Mistakes Prove Costly for Cowboys


Andrew Trump, Assistant Editor

The Kohala Cowboys football team played with great effort, but it wasn’t enough to stop BIIF Division II powerhouse HPA.  The visiting Ka Makani were able to capitalize off of both turnovers and penalties en route to a 63-8 victory over Kohala on Saturday.  HPA was able to limit mistakes and use a run heavy offense to wear down the Kohala defense.

The Cowboys under a new coaching staff headed by Carlos Adams came up with a big stop on 4th down to halt HPA on their first drive. That gave the ball to Devreaux Aiona who was making his first start at quarterback in the Cowboys spread offense. Aiona said “I was definitely nervous to start today, but the nerves didn’t affect my play too much.” Due to many penalties, the Kohala offense managed to back themselves up throughout the game.  The Cowboys used mainly Aiona at QB, but Junior Makani Kuali’i also took snaps at time throughout the game.

For HPA, the combination of running backs Kawohi Schutte and Bobby Lum proved to work well. They ran for multiple touchdowns, highlighted by a 35 yard scamper by Schutte. He lost in shoe on the play but continued to run down the sideline and plunge into the end zone to put HPA up 21-0. The Ka Makani offensive line also helped them score early and often which helped build a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Even though the Cowboys were able to move the ball at times on offense, it took them till late in the 4th quarter to score. That was when Aiona hit Kuali’i on a 33 yard corner route, and Kuali’i made two defenders miss before getting into the end zone. “When I saw the ball coming towards me, I had to fight for position with the two defenders. I was pumped I made the catch,” Kuali’I stated. Aiona was also very excited on the play and said later “When I let the ball go, it felt perfect. I was pretty sure Makani was going to catch it.” That touchdown also got the crowd very excited, and hopefully will build momentum for Kohala’s matchup next Saturday against Konawaena.