On Safari

October 4th, 2009
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…But the Range Rover won’t start!  This week’s Prep Football Photos of the Week is a humorous, albeit, problem-plagued gallery, but hey, we all need a little humor in our lives, right?  Let’s get started:

Game 1:  Kailua at Castle, Friday, Oct. 2

Castle's Moses Alimoot soars to intercept a pass intended for Kailua's Corey Lau during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Castle Knights and the Kailua Surfriders Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at Castle High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Castle's Moses Alimoot soars to intercept a pass intended for Kailua's Corey Lau during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Castle Knights and the Kailua Surfriders Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at Castle High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

So A few plays into the first quarter, and I was able to grab something decent, above.  “Okay, okay!” I thought in my wonderful inner monologue.  Both teams were passing–good news for me!  Guess what?  After that play, NOTHING came my way, at least in the air.  Rushing-wise, it was good, but I’m shooting for lions, not ZEBRA!

The first of many striped officials, a common species on the flatlands of the gridiron, comes into view.  These species have been known to be standoffish towards photographers, and distance is advised.

The first of many striped officials, a common species on the flatland savannahs of the gridiron, comes into view. These species have been known to be standoffish towards photographers, and distance is advised.

Okay, okay, I can deal with it.  First half, done.  No pass plays went my way until the middle of the second half, but guess what?

A Castle Knight, a swift and efficient predator with its sleek jetblack body and beautiful gold crested head, swoops in on the kill.

A Castle Knight, a swift and efficient predator with its sleek jetblack body and beautiful gold crested head, swoops in on the kill.

Okay.  Game over.  A little frustrated as I head home after the game.  There’s always tomorrow.

TOMORROW

The game:  Kamehameha vs. St. Louis at the Stadium.

Scoreless through the first quarter, I was on edge and anxious to capture the first touchdown, be it Kamehameha or St. Louis.  Camped in the north endzone with Advertiser photographer Andrew Shimabuku, Kamehameha quarterback Tyler Christian Campbell hits a slant pass right in our direction!! Wooohooo!!!

BOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!

BACK

FOCUSED:

St. Louis defenders Marcus Umu, left, and Mika Wong react as Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban hauls in a pass untouched into the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

St. Louis defenders Marcus Umu, left, and Mika Wong react as Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban hauls in a pass untouched into the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

My wonderful, perfectly autofocusing Mark III likes to do this.  But, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  The frame above was usable in that it showed the St. Louis reaction to the touchdown.  I was able to make this frame milliseconds later in the same burst:

Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban finds the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban finds the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The next drive resulted in a St. Louis touchdown, which I was fortunate enough to get also.  6-6.  What a game!  Exciting!

St. Louis' Duke Bukoski hauls in a pass for a touchdown over Kamehameha's Shayden Terukina to tie the game at 6 during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

St. Louis' Duke Bukoski hauls in a pass for a touchdown over Kamehameha's Shayden Terukina to tie the game at 6 during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Then, JUST when I thought, again in my wonderful inner monologue, “Exciting!”  the ZEBRAS came out in force…The Serengeti got NOTHING on this!

A striped official throws the autofocus off of my camera.

A striped official throws the autofocus off of my camera.

Zebras are agile creatures of the savannah...agile enough to be in this frame.

Zebras are agile creatures of the savanna...agile enough to be in this frame.

....and this frame.

....and this frame.

....and THIS frame....

....and THIS frame....

Okay, okay, so the zebra part of the safari is over.  I did manage to get something different, and no I’m not talking about any Thompson’s gazelle or hyena.

Kamehameha's Kekoopono Weisbarth-Tafaoimalo, without a helmet at right, helps team mate Brandan Marfil (11) in stopping St. Louis' Vonn Feao during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kamehameha's Kekoopono Weisbarth-Tafaoimalo, without a helmet at right, helps team mate Brandan Marfil (11) in stopping St. Louis' Vonn Feao during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Which brings us to the final part of the Jamm Safari tour, my favorite frame of the night.  After all, this is Prep Football Photos of the Week.

Kamehameha quarterback Tyler Christian Campbell dashes to avoid a tackle from St. Louis' Isaac Ava during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kamehameha quarterback Tyler Christian Campbell dashes to avoid a tackle from St. Louis' Isaac Ava during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

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