Thursday, September 29, 2011

MIL JV Football: LAHAINALUNA 10, KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS MAUI 26 – September 24, 2011

Coming off a dominating 27-0 win against Maui High after a devastating loss to Baldwin after being up by double digits in the 4th quarter, the Lunas came into this game against Kamehameha Schools Maui understandably confident. Perhaps too confident. Everyone seemed a step slow today. The KSM quarterback was running up the middle at will. The gang-tackling and everyone-to-the-ball defense that are Lahainaluna trademarks were noticeably absent. Players just did not seemed focused, as if they could just turn on a switch and put the game away. As a result, the Lunas lost 10-26.

The score was not indicative of how close the game actually was as the Warriors scored 2 touchdowns in the final minutes of the game – one on a drive that put the Warriors up 20-10 after the Lunas had scored a touchdown to bring themselves within 4 10-14. The final touchdown was scored on a pick 6, as the Warriors intercepted Kinimaka’s pass and returned it for a touchdown in the final minute of the game. Still the Warriors seemed to be in control all game.

Pass interference, no?

My Two Cents
The loss essentially puts an end to the Lunas’ hopes of winning the JV championship. The Lunas need to take care of business and focus on the game at hand. This loss hopefully will teach them that they have to come to play every game and give it 100 % focus and effort on every play, no matter the opponent.

For more photos of the game, click here.

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