Lahainaluna Claims DII Football Title in Seven-Overtime Thriller

By Kyle Galdeira
@kylegaldeira
 
In a record-setting epic that lasted upwards of four hours, Lahainaluna outlasted Konawaena 75-69 to claim the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division II State Championship in an incredible seven-overtime thriller Saturday afternoon at Aloha Stadium.
 
The Lunas (11-1) leaned on sophomore running back Joshua Tihada, who rushed for 91 yards on 34 carries and five touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Nainoa Irish was an efficient 6-for-7 passing for 188 yards and three scores through the air – all three passing touchdowns went to receiver William Kai Bookland, who tallied 117 yards on the evening.
 
In the seventh overtime period, Konawaena had possession first and moved the ball to the Lahainaluna 1-yard line for an eventual second-and-goal attempt. However, when trying to sneak up the middle, quarterback Austin Ewing fumbled the ball, and Luna defensive end Elijah Oliveira-Kalalau picked up the loose pigskin.
 
Tihada then rushed four consecutive times, the latter of which was a four-yard scoring burst to give the Lunas the koa trophy.
 
The Wildcats (9-3) were led on offense by Ewing who completed 33 passes for 266 yards and three scores, and added 68 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Running back Chancey Mariani-Louis was Konawaena’s workhorse, and piled up 191 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 42 carries.
 
The defenses were absolutely gassed after the back-and-forth affair, and Konawaena’s Michael Banagan-Brock led all players with 15 tackles, including 1.5 sacks.
 
Lahainaluna received 13 tackles apiece from Siale Hafoka and Elijah Moritz, while Oliveira-Kalalau posted four quarterback sacks.
 
The highest-scoring game in HHSAA tourney history took four hours and 10 minutes to complete as the teams combined to amass 964 yards of total offense.

 

(Photos By: Andrew Lee, Jay Metzger & Matt Hirata / Hawaii Media Source)

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