Ul­u­fale’s 3 first-half TDs lift Camp­bell over Kaiser

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS - By Billy Hull bhull@starad­ver­tiser.com

Not a lot has gone right for the Camp­bell Sabers since the start of last sea­son.

The one place that has brought suc­cess is all the way out east at Kaiser Sta­dium.

The Sabers re­turned to the site of their 2015 play­off win over Kaiser — one of two Camp­bell vic­to­ries all year — and picked up their first win of this sea­son with a 28-7 vic­tory over the Cougars on Fri­day night.

Kawika Ul­u­fale ac­counted for three first-half touch­downs and Fan­gaima Mailei fin­ished with 102 yards re­ceiv­ing for a bal­anced Camp­bell of­fense.

Ul­u­fale fin­ished 23-for-32 for 180 yards pass­ing, while the Sabers (1-2, 1-1 OIA Blue) rolled up 219 yards on the ground.

“We just wanted to get this ‘W,’” said Ul­u­fale, who scored on a 20-yard run in the sec­ond quar­ter. “We were kind of slow in the first quar­ter, but we stepped it up af­ter that.”

Tasi Fau­mui, who has started ev­ery game at run­ning back for the Sabers, rushed for a team-high 83 yards on 16 car­ries. Dar­ius Cambe, who played in his first game af­ter in­jur­ing his an­kle in a scrim­mage against Saint Louis, added 73 yards on 12 car­ries and scored the only touch­down of the sec­ond half on a 2-yard run.

“Part of our plan tonight was to try to really get our run­ning game go­ing,” Camp­bell coach Amosa Amosa said. “We think we have a pretty good line and our strength this year needs to be to run the ball.”

Ul­u­fale’s touch­down run early in the sec­ond quar­ter, which came on fourt­hand-10, seemed to en­er­gize the Sabers side­line.

Camp­bell took the ball 80 yards on their next drive, with Fau­mui’s 32-yard run the big play. That set up a 10yard touch­down pass from Ul­u­fale to a leap­ing Markus Ramos in the cor­ner of the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

Kaiser (1-2, 0-2), which only suited up 28 play­ers, lost quar­ter­back Kainoa Tor­res, who hob­bled off the field early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Team­mate Shaun Kim tem­po­rar­ily lifted the Cougars’ spir­its when he re­turned a kick­off 71 yards for a touch­down to cut the deficit to 14-7.

Kaiser couldn’t hold the mo­men­tum for long. The Cougars jumped off­sides on a fourth-and-1 in Camp­bell ter­ri­tory to give up a first down. On the next play, Ul­u­fale threw a quick pass out to re­ceiver Mailei, who turned it up­field for a 56-yard touch­down and a 21-7 lead.

“Kaiser is a tough team that doesn’t have a lot of num­bers, but they played their hearts out and made it tough on us,” Amosa said. “We’re still mak­ing too many mis­takes with the penal­ties, but we kind of set­tled down fi­nally.”

Lin­coln Lima re­placed Tor­res at quar­ter­back and was 6-for-16 for 96 yards. De­fen­sive line­man An­drew Choi had four tack­les for loss and two sacks among his eight tack­les for the Cougars de­fense.

Kon­awaena 23, St. Fran­cis 22

The Wild­cats won their sea­son opener by hold­ing off the Saints at Leile­hua.

Kon­awaena (1-0) in­ter­cepted a St. Fran­cis pass to start the fourth quar­ter and quickly cap­i­tal­ized on the turnover. A minute later, Micah La­ban’s 9-yard score tied the game at 22. Harry Hill’s PAT gave the Wild­cats a 23-22 lead with 10:45 left in the game.

Kon­awaena quar­ter­back Austin Ewing com­pleted 30 of 53 passes for 333 yards and two touch­downs. He also threw five in­ter­cep­tions.

St. Fran­cis’ Wem­b­ley Mailei hauled in one of those in­ter­cep­tions for a touch­down. Mailei put the Saints (1-1) ahead 22-16 with 6:08 left in the third quar­ter on a 3-yard score.

Kala­heo 28, McKin­ley 14

The Mus­tangs sur­vived the Tigers be­hind their aerial at­tack, high­lighted by four touch­down passes.

Quar­ter­back Mark Lehrner passed for three touch­downs and 135 yards, while Tris­tan Thulin-Marsh hauled in two touch­downs on six re­cep­tions for 136 yards.

The Tigers re­lied heav­ily on their run­ning game, hav­ing thrown only five times. The Tigers gained 138 yards on 37 car­ries as a team.

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