OIA Football
Moananu, Maiava power Kaimuki past Kaiser


  



Sat, Oct 19, 2019 @ Kaiser [ 6:30 pm ]


Final 1 2 3 4 T
KAIM (10-2-0) 7 10 10 633
KAIS (9-2-0) 3 7 7 017
Pass: Jayden Maiava (KAIM) 332 yd 4 TD
Rec: Koby Moananu (KAIM) 203 yd 3 TD

HAWAII KAI — Behind five picks by the secondary and four touchdown passes from Jayden Maiava, Kaimuki avenged their regular season loss on the same field to beat Kaiser, 33-17, in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division II playoffs at Kaiser Stadium.

The Bulldogs make a return trip to the OIA championship game to take on Roosevelt in a rematch of the 2018 title game. The title game will be the first game of a triple header at Aloha Stadium on Oct. 26. Both teams clinched the league's state tournament berths.

"That's what makes it sweet. What makes it even sweeter, we got states coming up. So it's a big blessing and definitely an opportunity to redeem a season last year we came a game up short," Kaimuki coach David Tautofi said.

Kaimuki also avenged a 45-31 regular season loss on Sept. 13.

"We studied hard and we've been waiting for this day to come. That loss we took the first time, it hurt a lot. We studided a lot, worked hard, shout out to the line, they pushed hard tonight," Maiava said of the avenging the loss.

"The difference, we had to be more alert. We came out a little slow both games offensively. The good thing, we learned a lot from the last time we played these guys," Tautofi said of their semifinal win.

Kaiser started off the season 7-0 and went 2-2 in their final four games to close their season at 9-2 overall, 7-2 in the OIA.

Easton Yoshino, who had six touchdown passes in the first meeting, did not play due to injury. Brock Perreira started and threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted five times in the loss.

Maiava, who had a similar stat line and threw for 418 yards in the first contest, followed up with 332 yards, four touchdowns—three of those scores going to Koby Moananu, who had eight catches for 203 yards.

"He's a playmaker. Throw the ball up to him, he's going to catch it no matter what," Maiava said of Moananu, his favorite target.

"He's starting to take the steps we knew he could always be. It was a matter of helping him mature the right way to understand his potential and he's getting that. Luckily, he's only a junior," Tautofi said of Moananu.

"The first half, I was getting tired a little bit going both ways back and forth. I put everything on the line for the team, for all the seniors to come out for the win," Moananu added.

Moananu also doubles up as a defensive back and recorded two of the team's five interceptions, broke up a pass and forced a fumble. Matthew Williams had the other two picks and recovered a fumble, and Avin Tanioka had the other interception.

"We know they like rhthym routes and we disrupted their timing," Moananu said.

"That was huge for us," Tautofi said of the defense forcing turnovers. "That was their was going to be their only chance to get at us. They (the defense) played disciplined football gave some up and they were consistent and persistent. Hat's off to the defense, they kept us in the game."

Kaiser took a 3-0 lead on Kyler Halvorsen's 32-yard field goal.

Both teams traded punts until Williams came up with his first pick and the Bulldogs redeemed the turnover into points and took the lead as Maiava found a wide-open Sionepaongo Taufa down the middle for a 37-yard score on a fourth-and-8.

"We had to keep grinding it out. It's easy for us to bail on game plans especially on the drive. We were confident in the team and the team was confident in each other. We were willing to do that," Tautofi said of going for it on fourth down.

Kurt Kawamoto tacked on a 35-yard field goal, but Perreira answered with a 89-yard touchdown pass to Dre Falls to tie the game at 10. Falls had 135 receiving yards on just three catches.

After the Cougars went three-and-out, Kaimuki started on the Kaiser 46 and added a 13-yard touchdown pass from Maiava to Moananu as the Bulldogs led, 17-10 at halftime.

The Bulldogs went up 10 following Kawamoto's 24-yard field goal and was 2 for 4 on the night.

Moananu grabbed his second interception of the night and the Maiava-Moananu duo capped the nine-play, 65 yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs up big, 27-10.

With a big lead, the Bulldogs turned to Naomas Asuega-Fualaau to get him going in the second half and he was able to move the chains and took time off the clock to finish with 96 yards on 30 carries.

"I think everyone knew they had to step up and going 0-0 at half. We had to execute and keep working. We knew we were going to be in condition but it was a matter of how well we control our emotions," Tautofi said.

Kaiser answered on the ensuing drive that started on their own 37 and Perreira's 20-yard pass to Mason Yoshino set up their 4-yard scoring connection as the Cougars trailed, 27-17.

Maiava and Moananu connected for a third and final time with a 20-yard touchdown for the last score of the night.

Kaiser got the ball back but Moananu ripped the ball out of Ethan Lynch's hand afer a 7-yard completion but Kaimuki came away empty-handed as Kawamoto missed a 35-yard field goal.

The Cougars turned it over on downs on a drive following an interception by Calvin Lime, but the Bulldogs would give it right back turning it over on downs themselves, but Williams came up with his second pick to end the game for good.



Reach Brandon Ching at [email protected].


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