The ‘Iolani Raiders will try to win a 10th consecutive ILH Division II championship tonight. All that stands in the way are the Damien Monarchs. The Raiders have won the last 13 meetings between the two schools since a 34-34 tie in 2006. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
4:50 p.m.: Injured ‘Iolani defensive backs Max Look and J.T. Los Banos are both announced as starters tonight. Running back Jordan Ross is also expected to play for ‘Iolani.
5:01 p.m.: ‘Iolani has won the toss and will defer to the second half.
5:08 p.m.: Damien picks up a couple of first downs. Should have had another but the receiver slipped before the first-down marker. Look with three tackles on opening drive.
5:09 p.m.: Ross starts for ‘Iolahi and goes 2 yards on his first carry. Emmett Lewis sacks quarterback Austin Jiim On to force a third-and-17 but Keoni-Kordell Makekau goes 20 yards on a screen to pick up the first down.
5:13 p.m.: Bransen Apao sacks Jim On on third down and ‘Iolani punts.
5:18 p.m.: Syles Choy has a 20-yard run into ‘Iolani called back because of an illegal motion penalty. Back-to-back plays go for negative yards and Damien has to punt.
5:23 p.m.: ‘Iolani forced to punt. It also looks like the Raiders are without their second-leading receiver, Chad Hanaoka, who I don’t believe played last week against Saint Francis either.
5:25 p.m.: Damien has the ball on its own 37 as a scoreless first quarter comes to an end.
5:27 p.m.: Quinton Slade-Matautia intercepts a Syles Choy pass for the game’s first turnover and ‘Iolani is in business in Damien territory.
5:28 p.m.: Jordan Ross with an 18-yard run down to the Monarchs’ 12. Damien calls timeout to try and slow ‘Iolani down.
5:32 p.m.: After two incomplete passes, Jim On finds Austin Ohira in the flat. Ohira breaks two tackles, spinning and diving into the end zone for a 7-0 ‘Iolani lead at the 10:39 mark of the second quarter.
5:43 p.m.: ‘Iolani got the ball back and is inside the red zone when running back Jordan Ross is tackled. He looks like he reinjured his left ankle. Ross has four carries for 26 yards and one catch for 5 yards.
5:45 p.m.: ‘Iolani scores anyway as Tyler Teruya hauls in a 3-yard TD pass from Austin Jim On to make it 14-0, 6:20, Q2.
5:50 p.m.: A big kickoff return by Trevor Caspillo and a personal foul gives Damien excellent field position. Leeland Lauti capitalizes with a 30-yard TD run as Damien goes smashmouth right up the middle on three straight runs to cut the lead to 14-7, 5:09, Q2
5:58 p.m.: A penalty makes it second-and-27 for ‘Iolani. Tamatane Aga runs for 25 yards but a hold brings that back. ‘Iolani goes for it on fourth-and-17 from its own 35 and is stopped after a 7-yard pass. Damien takes over with 39 seconds remaining.
6:03 p.m.: Halftime here at Aloha Stadium with ‘Iolani leading 14-7.
‘Iolani with a 209-78 advantage in total offense. Jim On is 21-for-27 for 164 and two touchdowns. Lauti with 54 yards on eight carries for the Monarchs.
Paul Honda reports that Keoni-Kordell Makekau was getting his left shoulder tended to on the sideline during the second quarter.
6:22 p.m.: Makekau isn’t in to start the second half. ‘Iolani using Bailey Sylvester in five-wide sets. Jim On to Tyler Teruya good for 12 yards on fourth-and-3 to the Damien 12. Tamatane Aga with a 2-yard TD run to cap the drive to give the Raiders a 21-7 lead, 8:39, Q3.
6:34 p.m.: Damien marches into ‘Iolani territory but DB Kevin Togami intercepts a Choy pass. ‘Iolani goes three-and-out and has to punt it right back.
6:44 p.m.: Third quarter ends with Damien pounding away. Ball is on the ‘Iolani 40 with the Raiders leading, 21-7.
6:46 p.m.: Third-and-14 from the 40 and Apao with a huge drop for what would have been a 20-yard gain. Great throw by Choy. Damien punts.
6:53 p.m.: Tamatane Aga puts this game away with a 15-yard TD run, his second of the night. A 15-yard roughing the passer penalty helped ‘Iolani move the ball downfield. Damien looks tired.
7:04 p.m.: Damien gets the ball back with 3:14 to go. Ross is on the ‘Iolani sideline on crutches. No sign of Makekau, who hasn’t played in the second half.
‘Iolani wins its 10th consecutive ILH Division II championship while running its winning streak to 14 against Damien. Depending upon how things shake out in the other leagues, it should be very interesting to see which two league champions get the byes in the Division II state tournament, especially if Kaiser and Lahainaluna win out.