Aiea coach Wendell Say begins his 26th season against a team he has never lost to. Nanakuli hasn’t beaten Na Alii since 1981, a span of 11 games, that makes Say 7-0 against the Golden Hawks, who haven’t won a game since 2015.
Nanakuli 12, Aiea 7, FINAL
10:00: Nanakuli runs out the clock for its first victory since 2015. What a win for the Golden Hawks.
9:57: THEY WON’T GET IT. MATSUNAMI IS SACKED. NANAKULI IS GOING TO WIN THIS GAME.
9:56: Aiea calls a timeout facing fourth-and-2 from their own 20 with 1:12 left. This is it.
9:52: Three-and-out for Nanakuli. Aiea takes over from their own 12 with 2:07 left. Gotta think that this is the drive that decides the game.
9:49: Three straight incompletions for Matsunami and the Golden Hawks take over from their own 39 after a punt with 3:39 left. Let’s see if/when Aiea gets the ball back.
9:46: Three-and-out for Nanakuli, highlighted by a bad snap that takes them back 22 yards. Aiea takes over on its own 48 with 4:12 left. Another HUGE drive coming up.
9:43: Yet another three-and-out for Aiea. Nanakuli takes over on their own 45 with 6:07 left. Huge drive here. A touchdown could seal it.
9:41: Kipi is picked off by Allen Keohokapu and Na Alii take over on their own 32.
9:40: The Golden Hawks respond by forcing a three-and-out. They take over from the Aiea 35 with 7:55 left.
9:37: AIEA BALL. Na Alii scoop up a fumble on their own 10 and have a chance to take the lead with 9:28 left.
9:32: AIEA IS ON THE BOARD. Matsunami delivers a 25-yard strike to Fabian Bautista for a touchdown. Shawn Medrano‘s PAT is good. It’s now 12-7 with 10:58 to go. Anyone’s ballgame.
9:28: End of the third. Aiea will start the fourth with a fresh set of downs on their own 49. A score here would be huge for them, a stop for Nanakuli even bigger.
9:24: Nanakuli goes three-and-out. Clutch defensive stop there for Aiea. They take over on their own 34 with one minute left in the third quarter.
9:22: Three-and-out for Aiea, and they punt. Nanakuli will take over from its own 24 with 2:01 left in the third quarter. A score here would really put pressure on Na Alii.
9:17: Again, what a beautiful pass by Kipi. He lobbed it up to only where his guy could get it and hit him in stride at the same time. He’s now 10-for-17 with 117 yards.
9:16: TOUCHDOWN NANAKULI. Kipi and Enos connect again on a total dime from Kipi for a 15-yard touchdown. They go for two but to no avail. It’s now 12-0 with 3:27 left in the third. Aiea must respond soon.
9:12: Nanakuli calls timeout facing first-and-long from the Aiea 41 with 4:32 left in the third. They seem to have found a rhythm on their no-huddle attack. A score here would be huge.
9:05: On fourth-and-goal from the Nanakuli 5 for Aiea, Matsunami gets rushed out of the pocket and throws and incomplete pass. The Golden Hawks take over, really nice defensive stand by them.
8:55: After the kickoff, Aiea will start on its own 41.
8:36: Aiea punts and Nanakuli takes a knee. Halftime. Aiea will receive to start the second half.
8:29: Na Alii have 1:38 to respond from their own 33 after the kickoff.
8:27: NANAKULI IS ON THE BOARD. Kipi and Clyde Enos connect for a 24-yard touchdown. After an encroachment call on the PAT, Nanakuli decides to go for two but doesn’t get it. Let’s see how Aiea responds with 1:46 left in the half.
8:21: Matsunami is 7-for-20 with 81 yards and an interception so far, but those numbers are a little misleading. Most of his passes have been accurate, his receivers have had some drops and he’s slinging it with confidence.
8:18: Aiea quarterback Ty Matsunami is picked off by Sean Souza and the Golden Hawks will take over from their own 19 with 5:42 left in the half.
8:14: Another three-and-out for Nanakuli. Na Alii to start at midfield, 8:22 to go in the half.
8:12: Aiea turns it over on downs. Nanakuli will take over from its own 23 with 10:29 to go in the half.
8:07: The Golden Hawks fumble and Aiea recovers on the Nanakuli 32, 11:27 to go in the second.
8:05: Na Alii turn it over on downs on the Nanakuli 30 right as the clock expires. We’re scoreless after one. Many penalties on both sides of the ball of both teams, especially in the trenches.
7:56: Nothing doing for Nanakuli there. Another three-and-out and another punt. The punt goes out of bounds and Na Alii and will start the next drive on its own 42 with 3:14 left to go in the first.
7:53: The Golden Hawks punt from their own end zone after a three-and-out that had two false starts. Aiea fumbles the punt return, Nanakuli recovers and gets the ball back on its own 46.
7:48: Na Alii punt after digging themselves into quite a hole. Nanakuli starts its next drive on their own 20 after a touchback, 6:00 to go in the first.
7:45: Na Alii have had some big plays negated by penalties, including a would-be touchdown. They’re now at midfield facing a first-and-38.
7:36: Quick three-and-out for Nanakuli after quarterback Nahum Kipi is sacked twice. Na Alii will start their first offensive possession of the season from their own 7 after a nice punt, 10:36 to go in the first.
7:31: And we’re off. Nanakuli takes the opening kickoff and will start from its own 48 after a short kickoff.
7:29: Aiea wins the toss and will defer to the second half.
6:55 p.m.: Nanakuli wins the JV game 42-20. That said, we’re looking at a later-than-expected kickoff in the varsity game after an injury delay early in the fourth quarter of the JV game.