After blowing out Hana in the first game of the season, Molokai had the tables turned on them five days later. The Farmers traveled to War Memorial Stadium on Maui Thursday, losing 42-15 to an undefeated Seabury Hall team.
“It was a short prep week for us, we only had two days to get ready for this game, but really that’s no excuse for our lack of execution on the field,” said Molokai Head Coach Mike Kahale.
The game was virtually over by halftime with Seabury holding a 42-0 lead. With Molokai prepared for a Seabury passing attack, the Spartans won by running up the middle with quarterback and halfback trap plays.
“We had a game plan in place they kind of switched some things on us and they killed us up the middle,” said Kahale. A typical Seabury drive involved five or six big plays that culminated in a touchdown.
Seabury quarterback Jaxson Stinger, the offensive player of the game, rushed for 162 yards on 15 carries. He threw four completions for 92 yards. Seabury halfback Cayde Omura ran 10 times for 148 yards. “They’re a well-coached team and their quarterback, Stinger, and their halfback, Omura, they’re two great athletes,” said Kahale.
The second half looked like a completely different game for Molokai. “We went in there at halftime, made some adjustments and the adjustments worked and we were able to hold them scoreless in the second half and we scored 15 points,” said Kahale.
But with a lead of more than 35 points, the clock kept ticking per Maui Interscholastic League rules, making a second half comeback even more difficult. The first half featured 90 plays from scrimmage but with a running clock only 30 snaps took place in the second half.
“If we had the luxury of not being in that situation and having another extra 60 plays, this potentially could have been a lot closer,” said Kahale. “So, moving forward we have to eliminate those big plays and secure the middle and I think we’ll be okay.”
Coach Kahale did mention a couple of players who had strong performances for the Farmers. “You know who had a really good game for us, King Kahana-Kalua and Kayson Castor-Wallace. Their job was to contain the outside on defense and they did just that.”
The Farmers will have a chance for redemption against Seabury when the Spartans travel to Molokai Oct. 26 for a rematch. If Molokai can win, the two teams will meet again in a one-game playoff on Maui the following week.
“Sometimes you just need your butts whooped a little bit to kind of humble yourself or to put you in a place where you know what you’re up against,” admitted Kahale. “Now we know what we have to do.”
The Farmers have one more home game added to the schedule when Kau, from the Big Island, comes to Molokai this Saturday, Oct. 6, to play at 11 a.m. at Molokai High School field.
Seabury has already beaten Kau 34-20 this year. “Talking to Seabury coaches they’re a tough team, they’re a hard-hitting team,” said Kahale. “They got some big boys; they’re just transitioning to 8-man from 11-man football.”