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Game of the Week
Kalani Takase | ScoringLiveSeptember 9, 2018, 12:32am
Sat, Sep 8, 2018 @ Kapolei [ 6:30 pm ]
KAPOLEI — No. 7 Kapolei put the clamps down defensively in a rout of No. 12 Waianae Saturday night.
The Hurricanes (3-2 overall, 1-0 league) recorded five interceptions and four sacks and cruised to a 46-0 win over the visiting Seariders (0-4, 0-2) in an OIA Open Division game before a crowd of about 700 fans at Kapolei Stadium.
Kapolei, fresh off a week-long trip to southern California that included a 23-14 win over Downey, totaled 447 yards of total offense — including 381 through the air, while its defense limited Waianae to 120 yards.
"We just have defensive chemistry. The defense, we're all super close, we all know what we're gonna do and we know all the calls," said senior Kevin Burkel, who notched three sacks.
Burkel said the trip to mainland only served to strengthen that bond.
"It was great for team chemistry," he said. "It's a whole different scenario living with each other and having to eat, sleep, shower, literally live with each other for an entire week and do everything with each other."
That was evident by the play of the Hurricanes defense Saturday night.
Waianae was limited to 18 yards on 32 carries — an average of 0.6 yards per rush. It was just 1 of 13 on third downs and 0 of 3 on fourth downs.
Linebackers Bubba White, who suffered a broken foot last season, and Peni Naulu, a recent Washington State-commit, each scored on an interception return that was part of a 19-point fourth quarter for Kapolei.
"They're tied as our leading tackles for the season. Both guys have really just been having a great senior season. We rely on both guys a lot," Hurricanes coach Darren Hernandez said.
Burkel, a former linebacker, was a menace for Seariders quarterback Shaydon Lopes all game, dropping him for a total of 24 yards on his three sacks.
"That was big. Burkel is a linebacker and we decided to put his hand in the dirt (at defensive line) and see what he could give us and he gives us a nice dimension out there because he's quick, explosive and very fiery," Hernandez said.
Kapolei's first three possessions resulted in an interception, a punt and a turnover on downs, but it needed just one play on its fourth drive to get on the scoreboard.
Quarterback Noa Bailey tossed a short pass to slotback Ikari Stokes in the right flat, who turned on the jets and carved his way along the right sideline for a 36-yard touchdown.
"It was a bubble. I don't know, I just caught the ball and I was running," said Stokes, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound senior.
After Micah Fonoti converted the extra point, he executed a well-placed onside kickoff, which was recovered by Junior Heloca for the Hurricanes at the Waianae 48-yard line.
Three plays later, Bailey hit Elijah Badoyen along the right sideline for a 46-yard TD pass. Fonoti's PAT gave Kapolei 14 points in a span of 66 seconds of game time.
Waianae put together a 13-play drive in the second quarter and had 1st-and-goal from the Kapolei 8, but ultimately came away empty after a turnover on downs.
"That goal-line stand was big. Any time you get a goal-line stand that's a big, big deal," Hernandez said. "I think they were in that big, jumbo package and I think we held them for a two-yard loss and no gain on the first two downs, so we were able to get into our goal-line defense look and we were pretty successful at stopping them. Credit our D, our D played really well."
The Hurricanes then orchestrated a long drive of their own, covering 92 yards in 12 plays that culminated with a 24-yard field goal by Fonoti with 2:40 left in the first half.
Kapolei led at halftime 17-0. It capped its first drive of the second half with Bailey's 16-yard TD pass to Stokes in the right seam.
"I just remember running that seam route and Noa put it right on the spot, right there. He threw it low because the safety was flying over," Stokes said.
Bailey finished with 360 yards on 19-of-39 passing with a pair of interceptions. Stokes hauled in five receptions for 110 yards.
"Noa Bailey stepped up as a sophomore and shoutout to our coaches for making sure we were prepared," Stokes said.
Hernandez made sure to credit the offensive line, specifically 6-foot-8, 320-pound left tackle Julius Buelow and 6-foot-5, 320-pound left guard Joe Kimmey.
"Our o-line did a great job. We didn't allow a single sack on Noa Bailey during the time that he was in there with our first group of offensive linemen in there, so we're very happy with the o-line pass protection and that, I think, is what turned it around, along with the patience of Noa — calm, cool, collected — he went through his reads and he was patient," Hernandez said. "And those two big boys (Buelow and Kimmey) were great at pass protecting the backside of Bailey."
Bailey, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore, spread the ball around to eight different receivers. Hernandez said Bailey overcame a lost contact early in the game.
"I think the entire second quarter he would close one eye he said, and throw out of the ‘good eye' that he could see out of," Hernandez said. "He's been developing by leaps and bounds and he really played a great game and grew up a lot tonight.
Kapolei extended its lead to 27-0 with 4:29 left in the third quarter on a 32-yard Fonoti field goal.
White's 35-yard interception return for a touchdown and Naulu's 19-yard pick-6 were sandwiched around a 21-yard scoring strike from backup Mason Gomez to Keoki Kaluhiwa midway through the fourth quarter.
Isaac Sheridan, Landan Shove and Teriq Lacaden also had an interception apiece and Naulu also added a sack.
It was Kapolei's first back-to-back victory of the season.
"It was a total team victory. We're not where we need to be yet, especially in this tough Open Division. We've got a tough Farrington team coming up, so it's a work in progress with these guys," Hernandez said.
Lopes completed 12 of his 24 pass attempts for 96 yards, but was intercepted four times. Kenneth Joseph, Jr. had six receptions for 43 yards in the loss.
Xaiston Kamehaloha and James Joseph III each picked off a pass in the loss.
Kapolei was flagged 13 times for 128 yards, while Waianae drew 11 penalties — including seven for encroachment — for 83 yards.
In a pre-game ceremony, the Hurricanes paid tribute to Kaylan "Momi-girl" Haywood, who passed away just two weeks ago at the age of 12.
"She was the sweetest girl. She was at every single practice, every game she helped out in the concession, her mom was the team mom," Hernandez said. "Six months ago she got diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, it's called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). It's a rare, aggressive type of brain cancer. She fought it hard for six months and then she just passed on August 24th. It was really a tough thing, but she was like our angel. She really was a selfless young kid and her bravery was just amazing. Amazing kid."
Momi-girl, whose brother Josiah was a offensive lineman on the team a few years ago, was an honorary captain for the coin toss.
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Select photos taken by SL photographer Greg Yamamoto.
Selections were done by the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.