Colts clinch two division titles
HANAPEPE — The Hanapepe Colts finished with three wins and two division titles Sunday during the Kauai Pop Warner Football League games contested under intermittent showers at Hanapepe Stadium.
Ryson Waalani took the first snap in Hanapepe Colts Junior Varsity’s first possession and peeled off 35 yards along the sideline for a touchdown.
The point-after failed against the Koloa Rams’ defense, and Hanapepe Junior Varsity claimed the division championship behind the touchdown that came at the seven-minute mark of the first quarter.
That was the first of two championships the Hanapepe Colts claimed, as its Junior PeeWee Colts closed the day with a 14-0 win over the Kapaa Eagles.
Kamu Santiago found the end zone at the end of a two-yard charge in the first half, and Duke Alderete-Labugen pulled in an eight-yard touchdown pass in the second half for the win. Conner Mulliken graced the second TD with a point-after boot for the final math.
Earlier in the day, the Hanapepe Colts flag team shut down the Kekaha Titans, 24-0, behind two touchdowns from Dryden Arbilera, who peeled off scores of 25 yards in the first half and added a 14-yard run to paydirt in the second half.
Anu Kaiakapu opened the scorebooks with an 11-yard scoring run to give the Colts a 6-0 bulge before Sylas Butay found the end zone at the end of a 47-yard scoring run in the first half.
The second flag matchup saw the Kapaa Eagles battle the Lihue Raiders to a 32-32 deadlock after the Eagles’ Axton DeRego notched four scores and a PAT, three in the first half and one in the second half, to deadlock the contest.
Lihue answered Kapaa’s opening score when Drake Javier scampered for a 35-yard score and Makali‘i Chong adding the point-after to knot the contest, 8-8. Chong put Lihue ahead following a 45-yard score, only to have DeRego find the end zone and knot the match, 14-14.
Action continued as Lihue took the lead on a one-yard touchdown by Chase Kawakami, only to have DeRego answer on a 17-yard score to knot the match, 20-20 at the break.
Chong came out of the locker room for a nine-yard score for the 26-20 go-ahead, only to have the Eagles’ Micah Doctolero answer by pulling in a 10-yard scoring pass from quarterback Chris Jenkins Jr. for the 26-26 deadlock, which was broken once again when Kawakami ran for a four-yard score.
DeRego answered that score on a 10-yard run for the 32-32 final.
Kekaha Titans Junior PeeWee Kaili Arakaki peeled off two scores to lead the Titans JPW to a 25-0 shutout over the Koloa Rams.
Brennen Fernandez found the end zone on a nine-yard run to open the scorebooks before Arakaki pushed for a five-yard score, Fernandez adding the PAT run for the 13-0 margin.
Makenyah Okeigar found the end zone on a 47-yard run to give the Titans at 19-0 margin at the break.
Arakaki closed the books in the second half with a 47-yard score.
Saturday’s matches will be the annual 2017 Shrine Bowl, where admission proceeds benefit the Kauai Shriners Club. Games will be played at Vidinha Stadium and no season passes will be accepted.