No. 1 Saint Louis romps Waianae

The nation’s No. 12-ranked team looked every bit as dominant as a two-time state champion can be.

Saint Louis, the Star-Advertiser’s No. 1-ranked team, overpowered Waianae 69-6 on Friday night as the OIA-ILH alliance’s Open Division regular season opened.

Longtime coach Cal Lee was just a wee bit dissatisfied.

“We did a good job defensively. We moved the ball. For a first game, we still got a lot of work to do,” he said. “I’m looking for a perfect game. They scored a touchdown because 11 guys missed a tackle. You can’t be too excited about that.”

First-year starter Jayden de Laura was sensational in one half of play with 234 passing yards and three touchdowns on 9-for-12 accuracy.

“When I came to the sidelines, I knew I needed to get rid of the ball,” the junior said. “I felt comfortable. We work hard in practice, so everything comes easy.”

Waianae received the opening kickoff and on second-and-16, Kevin Feagins picked off a Seariders pass and returned it 29 yards to the right pylon for the first score of the game.

Moments later, de Laura bailed out of a jam in the pocket, then sprinted to the left pylon and leaped into the end zone for a spectacular touchdown, his first TD as a Crusader. The Saints led 13-0 with 7:01 left in the first quarter and never slowed down in the first half.

Waianae’s second punt was fair caught at the Seariders 29. After a TV timeout, de Laura launched a pass down the right hashmark to a wide-open Chance Beyer for an easy 29-yard touchdown for a 20-0 lead with 4:55 left in first quarter.

Waianae’s fourth series was its best. After driving to the Saint Louis 17, Elijah Aken lined up for a 35-yard field goal, but it was a fake. Holder Chad Pule ran right, cut back twice and scored on a 17-yard run with 9:49 left in the first half.

Despite a dropped pass, de Laura needed only three plays to get the Crusaders back in the end zone. A 23-yard strike to Wynden Hoohuli was followed by a 48-yard bomb down the right sideline to Roman Wilson.

Later, de Laura got sacked for a 13-yard loss, but bounced back with completions of 37 and 33 yards before Kainalu Tumpap scored on a 1-yard run.

Waianae’s fourth punt was fair caught for a fourth time, all in Seariders territory. Again, on the first play of the series, de Laura looked down the sideline and rifled a bullet to the other seam. Koali Nishigaya, who beat his defender by 5 yards, hauled the pass in for a 35-yard touchdown. Saint Louis led 41-6 with 16 seconds left in the first half.

GAME SUMMARY

No. 1 Saint Louis 69, Waianae 6
At Aloha Stadium

>> Waianae (0-2, 0-1) 0 6 0 0 — 6
>> Saint Louis (1-0, 1-0) 20 21 14 14 — 69

Saint Louis — Kevin Feagins 29 interception return (kick blocked)

Saint Louis — Jayden de Laura 8 run (Gary Napuunoa kick)

Saint Louis — Chance Beyer 29 pass from de Laura (Napuunoa kick)

Waianae — Chad Pule 17 run (kick blocked)

Saint Louis — Roman Wilson 48 pass from de Laura (Napuunoa kick)

Saint Louis — Kainalu Tampa 1 run (Napuunoa kick)

Saint Louis — Koali Nishigaya 35 pass from de Laura (Napuunoa kick)

Saint Louis — Dayton Sam 79 kick return (Napuunoa kick)

Saint Louis — Tame Albert Sula 12 pass from Connor Apo (Napuunoa kick)

Saint Louis — Robbie Paikai 3 run (Napuunoa kick)

Saint Louis — Sam 61 run (Napuunoa kick)

RUSHING — Waianae: Shaydon Lopes 1-8, Justin Tacgere 7-7, Kaai Tambaoan-Kaeo 9-6, Kenneth Joseph Jr. 3-4, Malik Brown 6-(minus-7), Team 2-(minus-16). Saint Louis: Robbie Paikai 5-74, Sam 1-61, Alexander Bianco 1-11, Tumpap 2-2, Ka‘ohu Kamakawiwo‘ole 1-0, Apo 2-(minus-5), de Laura 2-(minus-5).

PASSING — Waianae: Kevin Poepoe 0-2-1-0, Tacgere 5-11-0-54. Saint Louis: de Laura 9-12-0-234, Apo 1-2-0-12.

RECEIVING — Waianae: Joseph 2-29, Joshua Nahulu 2-9, Laakaea Lapastora 1-16. Saint Louis: Wilson 2-85, Makoa Close 2-56, Beyer 2-47, Nishigaya 2-37, Sula 1-12, Isaac Silva 1-9.

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