Cowboys Dominate Trojans in Season Finale


Andrew Trump, Assistant Editor

The Ka’u Trojans drove three hours into Kohala only to find a fired up Cowboys football team in the final game of the season for both teams.  Ka’u came into the game with only 19 available players and they paid the price for it. The Cowboys ran away to a 44-0 win in the final game for the seniors.

On the first drive of the game, the Cowboys drove down the field behind a steady diet of running back Israel Victorino-Rabang and fullback Dakota Tolentino. The Cowboys finished off their 6 minute drive with a 25 yard pass from Keanu Bruno to Ricky Ching. The ball bounced off a Trojan defender before Ching hauled in the pass in the back of the end zone with an acrobatic catch. The rest of the first half was played with tough defense from both sides resulting in a 6-0 Cowboy lead going into halftime.

Ka’u came into the second half with a different game plan trying to spark some offense. They abandoned their running game and worked out of the shotgun for most of the 3rd and 4th quarters. The Kohala defensive line, led by David Fangupo, was causing a lot of disruption for the Trojan offense. With 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Fangupo intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. The great catch and run by the 345 pound Junior lineman swung the all the momentum for Kohala. The crowd was going crazy as the touchdown gave Kohala a 14-0 lead.

From that point on it was all Cowboys.  Tolentino, Rabang, Ching, and Bruno all scored touchdowns in the second half on running plays. With a worn down Trojan defense, the offensive line with twins Kulia and Kia Aviero-Kalaniopio, David Fangupo, Ola Moetulu, Kona Tagaligod, Jory-Ayoso Fernandez, Bert Kanoa, and Kevin Cadaoas were able to get a good push to open up holes for the running game.

The final game for the seniors was emotional, but very memorable. The team won its first game in two seasons with new coach Carlos Adams. It is a great step for the future of Kohala football.