Less than two minutes into Saturday’s football game, Hana scored a touchdown.
Maybe it was the ferry ride to Maui or the drive to Hana, but suddenly Molokai found itself behind 6-0. It was the first points scored against the Farmers 8-man football team since the 23-20 opening season loss to Seabury Hall.
But the Hana lead would be short-lived and eventually Molokai dominated the game as they did in the 42-0 victory over the Dragons when they visited Molokai in September. By using a variety of offensive weapons, Molokai was able to finish off the Dragons 68-14. “We had a more balanced attack offensively than we’ve had in the past,” said Molokai Head Coach Mike Kahale.
“The boys responded well after Hana scored first,” said Coach Kahale. “They stayed focused and determined, executing our game plan.”
It was actually two Molokai freshmen who responded on the team’s next possession. Ena Victorino threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Kaimana Kahale to tie the game at 6. Victorino ended the game with four touchdown passes.
Molokai followed with two more touchdowns, a 3-yard run by David Pascua-Kahookano and a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by King Kahana-Kalua. Senior Dhavin Spencer-Basa — who was recently named a “Sleeper” on the Hawaii Prep World, Star-Advertiser Top Players list — blocked the punt.
Chasen Kanakaole of Hana kept the game close in the first quarter by returning a kick 75 yards for a touchdown. Kanakaole also scored Hana’s first touchdown.
But another touchdown catch by Kaimana Kahale, this one for 31 yards, pushed the Molokai lead to 26-14 by the end of the first quarter.
The Farmers tacked on three more touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game out of reach for Hana. Alika Kaahanui caught a 15-yard touchdown pass followed by a fumble recovery in the end zone by Ronald Luuloa-Kaauwai and then a 38-yard pass from Victorino to Laureano Torres- Batara. By halftime the lead was 48-14.
Another “Sleeper” from the Hawaii Prep World, Star-Advertiser Top Players list, Noah Caparida, scored Molokai’s next two touchdowns. The junior running back/quarterback had two long runs of 45 and 50 yards in the third quarter. Caparida had 187 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Kahana-Kalua scored his second touchdown and the final score of the game on a 49-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Laureano Torres-Batara “was a beast,” said Coach Kahale, recording nine tackles and an interception. Kilo Kaawa-Gonzales helped support the defensive effort with six tackles.
The Farmers next game will give them a chance for revenge against Seabury. With a 3-1 season record, Molokai can tie Seabury for first place in the Maui Interscholastic League with a win against the Spartans this Saturday. The game kicks off at noon at the Molokai High School field in Hoolehua.
The last game of the season is Oct. 25, Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Stadium against St. Anthony.