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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 9:49 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 2006

'Iolani holds off Kaimuki 41-40 in state D2 football

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kaimuki rallied back from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit but failed on a two-point conversion attempt with 31 seconds remaining today as 'Iolani held on for a thrilling 41-40 victory in the opening round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division II state tournament.

The defending champion Raiders improved to 6-5-1 and will play King Kekaulike (6-3-1) in Friday's semifinals at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

'Iolani may take until then to recover from today's exhausting game before an energized home crowd of about 1,100 at Eddie Hamada Field.

'Iolani's victory was not preserved until Jordan Nakamura recovered an onside kick that had bounced off a teammate's chest.

Kaimuki suited up only 27 players yesterday, which is six more than it had against Kaiser three weeks ago in an O'ahu Interscholastic Association White Conference semifinal. Two-way standout lineman Keone Reyes sat out today's game due to a swollen leg after having a boil removed this week.

The Bulldogs drew to one point on Kapono Kaiwi-Barrionuebo's 6-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Harris on fourth-and-goal with 31 seconds remaining.

But their two-point pass attempt sailed high, and the final bounce went the Raiders' way.