In a thrilling game at Mililani’s John Kauinana Stadium, Waimea secured its second consecutive HHSAA Division II State Championship with a 31-28 victory over Kamehameha-Maui. The top-seeded Menehunes faced an early deficit but rallied, thanks to Kameron Apilado’s 19-yard touchdown run and Keona Tam’s 92-yard kickoff return.
A crucial moment in the third quarter, following a blocked punt, saw Arakaki breaking tackles and finding the endzone for an 80-yard TD. Despite a late charge from the Warriors, Waimea held on for the win, with Shayden Ranis-Alameda Dela Cruz sealing the deal with a 40-yard field goal.
Kamehameha-Maui, seeking its first state title, fell short despite a solid performance by Makana Kamaka-Brayce, who threw for 154 yards, passed for 1 TD, and rushed for 2 TDs. The Warrior’s running back Zedekiah Campbell rushed 13 times for a season-best 110 yards.
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