For much of the OIA Division II season, Pearl City held the top spot.
The Chargers won their first five league games by an average of 22.8 points before losing to Kaimuki and Waialua, dropping Pearl City from the No. 1 seed to the No. 4 seed in the last week of the regular season.
Now the Chargers (5-3) have to beat Waipahu (7-1) to clinch a berth in the OIA D-II final and spot in the state tournament. The Marauders feature the OIA D-II’s leading passer (Braden Amorozo), rusher (Alfred Failauga) and receiver (Isaac Yamashita).
Pearl City handed Waipahu its only loss of the season, 21-7, on Sept. 10.
HISTORY: Waipahu leads the series 18-9 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras, but Pearl City won the last two meetings.
Live updates of the 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Aiea will follow below:
7:26: Waipahu goes three and out deep in its own territory and punts. Pearl City ball at the Waipahu 35.
7:28: Charles Freitas runs for a first down. Pearl City was going to attempt a 34-yard field goal, but offside was called on Waipahu, giving the Chargers a first down at the Marauders 11.
7:29: Pearl City has a third and 15 at the Waipahu 16 after a penalty. Chargers call timeout.
7:32: After an incomplete pass, Zameer Khan attempts a 33-yard field goal and misses wide.
7:35: Freshman running back rips off a 69-yard run and then goes up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown. Isaiah Harris kicks the extra point.
>> WAIPAHU 7, PEARL CITY 0. 6:10 left in first quarter.
7:38: Isaiah Asinsin’s pass to Calvin Mock gains 7 yards and then Freitas runs for 15 for the Chargers.
7:40: Patrick Nunez rushes for 13 yards and then Freitas runs for 35 to the Waipahu 10.
7:44: On third down, Freitas scores from 3 yards out. Khan kicks the extra point.
>> WAIPAHU 7, PEARL CITY 7. 3:09 left in first quarter.
7:49: After a tackle for loss by Pearl City’s Paulsson Solomon, Waipahu can’t move and punts.
7:52: Pearl City goes three and out and will be punting.
7:55: FIRST QUARTER ENDS.
7:58: A Braden Amorozo pass to Failauga covers 27 yards and the Marauders get to the Pearl City 39 on a roughing the passer penalty.
8:00: Waipahu stalls and punts for the second time in a row.
8:01: Asinsin passes to Mock for a 17-yard gain.
8:05: Pearl City also stalls and punts for the second time in a row. Waipahu takes over at its own 49.
8:08: Waipahu faces a fourth and 10 at the Pearl City 32. Offense is on the field, going for it.
8:10: Amorozo fades back to pass and falls. Ball lost on downs.
8:11: Nunez runs for 28 yards to the Waipahu 25.
8:13: On a third-down play, Nunez goes up the middle for 11 yards to the 6.
8:16: Rain is falling hard. After two penalties, Chargers have a third and goal from the 20.
8:18: Khan goes out to attempt a 38-yard field goal. Pearl City calls timeout.
8:19: Khan’s 38-yard try is no good. Short.
8:40: Second half underway. Pearl City starts at its own 25.
8:41: Andre Carter runs for 22 yards for the Chargers.
8:44: Carter picks up another first down with an 11-yard run.
8:46: Waipahu’s Dhelton Bandonill sacks Asinsin for 13 yards. Chargers face third and long.
8:47: Asinsin’s pass is intercepted by Kamakani Kahalewai. Waipahu ball at its own 25.
8:49: Yamashita catches a 16-yard pass from Amorozo.
8:52: Two runs for a total of 11 yards by Failauga gains a Waipahu first down.
8:53: Marauders face a fourth and 5 from the Chargers 43. Waipahu timeout.
8:55: Waipahu gets the first down on Amorozo’s 8-yard pass to AJ Contado.
8:56: Pearl City’s Robert Yamasaki intercepts an Amorozo pass. Chargers ball at their own 23.
9:03: Chargers hurt by penalties and Asinsin throws a pass that is intercepted by Waipahu’s Michael Benigno.
9:06: THIRD QUARTER ENDS.
9:08: Waipahu loses yardage on a penalty and punts.
9:10: Pearl City takes over at the Waipahu 38.
9:11: Pearl City has a third and 7 at the Marauders 35. Timeout Pearl City.
9:16: Chargers don’t make it and punt. Waipahu takes over at its 13.
9:20: Waipahu gets out to its 42, but can’t get more traction and will punt.
9:24: Pearl City can’t move and will punt. Waipahu ball at its own 27. 3:42 left in game.
9:29: Waipahu’s turn to punt. Pearl City takes over at its own 49. 2:52 to go in the game.
9:32: Jeminae Solomua sacks Asinsin for a 15-yard loss, and then Asinsin throws a pass that is intercepted by Waipahu’s Kobie Russell. He returns the ball 26 yards to the Pearl City 16. 1:36 left in the game.
9:35: Failauga runs twice for a total of 13 yards to the 3. A penalty on an illegal shift brings the ball back to the 8. Waipahu calls timeout. 35 seconds left in the game. First and goal from the 8.
9:39: Failauga runs 7 yards to the 1 and then Amorozo pitches to Contado who goes around left end for a 1-yard touchdown. Harris misses the extra-point kick.
>> WAIPAHU 13, PEARL CITY 7. 15 seconds left.
9:41: Kickoff goes into end zone.
9:42: An incompletion and then 2 completions, but game is over.