ILH D1, D2 finals set after tripleheader

by Jason Kaneshiro on October 20, 2013

Kainoa Simao rushed for 233 yards against Saint Louis. (Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)

Kainoa Simao rushed for 233 yards against Saint Louis. (Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)

Images tend to blur after three games spread over close to nine hours, but Saturday’s ILH postseason tripleheader at Aloha Stadium provided several memorable performances.

‘Iolani 47, St. Francis 18

‘Iolani pulled away from St. Francis 47-18 behind Austin Jim On’s six touchdown passes in Saturday’s first Division II semifinal. Tyler Teruya caught three scoring throws and Keoni-Kordell Makekau had 145 yards on five catches with two touchdowns.

St. Francis stayed in contention for much of the game behind the multi-purpose performance of Ranan Mamiya, who ran for 153 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 47.

Damien 35, Pac-Five 28

Damien joined ‘Iolani in the Division II final by rallying to a 35-28 win over Pac-Five. Syles Choy scored on a quarterback sneak with 50 seconds left to give Damien the lead. Pac-Five’s Roycen Routt nearly returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown before being ruled out of bounds at the 22. The Wolfpack’s last-ditch drive came up short as time expired.

Routt finished with 197 receiving yards, and quarterback Anthony Canencia threw for 356. Routt’s total was Pac-Five’s highest since London Amorin had 200 on Nov. 5, 2009.

Kamehameha 34, Saint Louis 28

Kamehameha running back Kainoa Simao carried the ball 41 times for 233 yards and a touchdown and the Warriors hung on for a 34-28 win over Saint Louis to advance in the Division I playoffs.

The Kamehameha offensive line gave Simao ample running room and the Warriors overcame a 222-yard performance by Saint Louis receiver Devan Stubblefield. The Kamehameha defense provided a touchdown in the first half and forced three turnovers in the second, sealing the game with an interception in the final minute.

‘Iolani and Damien meet in Friday’s Division II final at 5 p.m. The Raiders won the regular-season meeting 19-3 on Sept. 21.

Kamehameha faces regular-season champion Punahou in the Division I final at 7:45 p.m. Friday. The Buffanblu, who had a first-round bye, shut out the Warriors 24-0 on Sept. 14.

If Damien and/or Kamehameha win the postseason titles this week, there will be a rematch for the overall championships on Nov. 2.

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