Sep. 10—Seven turnovers, including five in the first half, doomed the Kahuku Red Raiders in a 55-8 blowout loss to the nation's No. 1-ranked Mater Dei Monarchs in Santa Ana, Calif., on Saturday.
Seven turnovers, including five in the first half, doomed the Kahuku Red Raiders in a 55-8 blowout loss to the nation's No. 1-ranked Mater Dei Monarchs in Santa Ana, Calif., on Saturday.
Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Brown on the Monarchs' first offensive play from scrimmage after their defense picked off Kahuku quarterback Tuli Tagovailoa-Amosa on the Red Raiders' opening drive.
Kahuku's next two drives ended in fumbles and Mater Dei led 13-0 after the first quarter.
The Monarchs put up 28 points in the second quarter to take a 41-8 halftime lead. Kahuku's lone score came on a touchdown run by Tagovailoa-Amosa.
The game was less competitive than Kahuku's 34-7 loss to St. John Bosco last year in California. Mililani played Mater Dei last season and led 7-0 in the second quarter before losing 42-14.
Mater Dei's 55 points are the most Kahuku has given up in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras (since 1972 ).
The Red Raiders, the state's No. 1-ranked team, host St. John Bosco, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation, on Saturday. The Braves crushed St. Frances of Maryland 37-14 on Friday. St. Frances visted the North Shore last year and left with a 22-15 victory.