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Lunas beat Kapaa 28-13 in non-league opener

August 17, 2013 - Robert Collias

Lahainaluna 28, Kapaa 13

At War Memorial Stadium

Our first look at the Lahainaluna High School football team shows that it is going to be extremely difficult to block DE Connor Mowat and, at least at times, impossible to block Hercules Mataafa, the DE on the other side. Mataafa, a senior standout and two-time state runner-up wrestler, has a pair of sacks for a loss of 25 yards to lead a defense that has five sacks for a loss of 44 yards in the first half.

Mataafa grabbed the ball on the ground and scampered 34 yards untouched for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage after his presence forced Kapaa quarterback Fresno Masaniai to misconnect with his running back.

So 10 seconds into the season, the Lunas' defense had up from where it left off last season when it allowed 23 points in eight MIL games and an average of 98 yards per game.

Just over three minutes later, Christian Whitehead rambled in from 11 yards out after a 40-yard punt return by Kiko Kohler-Fonohema

Late in the second quarter, the Lunas defense made it 21-0 when Kiko Kohler-Fonohema grabbed an interception and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown with 2:17 left in the half.

Kapaa got on the board when Leevi Bethel scored on a 43-yard run with 1:33 left before the break.

In the third quarter, Kapaa's defense came up big early when Mosese Fifita recovered a Luna fumble in the backfield and returned it 29 yards to the Luna 5-yard line. Two plays later, Masaniai found Kaikea Sonoda in the end zone to make it 21-13 with 10:50 left in the third quarter. The Lunas fumbled the kickoff and Kapaa recovered, but could not get a first down.

On the Lunas' next possession, QB Makoa Filikitonga broke free for a 68-yard touchdown run to make it 28-13 with 7:13 left in the quarter.

No scores in the fourth quarter, final Lunas 28, Kapaa 13.


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