'Iolani knocks off 'Aiea in Division II semifinal, 21-7
By Kalani Takase
Advertiser Staff Writer
Ammon Baldomero ran for 139 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 7 'Iolani to a 21-7 win over 'Aiea last night in the semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/Hawai'i High School Athletic Association Division II Football State Championships.
A crowd of about 2,000 at Radford's John Velasco Stadium saw the Raiders (11-2) play their first game since Nov. 7. Nä Ali'i (9-4), the O'ahu Interscholastic Association runner-up, saw its season come to an end. 'Iolani, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion, will try for its third consecutive state title Friday against Kaua'i.
"We were pretty rusty on offense, but our defense played really well and I think that's what kept us in the game," said Baldomero, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior.
The Raiders' defense allowed just 153 yards of total offense and six first downs.
"Defensively, I thought we played a pretty solid game," 'Iolani coach Wendell Look said. "We gave up a few big plays here and there, but overall, I thought our defense shut down a pretty explosive 'Aiea offense."
'Aiea coach Wendell Say agreed.
"Our defense played a good game, but offensively we needed to sustain some longer drives," Say said. "Our defense was out there too long and that hurt us."
'Iolani scored first midway through the first quarter after junior linebacker Cody Petro-Sakuma recovered an 'Aiea fumble at Nä Ali'i 44-yard line.
Jarrett Arakawa completed a 13-yard pass on third-and-three to Kevin Barayuga to move the ball down to the 11. Ammon Baldomero picked up nine yards on the next play and two plays later, he plunged in for a 2-yard touchdown run.
Baldomero said the takeaway gave a boost to the Raiders' offense.
"Our whole defense has been making big plays like that for us," he said. "It always gets us up on offense when we see them make a play."
'Aiea evened the score on its first possession of the second quarter on a four-yard run by Otto-Titan Salausa with 7:58 to play. The play was set-up by a 50-yard pass from Chucky Ka'ahanui to Kekoa Thompson.
The Raiders found the end zone just before the half on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Arakawa to Josiah Sukumaran, which capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive to make it 14-7 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, 'Aiea got its third interception second by Kory Naeole with 5:42 left in the game and took over at its own 21-yard line. On fourth-and-nine from the 36, Nä Ali'i's ran a punt fake, but could only pick up and yard and 'Iolani took over on downs.
Trevyn Tulonghari ran in a 12-yard touchdown seven plays later to make it a two-score game with 39 seconds to play. Andrew Skalman's PAT made it 21-7.
'AIEA (9-4) 0 7 0 0 7
'IOLANI (11-2) 7 7 0 721
'IOL Ammon Baldomero 2 run (Andrew Skalman kick)
'AIEA Otto-Titan Salausa 4 run (Nicholas Hiraoka kick)
'IOL Josiah Sukumaran 24 pass from Jarrett Arakawa (Skalman kick)
'IOL Trevyn Tulonghari 12 run (Skalman kick)
RUSHING 'Aiea: Salausa 14-49, Matt Faalele 3-8, Chucky Kaahanui 5-(minus 9), Anae Vaa 4-23, Freddy Taliulu 3-(minus 5), Douglas Tautua 1-1, Team 1-(minus 1). 'Iolani: Baldomero 31-139, Arakawa 2-(minus 25), Barayuga 1-6, Tulonghari 2-22, Team 1-(minus 1).
PASSING 'Aiea: Kaahanui 4-14-064, Taliulu 3-8-123. 'Iolani: Arakawa 17-32-3201.
RECEIVING 'Aiea: Vaa 1-5, Bryson Gabriel 1-6, Mansfield Silva 1-5, Kekoa Thompson 3-68, Faalele 1-3. 'Iolani: Matt Talavera 1-4, Tulonghari 7-74, Barayuga 1-13, Sukumaran 5-70, Baldomero 2-12, Bret Christman 1-30.
KAUA'I 28, HAWAI'I PREP 14
Trey Shimabukuro passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Red Raiders beat Ka Makani in the First Hawaiian Bank/Hawai'i High School Athletic Association Division II semifinals last night at Vidinha Stadium, Kaua'i.
HAWAI'I PREP (11-1) 0 6 0 814
KAUA'I (10-0) 0 0 7 2128
HAWAI'I PREP Isaiah Adams 10 pass from Keanu Yamamoto (kick blocked)
KAUA'I Jamen Kealoha-Albarado 9 pass from Trey Shimabukuro (Shea Shimabukuro kick)
KAUA'I Kele Hanohano 43 run (S. Shimabukuro kick)
KAUA'I Paleku Yasay 25 pass from T. Shimabukuro (S. Shimabukuro kick)
KAUA'I T. Shimabukuro 1 run (S. Shimabukuro kick)
HAWAI'I PREP Nathanial Adams 51 pass from Yamamoto (George Twigg-Smith pass from Yamamoto)
RUSHING Hawai'i Prep: I. Adams 15-64, Kawohi Schutte 3-0, Bronson Kobayashi 1-0,
Keoni Colson 7-(minus 5), Yamamoto 12-(minus 25). Kaua'i: Hanohano 3-69, Yasay 16-60, John Das 1-8, Dustin Julian 2-minus 1; T. Shimabukuro 2-minus 1.
PASSING Hawai'i Prep: Yamamoto 17-31-0–247. Kaua'i: T. Shimabukuro 17-31-2–208.
RECEIVING Hawai'i Prep: N. Adams 8-142, Schutte 3-31, JJ Higginson 2-35, Colson 2-24, I. Adams 2-15. Kaua'i: Taran Tani 6-31, Kalena Rodero-Workman 4-94, S. Shimabukuro 3-4, Yasay 2-63, Kealoha-Albarado 1-9, Kevin Reyes 1-7.
Reported by Anahola Joel Pahukula