There was no record-setting shock and awe.
Just more of the same for Hilo High.
Surgical, methodical, thorough, suffocating and, in the end, abbreviated, Kyan Miyasato threw five touchdown passes Saturday afternoon and the Vikings held Waiakea to 10 yards of offense to roll to a 55-0 victory at Ken Yamase Memorial Stadium for their 20th consecutive BIIF football victory.
Miyasato hooked up two times apiece with Fiki Aguiar and Shelsey Martinez for scores and has thrown 26 TD passes with just one interception in league play for Hilo (8-0 BIIF Division I, 9-0 overall).
“His progression through the year is where we expected it to be,” coach Kaeo Drummondo said. “With the weapons we have and the continuity on offense the past three or fours years he’s been in it, we’re at the point now where we expect to be able to give him more leeway, allow him to make more calls.”
Much of the fascination entering this game surrounded how the Warriors (0-8, 0-9) would fare after losing 104-0 to Hilo five weeks ago.
How bad did it get?
Not that bad, especially with the running clock going into effect less than 4 minutes into the second quarter when Martinez’s second touchdown catch and Lyle Silva’s two-point run made it 35-0.
“We were just focusing on executing, playing our best and just getting our reps for the next game,” said junior linebacker Mana Price, who had two sacks.
Waiakea cleaned up its play considerably, giving the ball away just once, on a kickoff, a far cry from its 11 turnovers in the first meeting. But all of the Warriors’ yards came on run plays, and it didn’t reach positive yardage until Waylon Spain ran hard for an 8-yard gain in the third quarter.
The Warriors threatened to score in the second quarter, getting the ball to the 9 on an odd drive that featured three Hilo personal foul penalties and a pass interference call. The Warriors eventually missed a field goal.
“Our defense was slacking, but we had to pick ourselves up and try harder,” Price said. “We really have to talk more. Without communication, there is no defense.”
Hilo is nine games through a season that it hopes totals 14 and berth in its third consecutive HHSAA D-I championship game.
“Dedication, the weight room and a lot of water,” Price said of the grind.
Miyasato competed 9 of 15 for 139 yards, and Aguiar was his big-play receiver with touchdown receptions if 43 and 30 yards. Guyson Ogata’s 34-yard punt return to the Waiakea 18 set up Kilohana Haasenritter’s short touchdown run. The longest play of the game belonged to Donald Moody, who ran up the middle for a 68-yard score in the third quarter. Silva rushed for 58 yards on five carries, all in the first half, Ricky Mamone subbed in at quarterback and ran for a score and Hilo gained 212 yards on the ground.
The six-time defending BIIF champion Vikings have outscored their league competition 463-27 and can all but wrap up home-field advantage against Konawaena in the D-I title game with a win next Saturday at Kealakehe.
If there feels like there is a wash, rinse, repeat theme to Hilo’s season developing, Price is proof positive.
“Every Monday I look at the film, study the opposite team and just execute,” he said.
There’s that word again: execute.
It’s one of Drummondo’s favorites.
In fact, he still sees a lot of room for improvement, singling out the interior run game and team communication.
“We’re improving, but there are certain aspects we know we have to get better at, and on Monday we know we have to attack those things and we have to improve,” he said.
Hilo 27 8 7 13 – 55
Waiakea 0 0 0 0 – 0
Hilo – Fiki Aguiar 43 pass from Kyan Miyasato (Masila Siua kick)
Hilo – Shesley Martinez 1 pass from Kyan Miyasato (Siua kick)
Hilo – Kilohana Haasenritter 1 run (kick failed)
Hilo – Guyson Ogata 9 pass from Miyasato (Siua kick)
Hilo – Shesley Martinez 25 pass from Miyasato (Silva run)
Hilo – Fiki Aguiar 30 pass from Miyasato (Siua kick)
Hilo – Donald Moody 68 run (kick failed)
Hilo – Ricky Mamone 27 run (Siua kick)