Lahainaluna extended their outstanding 42-game winning streak in the Maui Interscholastic League with an emotional battle, staying undefeated at 3-0 in a wildfire-delayed season.
Fi1. Kaulana Tihada's fumble recovery at the 4-yard line in the final seconds proved decisive in Lahainaluna's hard-fought win, a crucial play that he attributes to divine chance.
. The Warriors' final drive fell just short of the goal line, partly due to their earlier use of timeouts and an interception by Kuola Watson, ultimately securing Lahainaluna's victory.
Kamehameha Maui's coach, Ulima Afoa, praised the intense game, where both teams made critical adjustments in the second half. Despite the close score, the Warriors lamented some missed opportunities.
Kaulana Tihada's second-half performance was pivotal for Lahainaluna, as he took over as quarterback and scored all three of his team's touchdowns on 215 yards rushing.
. Lahainaluna seized their first lead with Kaulana Tihada's 30-yard run in the fourth quarter, following an impressive 67-yard drive.
. Lahainaluna's defense came through when needed the most, holding firm after struggling in the first half. Head coach Dean Rickard commended their well-coached opponents and the significant impact of Kaulana Tihada.