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Mizutani goes down fighting in final game

By Nick Abramo on November 4, 2017

They were down and out, the ‘Iolani Raiders, and Tai-John Mizutani brought them back on Friday night before they fell to Lahainaluna 35-27 in the state Division II semifinals at Wailuku’s War Memorial Stadium. The senior, who is the school’s all-time passing leader, led the Raiders to 17 second-half points after they fell behind 35-10 in the first 24 minutes. The comeback came up short, thanks to two Lahainaluna goal-line stands. Mizutani’s running ability made the comeback possible. He didn’t […]

GAME NIGHT 11/3: Iolani/Lahainaluna

By Hawaii Prep World on November 3, 2017

No. 7 Lahainaluna 35, ‘Iolani 27 8:55: Game over. 8:49: Mizutani’s long pass is intercepted by the Lunas’ Kaihulau Casco. 1:36 left. 8:47: Rico’s 50-yard field goal attempt is short. ‘Iolani ball at its own 20. 2:11 to go. 8:44: It’s fourth down and 6 at the Raiders’ 33 for Lahainaluna with 2:16 left. 8:40: With 4:02 left, on fourth and 1, Tihada gains 2 yards for a first down to keep the chains moving. 8:35: Onside kick is recovered […]

‘Iolani’s Genovia will miss state tournament

By Billy Hull on October 18, 2017

Last Friday at Kozuki Stadium, ‘Iolani slotback Justin Genovia joined a special group. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior caught a 7-yard pass over the middle against St. Francis to make him the ninth player ever on Oahu to record 2,000 career receiving yards. That accomplishment was quickly overshadowed when Genovia struggled to get up after taking a hit in the middle of the field. Genovia, the Raiders’ leading receiver this season with 869 yards and seven touchdowns on 83 receptions, suffered […]

‘Iolani clinches spot in D-II states

By Nick Abramo on October 15, 2017

‘Iolani dropped its final Interscholastic League of Honolulu contest Friday, but still clinched a berth in the state Division II playoffs. The Raiders lost a 49-13 game to St. Francis at home Friday and fell to 4-5 overall. It was a virtual playoff game that the league calls its second round of the regular season. The Saints move on to play Damien (a 30-20 winner over Pac-Five) in the ILH D-II championship game next week and a spot in the […]

GAME NIGHT 10/13: St. Francis/’Iolani

By Hawaii Prep World on October 13, 2017

The Saints and Raiders split the two meetings this year with St. Francis winning the first meeting, 43-26, before ‘Iolani took the rematch three weeks later, 45-29. The Saints’ season is done with a loss. ‘Iolani will likely play in the Division II state tournament. Top performances in the series St. Francis passing vs. ‘Iolani: Bubba Akana with 172 yards this year St. Francis rushing vs. ‘Iolani: Jonan Aina-Chaves with 248 yards this year St. Francis receiving vs. ‘Iolani: Kelii […]

Q&A: ‘Iolani record-setting QB Tai-John Mizutani

By Paul Honda on October 10, 2017

Within the hallowed halls of ‘Iolani School’s campus, the laughter of children and weight of backpacks filled with delightful textbooks are equally prominent. Countless state-championship trophies line the inner sanctum, encased in glass. Where once there was a sun-drenched walkway, now a covered, shady and welcoming area for students to relax. Dillingham Pool is constantly busy. So are both gyms. Long gone are the tennis courts and metal bleachers of the football field, replaced by Kozuki stadium and the adjacent, […]

GAME NIGHT 10/7: Pac-Five/’Iolani

By Hawaii Prep World on October 7, 2017

Pac-Five and ‘Iolani close the regular season with a game at 3 p.m. at Kozuki Stadium. Top performances in series ‘Iolani passing vs. Pac-Five: Tai-John Mizutani with 426 yards this year ‘Iolani rushing vs. Pac-Five: Joe Igber with 352 yards in 1998 ‘Iolani receiving vs. Pac-Five: Carter Kamana with 222 yards this year Pac-Five passing vs. ‘Iolani: Neil Rose with 374 yards in 1997 Pac-Five rushing vs. ‘Iolani: Benton Kam with 204 yards in 1977 Pac-Five receiving vs. ‘Iolani: Britt […]

GAME NIGHT 9/29: St. Francis/’Iolani

By Hawaii Prep World on September 29, 2017

St. Francis will attempt to keep pace with league-leading Damien with a win over ‘Iolani, which lost in overtime to the Monarchs last week. Top performances in series ‘Iolani passing vs. St. Francis: Tai-John Mizutani with 256 yards in 2017 ‘Iolani rushing vs. St. Francis: Jordan Ross with 131 yards in 2013 ‘Iolani receiving vs. St. Francis: Keoni-Kordell Makekau with 145 yards in 2013 St. Francis passing vs. ‘Iolani: Bubba Akana with 172 yards in 2017 St. Francis rushing vs. […]