Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 | 3:57 p.m.
The Faith Lutheran High football team’s 49-18 victory today against Kaimuki at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii should give the Crusaders momentum the rest of the season.
First, a 31-point win, regardless of the opponent, is impressive.
But that was just the beginning of what the Crusaders had to overcome to win a football game.
Traveling to Hawaii, even for college teams, is no easy task. There’s long hours on a plane, time change and the temptations of wanting to be a visitor on the island. There were even more obstacles.
They had to wait an extra day to play. Because of high winds and heavy rains, the game was moved from Saturday to today.
Faith Lutheran quickly made up for lost time, leading 33-0 at halftime to cruise to the easy win.
Sagan Gronauer passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns for the Crusaders, who improve to 1-1 on the season. Faith Lutheran had 349 yards of offense and limited Kaimuki to 181 yards — many late in the game when reserves played.
Saundre Spiller rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and Elijah Kothe had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Alec Netski had a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown, Brandon Hann kicked field goals of 37 and 45 yards, and freshman Eric Ho had a touchdown reception.