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Warriors sweep Menehune in high school football on Friday

KAPA‘A — A near sold out crowd at Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex stadium watched the Kapa‘a High School Warriors cap a homecoming celebration with a 21-0 win over Waimea High School on Friday night before the Spectrum OC16 cameras, which occupied two pockets of bleacher space on the home side of the stadium.

Following a slow start when Kapa‘a failed to find the end zone on its opening possession, the Warriors lit up the scoreboards on the tail end of the first quarter when Kamalei Gonsalves angled right for 6 yards to cap a 40-yard drive fueled by Waikaheli Makepa who, according to Scoring Live statistics, led the Warriors’ ground game with 217 yards.

Eli Keoho iced the TD with a two-point run for an 8-0 Kapa‘a bulge with 3:36 showing in the opening quarter.

Makepa had his turn at lighting up the boards midway through the second frame, when the running back bulled 10 yards to the end zone with 5:13 showing in the half. The extra point attempt fizzled.

Following the halftime festivities, which saw Rhea Furtado announced as the school’s homecoming queen, the Warriors wrapped up their night under the cameras with a score in the fourth quarter after Kapono Na-O returned to his normal quarterback slot.

Throughout the night, Evan Daligdig did the prime starting QB duties until, with just 37 ticks remaining in the contest, Na-O capped multiple tries at the end zone with a final 1-yard push through traffic.

Overall, the Warriors piled up 217 yards of offense while the defense — that fans described as looking like the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors — held Waimea to just 87 yards.

Menehune QB Kameron Apilado picked up 40 yards on three pass plays with no interceptions. while Kapa‘a kept the airways clear with no passes through 48 minutes. Apilado was on the other side of the ball, finishing with six tackles.

Earlier in the afternoon, the junior varsity Warriors scored early in the first half to hold on and take a 7-6 edge over the JV Waimea squad that scored in the fourth quarter when Ikaika Miyashiro found pay dirt at the end of an 11-yard scoot. A 2-point conversion play by Brayden Wilson came up short of the end zone with 6:07 showing on the clock.

Waimea High School will host Kaua‘i High School on Saturday. The Junior Varsity contest kicks off at noon at Hanapepe Stadium. The varsity contest will kick off 30 minutes after the completion of the JV game.
Source: The Garden Island

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