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Defense is golden: ‘Iolani wins first Division I football championship

By Paul Honda on December 23, 2021

Even after nine state titles, 2021 is different for the ‘Iolani Raiders. Moments after the trophy presentation to runner-up Lahainaluna and new Division I football state champion ‘Iolani — after the Raiders’ 38-0 win on Thursday — the 2020 Raiders could not be forgotten. “This is for you guys, too,” longtime coach Wendell Look said as former Raiders hugged their former coach. “We did it. We did it.” Senior hybrid/punt returner Sterling Sakashita, who finished his career with six tackles […]

Hybrid defense golden for ‘Iolani in shutout of Aiea

By Paul Honda on December 18, 2021

In 2021, elite defense and a sound running game still matter. They sure do for the ‘Iolani Raiders (10-0). In a 21-0 shutdown of OIA champion Aiea on Friday night, the Raiders collection of “Hybrid” defenders limited Na Alii to 225 total yards. Aiea averaged just 3.6 yards per play and was shut out for the first time all season. No defense had limited Aiea (4-3) to less than 13 points, but ‘Iolani and defensive coordinator Delbert Tengan made it […]

‘Iolani’s Brody Bantolina carries the Raiders to a return trip to the Division I state final

By Hawaii Prep World on December 17, 2021

In a game that was closer than the final score made it look, running back Brody Bantolina proved to be the difference in a 21-0 victory for the ‘Iolani Raiders in the Division I semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Skippa Diaz Stadium. “We contained them. These guys executed the game plan to a ‘T,’” ‘Iolani head coach Wendell Look said. “Coach did a heck of a job prepping these kids. Can’t say enough about the […]


Brody Bantolina passes 1,000-yard mark as No. 6 ‘Iolani rolls to 40-7 win over Roosevelt

By Paul Honda on November 20, 2021

It took Roosevelt and ‘Iolani 52 years to meet on the gridiron again for an official game. This time, it wasn’t so close. The visiting ‘Iolani Raiders scored 28 unanswered points in a 40-7 runaway win over Roosevelt on Friday night at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. When the Raiders and Rough Riders last met on Sept. 19, 1969, ‘Iolani escaped with a 7-6 win. Keeper of the vault Jerry Campany shared this ancient history. Unlike that day, when ‘Iolani had 109 […]

Club 100: ‘Iolani RB Brody Bantolina churns 105 rushing yards per game

By Paul Honda on October 3, 2021

When Brody Bantolina last had a season of football, he was a sophomore with the 2019 ILH Division I ‘Iolani Raiders. That squad went 10-3, losing a heartbreaker to Hilo in the state tournament title game. Bantolina rushed for 575 yards and 10 touchdowns on 112 carries as the 1b running back to talented Brock Hedani. This fall, the senior playmaker is relishing the primary role. Bantolina has rushed for 631 yards and 15 TDs on 99 attempts as No. […]

Stout defense, ground attack lift ‘Iolani past Damien for ILH D-I title

By Paul Honda on September 24, 2021

Sterling Sakashita leads an active, mobile life. The ‘Iolani senior often brings first contact to opposing ballcarriers, a human heat-seeking missile. Agent HYBRID 01, one of seven such defenders listed as such on the Raiders’ roster. With a 38-0 win over a gritty Damien squad, ‘Iolani captured the ILH Division I crown on a hot Friday afternoon at Eddie Hamada Field. Once the team was done with post-game photos on what was a reasonable version of homecoming — vaccinated parents […]

Hybrid swarm sparks No. 7 ‘Iolani in comeback win over Kamehameha I-AA

By Paul Honda on September 10, 2021

Down 8-0 in the opening minutes, the ‘Iolani Raiders faced an uphill battle against the upstart Kamehameha I-AA Warriors. Sterling Sakashita made sure of it. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior was everywhere defensively with double-digit tackles against a balanced Kamehameha offensive attack. With the Raider defense swarming on Warriors quarterback Noah Spencer and running back Moe Passi, No. 7 ‘Iolani rallied for a 35-20 victory at Aloha Stadium. ‘Iolani improved to 3-0 with its toughest battle so far in the ILH […]

‘Iolani inches ahead of Kapolei at No. 7 in Football Top 10

By Paul Honda on September 6, 2021

‘Iolani overtook Kapolei in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 on Monday, landing at No. 7 in the weekly poll. The Raiders overwhelmed Pac-Five, 46-7, on Friday and improved to 2-0. They won their opener against Damien two weekends ago, 28-0. Saint Louis remained at No. 1 with all 10 of the first-place votes by coaches and media. The Crusaders showdown with No. 4 Punahou last weekend was postponed to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. This weekend, Saint Louis will play No. […]