Iolani rallies past Radford in Bray Classic, 22-16
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By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Wes Nakama
An undersized and inexperienced Iolani football team still had enough last night to rally past and then hold off Radford, 22-16, at Aloha Stadium in a rematch of last year's Division II state championship game.
Radford, which has since been promoted to the O'ahu Interscholastic Association's Red (Division I) Conference, forced a safety and took over at midfield with 1:55 remaining. But quarterback Epa Maika threw three straight incompletions and then was intercepted on fourth down by Raiders defensive back Lionel Fujioka with 1:32 left.
The Rams still had two timeouts remaining, but Iolani running back Justin Yamamoto gained a first down with 42 seconds remaining to seal it. The feature nonleague game of the 43rd Annual Father Bray Classic was the season opener for both teams.
"We're a new group, but hopefully we can click and get better," said Raiders quarterback Ryan Dung, who threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns to lead an offense with only one returning starter. "Last year's offense was a great model for us."
Last year's unit featured three Advertiser All-State first team selections in quarterback Kiran Kepo'o, running back Mike Hirokawa and receiver Travis Nishioka. The current Raiders struggled in the first half last night, especially when Dung left the game with an injured knee late in the first quarter.
They managed only 114 total yards in the first two quarters, and their only points came on Kody Adams' 33-yard field goal after Iolani recovered a "pooch" opening kickoff. Radford took a 14-3 lead into halftime after touchdown passes from Maika to Kyle Blair and Justin Lord.
But Dung, who sat out two series, returned to spark the Raiders to two touchdown drives in the second half. His 6-yard TD pass to Ronnie Hirokawa on a slant pattern closed the Rams' lead to 14-9 with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter. The extra point attempt was blocked.
Dung then threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Fujioka on the same slant pattern with 10:38 left in the game to give Iolani a 15-14 lead. The two-point conversion pass failed.
Dung set up the TD with a 70-yard strike to Aaron Fong on a post pattern.
"(The knee) was just a little banged up (in the first half)," said Dung, a senior who backed up Kepo'o last season. "I felt the adrenaline would take over and help me do what I gotta do. Our offense wasn't clicking in the first half, but we just had to get our feet wet and then we would be all right."
Defensive lineman Scott Elliott's fumble recovery on the ensuing series set up Kela Marciel's 6-yard touchdown pass to Fong, and Adams' extra point made it 22-14 with 9:41 remaining.
Safety Daniel Takami's interception with just over two minutes left killed a Radford opportunity, but on the next play Matt Alofaituli tackled Yamamoto in the end zone for a safety.
Radford returned the free kick to their own 49, but failed to capitalize.
RADFORD (0-1) 7 7 0 2 —16
IOLANI (1-0) 3 0 6 13—22
IOL—FG 33 KODY ADAMS
Rad—Kyle Blair 4 pass from Epa Maika (Jonathan Atangan kick)
RAD—JUSTIN LORD 4 PASS FROM MAIKA (ATANGAN KICK)
Iol—Ronnie Hirokawa 6 pass from Ryan Dung (kick blocked)
IOL—LIONEL FUJIOKA 8 PASS FROM DUNG (PASS FAILED)
IOL—AARON FONG 6 PASS FROM KELA MARCIEL (ADAMS KICK)
RAD—SAFETY, JUSTIN YAMAMOTO TACKLED IN END ZONE
RUSHING—Radford: Ezekiel Pulou 19-71, Maika 6-6. Iolani: Justin Yamamoto 18-42, Fujioka 1-4, Dung 3-19, Reid Furukawa 4-20, Hirokawa 1-13, Marciel 1-(minus-14).
PASSING—Radford: Maika 15-34-3—206. Iolani: Dung 14-24-0—218, Marciel 2-4-0—7.
RECEIVING—Radford: Blair 5-78, Lord 5-42, Travis Daniels 2-28, Stephen Jenkins 3-58. Iolani: Fujioka 4-80, Furukawa 4-17, Hirokawa 3-21, Fong 4-100, Jordan Nakamura 1-7.
PAC-FIVE 28, KAISER 14
Shandon Augustus rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and also threw a 57-yard halfback option pass for another TD last night to help the Wolfpack rally past the Cougars in the opener of the Father Bray Classic at Aloha Stadium.
The nonleague game was the season opener for both teams.
With the score tied at 14-14, Augustus burst through the right side and zig-zagged his way into the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown run with 53 seconds remaining in the game. Josh Mun's extra-point kick made it 21-14.
On Kaiser's first play following the ensuing touchback, Wolfpack defensive back Scotty Irvine made a diving interception at his own 41.
Three plays later, on third-and-9 from the 43, Augustus took a handoff and rolled left, then launched a pass down the sideline to Jordan Ho-Ching, who caught it at about the 25 and then scampered to the end zone to seal it with 22 seconds left.
KAISER (0-1) 0 7 7 0 — 14
PAC-FIVE (1-0) 0 7 0 21 — 28
KAI—ISAAC SAFFERY 80 RUN (KYLE NIIRO KICK)
PAC—SHANDON AUGUSTUS 18 RUN (JOSH MUN KICK)
Kai—Jake Esteban 44 pass from Skyler Chan (Niiro kick)
Pac—Matthew Bayan 14 pass from Bryson Beirne (Mun kick)
PAC—AUGUSTUS 32 RUN (MUN KICK)
PAC—JORDAN HO-CHING 57 PASS FROM AUGUSTUS (MUN KICK)
RUSHING—Kaiser: Saffery 16-168, Keli'i Maikui 4-15, Chan 5-38. Pac-Five: Liko Satele 5-10, Augustus 21-157, Phillip Sarubbi 5-19, Beirne 4-(minus-31), Ho-Ching 1-(minus-4).
PASSING—Kaiser: Chan 6-17-1—77. Pac-Five: Beirne 13-23-0—158, Augustus 1-1-0—57, Ho-Ching 0-0-0—0.
RECEIVING—Kaiser: Kalani Calizar 2-8, Saffery 3-25, Esteban 1-44. Pac-Five: Ho-Ching 7-127, Sarubbi 1-11, Augustus 1-8, Zach Fujimoto 1-25, Bayan 2-27, Satele 2-17.
LEILEHUA 27, KAILUA 20
Bryant Moniz passed for 286 yards and three touchdowns — two to Martin Iosefo — as the host Mules beat the Surfriders. Darren Sugimoto caught touchdown passes of 21 and 37 yards from Zachary Akamine for Kailua.
KAILUA (0-1) 14 6 0 0—20
LEILEHUA (1-0) 7 14 6 0—27
KAIL—Darren Sugimoto 21 pass from Zachary Akamine (Kaimi Sarkissian kick).
LEI—Micah Abreu Laybon 15 run (Brayden Keawe kick).
KAIL—Sugimoto 37 pass from Akamine (Sarkissian kick).
KAIL—Gerald Ho 88 punt return (kick failed).
LEI—Martin Iosefo 10 pass from Bryant Moniz (Keawe kick).
LEI—Iosefo 7 pass from Moniz (Keawe kick).
LEI—Allan Macan 8 pass from Moniz (kick failed). RUSHING—Kailua: Keelan Gonda 6-29, Akamine 6-42, Travis Holeso-Wolfe 5-32, Kaleo Wong 3-3, Ho 4-7. Leilehua: Abreu Laybon 13-53, Alex Cruz 1-2, Bronson Pausa 4-11, Moniz 4-(minus 18), Will Burford 1-1.
PASSING—Kailua: Ho 3-6-1—31, Akamine 7-22-0—109. Leilehua: Moniz 25-33-0—283.
RECEIVING—Kailua: Kenny Ellis 1-8, Holeso-Wolfe 3-31, Ho 2-34, Sugimoto 2-58, Shaun Forges 2-9. Leilehua: Abreu Laybon 2-8, Aric Edra 4-40, Will Landestoy 3-42, Iosefo 7-72, Tony Belen 3-34, Macan 5-53, Art Laurel 1-34.
JV score—Leilehua 33, Kailua 0.
WAIMEA 38, WAIAKEA 0
Jayrald Watanabe accounted for two safeties and a 32-yard touchdown run as the host Menehune of the Kaua'i Interscholastic Federation routed the Warriors of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation. Alan-Michael Gaspar scored on runs of 8 and 1 yard.
WAIAKEA (0-1) 0 0 0 0—0
WAIMEA (1-0) 7 16 9 6—38
WAIM—Ikaika Rapacon 4 run (Allen Pancho kick).
WAIM—Alan-Michael Gaspar 8 run (Pancho kick).
WAIM—Jayrald Watanabe safety.
WAIM—Gaspar 1 run (Pancho kick).
WAIM—Oni Schmidt 3 run (Joey Allianic-Brun kick).
WAIM—Watanabe 32 run (kick failed).
RUSHING—Waiakea: Segobai 5-6, Murata 9-1, Deponte 6-0, Kuali'i 3-(minus 18), K. Fuchs 3-(minus 22). Waimea: Gaspar 13-116, Schmidt 12-95, Rapacon 10-39, Watanabe 4-38, Jarrick Ornellas 6-24, Bailon Batalion 3-14, Adam Dizol 2-6, Ansen Achuara 3-6, Kalen Fleming 1-0, Ramos 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Waiakea: Fuchs 1-3-1—(minus 4). Waimea: Fleming 3-6-0—45.
RECEIVING—Waiakea: Mariani 1-(minus 4). Waimea: Christopher Newcomb 3-45.
REPORTED BY JOEL PAHUKULA
KAPA'A 27, HAWAI'I PREP 9
The visiting Warriors of the Kaua'i Interscholastic Federation rallied for 21 fourth-quarter points to defeat Ka Makani of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation.
KAPA'A (1-0) 0 6 0 21—27
HAWAI'I PREP (0-1) 6 3 0 0— 9
Scoring details of the game were unavailable.
KALAHEO 74, KALANI 6
Cody Von Appen ran for three scores and passed for another to lead the Mustangs in a romp of the Falcons at Kaiser Stadium. Lopaka Ancog and Aka Poole had two touchdowns for Kalaheo. Kalaheo led 61-0 at halftime.
Statistics of the game were unavailable.
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