Lahainaluna's junior varsity football team made its debut in the MIL opener against King Kekaulike. It was a much anticipated debut, after a scrimmage against Maui High scheduled on August 13, 2011 failed to materialized. Needless to say, the players were eager to play and the parents and fans were excited to see their boys on the field.
|2011-12 Team Captains: (L to R) #11 Christian Whitehead, #55 Connor St. John, #21 Bubba Jaramillo, #71 Solomone Loketi|
|The first play of the game started in Lahainaluna's favor as a squib kick was mishandled by one of the King Kekaulike players upfield. The Lunas recovered and took over.|
|#11 Christian Whitehead takes the hand-off and scores the first touchdown of the game.|
|Lahainaluna JV cheerleaders celebrate the touchdown|
|Lunas #55 Connor St. John, #50 Turner Wyckoff combine on a sack|
|Lunas #55 Connor St. John, #50 Turner Wyckoff combine on another sack as #32 Brandon Kaina arrives.|
|Lunas #21 Bubba Jaramillo wards off a would-be tackler on a punt return in the first quarter.|
|Lunas #35 Ansen Makoa Cabanilla takes the hand-off and races down the sideline for |
a 35 yard touchdown. Lunas up 14-0.
|Lunas #35 Ansen Makoa Cabanilla showing he can get the job done on defense, too.|
|Lunas #55 Connor St. John with another sack.|
|Lunas' classic gang tackling forces a fumble which is recovered by the Lunas.|
|Lunas quarterback #10 Kawika Kinimaka dops back for a pass on 3rd and long|
|Kinimaka's pass is caught by a leaping #42 Jared Purdy over two defenders |
close to the goal line.
|Lunas #21 Bubba Jaramillo busts through the line for a touchdown, despite|
a defender's attempt to pull his pants down. Extra point blocked. Lunas up 20-0.
|Jaramillo celebrates with some break-dancing moves in the end zone.|
|Lunas #22 Nainoa Steward with the interception in Na Alii territory.|
|Lunas' quarterback #13 Sione Filikitonga rolls out for a pass|
|which is caught by #42 Jared Purdy|
|Lunas #15 Lauren Corpuz hauls in a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone |
from Filikitonga. 2-point conversion failed. Lunas up 26-0.
|The look on the coach's face reflects the score nearing halftime as Lunas are up 26-0 in the 2nd quarter.|
|The players gather around Coach Kaniho prior to the start of the second half.|
|After Kekaulike completed a long pass downfield, Lunas #44 Nathaniel Hapakuka-Nunuha |
sacked the quarterback on the next play.
|The Hapakuka, Lono, and Nunuha ohana all enjoyed that play by Nate Boy!|
|Lahainaluna's hard working JV coaching staff.|
|Lunas #13 Sione Filikitonga breaks up the pass |
with a hard hit on the Na Alii receiver.
|Lunas' defense: #68 Penisimani Taufa, #33 Ekolu Chang and #44 Nate Hapakuka-Nunuha|
|#68 Taufa and #11 Whitehead lay a hit on the Na Alii ball carrier.|
|#68 Taufa putting the pressure on the Na Alii quarterback|
|Resulting in a pass into the heart of the Lunas' defense, which is ulimately |
tipped up by #11 Whitehead and intercepted by #12 Ryan Ginoza
|Final score: Lahainluna 33, King Kekaulike 7|