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Bears’ Kahoohanohano-Davis Sparks Win Over Lahainaluna

October 3, 2015, 12:58 PM HST
* Updated October 3, 1:56 PM
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Baldwin’s La’akea Kahoohanohano-Davis changes direction on the stop of a dime, leaving three Lahainaluna defenders in his wake, en route to a 68-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

By Rodney S. Yap

All-purpose back La’akea Kahoohanohano-Davis continued his explosive ways Friday, creating a pair of highlight-video plays in the second quarter that ignited Baldwin High School’s homecoming celebration and sent Lahainaluna reeling.

As the Maui Interscholastic League’s top play-maker — on offense, defense and special teams — Kahoohanohano-Davis set-up a touchdown with a huge punt return and scored a 68-yard touchdown off a screen pass as Baldwin broke open a 3-2 yawner in a span of 2 1/2 minutes late in the second quarter.

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Baldwin’s La’akea Kahoohanohano-Davis takes aim for the sidelines after hauling in this screen pass. The senior scored Baldwin’s second touchdown on this 68-yard toss from quarterback Chayce Akaka. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

The scoring boost provided the Bears a 17-2 halftime cushion and eventual 30-8 victory over the visiting Lunas, who fell to 2-4 in league play and 1-1 in the second round. Meanwhile, Baldwin improved to 4-1 and 1-0 in the second round.

Like a man among boys, Kahoohanohano-Davis used his open-field skill set to slow the game down or speed it up, depending on the situation. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 180-pound senior, who is also an accomplished track athlete who led the state last year in three events — 110 high hurdles, long jump, and high jump — leads the league in touchdowns with eight.

Among the 4,000 plus who attended Friday’s game was former Baldwin head coach Chad Kauhaahaa, the current defensive line coach at Oregon State. A bye in the Beavers’ schedule this weekend allowed Kauhaahaa to return to the Valley Isle and see Kahoohanohano-Davis play live. He has plans to go to Kahuku today before returning to Corvallis, Ore, on Sunday.

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In addition to defending a pair of passes in the end zone, Kahoohanohano-Davis maximized his only two touches of the ball in the first half when he returned a punt 40 yards and set the table for Dalton Mata’s 37-yard touchdown reception from Chayce Akaka on third down.

His other touch was the screen pass he caught that resulted in the Bears’ second touchdown with 3 minutes, 56 seconds left in the first half. On that play, he managed to avoid three Luna defenders closing in on him, slowing down and then leaping to his. He reset his pace and continued to run, this time down the Makai sidelines away from the pursuit and defensive angles.

But in the end, it wasn’t all Kahoohanohano-Davis. Teammate Kamaki Gouveia added touchdown runs of 18 and 4 yards in the third quarter.

Akaka had a solid outing, throwing for 253 yards, and Baldwin finished with 351 yards in total offense.

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Baldwin running back Kamaki Gouviea shakes this Lahainaluna would-be tackler en route to his first of two touchdown runs Friday against Lahainaluna. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin’s defense was stellar again, as Chris Kaniho’s 1-yard run in the fourth quarter for Lahainaluna was the first touchdown allowed since Sept. 5 against Kamehameha Maui.

Nainoa Keahi, Andre Vaivela, Sidney Fonohema-Hamamoto, Leroy Mafatini Jr. and Leafi Satele led the Bears up front. Keahi is only a sophomore and Satele is the lone senior. The linebackers were also active, including captain Kawena Alo-Kaonohi, Aloalii Laga, Jac Keoni Yoruw and Kaohu Pua’a.

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Baldwin head coach Pohai Lee and receivers’ coach Colten Quinabo (left) welcomes the offense to the sidelines after scoring a touchdown in the second half Friday against Lahainaluna. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna had 195 yards in offense, but managed just four first downs and nine punts through the first three quarters.

Friday’s MIL Scoring Summary

At War Memorial Stadium

BEARS 30, LUNAS 8

Lahainaluna 2 0 0 6—8

Baldwin 3 14 13 0—30

First Quarter

BH—FG Kelii Kaiama 27, 9:07.

LH—Safety, Kaylon Santos-Kekona tackled in end zone, 0:00.

Second Quarter

BH—Dalton Mata 37 pass from Chayce Akaka (Kaiama kick), 6:20.

BH—Laakea Kahoohanohano-Davis 68 pass from Akaka (Kaiama kick), 3:56.

Third Quarter

BH—Kamaki Gouveia 18 run (Kaiama kick), 7:20.

BH—Gouveia 4 run (kick failed), 1:50.

Fourth Quarter

LH—Chris Kaniho 1 run (pass failed), 6:49.

Junior varsity: Lahainaluna 36, Baldwin 23.

* Note: All individual and team statistics complied by Robert Collias of The Maui News.

Baldwin's Samiu Oto (9) is brought down by a host of Lahainaluna players, including Chris Kaniho (6). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin’s Samiu Oto (9) is brought down by a host of Lahainaluna players, including Chris Kaniho (6). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin's Kamaki Gouveia drags Lahainaluna's Ammon Walters as he tries to pick up extra yardage. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin’s Kamaki Gouveia drags Lahainaluna’s Ammon Walters as he tries to pick up extra yardage. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin head coach Pohai Lee and offensive assistants Lemoa Tua (back) and Colten Quinabo (left) congratulate members of the offensive unit after a Baldwin touchdown Friday. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin head coach Pohai Lee and offensive assistants Lemoa Tua (back) and Colten Quinabo (left) congratulate members of the offensive unit after a Baldwin touchdown Friday. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin quarterback Chayce Akaka runs from the Lahainaluna defensive pressure, led by Ivan Upfold-Pante (44). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin quarterback Chayce Akaka runs from the Lahainaluna defensive pressure, led by Ivan Upfold-Pante (44). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin's Dalton Mata (15) hauls in this pass from teammate Chayce Akaka. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin’s Dalton Mata (15) hauls in this pass from teammate Chayce Akaka. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin's Kaylon Santos-Kekona runs in between Lahainaluna's Donavan Defang (21) and Chris Kaniho (6). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin’s Kaylon Santos-Kekona runs in between Lahainaluna’s Donavan Defang (21) and Chris Kaniho (6). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin's Kaylon Santos-Kekona looks for running room down the sidelines. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin’s Kaylon Santos-Kekona looks for running room down the sidelines. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna's Nau Filiai prepares for one of his nine punts through the first three quarters of play. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna’s Nau Filiai prepares for one of his nine punts through the first three quarters of play. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna's Ronnie Espiritu is slowed down by Baldwin's Dylan Hernandez (11) and Lamaku Hosino (80). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna’s Ronnie Espiritu is slowed down by Baldwin’s Dylan Hernandez (11) and Lamaku Hosino (80). Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna's Ronnie Espiritu (9) tries to run past Baldwin defender Iokepa Cardoza-Vida. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna’s Ronnie Espiritu (9) tries to run past Baldwin defender Iokepa Cardoza-Vida. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna quarterback Dylan Delatori looks for an open receiver Friday against Baldwin. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna quarterback Dylan Delatori looks for an open receiver Friday against Baldwin. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna's Ronnie Espiritu (9) haul in the second-half kickoff Friday against Baldwin. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna’s Ronnie Espiritu (9) haul in the second-half kickoff Friday against Baldwin. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin High School's band performs during halftime's homecoming festivities Friday against Lahainaluna. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin High School’s band performs during halftime’s homecoming festivities Friday against Lahainaluna. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

The Baldwin boys varsity team pose for a picture before taking the field for the second-half kickoff. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

The Baldwin boys varsity team pose for a picture before taking the field for the second-half kickoff. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin's defensive captain Kawena Alo-Kaonohi (5) leads the Bears to the locker room at halftime Friday. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Baldwin’s defensive captain Kawena Alo-Kaonohi (5) leads the Bears to the locker room at halftime Friday. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna Nau Filiai gets his paws on Baldwin's Kaylon Santos-Kekona. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna Nau Filiai gets his paws on Baldwin’s Kaylon Santos-Kekona. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna's Ikaika Viela and the rest of the Lunas' punt team wait for the official's whistle before grounding the ball. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Lahainaluna’s Ikaika Viela and the rest of the Lunas’ punt team wait for the official’s whistle before grounding the ball. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

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