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Maui High beats Saint Francis 51-0
August 10, 2013 - Robert Collias
On a dastardly night, things are going swimmingly for the Maui High football team.
The Sabers lead 17-0 after one quarter on the strength of a pair of touchdowns and two safeties.
The first play from scrimmage for the Saints was an intercepted pass returned 27 yards for a touchdown by Aaron Pierman, putting the Saints behind 4 seconds into their history.
The Sabers made it 8-0 on a safety when Arven Lacaden ran down Saints QB Blaze Umiamaka for a 26-yard loss after a bad snap, Mario Fernandez capped a 45-yard drive with a 5-yard scoring run to make it 15-0.
The Sabers capped the first quarter in the 89-year history of Saint Francis School with another safety when the ball sailed over the head of punter Umiamaka with 2:22 left in the first quarter to make it 17-0.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter when another snap sailed through the end zone for the third safety in the first 15 minutes made it 19-0 with 9:40 left in the first half. The Sabers then went 52 yards in seven plays, all runs, and scored on a Justin Carvalho scored on a 2-yard run.
On the next play from scrimmage, Lucas Ibanez grabbed a Umiamaka pass in the flat and returned 32 yards for another score. The Sabers turned on the 35-point mercy-rule clock on the final play of the half when they appeared to be trying to run out the clock, but Fernandez found a crease at the line and then outran the Saints defense 86 yards to the end zone.
In absolutely terrible weather, the 1-year-old scoreboard is not working and a hardly readable tiny (it might be 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall) scoreboard was stuck on 6:10 for almost all of the first quarter.
As a taxpayer, I want my money back for that scoreboard.
And there are about 100 brave souls here for this season opener.
Maui High outgained the Saints 224 yards to negative-23 in the first half -- the Sabers did not throw an official a pass all night.
The only passing attempt Maui High quarterback Tyson Takabayashi took was complete to Nathan Apolo, but wiped out by a penalty.
The Sabers upped he lead to 46-0 early in the third quarter on a 47-yard interception return by Ibanez. Ibanez made it 48-0 on the fourth safety of the night when he tackled Umiamaka in the end zone for a 3-yard loss after the Sabers' third punt of the night pinned the Saints there.
Jared Kapisi added a 33-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter into a stiff wind and heavy rain.
The Sabers only pass attempt of the night was wiped out by a penalty. Eight different players carried the ball.
On a positive note, the field turf looks as good as I can ever remember in my 24th season covering MIl football.
MH–Aaron Pierman 27 interception return (run failed), 11:56.
MH–safety, Blaze Umiamaka sacked in end zone by Arven Lacaden, 8:27.
MH–Mario Fernandez 5 run (Jared Kapisi kick), 5:30.
MH–safety, snap through end zone, 2:22.
MH–safety, snap through end zone, 9:40.
MH–Justin Carvalho 2 run (Kapisi kick), 4:27.
MH–Justin Ibanez 32 interception return (Kapisi kick), 4:00.
MH–Fernandez 86 run (Kapisi kick), 0:00.
MH–Ibanez 47 interception return (Kapisi kick), 10:33.
MH–safety, Ibanez tackles Umiamaka in end zone, 7:12.
MH–Kapisi 33-yard FG, 10:39.
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