Final: Radford 47, Pac-Five 15. See Jerry Campany’s game story here.
Pac-Five played an amazing first half and led 8-0 in the first few minutes, but Radford unleashed its wrath after intermission. Huge numbers for Rams quarterback Cody Lui-Yuen: 387 yards, five touchdowns, with much of the damage coming in the second half. Coach Fred Salanoa talked about his senior slinger in the post-game interview. It’s a mighty high bar of excellence coach Salanoa has at Radford, especially for quarterbacks.
It was a long game with a lot of aerials. Lui-Yuen attempted 35 passes and completed 16 with just one pick. Radford’s ground game was a major neutralizer against Pac-Five’s pass rush, which was effective in the early going. The Rams rushed for 175 yards, spreading handoffs to a committee of backs. Among them was Tobias Powell, who also caught a pass and made a great run after the catch for a touchdown.
Powell played basketball at Maryknoll before transferring to Radford for his senior year.
Pac-Five’s Anthony Canencia attempted 63 passes in his varsity debut. At times, he resembled former Wolfpack great P.J. Minaya (now with Pacific University). Canencia’s development is underway after injuries stifled his freshman and junior seasons, and he sat out as a junior. When the Rams took away his rollout, he eventually got comfortable in the pocket, rifling a touchdown pass in the second half.
These are two interesting programs with two outstanding coaches. The Rams are relatively inexperienced, but the tape shows how much potential they have — Absalom Henry may turn out to be the best big receiver in the state — as they go after another OIA White championship.