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Ewaliko returns, Bears eliminate some frustration

September 19, 2012 - Robert Collias
It didn't take long for Keelan Ewaliko to show his importance to the Baldwin football team.

This is the number that jumps out at me — the Bears had 330 total yards of offense and 25 points in two MIL games without an injured Ewaliko and they piled up 438 yards and 62 points with him in their win over Kamehameha Maui last week.

The numbers for Ewaliko are eye-popping — 176 yards and three TDs rushing on nine carries, the final of which was a 15-yard sack; 8-for-16 passing, including a few drops, for 101 yards and two TDs; four touchbacks on six kickoffs, including one from the 25-yard line after a penalty, bringing perhaps the biggest expression of emotion from Ewaliko all night; and, oh yeah, while he didn't field one, he lined up as one of the deep men on the first two kickoffs of the game, forcing Kamehameha to kick away from him.

At the same time, Ewaliko's presence opened things up for Dusty Flores to rush for 141 yards on nine carries, Larry Gines caught three passes for 45 yards, Ryan Garces had two for 40, including a pretty 32-yard touchdown, and six guys had catches. Keep in mind, this was a Baldwin team that entered the game averaging 61.5 yards per game on the ground — the Bears had 317 against the Warriors.

The other game was a big step for Maui High — a comeback 14-6 win at King Kekaulike that put the Sabers, depleted to 37 players dressed by dismissals and attrition, in first place in Division I for a day.

For those who want to know, here is now I voted the top 10 for the Star-Advertiser and 1. Kahuku, 2. Farrington, 3. Punahou, 4. Leilehua, 5. Saint Louis, 6. Mililani, 7. Kamehameha Kapalama, 8. Iolani, 9. Lahainaluna, 10. Radford. And here is how the overall vote came out for scoringlive.

Don't forget the Lunas have outscored their MIL opponents 97-0, including the shocking domination of a Baldwin team (32-0) that had not lost a a league game since 2009. Scoringlive folks told me they will be on Maui for the Baldwin-Lahainaluna game on Oct. 13.


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