BIIF Football: Alani’s five touchdown passes leads Konawaena to 61-0 victory over Waiakea

  • Konawaena’s Eli Uemura (11) and Trez Uemoto (2) chase down Waiakea quarterback Kaysen Doll during the second quarter of the Wildcats’ 61-0 victory Friday night. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Below: Konawaena quarterback Keoki Alani fires his second touchdown pass of the game Friday night: a 72-yard catch and run to Ro’o Satta-Ellis. Alani threw five touchdowns in the 61-0 victory over Waiakea. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above: The Konawaena football team gathers at midfield prior to Friday’s 61-0 victory over Waiakea. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

KEALAKEKUA – The machine that is the Konawaena football team continues to tear through their BIIF competition.

For the sixth straight game, the Wildcat offense eclipsed the half-century mark, while the defense earned their fifth shutout of the season as Konawaena defeated Waiakea 61-0 Friday night at Julian Yates Field.


Quarterback Keoki Alani led the offensive attack, throwing five touchdowns to four different receivers in the first half. Alani connected with Abraham Ogata, Ro’o Satta-Ellis, Jacob Ah Mook Sang, and Zedekiah Anahu-Ambrosio (twice) as Konawaena built a 54-0 lead by halftime.

“Just the o-line protecting me up front, giving me enough time to throw the ball,” said Alani. “Our receivers did their job getting open.”

Defensively, Austin Takaki added to the lead with a pick-six, while Ah Mook Sang added a special teams score, taking a punt to the house in the second quarter.

Kawelu Kaiawe put the final first-half touchdown on the board for the Wildcats, finding the end zone on the ground from eight yards out.

Landon Daquel-Shimabukuro scored the final touchdown of the day, punching in a three-yard scoring run to give the game its final score of 61-0.

Konawaena’s defense held firm, even when Waiakea changed their offensive scheme entirely in the middle of the second quarter, shifting from a spread offense to a three-back, two-tight end Wing-T formation.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen that set,” said Konawaena head coach Brad Uemoto. “We obviously prepare for any kind of offense like that… The kids did a good job. They got into alignment, they executed. That’s what we do defensively.”

The Wildcats (6-0) will square off against Hilo (5-1) next week at home in what is likely to be their biggest remaining test in the regular season. Konawaena defeated Hilo 51-6 on September 2, but are not taking anything for granted against the Vikings.

“Obviously, when you face a team a second time – and eventually possibly a third time – they adjust,” said Uemoto. “Especially on the losing end of a game, you come in the next contest adjusting. We’re going to have to be prepared for whatever… Try to come up with a win again. The more times we play them, it’s not going to get easier.”

Hilo 70, Kealakehe 0

The Vikings set a new season-high point total, piling up 70 points against the visiting Waveriders, while their defense recorded their first shutout of the season.

The Waveriders (1-5) will have a bye this week before squaring off against Waiakea (0-5) on Oct. 14. Waiakea will host Keaau on October 8 in their next contest.


Kamehameha 41, Hawaii Prep 0

Buoyed by their defense’s third shutout performance in as many games – Kamehameha’s fifth shutout of the season – the Warriors took down host Hawaii Prep for the second time this season. Kamehameha has now won three games in a row.

The 6-1 Warriors will host Kau (0-7) Thursday at 5 p.m.

Hawaii Prep (4-3) looks to get back into the win column on Saturday, when they travel to Kohala (2-5).

Honokaa 58, Kau 6

The Dragons remain unbeaten and atop the BIIF Division II standings with a thrashing over host Kau. Honokaa’s 58 points are a season-high, besting their previous mark of 39 in their first game of the season.

Honokaa (7-0) will host Pahoa (2-5) Friday night looking to make it eight wins in a row.


Pahoa 20, Kohala 12

The Daggers avenged a 30-point week 1 defeat, handing the Cowboys their third consecutive loss. Pahoa (2-5) has now won two of their last three games after opening their BIIF schedule 0-4.


CLA def. Parker 25-22, 27-25, 25-17

The Canefire recorded their first BIIF win since August 20, taking down the Bulls in straight sets.


Hawaii Prep def. Waiakea 25-22, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 17-15

For the second match in a row, Ka Makani won in five sets. The win is the fourth in a row for Hawaii Prep, who are now 8-2 in BIIF play and just a half-game behind Konawaena in the BIIF Division II race. Waiakea’s BIIF record drops to 6-3 with the loss.

Kamehameha def. Kau 25-9, 25-3, 25-10

The Warriors remained unbeaten in BIIF play as they swept the Trojans. Kilinoe Helm led Kamehameha with seven kills, while Sarah Schubert recorded a team-high five aces.

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