KEALAKEKUA — Homecoming games always bring an additional dose of excitement, but Friday’s Big Island Interscholastic Federation matchup between Division II contenders Konawaena and Hawaii Preparatory Academy had more highs and lows, and twist and turns than a theme park ride.
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KEALAKEKUA — Konawaena is not resistant to a little change.
KEAAU — Hawaii Preparatory Academy isn’t the power-running football team from a year ago, but Koa Ellis still finds a way to produce yards with his passing and running skills.
KEAAU — Kamehameha’s offensive line gave senior quarterback Micah Kanehailua time to throw, and he put on an efficient aerial show, gunning for nearly 400 yards and firing five touchdowns with no interceptions.
For years, Ka‘u was on the wrong end of many lopsided Big Island Interscholastic Federation football scores.
HONOKAA — Hilo head coach David Baldwin said his team is not talking to the media this season to concentrate solely on football, but Friday the Vikings made a statement with their play that will be heard loud and clear around the Big Island Interscholastic Federation.
Win or lose, it was destined to be a festive game day and the beginning of a new era in Kapaau.
Honokaa played smash-mouth football on offense and run-stuffing defense, showing the type of toughness reserved for championship teams.
WAIMEA — It wasn’t pretty, but Kealakehe will take it.
Konawaena (1-1 BIIF Division II, 2-1) came into Friday’s Big Island Interscholastic Federation matchup against Keaau (0-2 Division I, 0-3) with a simple game plan — run the football.
Ignited by quarterbacks Cy Tamura and Jordan DeRamos, Ka‘u has the makings of a powerhouse offense primed to give Big Island Interscholastic Federation teams fits this season. But the Trojans ran into a state pioneer Friday night.
Ka‘u’s Cy Tamura scored three touchdowns Saturday night as the Trojans spoiled Kohala’s debut in eight-man Big Island Interscholastic Federation football, winning 34-12 in Pahala. Tamura, a senior, caught a touchdown pass from Jordan DeRamos in the second quarter, and added two touchdown runs in the second half. Ka’u took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on Kaimanu Medeiros-Dancel’s 13-yard run and a two-point conversion pass from DeRamos to Tamura. Kupono Palakiko-Leffew added a safety as Ka’u led 16-0 at halftime.
Seth Fukushima doesn’t throw, run or catch the football, but he was an offensive star for Hilo, which didn’t look too far off from last season’s championship form.
KAILUA-KONA — Kealakehe head coach Sam Kekuaokalani admits his team’s 28-6 win against Honokaa on Saturday night at Waverider Stadium wasn’t flawless, but he won’t be needing to look at the box score to see where his team excelled.
Luis Velez had a memorable day in Pahoa’s first Big Island Interscholastic Federation 8-man football game on Saturday at Wong Stadium, running quarterback keepers and rewarding the Dagger faithful with big plays.