Wildcats kick off Game 1 at Utah 30-7

Nearly 3,000 miles from their home at Julian Yates Field, the Konawaena Wildcats opened their season with a tough game against the Granger High School Lancers in Utah on Friday, losing 30-7

Although they ultimately didn’t leave Utah with the win, there were a handful of positives for the Wildcats.

Sophomore wide receiver Abraham Ogata scored the lone touchdown for Konawaena, carrying a touchdown pass from quarterback Keoki Alani in the third quarter. A sprawling passing attack in Konawaena saw seven players catch at least one reception, four of which – Ogata, Jacob Ah Mook Sang, Zedekiah Anahu-Ambrosio and Hezekiah Anahu-Ambrosio – catching seven passes each. Alani completed 35 of 55 passes, racking up 257 yards to go with his lone touchdown pass.

Kawelu Kaiawe led a rushing offense that took over the passing game as the contest progressed, logging 36 yards on six carries.

Defensively, the Wildcats were able to force three turnovers — two interceptions by Zedekiah Anahu-Ambrosio and a fumble recovery by Ro’o Satta-Ellis — throughout the night. Trez Uemoto recorded Konawaena’s only sack of the game.

The Wildcats are now focused on the Big Island; they will open their Division I BIIF title defense in Waiakea on Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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