Sunday, October 2, 2022
By: Nick O’Connor
Despite a hard fought effort from the Hurricanes, the Saber’s passing attack was in full control as they came out victorious 38-19.
The passing game seemed to be a point of emphasis as Campbell quarterback, Jaron Sagapolutele, completed sixty-three percent of his passes in Saturday night’s game against Kapolei.
Campbell’s head Coach Darren Johnson said, “We were trying to get Jaron back in form and get him throwing the ball.” Sagapolutele looked like he was in form as he delivered with 4 passing touchdowns. His first touchdown came after trailing the Hurricanes in the second quarter.
Kapolei got out to an early lead as they scored a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. On a 9-yard strike in the back of the endzone sophomore quarterback Litama Amisone connected with Diezel Kamoku to put the Hurricanes ahead 6-3.
Campbell answered back immediately with a touchdown of their own on the very next drive. As the Saber’s offense marched its way into the red zone, Sagapolutele was able to find his big 6’5’’ wide receiver Mason Muaau. Muaau leaped over the Hurricane defender to make an incredibly acrobatic catch. “He is a joy to have. He is a big target and a good target,” said Coach Johnson.
The second quarter was host to 21-unanswered Saber points. Sagapolutele found Jonah Togafau-Tavui for an 81-yard pass and followed up with another hook up to Muaau with just 10 seconds left in the second quarter. Muaau made his second highlight reel catch of the night, as he reeled in the pass with one hand and secured the touchdown using the defenders back.
“We expect that from him,” Campbell’s head coach added after the game when asked what a weapon Muaau is in red zone situations. Muaau’s scored put the Sabers up 24-6 going into halftime.
The Hurricane offense looked like it was going to turn things around when they came back from the halftime break. During the first drive of the second half, Aminose was able to connect with Malachi Tapaoan for a couple of first down throws. Eventually, the drive was capped off with a 6-yard touchdown run from Aminose, who finished with 185 yards and two passing touchdowns.
However Campbell’s offense was too much as they poured on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They were able to convert a long 4th down play by opening up the playbook in a drive that did not look to have much life left. A screen pass completed to Rowen Bucao fooled Kapolei’s defense as he rolled out and flipped the ball to an open receiver, Chauncee Lopez. The trickery brought Campbell to the 2-yard line where they forced their way into the endzone with a two yard score.
The Hurricanes, in typical fashion, played until the final whistle as Aminose found Izaea Lino for his first touchdown catch of the year, bringing the score to 38-19 in favor of the Sabers.
The Hurricanes look to get back into the win column as they take on Mililani on October 8th. Campbell will take on Waianae on October 7th.
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