Hilo Takes Kealakehe to OT in BIIF Football
It took overtime for Kealakehe to pull out a narrow victory against a tough Hilo team 20-14.
Hilo played hardnosed, inspired football in their homecoming game against Kealakehe held Saturday at Wong Stadium.
A crowd of nearly 2500 was treated to a great first half defensive battle between the titan of Big Island Interscholastic football Kealakehe (2-0 in Division I).
The Vikings, (0-2) gave everything they could to dismantle the potent air Waverider offense holding quarterback, Jacob Ontiveros to just one completion in six attempts during the first half and preventing Kealakehe from any offensive scores.
The Waveriders only first half touchdown came at the hands of the defense when a bad snap to Viking punter, Christian Daog, led to a fumble recovery and run in for an eight yard touchdown by Haku Kapule.
Kapule, a defensive linebacker, played stellar defense for the Waveriders in the first half as the 190 pound senior helped shut down the Vikings running game.
But Hilo would not be out done and came roaring back following the Waverider score with quarterback Kamaka Lewis leading the way throwing and running.
The big play came when Lewis hit wide receiver Jesse Gonzales with a 28-yard pass bringing the ball down to the Kealakehe one. From there Lewis quarterback sneak up the middle and Daog’s point after put Hilo ahead at the half.
With 40 seconds to go in the half the Vikings was forced to punt deep in their own territory, but the Hilo coaching staff caught everyone by surprise when Daog took the ball then ran wide right for 15-yards and a first down.
In the second half Kealakehe used a no huddle offense and almost exclusively went to their star running back Justin DeSilva.
During the third quarter DeSilva carried the ball 12 times, breaking tackles and racking up yardage, but Hilo rose to the occasion and shut him and the Waveriders down.
In the fourth quarter Kealakehe again went back to their big play running back and DeSilva delivered for the Waveriders. DeSilva took a pass in the middle of the field and ran the ball in for a 15-yard score to put the Waveriders ahead.
Hilo came right back on their next position with Lewis connecting on two big pass plays to Gonzales for 25 and 20-yards bringing the ball down to the Kealakehe 40-yard before the drive stalled.
Kealakehe took over possession and was moving the ball until Ontiveros fumbled and gave the ball back to Hilo on the Viking 40-yard line.
Hilo looked primed for the major upset with 3:10 left on the clock the Vikings methodically was moving the ball, with the aid by two interference penalties on Kealakehe driving the ball down to the ‘Rider 29-yard line.
In dramatic fashion Waverider linebacker, Kapule, stepped up and intercepted a Lewis pass on the Kealakehe 5-yard line.
Looking to just run out the clock with 1:33 left in the game the Waveriders made a critical mistake and fumbled on the 2 to set up Hilo.
In two plays and with Lewis sneaking up the middle for the TD all that was left was for Daog to make the tying kick to tie the game at 14.
In overtime Hilo had the ball first, but was shut down when Kapule again stepped up and intercepted another Viking pass.
The ball was then giving to Kealakehe on the Hilo 20-yard line and on the second play Ontiveros connected on a 20-yard end zone strike to Dominick Trevino to preserve the win for the Waveriders.
Kealakehe DeSilva ended the game with 22 rushes for 96 years and one reception, a 15 for a 15-yard TD.
Hilo’s Jesse Gonzales had a good night with seven receptions for 89-yards.
Kealakeke defeated Hilo 21-0 in the junior varisty game.
From Wong Stadium:
Hilo 0 7 0 7 0 – 14
Kealakehe 0 6 0 8 6 – 20
K – Haku Kapule 8 yard fumble recovery (kick failed), 8:59
H – Kamaka Lewis 1 yard run (Christian Daog kick), 2:03
K – Justin DeSilva 15 yard pass/run from Jacob Ontiveros (DeSilva run) 10:35
H – Lewis 1 yard run (Daog kick), :42
K – Dominick Trevino 20 yard pass from Ontiveros
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