Pac-Five upset denies Damien, 21-20
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By Kalani Takase
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Kalani Takase
Shandon Augustus ran for touchdowns of 20 and 3 yards to lead Pac-Five to a 21-20 upset of Damien last night at Kunuiakea Stadium.
A victory would have sealed the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II title for the Monarchs (3-6-1 overall, 2-4-1 ILH), who will have to hope 'Iolani (4-4-1, 2-3-1) doesn't upset No. 1-ranked Saint Louis in today's 4:45 p.m. game at Aloha Stadium. If Damien and Iolani finish tied, a playoff would be held next Saturday.
Last night, quarterback George Martin scored from the 3 with 1:06 left in the third quarter as Damien cut the Pac-Five (3-7, 1-6) lead to one. However, the extra-point kick was shanked to the left and it proved to be the difference.
"It was very frustrating," said Monarchs' head coach Dean Nakagawa. "We had opportunities; we didn't make plays when we had to. With this being homecoming and everything, we expected to do a lot better, but I give credit to Pac-Five."
The Monarchs got a final chance when defensive lineman Kory Romero fell on Augustus' fumble at the Damien 37 with 4:59 to play.
"I was sick," Pac-Five head coach Kip Botelho said.
Tight end Kenneth Rossi Jr. caught a pair of clutch passes to extend Damien's drive. On second-and-4, Martin found Rossi on a crossing pattern for 18 yards. Following a pair of Kama Bailey runs, Martin again found Rossi on third-and-3, this time for a 10-yard gain that put the ball on the Wolfpack 22.
Two plays later, Martin had a receiver wide open, but couldn't connect on the route. He gained 4 yards on third-and-15, which set up fourth-and-11 from the 23.
Nakagawa called a timeout. "We wanted the ball in our best player's hands," he said. "The play was going to Kama all the way."
However, Martin's intended pass to Bailey was ruled out of bounds and Pac-Five regained possession.
"Hats off to our defense for holding them," Botelho said. "They bent all night but they held when they had to."
Jordan Ho-Ching scored on a 7-yard run and Josh Mun kicked his third PAT to put Pac-Five ahead 21-14 in the third quarter. Ho-Ching rushed 14 times for 126 yards and Augustus added 78 yards on 13 carries. Bryson Beirne attempted just three passes.
"We've been successful running the ball all year and that was the game plan tonight," Botelho said.
Bailey carried 30 times for 128 yards, but was held out of the end zone.
"The kids came to play, they were fired up tonight. The funny thing is we only had a day and a half of practice because of the rain. Maybe we should do that every week," joked Botelho.
DAMIEN (3-6-1, 2-4-1) 0 7 13 0—20
PAC-FIVE (3-7, 1-6) 7 7 7 0—21
Pac5 — Shandon Augustus 20 run (Josh Mun kick)
Dam — George Martin 1 run (Wayland Sakamoto kick)
Pac5 — Augustus 3 run (Mun kick)
Dam — Chris Cross 47 run (Sakamoto kick)
Pac5 — Jordan Ho-Ching 7 run (Mun kick)
Dam — Martin 3 run (kick failed) RUSHING — Damien: Kama Bailey 30-128, Martin 7-13, Kaimana Balanon 3-31, Rein Ota 2-23, Cross 1-47, Matthew Mayfield-Bibbs 1-(minus 1). Pac-Five: Ho-Ching 14-126, Augustus 13-78, Jaime Rivera 3-5, Phillip Sarrubi 3-6, Liko Satele 6-45, Bryson Beirne 1-(minus 4), Team 2-(minus 2).
PASSING — Damien: Martin 8-15-0—112. Pac-Five: Beirne 1-3-1—6.
RECEIVING — Damien: JJ Kaina 1-5, Ota 1-7, Cross 1-15, Bailey 2-24, Kenneth Rossi Jr. 3-61. Pac-Five: Zachary Fujimoto 1-6.