The Lunas defense directly led to their first score. Halfway through the first quarter, Hercules Mataafa broke through and blocked a Maui High punt. Robert Campos recovered the ball on the Maui High 28 yard line.
On the very next play, Mr. Touchdown Jared Rocha took the ball up the middle and raced 28 yards for the touchdown. Extra point was good. Lunas up 7-0. That would be the Lunas’ easiest and best play on offense all night. From then on, it was a struggle.
In the second quarter, though, the Lunas defense had a let down. They allowed a Maui High runner to make a big run – 22 yards by Justin McCreary.
The Lunas came out of the locker room with a purpose. They drove the ball 52 yards on 4 plays for a touchdown.
Lunas seemed to be in control. If the offense could move the chains and keep possession, things would be okay. But they couldn’t.
The Lunas were unable to sustain a drive to get into field goal position. Final Score 14-13,
My Two Cents
On paper, it looks like a shocker. Based on past years, the Lunas could not have lost to Maui High, right? But given the youth and experience of this current Lahainaluna team – at least 5 freshmen playing significant minutes on the roster – and injuries to key players (including John Mishima, who appeared to reinjure his left foot in the third quarter), we have to be patient with this team. They have potential. We just have to have patience.
For the Maui News article on this game, click here.
For the stats of this game, click here.
For more of my photos of this game, click here.