#5 KS-Kapalama Shuts Out Kealakehe
Kamehameha-Kapalama senior Cid “Makoa” Camanse-Stevens threw for two touchdown passes and run for a couple more as the fifth-ranked Kamehameha-Kapalama Warriors rolled through the Kealakehe Waveriders 34-0 at Waverider Stadium Friday night.
Camanse-Stevens, who according to head coach David Stant has been getting looks from schools like Hawaii, San Diego State, Weber State, Washington, and Colorado, led his team to touchdown drives on their first three posessions of the game to open up a comfortable early lead.
After Kealakehe (1-1) was held to a three-and-out on their opening series, the Warriors put the ball in the end zone on their second play from scrimmage when Camanse-Stevens found senior receiver Austin Gerard for a 39-yard touchdown to go up 7-0 with 9:26 left in the first quarter.
The visitors only needed three plays to strike it rich on their next drive, capping off a 65 yard drive with a Camanse-Stevens one-yard touchdown run to double the lead with 4:25 remaining in the opening quarter.
After a fumble by Kealakehe’s Tavita Eli, the Warriors got the ball back at the Waverider 15 yard line. Five plays later, after moving the chains on a fourth down run by Jonah Wengler, Camanse-Stevens dashed into the end zone for a four yard touchdown run. The extra point struck the left upright, but the effect was still the same, giving Kamehameha-Kapalama a 20-0 lead with 1:19 left in the first quarter.
Kealakehe had their chances to get on the board in the first half, but failed to score on three drives that got inside the 25 yard line of their opponents. After Kamehameha-Kapalama’s third scoring drive, the Waveriders went on a 15-play drive that started at their own eight yard line. The drive ended unfulfilled with John “Keoni” Yates was short on a 46-yard field goal attempt. Yates has missed all week of practice due to a bout with the flu.
On the next Kealakehe posession, which started at Kamehameha-Kapalama’s 25 yard line because T.J. Fitzsimmons could not cleanly handle the snap on a punt attempt, the Waveriders moved backwards immediately on an eight yard sack of quarterback Jordan Cristobal by Kingston Fernandez. After getting that yardage back, Yates had another field goal opportunity from 41 yards away, but pushed it wide right.
The Warriors got the ball to start the second half and immediately drove it down the field 66 yards, capping a 12-play drive with a quick strike one-yard touchdown pass from Camanse-Stevens to Kaulana Werner. That gave the visitors a 27-0 lead with 7:25 left in the third quarter.
Camanse-Stevens didn’t take the field after that drive, finishing his day by completing nine of 15 passes for 153 yards and two touchdown passes. He also had two rushing touchdowns on three rushes.
Backup quarterback Nephi Stevens entered the game in Camanse-Stevens’ place and immediately capitalized on great field position at Kealakehe’s 37 yard line. On a first-and-goal play, Stevens perfectly ran a play-action run, darting through a small seam in the middle of the field and waltzing into the end zone untouched for a four-yard touchdown, giving his team a 34-0 lead.
Kealakehe quarterback Cristobal perservered in, and out, of the pocket on Friday night. The senior quarterback, who was not active against Kailua because of an injury, was sacked seven times, twice by Fernandez and Josiah “Pono” Lucas. He completed nine of 18 passes for 106 yards and rushed for 11 yards on 17 carries. Lennox Jones, who the Waveriders use in the slot and in the backfield, showed the potential to be a big playmaker, rushing for 42 yards on eight carries and catching five passes for 35 yards.
The hidden story of the game would be the defensive effort of Kamehameha-Kapalama (2-1), holding their opponent to 137 yards of net offense. Through three games this season, the Warriors have allowed only six points per game on average.
Kamehameha-Kapalama faces Punahou next week at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium, while Kealakehe hosts El Capitan of California next Friday.
Kamehameha-Kapalama 20 0 14 0 – 34
Kealakehe 0 0 0 0 – 0
1st (9:26) – KSK: Cid “Makoa” Camanse-Stevens 39 yd TD pass to Austin Gerard (T.J. Fitzsimmons XPT good)
1st (4:25) – KSK: Camanse-Stevens 1 yd TD run (Noah Crabbe XPT good)
1st (1:19) – KSK: Camanse-Stevens 4 yd TD run (Fitzsimmons XPT no good)
3rd (7:25) – KSK: Camanse-Stevens 1 yd TD pass to Kaulana Werner (Crabbe XPT good)
3rd (2:54) – KSK: Nephi Stevens 4 yd TD run (Fitzsimmons XPT good)
Konawaena 48, Hilo 12
Konawaena (2-1) got three touchdown passes from quarterback Kahoalii Karratti to lead the Wildcats to a 48-12 victory at Wong Stadium. John Kamoku, a transfer from Kealakehe, added three touchdown runs as he returned from an elbow injury that forced him to miss the Maui game.
Hilo (1-1) quarterback Donovan Kelley rushed for 172 yards and passed for 74 in the loss.
Konawaena 7 21 13 7 – 48
Hilo 0 6 0 6 – 12