk about wins or losses," Pohal Lee said. "What we talk about is character. We do it with 39 guys because we're missing guys on probation, but Saint Louis is a great team. When you can tell 39 guys, 'you're battling 90 guys in the shade, while we're in the heat,' and we're still battling, that's what we go for."
Baldwin was on the mauka sideline in the setting afternoon sun all game.
Pohai Lee is hopeful his team will make the Division I state tournament and that the experience of playing at the stadium will help his players.
"For kids who haven't been here, we know that championships are held here in November," Pohai Lee said. "We want them exposed (to this place). This is our goal, ultimately, to get to the states."
Cordeiro was on the spot with intermediate and short-range passes, but labored with timing on longer ones. Of his seven incompletions, six were overthrown and one was dropped.
"I was a little nervous at the beginning, but I have to work on getting that timing down," Cordeiro said.
Cordeiro converted on two third-down situations in the Crusaders' 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with his 15-yard TD pass to Roman Wilson on a fade. Jacob Tobias missed the PAT to keep it 6-0.
Kamakawiwoole's blocked punt that he returned two yards for a TD and Tobias' PAT made it 13-0.
Quinones' blocked punt was returned 12 yards by Junior Wily to make it 19-0 with 4:55 in the first quarter.
An interception by Wily set up Cordeiro's 4-yard TD run to end the first period to give Saint Louis a 26-0 lead.
Baldwin fought in the second period, only allowing a 1-yard TD run by Tamarick Hallums midway in the quarter to make it 33-0.
Saint Louis threatened again later in the quarter, but was stalled at the Baldwin 3.
"There's a lot of things to build off of here," Pohai Lee said. "One of them was the fourth (down) stop right before the half. Those are positive things to build off here."
Bonner came in to start the second half at QB for Saint Louis and threw a 40-yard TD to Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe to set off the running clock with 9:39 in the third quarter.
Saint Louis added rushing TDs from Kainalu Tumpap (43 yards), Dominic Tominiko (1 yard) and Adrian Bates-Domingo (1 yard) to round out the second-half scoring.
Saint Louis' next game will be the Interscholastic League of Honoluu Division I season opener against Kamehameha on Sept. 1.
Baldwin plays yet another tough game against Mission Viejo (California) Saturday at War Memorial.
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