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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:22 p.m., Friday, November 24, 2006

King Kekaulike beats 'Iolani on final play, 38-37

By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer

WAILUKU, Maui — Shelton Bangasan threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Randen Abafo on the final play of the game, lifting King Kekaulike to a pulsating 38-37 win over defending champion 'Iolani Friday in a First Hawaiian Bank Division II State Football semifinal at War Memorial Stadium.

Bangasan twice fumbled the ball before chasing it down and launching it into the end zone to Abafo as time expired.

King Kekaulike faces Kaua'i for the Division II championship next Friday at Aloha Stadium.

The Raiders had taken a 37-32 lead earlier in the fourth quarter on Ryan Dung's fifth touchdown pass — a 9-yarder to Justin Yamamoto.

'Iolani scored 10 points off turnovers in the first half in taking a 17-12 lead.

Kody Adams put the Raiders up 3-0 with a 25-yard field goal at the 8:59 mark of the first quarter. Adams set up the possession with an onsides kick.

Na Ali'i answered on the ensuing drive with Micheal Douglas running 19 yards for a touchdown with 3:42 left in the quarter. A two-point conversion failed, making it 6-3.

'Iolani recovered a King Kekaulike fumble in the end zone, then put together a drive that was capped by a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Dung to Reid Furukawa.

Again Na Ali'i responded, with Javan Fulton running 8 yards for a touchdown. The score remained 12-10 when the two-point conversion run failed.

Dung connected with Aaron Fong on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 13.4 seconds left in the half. Adams' PAT kick made it 17-12.

The teams traded touchdowns throughout the third quarter, when King Kekaulike ran for three scores to go ahead 32-31. Kyle Duarte scored on a 14-yard run, Shelton Bangasan on a 1-yard run and Douglas on a 41-yard run.

Giving 'Iolani a taste of its own medicine, King Kekaulike recovered the onside kick to start the second half to set up Duarte's score.

The Raiders scored on two long-yardage touchdowns by Dung, the first a 23-yarder to Ronnie Hirokawa and the second a 50-yarder to Furukawa.