GAME DAY 8/27: La Jolla Country Day/’Iolani

'Iolani hosts the Father Bray Classic on Saturday at Kozuki Stadium against La Jolla Country Day (Calif.). Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.
‘Iolani hosts the Father Bray Classic on Saturday at Kozuki Stadium against La Jolla Country Day (Calif.). Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.

Another matchup of top-10 teams highlights the five-game slate Saturday on Oahu.

The day starts out with the Father Bray Classic as ‘Iolani hosts the annual game at Kozuki Stadium. Normally, the Raiders open the season at Aloha Stadium for the game but this year they decided they wanted to host it on campus. La Jolla Country Day (Calif.) features senior QB Braxton Burmeister (6-1, 215), a dual-threat, four-star QB who has committed to Arizona. According to MaxPreps, Burmeister threw for 2,771 yards, 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2015 and ran for 868 yards and 20 TDs.

‘Iolani last played a mainland team in 2005, losing 30-27 to Capital (Wash.) High at the Tacoma Dome.

Live updates of the 3 p.m. kickoff will follow below:

‘Iolani 27, La Jolla Country Day (Calif.) 19, FINAL


FINAL. Ninth-ranked Raiders improve to 3-0 heading into ILH play against No. 2 Saint Louis next week.

LJCD will start in their own 40. 1:18 left. Flag thrown. Intentional grounding on Burmeister. Huge loss. Chang getting a ton of pressure on Burmeister, who now faces fourth-and-a-mile. Exactly 60 seconds left. Last chance for La Jolla Country Day. Pass over the middle to Mariucci is complete but he takes a shot and doesn’t reach the first-down marker. Tough catch but it’s a turnover on downs. That should do it.

‘Iolani runs it down inside the 10 and more importantly, runs the clock. Third-and-goal with 1:31 remaining. Raiders try a pass and the pressure forces an incomplete pass to a wide-open player. Evan Minami hits the 21-yard field goal with 1:22 remaining to make it an eight-point game.

The Torrey’s drive to the ‘Iolani 42 where it’s fourth-and-2. ‘Iolani stuffs Jaden Dir, who was going for an HB Toss. Loss of 7, ‘Iolani ball.

‘Iolani starts on its own 27. Three-and-out.

Torreys threatening here. 1st and 10 on the ‘Iolani 11 after a pass interference call on ‘Iolani. LJCD’s Jaden Dir scores on an 8-yard jet sweep. 2-point conversion is no good. Iolani defense had Burmeister trapped in a corner: 24-19, 8:05 left


Brewster with a nice run for the Torrey’s to end the third quarter.

Penalty causes ‘Iolani’s drive to start on own 21 after the pick. HUGE third-down pass to Genovia for a 30-yard gain to the LJCD 30. Genovia over 100 yards receiving for the second time in three games this year. A healthy dose of Pascua mixed in with a pass to Nagami. KJ Pascua 1-yard TD run. ‘Iolani 24, LJCD 13, :09, Q3.

Torrey’s are going on a drive of their own. Burmeister with another perfect pass to Mariucci and LJCD is on the Iolani 23. Pass into the end zone and it’s PICKED OFF. Kyler Mento makes the pick and returns it to the 40. Huge drive for Mento, who also had a sweet tackle of Burmeister on a running play.

Third-and-7 and Mizutani takes off, makes a guy miss and gets 9 for a key first down. Another reception for Genovia into LJCD territory. Evan Minami 35-yard FG good. Raiders up 17-13, 5:43 left

Three-and-out for LJCD, but on third down Burmeister missed Dir who was wide open. Torreys punt and Iolani starts on its own 33.

‘Iolani ball on the LJCD 38. Three Pascua runs up the middle puts the ball right at the 20. Pascua picks up 11 more to the 9. After a 1-yard run, the first pass is an 8-yard TD from Mizutani to Genovia. Extra point is good and ‘Iolani is back in front, 14-13, 8:55, Q3.

Torrey’s to start on their own 22. Third-and-2 and RB David Brewster picks up 3 yards. Christian Shimabuku reports LJCD only has 33 players suited up and many of them are playing both ways. Could be wearing down. Third-and-10 after two incompletions. Fourth-and-5 on own 38 and Torrey’s go for it and it’s a deep ball that’s incomplete. Huge gamble and ‘Iolani has GREAT field position.


Raiders go three-and-out and LJCD is going to get a chance to add to its lead. 1:22 to go as ‘Iolani punts. LJCD to take over on its own 37 with 1:09 left. Torrey’s on the ‘Iolani 43 with 3 seconds left in the half. Burmeister throws it out of bounds and we go to the half.

‘Iolani takes over on its 16. Raiders pick up one first down on two Pascua runs and then punts to the LJCD 40 with 3:52 remaining. Hunter Kam with a late hit on Burmeister to give up 15 yards and move the ball into ‘Iolani territory. A costly defensive pass interference call on fourth down keeps the dive alive and Burmeister lofts a perfect throw to the back of the end zone that is caught by Jaden Dir. Touchdown Torrey’s. 13-7, 2:00, Q2.

Burmeister is back in the game and immediately completes a 21-yard pass. Nice to see Junior Fetui-Salavea in at LB for ‘Iolani. He’s back after tearing his ACL last season. Noah Ignacio stops Burmeister on third down. It’s fourth-and-9 at the LJCD 41 and the Torrey’s go for it. Burmeister scrambles and finds Casey Mariucci who breaks a host of tackles and ends up picking up 25 yards. LJCD’s David Wylie is down after making a 9-yard reception. Looks like he’s cramping. LJCD on Iolani’s 25 with 5:46 left. Torrey’s fumble and ‘Iolani takes over with 5:12 remaining in the first half.

Raiders moving the ball as Mizutani continues to find Genovia. ‘Iolani is driving down the field, down to LJCD’s 24, and they are gassed. Torrey’s call time with 8:17 left in the quarter. Only 33 players listed on the roster, a handful of them with their hands on their knees. Mizutani overthrows Nagami on third down and ‘Iolani misses a 40-yard field goal.

LJCD’s staff is working hard to get Burmeister back in there. Looks like he took a couple of pills with water is is testing out his left shoulder’s flexibility.

Good field position for the Torrey’s, who start on their 37. Raiders have Burmeister bottled up on third down but somehow he escapes and is able to pick up the first down. Burmeister though is hit on the play and has to come out holding his left arm. That didn’t look good. Backup EJ Kreutzman is in. Kreutzman is sacked by Cameron Chang immediately. Kreutzman is picked off by Iolani’s Kyler Mento, who takes it to the LJCD 45. Personal foul after the play. Late hit on ‘Iolani.

Mizutani and Genovia connect for consecutive passes, a 9-yard pass and then a 24-yard touchdown. Evan Minami PAT good. Raiders up 7-6, 11:43 left in 2Q.


Raiders at La Jolla Country Day 41.

Torrey’s get a first down but it’s now third-and-17 and LJCD calls a timeout. Burmeister with a nice run but is knocked down by his own guy to set up fourth-and-5. Incomplete. ‘Iolani takes over in LJCD territory.

Mizutani hits his first two passes to Genovia but is incomplete on the next two and almost picked off. ‘Iolani will punt from its 46.

La Jolla Country Day will start on its 3-yard line. Burmeister hits his first three passes for 23 yards. Now it’s a designed run for Burmeister and he truck an ‘Iolani defender for a big run but a holding call brings it back. Kid looks like the real deal. Burmeister with another scramble for a first down. DB Helam Baldomero stops the RB for a 1-yard gain with a huge hit flying up from his safety position. Nice touch pass to Jaden Dir for 22 yards. Burmeister doing a little bit of everything. Burmeister 5-5, 50 yards; 2 carries, 23 yards. Third-and-5 on the 23. Burmeister runs out to his right and on a spring throws a laser to Dir for 18 yards. First-and-goal. Burmeister with the 5-yard TD run to cap a 97-play drive. XP blocked. 6-0, 5:09, Q1.

‘Iolani will receive. After a 4-yard run, QB Tai-John Mizutani has time and finds Brent Nagami for a nice 41-yard gain. Mizutani has Justin Genovia open deep but JUST overthrows the would-be TD. Offensive line doing its job and Mizutani overthrows Drake Shigemura on third down. Fourth-and-11 and ‘Iolani goes for it and Mizutani hits Genovia for 19 yards. Nice throw. Third-and-12 from the 21 and the Torrey’s bring the blitz and sacks Mizutani. Punt.

2:37 p.m.: ‘Iolani in all black, La Jolla is all white. Burmeister looks very comfortable in warm-ups, just tossing dime after dime. Tight spirals

Pregame at Kozuki Stadium. Photo by Christian Shimabuku/Star-Advertiser.
Pregame at Kozuki Stadium. Photo by Christian Shimabuku/Star-Advertiser.


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