A whirlwind first quarter at Eddie Hamada Field. The visiting Mules took a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard blast by Lecory Wynn, but Austin Jim On’s touchdown pass brought the Raiders back.
The tailback, Ikaika Piceno, scored on an option pitch to give the Mules the lead again, but ‘Iolani answered with another touchdown strike by the lefty, Jim On. Max Look picked off a Mack Eberhardt pass and returned it 40-plus yards to the Leilehua 3-yard line to end the quarter.
Quarterback Easton Tsubata scored on a 1-yard bootleg to give the Raiders a 21-14 lead with 11:15 to play in the second quarter. It’s sweltering hot and the pace of the game is rapid. We’ve got a barnburner!
Look just picked off his second pass of the game on another long Eberhardt pass, but ‘Iolani’s drive stalled.
Mules use some unusual formations — think back to Roosevelt’s flamingo sets — to drive downfield and score. Sophomore Devin Gray’s short touchdown pass to Tyler McKenna ties it at 21 with 5:03 left in the first half.
Piceno with a marvelous 62-yard jaunt to paydirt. He ripped through the middle, then spun out of a tackle in the secondary and outran the Raiders to the pylon. Extra point: botched on the snap, holder tried to run in for the score, apparently scored, but the kicker was called for holding. The ensuing 37-yard PAT was no good. Mules lead 27-21 with 3:18 left in the half. What a game!
Mules score on a short run just before the half and convert on the 2-point PAT run. Leilehua leads at intermission 35-21.
Final: Mules 56-35. It was an opportunity for the Raiders to swing and launch haymakers with another program that loves to no-huddle, use creative schemes. But their first drive of the second half turned into a pick-6 by Deshaun Osborne and the home team never got within one score again.
See more in Jason Kaneshiro’s game story in tomorrow’s Star-Advertiser.