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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. […]

Roosevelt junior Kaeo Akana’s 8th offer: Oregon

By Paul Honda on September 15, 2020

Oregon is in the game for the services of Roosevelt’s Kaeo Akana. The Ducks made a scholarship offer to the junior defensive end on Tuesday. Oregon is the eighth offer on the list for Akana, who is 6 feet, 3.5 inches tall and 205 pounds. “Oregon is a different offer. It’s always been a dream school ever since we were little. We always were watching them when Marcus (Mariota) was playing there,” Akana said. “The coaches are really nice and […]

Arizona swarms for Roosevelt junior DE Kaeo Akana

By Paul Honda on September 13, 2020

After accumulating 23.5 sacks as a sophomore, Kaeo Akana didn’t begin his collection of scholarship offers quickly. Hawaii became the first to offer Akana in mid-April. With the recent run of interested schools, Arizona became the seventh Division I program to make Akana an offer on Thursday. Also on Thursday, Arizona made an offer to Punahou junior defensive end/linebacker Tevarua Tafiti, who now has 18 in all. At 6 feet, 3.5 inches and 205 pounds, Akana is a student of […]

Colorado, UCLA join chase for Roosevelt junior DE Kaeo Akana

By Paul Honda on September 2, 2020

The Pac-12 bull rush has arrived for Kaeo Akana. Colorado, then UCLA offered football scholarships to the Roosevelt defensive end on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior now has six offers. Hawaii, Utah, Washington State and UNLV are also on the table. “Every offer is life changing for me,” Akana said on Wednesday morning. “I had no clue. I was surprised.” The Buffaloes have a history of recruiting in the islands, going back to Waimea linebacker/running back Jordan Dizon and beyond. […]

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