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Committed: Rocky Mountain journey leads Roosevelt’s Kaeo Akana to Boise State

By Paul Honda on June 21, 2021

In the end, if this is so, Kaeo Akana’s selection process was never about branding. In fact, Akana’s oral commitment to Boise State was all about home. The right fit. When the Roosevelt football standout committed to the Broncos on Saturday, he joined a second family — and spurned a host of Pac-12 offers. In all, he has 16 scholarship offers. “To me, it doesn’t matter. Football is football. It doesn’t matter what conference you’re in or how big your […]

Roosevelt senior Jackie Johnson III prepares for trench life at LTU

By Paul Honda on February 2, 2021

On a good day, Jackie Johnson III is on calm waters, reeling in lunch and dinner. On a better day, he maneuvers past hulking trench men to make plays in the backfield. For months and years, Johnson has been diligently working on his skills as an interior defensive lineman. Pumping iron, running the streets of Pauoa Valley, engaged in hand-to-hand combat in pre-dawn workouts at the beach with his Trench Dawgz brothers. Slowly, surely the interest level rose from potential […]

SDSU, Dartmouth make it 12 offers for Roosevelt junior Kaeo Akana

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2021

The connection between Hawaii and San Diego seems to get shorter over time. San Diego State became the 12th Division I football program to make a football scholarship offer to Kaeo Akana on Friday. At 6 feet, 3.5 inches and 205 pounds, the defensive end from Roosevelt now has offers from three Mountain West Conference schools, seven Pac-12 schools, and Nebraska and Dartmouth. The Aztecs hired former Moanalua coach Savaii Eselu last year. “Coach Savaii and I were talking story […]


ON THIS DATE IN 1945: Tom Carpenter and Punahou make Roosevelt pay

By Jerry Campany on October 26, 2020

You probably could hear the collective gasp in the press box by Hawaii scribes Joe Anzivino and Bill Kim. On this date in 1945, Roosevelt coach Neil “Cocky” Donahue spit in the face of conventional wisdom and ordered his quarterback to throw the ball despite a 13-7 lead with less than five minutes to play. Both sportswriters blasted the decision after Peter Wilson picked off Roy Rosa‘s pass to give the Buffanblu the ball at Roosevelt’s 11-yard line. Wilson scored […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1954: Tiki Vasconcellos and Roosevelt back off

By Jerry Campany on October 8, 2020

On this date in 1954, Tiki Vasconcellos and Roosevelt scored five touchdowns in the first half and overwhelmed Farrington 38-7. Quarterback Clayton Ching scored two touchdowns before being pulled because of the rout. Vasconcellos pulled his starters after the fourth touchdown, showing some mercy toward the overmatched Governors. Punahou ended up winning the ILH that year, but the Rough Riders took it the following three years.

ON THIS DATE IN 1960: Tiki Vasconcellos perfects ‘Boom Series’

By Jerry Campany on October 7, 2020

Tiki Vasconcellos invented the Boom Series offense in years earlier, and on this date in 1960 it was running on all cylinders. Steve Nakamura scored two touchdowns and fell two yards short of a third as Roosevelt crushed Kaimuki 25-0 before a crowd of 10,000 at Honolulu Stadium. Nakamura, Peter Yasutake, Steve Yamamoto and quarterback Howard Leslie had the offense down so well that the Rough Riders ran for 332 yards and passed for 54 more, a ton in those […]

Nebraska, Oregon State make it 10 offers for Roosevelt junior Kaeo Akana

By Paul Honda on September 28, 2020

The list grows longer for Roosevelt junior Kaeo Akana by the week. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defensive end is busy with online classes, daily workouts and consistent communication with college football coaches. On Sunday, Nebraska offered Akana a scholarship. Prior to that, Oregon State made an offer. He now has 10 offers, and Nebraska is the first from the Big Ten Conference. “It’s a whole different animal. The history they have at Nebraska, their history as a powerhouse is amazing,” Akana […]

ON THIS DATE (1974): Roosevelt’s Wayne Jandoc hauls in 98-yard TD pass

By Jerry Campany on September 27, 2020

On this date in 1974, Junior Doi hit Wayne Jandoc for a 98-yard touchdown pass and Roosevelt beat Kaiser 23-12. Doi threw a bomb from his end zone on third down with 10 seconds left and Jandoc corralled it on the 36 and outran two Cougars to the end zone. The score gave Roosevelt a 14-0 lead but Kaiser closed it to 17-12 before Wayde Au Young recovered a fumble and took it to the house to seal the victory. […]