Aloha gets three TD passes from Whitley in win vs. David Douglas
ALOHA - Another Friday, another win for the Aloha football team.
It isn't old hat yet for the Warriors, but Aloha is certainly getting a lot more used to success on the football gridiron, this time taking out David Douglas 31-7 at Aloha High School Friday night. The win lifted Aloha to 2-0 in non-league play on the season, marked its fourth straight win, its fifth in its last six games and its eighth in its last 13.
'We're pleased. The kids are competing hard and improving every week,' said Aloha coach Chris Casey. 'We've just got to keep doing that.'
Aloha dropped two first-quarter touchdowns on the Scots to lead 13-0, getting a 23-yard Eric Whitley pass to Nate Martin for the first and a 6-yard Ben Shelton run for the second. The Scots came back within 13-7 when Greg Carradine broke off a 38-yard TD run, but David Douglas would get no closer.
The Warriors shut David Douglas down the rest of the way, adding three more touchdowns in the second half and won going away. Wide receiver Zak Kokesh cashed in during the third quarter with a 29-yard scoring strike from Whitley, Jared Dunivan hauled in a 41-yard Whitley TD pass in the fourth and senior tailback Jude Graves capped the festivities with a 1-yard score in the fourth.
'Outside of a couple plays, we really contained (David Douglas' quarterback) well,' Casey said. 'We ran well and we tackled hard defensively.'
Casey welcomed top lineman Chris Rise back from an appendectomy and the Warriors celebrated by sending Graves over the 100-yard mark for the second straight week, this time for 106 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Also notable was Whitley's passing performance; his three passing touchdowns Friday give him four for the season, four more than the Warriors threw all last year, one more than the team recorded in the past two seasons combined and one short of Aloha's total over the last three seasons.
'We've struggled to throw the ball here our first couple years so it was good to get some balance,' Casey said. 'On offense, we blocked really well.'
Jayme Morgan caused two fumbles in the game, Kokesh recovered one of the Scots' drops, and Casey also highlighted the efforts of sophomore cornerback/receiver/kick returner Marcus Smith, of sophmore center Brian Plasker, of linebackers Trevor Rochlin and Danny Plank and of Dunivan at fullback.