No. 9 ‘Iolani 33, Castle 28, Final
10:14: Castle picks up a first down with 1 second left but the last gasp Hail Mary falls well short. ‘Iolani holds on to set up a rematch with Damien.
10:12: ‘Iolani successfully gets the punt off. Castle starts from its own 21 with 17 seconds left.
10:11: Castle burns the rest of its timeouts. ‘Iolani will punt from its own 41 after a costly personal foul penalty with 22 seconds left. Expect Castle to bring the house on this punt.
10:04: The onside kick is recovered by ‘Iolani at the Castle 36 and that might do it.
10:04: SAFETY. Matthews is tackled in the end zone after a high snap. Although Castle does have another chance for an onside kick with 1:25 left down 33-28.
10:00: WOW. ‘Iolani goes three-and-out, including two straight incompletions. Castle gets the ball back on its own 3 after the punt, with 2:05 left to potentially tie or win the game.
9:56: ‘Iolani recovers the ensuing onside kick at the Castle 49.
9:54: TOUCHOWN KNIGHTS. WHOA. Kila Kaio and Jonah Figueroa connect for a 72-yard BOMB for a touchdown. Costa’s PAT cuts the deficit to 31-28 with 3:08 left.
9:52: ‘Iolani goes three-and-out but shaves some clock after three straight runs. After the punt, Castle has the ball on its own 28 with 3:21 left.
9:48: Castle ALMOST recovers the onside kick but it goes out of bounds. ‘Iolani will have the ball on its own 47 looking to milk some clock.
9:46: Not so fast. Facing fourth-and-goal from the 1, the Knights have no choice but to go for it, and it pays off when Chazz Tom scores on a direct snap. Costa’s PAT is good and the ‘Iolani lead has been cut to 31-21 with 5:46 left in the game.
9:38: ‘Iolani goes three-and-out and punts a touchback. Castle has 11:05 left to rally, starting from its own 20.
9:36: End of the third quarter. ‘Iolani is 12 minutes away from an Oct. 25 rematch with Damien at Aloha Stadium for the right to be the ILH’s lone HHSAA Division I representative. The Raiders face second-and-8 to start the fourth.
9:34: This one is completely swinging in ‘Iolani’s direction. The Raiders force another punt and get the ball bal on its own 44 with 22 seconds left in the third.
9:28: TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS. Hedani punches in another 3-yard touchdown with 1:53 left in the third. Manuel knocks the extra point through and the lead is now 31-14.
9:21: Castle is forced to punt again and ‘Iolani will start at the Castle 30 after a nice return by Cole Ichikawa. It goes without saying that this is a big drive for both sides in terms of momentum.
9:13: Castle starts from its own 20 after a touchback.
9:12: TOUCHDOWN ‘IOLANI. Brock Hedani gets in on the fun, taking in a 3-yard score to extend the lead to 24-14 with 8:09 left in the third.
9:04: Castle quickly goes three-and-out after stopping Matthews on three consecutive runs. The Raiders get the ball at the Castle 46 after the punt, 10:23 left in the third quarter.
9:02: Castle will start from its own 20 after a touchback on the second half kickoff.
8:43: ‘Iolani runs out the clock to end the first half with a 17-14 lead. Castle has made it very interesting thus far and will receive the second half kickoff.
8:41: TOUCHDOWN KNIGHTS. Once again, the Knights milk the clock and run the ball right down ‘Iolani’s throats. Matthews finished off the drive with a 3-yard rushing score and is already at 140 yards on 22 carries. Costa’s PAT cuts the deficit to 17-14 with 22 seconds left in the first half.
8:31: TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS. ‘Iolani drives down the field with ease. Chong finds Manuel for a 5-yard score. After hauling in the touchdown, Manuel then knocks the extra point through to extend the lead to 17-7 with 4:47 left in the half.
8:20: Castle goes three-and-out and punts. ‘Iolani gets the ball back on its own 35 with 8:52 left in the half.
8:14: ‘Iolani can’t get in the end zone and opts to try for a 22-yard field goal, which Manuel kicks through the uprights. Raiders lead 10-7 with 11:02 remaining in the second quarter.
8:10: End of the first quarter. ‘Iolani has the ball at the Castle 4 with a fresh set of downs to begin the second. The Raiders appeared to have slowed down their offensive pace, possibly as a counter to how much time Castle shaved off the clock when it had the ball.
7:57: TOUCHDOWN CASTLE. The Knights put together a heck of a drive, with most of its plays coming via direct snap to Kala Matthews, who carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards, his last one being a 9-yard touchdown with 3:20 left in the first. Cheydon Costa‘s PAT is good and we’re square at 7.
7:44: TOUCHDOWN ‘IOLANI. That was a clinic from Jonah Chong, who completed all three of his passes for 37 yards a took a read option keeper for a 22-yard touchdown. Wailoa Manuel‘s PAT is good and the Raiders lead 7-0 with 10:14 remaining in the first quarter.
7:39: We’re now just about ready for kickoff. Damien’s win over Moanalua at Aloha Stadium has raised the stakes greatly for ‘Iolani, who are now in a must-win scenario to get the ILH’s spot in the Division I state tournament. Castle was eliminated from OIA playoff contention last week, but can play spoiler in front of a full senior night crowd. ‘Iolani will receive to start. Here we go.
7:20 p.m.: A little bit of a later kickoff than expected because the JV game ran late. Kaiser’s JV team made the trek to Kaneohe, beating the home team 20-3.