Pac-Five’s opening series ends with a deep pass that’s intercepted near the goal line. But ‘Iolani sophomore Tamatane Aga fumbles the ball away on second down and Pac-Five recovers at the Raiders 18-yard line.
RB Jordan Ross (ankle) and CBs Max Look and J.T. Los Banos are not playing for ‘Iolani.
6:13 — The Wolfpack take advantage of an ‘Iolani fumble and drive for the game’s first touchdown. Austin Silva, a 6-foot, 230-pound RB/LB, powers in for a 5-yard run. The ‘Pack have thrown just one pass (the interception) and committed to running out of that I formation against an ‘Iolani defense that has sometimes struggled against the run this season. Pac-Five 7, ‘Iolani 0.
4:39 — So much for the ground game. The Raiders go hurry-up, no-huddle, throw the ball four times, with a 41-yard strike from Austin Jim On to Keoni-Kordell Makekau for a touchdown. Makekau ran a crossing route, caught the pass and sprinted down the right sideline to score. ‘Iolani 7, Pac-Five 7.
11:16 — Raiders sticking with Jim On, who led a nice drive into Wolfpack territory. Makekau’s 33-yard field goal try, however, hit the left upright and was no good. Still 7-all. In a game where the Raiders have three huge components out — Look is a lockdown CB plus major kick returner, Los Banos is their fastest, trackdown tackler and Ross is arguably the best RB in D-II statewide — this is becoming a chess match between Wendell Look and Kip Botelho.
9:54 — Marc Ma of ‘Iolani just made his second sack of the game. Pac-Five will punt.
8:15 — Raiders drive again and Makekau drills a 39-yard field goal with plenty to spare. ‘Iolani 10, Pac-Five 7.
4:15 — Raiders drive to the 2-yard line, but fumble on a dive up the middle. Mitchell Garcia recovers the ball and returns it close to midfield as the Wolfpack escape again.
1:21 — The ‘Pack drive with relative ease, using a number of QB draw/scrambles by Anthony Canencia to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Roycen Routt. The PAT kick is blocked. Pac-Five 13, ‘Iolani 10.
:21 — Raiders were on the verge of scoring, but Jim On forced a long pass into the right corner and it was picked off by WR/S Tsubasa Brennan.
Halftime: Pac-Five 13, ‘Iolani 10. Billy Hull reports that Makekau already has 10 receptions for 157 yards. Jim On has completed 24 of 28 passes for 269 yards against soft, cushiony Pac-Five coverage. In all, the Raiders have three turnovers and Wendell Look has some work to do in the locker room at halftime.
The school record for receiving yardage in one game belongs to Raul Pacheco, who had 219 yards in 1992 against Saint Louis. The passing mark belongs to recent graduate Reece Foy, who had 391 yards against Punahou in 2011.
Pac-Five’s offense is stagnant. The Raiders have made the necessary defensive adjustments and now, Canencia doesn’t have that big gap in front of him for draws/scrambles. He’s not hitting receivers and there’s always the threat of Marc Ma.
2:45 — ‘Iolani drives and scores on a 6-yard strike from Jim On to Chad Hanaoka on a post route. ‘Iolani 17, Pac-Five 13.
1:08 — Ma sacks Canencia for a third time.
:30 — Ma sacks Canencia for a fourth time. Wind is getting gusty and rain is starting to fall.
9:58 — This time, Makekau holds on to a pass on a crossing route — he dropped two earlier — and cashes in. He turns the corner with the help of a block by WR Chase Kanekuni and manages to tip-toe down the sideline for a 39-yard scoring play. ‘Iolani 24, Pac-Five 13.
7:07 — Aga scores on a 1-yard dive, a moment after he had ripped through the middle for a 23-yard pickup. ‘Iolani 31, Pac-Five 13.
4:50 — Canencia finds Routt for a 13-yard touchdown pass on a post route. Pac-Five goes for 2 on the conversion and running back Jarrod Infante drops the pass in the flat. ‘Iolani 31, Pac-Five 19.