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Kalani Takase | ScoringLiveSeptember 16, 2017, 10:59pm
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 @ Kaiser [ 6:30 pm ]
HAWAII KAI — Alfred Failauga rushed for 147 yards and and a season-high four touchdowns to lead Waipahu to a 49-0 thrashing of Kalani in an Oahu Interscholastic Association Division II game at Kaiser Stadium Saturday night.
The Marauders (5-0 overall, 4-0 league) posted 461 yards of total offense, including 241 through the air from quarterback Braden Amorozo, who completed 10 of his 18 pass attempts, including touchdown passes of 70 and 23 yards to Alika Ahsing.
Failauga carried 24 times and averaged 6.1 yards per rush. He scored on a pair of short runs in the first half and added TD runs of 13 and 17 yards after halftime. Failauga has rushed for 498 yards and nine TDs on the season.
"Overall, I feel great," Failauga said. "We came out pretty good and I think we finished it off pretty good."
The Marauders capped off seven of their 10 possessions with a trip to the end zone. They finished with 26 first downs, 17 of them coming by rush.
After a three-and-out to open the game — including a fumble on a backward pass that sailed over the intended receiver and out of bounds for a six-yard loss — Failauga made back-to-back trips to the end zone on short runs of one and two yards.
The first score — which was set up by a high snap over the head of Falcons punter Kai Sigler that resulted in a 35-yard loss and gave Waipahu the ball inside the 10-yard line — came on fourth-and-1.
One play into the second quarter, Kalani quarterback Justin Gatewood was penalized for intentional grounding in his own end zone, resulting in a safety to make the score 15-0.
The Marauders then turned right around and orchestrated a seven-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard TD run by Amorozo on third-and-goal.
Kalani drove to the Waipahu 27-yard line on its ensuing drive, but turned it over on downs and two plays later, Amorozo climbed the pocket before finding Ahsing with a deep pass down the left sideline for a 70-yard score.
The pair hooked up again on the Marauders' next drive, this time for a spectacular over-the-shoulder 23-yard TD pass. Amorozo tacked on the PAT to send his team into the half with a 35-0 lead.
The Marauders padded their lead in the second half, turning a pair of interceptions by Zeondre Benjamin into Failauga TD runs.
"I think our defense did really great getting back the ball for us so we can put some points up on the board," Failauga said.
Waipahu did not commit a turnover despite some issues with the center-quarterback exchange both under center and in the shot gun. It fumbled twice, but recovered both times.
Amorozo was sacked just once.
Kalani, which played without starting quarterback Seth Tina-Soberano, was held to minus-54 rushing yards — which included four Waipahu sacks — and just 75 net yards.
Tina-Soberano suffered bruised ribs in last week's win over Mount Tahoma in Washington last week.
Justin Gatewood started at quarterback and finished 10-of-23 passing for 120 yards with two interceptions.
"They were out their quarterback and I that was, I think, big for them," Waipahu coach Bryson Carvalho said. "The whole week we were game planning with him in the game, but the big thing was just to make him uncomfortable, put a spy on him and just make sure that we kept him contained. The game plan didn't change with (Gatewood), so I think the defense did a good job of giving us good field position."
The game was the first to be played on the new artificial turf surface at Kaiser Stadium.
The Falcons saw their three-game win streak snapped and fell to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in league play. They finish out the regular season with Roosevelt (2-3) Friday and Kalaheo (1-3) on Sept. 29.
Waipahu will host first-place Pearl City (5-0) Friday for its homecoming, before finishing with Kaimuki (4-1) on Sept. 30 and McKinley (1-4) on Oct. 6.
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