We’re doing something different today by combining my two weekend newspaper capsules for the Pac-Five vs Kalaheo and Nanakuli vs McKinley games because I just had to write about Jharrel Jerome’s Emmy win yesterday!
After watching Kalaheo battle it out against Waialua last week, I anticipated a fight between the Mustangs and the Pac-Five Wolfpack, but I was surprisingly wrong. The outcome of the Pac-Five vs Kalaheo match up saw the former sweep the latter with a 31-0 final score. I’ve been writing for the newspaper and Hawaii Prep World for the past month and each postgame has gotten easier for me. I used to be afraid to even approach the coaches or players after their games (despite my job at Baylor requiring that exact responsibility numerous times), but now I simply gather my belongings before the clock hits zero and I rush past the fans (and some coaches) to get to the athletes or playcallers I need. For the Pac-Five vs Kalaheo game, I talked to junior QB Chase Hedani (read my online article about him here!) about how his exceptional performance was assisted by freshman WR William Reed and junior RB Micah Kong as well as senior SB Ian Canute, who had a 78-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Saturday’s game was another exciting competition during the Nanakuli vs McKinley challenge where the Golden Hawks looked like a completely different team from when I saw them last. I interviewed junior WR Kekoa Torres for my Hawaii Prep World article because he notched three touchdowns of his own, but junior WR Tahj Hauhio was the real star of the show as he entered the record book at eighth on the school’s single-game rushing list, recording 31 carries for 229 yards and one touchdown. With the stats recorded, Hauhio shot to the top of the DII rushing stats leaders with 99 carries for 585 yards and 5 touchdowns in 5 games.