Watch out Maui! Here comes Molokai football.
Another dominating performance gives notice to the rest of the Maui Interscholastic League that Molokai football is for real.
After losing their first game to Seabury Hall 23-20, the Farmers have yet to give up one point on their home turf of Ho’olehua. Last week Hana was the victim, losing 42-0. On Saturday, an even stronger show of force stopped St. Anthony in its tracks.
“It was a team effort all the way around, offensively and defensively,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale after the 70-0 victory.
Kahale forgot to mention special teams. On the first play of the game Noah Caparida returned the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Caparida, a junior quarterback, scored again on the next possession with a 49-yard run. With less than three minutes gone in the opening quarter Molokai had already built a 14-0 lead.
Freshman Alden Abafo ran 66 yards down the left sideline to the end zone the next time Molokai had the ball. For the game, Abafo had three carries for 79 yards.
Caparida finished the game with five carries for 90 yards and three touchdowns. He was also 6-for-8 passing for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
“Noah Caparida really stood out in the first half,” said Kahale. “He had great runs, good moves and broke a couple of long ones.”
Molokai junior Robert Traxler-Ortiz also put in a solid performance, running for 78 yards and a touchdown.
After what Kahale called, “a really great week of practice,” the Molokai team worked on its passing game against St. Anthony. “We wanted to pass a little bit more and I think we showed a little bit of that today,” said Kahale. “It’s always easier to pass with this Ho’olehua wind so we threw a couple of passes into the wind.”
Two of Caparida’s touchdown passes went to freshman Kaimana Kahale, one for 2 yards and another for 49 yards, both in the third quarter. Kahale also had an interception. “My son played well, I was proud of him,” said Coach Kahale.
Other strong Farmer performances were turned in by Kamanu Pascua-Kahookano, two carries for 23 yards and two catches for 10 yards; King Kahana-Kalua, two carries for 25 yards, a touchdown, and 1-1 passing for 7 yards; Ena Victorino, one catch for a 4-yard touchdown, kicking PATs 6-for-9 and Paka Adolpho, one catch for 28 yards.
Even with the blowout win the Farmers showed their sportsmanship. “I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Kahale. “The boys played with character and dignity and class. I appreciate the way they treated the other team.”
School is on its fall intersession this week but the football team will still be practicing in preparation for its next game Oct. 13 in Hana.
“That’s a long drive (to Hana) so that can take a toll,” said Kahale. “We are not going to take them lightly but we want to exact our revenge on Seabury when they come, that’s what we are looking forward to.”
The Farmers will have that opportunity when Seabury comes to Molokai Oct. 20 for a noontime game.