(Fri) December 4, 2009
HHSAA Division I FOOTBALL: Kamehameha Knocks Off Kahuku for State Football Crown
By Kyle Galdeira
Kamehameha ended Kahuku’s bid for an
undefeated season as the Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion
downed the Oahu Interscholastic Association champion 34-21 in the
Division I title game of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State
Championships tonight at Aloha Stadium.
The championship is Kamehameha’s first since it won the state crown in 2004, and fifth in school history.
running back Ryan Ho led the way with 121 yards on 24 carries and two
touchdowns while quarterback T.C. Campbell threw for 183 yards and
In the midst of what turned out to be a 12-play,
71-yard opening drive, Kamehameha converted a crucial fourth-and-two
play deep in Kahuku territory as Ho picked up three yards on a run to
the left sideline. On the ensuing play, Campbell connected with Brent
Auyong for a 14-yard touchdown strike to give the Warriors an early 7-0
Following Bryson Burnett’s blocked punt which gave
Kamehameha stellar field position on Kahuku’s 10 yard line, the
Warriors converted another third down opportunity as Campbell pitched
to Ho on an option run, and the back scampered nine yards for the
score. In the first half, the Warriors converted six third downs in
On the Red Raiders’ ensuing possession, a stout
Kamehameha defense forced an Evan Moe interception that Wave Ryder
returned deep into Kahuku territory. On the next play from scrimmage,
Campbell threw an eight-yard touchdown dart to Charley Bollig IV to put
the Warriors ahead 20-0 with just under six minutes to play in the
Kamehameha (12-1) dominated the first half
statistically, as the defense limited Kahuku to 31 total yards on 18
plays, and did not afford the Red Raiders any first downs. While
Campbell threw two first-half interceptions, neither led to any
significant output from Kahuku.
The Red Raiders came out of the
break firing, and traveled 83 yards on nine plays to notch their first
points of the contest. Moe found Punga Vea in the corner of the end
zone on a 26-yard strike that narrowed the deficit to 20-7.
a Kamehameha punt, Kahuku (12-1) continued to move the ball
efficiently. After starting the drive in Warrior territory, fullback
Fonoivasa Mattaafa rumbled for a 36-yard touchdown to bring the Red
Raiders within a touchdown of taking the lead, 20-14.