Seven games with major state tournament implications in most are on tap tonight on Oahu.
It’s hard to imagine but Pearl City (5-2, 5-1 OIA D-II) is in the rare position of either finishing with the No. 1 seed in the OIA D-II playoffs with a win over Waialua (4-2, 4-2) or the No. 4 seed with a loss. The Chargers had a five-game winning streak snapped with a 20-17 loss last week to Kaimuki. Waialua has won four of its last five to clinch a playoff berth for the second consecutive season.
HISTORY: Pearl City leads the all-time series 22-6 but Waialua won the last meeting, 27-23, last season.
Live updates of the 6 p.m. kickoff will follow below.
Waialua 14, Pearl City 12.
Waialua becomes the third-place team and will play Kaimuki next week in the playoffs. PC drops to fourth place and will meet Waipahu.
Pearl City (5-3, 5-2) 0 0 6 6 — 12
Waialua (5-2, 5-2) 0 7 7 0 — 14
WAI—Howard Nahooikaika 31 run (Dylan Hardin good)
WAI—Lancen Kuni 7 pass from Tevesi Toia (Hardin kick)
PC—Kekainalu Simon 1 run (kick blocked)
PC—Brody Padilla 5 pass from Patrick Nunez (pass failed)
RUSHING—PC: Charles Freitas 6-18, Andre Carter 4-6, Kobe Jackson 5-14, Kekainalu Simon 4-0, Robert Yamasaki 1-3, Nunez 1-14, Isaiah Asinsin 2-(-10), Joe Maneafaiga 4-17. Waialua: Risein Campbell 23-153, Lancen Kuni 2-10, Nahooikaika 11-96, Tevesi Toia 9-2, Team 2-(-2).
PASSING—PC: Simon 4-14-0-39, Zion Tupuola-Fetui 0-2-0-0, Nunez 1-1-0-5, Asinsin 1-2-0-10. Waialua: Toia 5-11-2-55.
RECEIVING—PC: Patrick Nunez 1-9, Daniel Sarajina 1-17, Calvin Mock 2-12, Isaiah Asinsin 1-11, Padilla 1-5. Waialua: Caleb Apau 2-31, Kuni 2-17, Kyler Dicion 1-7.
Correction: Adds passing stats for Nunez and receiving stats for Padilla.
The Bulldogs have this under control until Toia inexplicably runs out of bounds on keepers on back-to-back plays. That saves PC a couple of time outs (that it didn’t have). But Campbell rumbles for 15 yards on third-and-11, and Waialua runs out the clock. Final. The OIA D-II seedings are wacky, for sure.
PC ball, 3:30 left after a Waialua punt, ball at its 46. Drive stalls, not sure why, but Isaiah Asinsin is at QB. He fumbles on a scramble, Waialua can’t pick the ball up, it bounces backwards and out of bounds for a 14-yard loss. Fourth down, fake punt, pass incomplete while PC’s WR asks for a P.I. Waialua ball, 2:15 left.
PC with the toss left to Patrick Nunez, and his option pass to Brody Padilla is an easy one, wide open, 5-yard TD. Nice call. PAT pass, same play with a reverse, is deflected in the end zone. WAIL 14, PC 12, 7:55.
Waialua goes three and out, losing 14 yards on a sack. Brody Padilla returns the punt 34 yards to the Waialua 10. Huge play on special teams. Third and goal from the 5 for PC. Time out, 8:02. Crucial call here. Probably four-down situation.
First play of the fourth quarter, Pearl City tries a double pass (lateral to a WR), and there’s a receiver wide open downfield, but he’s overthrown. Nice call. Punt.
Quarter ends with Pearl City driving near midfield, methodically and all on the ground. Joe Maneafaiga got three carries in a row, 14 yards, before leaving with an injury. He’s been beset by injuries all season.
Robert Yamasaki’s 71-yard kick return sets up PC’s first TD, a 1-yard sneak by QB Kekainalu Simon. Matthan Hatchie blocks the PAT. WAIL 14, PC 6, 6:27.
Risein Campbell bullish on the opening series, carrying 29 yards to the PC 6. After getting tackled for a 1-yard loss, Toia fires a pretty bullet ahead of Lancen Kuni, who is completely draped by a defender, but dives for the 7-yard TD pass. One of the smoothest plays I’ve seen this season. That’s chemistry. WAIL 14, PC 0, 8:31.
The Bulldogs passing game has been dormant, but they fumbled away a completion and dropped two passes in the first quarter. The picks haven’t helped. This is not how you topple a first-place team. Could come back to hurt them, not cashing in on opportunities.
At Tosh Nakasone Field
Pearl City 0 0 x x — 0
Waialua 0 7 x x — 7
WAI—Howard Nahooikaika 31 run (Dylan Hardin good)
Charles Freitas 6-18,
Andre Carter 1-(-1),
Kobe Jackson 4-11,
Kekainalu Simon 2-(-11).
Risein Campbell 11-59,
Lancen Kuni 2-10,
Tevesi Toia 4-7.
Patrick Nunez 1-9,
Daniel Sarajina 1-17,
Calvin Mock 1-2,
Isaiah Asinsin 1-11.
Caleb Apau 1-7,
Kyler Dicion 1-7.
Waialua QB Tevesi Toia gains 16 on a keeper left and runs out of bounds to stop the clock with :58 left. But he’s sacked on the next two plays. Time out, Bulldogs, :12. Waialua tries a reverse lateral and pass, but the contain is there and WR Lancen Kuni’s pass goes out of bounds. I think he just tried to avoid the sack and the clock running out. :03 left, time out, PC. One last pass, Toia rifles a deep shot to Kuni but it’s too far, too hard and Kuni’s diving attempt is short. Half ends 7-0, Waialua.
Pearl City very conservative, but a penalty and a sack completely stop the next series. Punt. Shanked. It’s a 14-yard punt out of bounds, Waialua takes over at the PC 24-yard line, 1:06 left in the half.
Waialua breaks the ice. Howard Nahooikaika blasts off left tackle and scores on a 31-yard TD run. WAIL 7, PC 0, 7:41.
The opening period ends with Waialua punting again. They’re exchanging punts at this point, passing up any high risk. Waialua had fourth and 1 before that punt on its 39.
Waialua with the ball at the PC 46, but two plays later, a fumble by the RB and recovered by the Chargers. Fumble-itis!
PC with the big break, but it’s three and out. Punt.
Chargers fumble the opening kick return, Waialua ball at the 27. But the Bulldogs fumble the ball back on a pass play at the PC 12.
Pearl City wins the coin toss and elects to receive the opening kickoff. Waialua will defend the mauka end zone.
3:10 p.m. Overcast and breezy at Waialua. It’s drizzling in Central Oahu, and it rained here a little earlier in the day judging by the wet pavement. It has been awhile since I got it to enjoy the peace and quiet out here. The rush of cars at the nearby highway and roundabout, faintly audible from here. The roosters are loud and clear.