It should be a fun weekend of football as the OIA Division I playoffs begin while the ILH regular season ends and the OIA D-II playoff race gets sorted out.
No. 2 Punahou (5-1, 4-1) can finish off the ILH regular season in at least a tie for first place with Saint Louis with a victory over ‘Iolani (3-5, 0-5). In the event of a tie, the four-team “tournament” over the next two weeks will determine the overall ILH champion.
HISTORY: Punahou leads the series 44-30-2 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras and has won eight in a row and 15 of the last 16. ‘Iolani running back KJ Pascua is averaging 83.3 rushing yards in three games against Punahou. Punahou’s Ryan Tuiasoa set a school record with 271 rushing yards in a 56-14 win over the Raiders in 2012.
Live updates of the 3:15 p.m. kickoff will follow below.
No. 2 Punahou 38, ‘Iolani 14, F
5:47 p.m.: Iolani turns it over on downs at the Punahou 15. 1:10 left, Punahou taking knees
Final: Punahou 38, ‘Iolani 14
5:40 p.m.: Three and out for Punahou. Shank punt right into one of ‘Iolani’s lineman and the Raiders are taking over at the PUN 35.
5:38 p.m.: ‘Iolani gets a first down but then nothing much. Punting from own 31. Punahou taking over from own 30 with 4:46 left. Nui Adolph in at QB for Punahou.
5:31 p.m.: ‘Iolani shanks a punt to their own 48, 8:47 left. Punahou punting from own 42. ‘Iolani taking over from own 20 after touchback. 6:41 left
5:27 p.m.: Three and out for Punahou and they’re punting. 10:43 left in the fourth and Raiders taking over on own 27.
5:23 p.m.: KJ Pascua is going to be a force in the HHSAA’s middle tournament. He punches it in for a TD, he’s 26-103. Evan Minami PAT good. Now 38-14, 11:54 left. PUN starting from own 34.
5:19 p.m.: ‘Iolani in red zone again, On Punahou’s 20. Pascua up to 24-102, Raiders on PUN 5. End of the third. 38-10, ‘Iolani on the goal line on third down.
5:11 p.m.: Barber, who is playing with an offer from UH in his pocket, is not having his best day against Iolani’s defense. No matter, Sitiveni Kafusi punches in a one-yard TD. He does not look like a sophomore. Timothy Horn PAT is good, 38-7, 3:23 left
5:01 p.m.: Raiders now in the red zone after a KJ Pascua 10 yard run. Isaac Anderson catches a 17 yard pass from Yokogawa. Tyler Udarbe PAT is good. 31-7, 6:04 left in the third.
4:59 p.m.: There was a minor scuffle, but it was really quick. Ouch, Punahou’s Kaulauna Makaula has been ejected. He might have been involved in the scuffle, then he got into it with another ‘Iolani player. That moves ‘Iolani up to the Punahou 27
4:53 p.m.: Running clock looms. Pascua fumbles and it’s recovered by Maninoa Tafuno at the Iolani 18. Nope, Punahou turns it over on downs. Iolani taking over on own 23, 7:47 left.
4:50 p.m.:Enoch Nawahine catches an 8-yard pass for a TD, Chan PAT good. 31-0, 9:18, One TD on the ground and one caught for Nawahine. Barber looked a lot better on that drive. 5-for-5. Now 7-12, 85 yards. Raiders starting from own 20.
4:45 p.m.: Punahou starting from its own 30. Barber starting 2nd half as Buffanblu QB.
4:25 p.m.: Stephen Barber in at QB for Punahou. Hail Mary pass at the end of half is intercepted by ‘Iolani.
4:20 p.m.: ‘Iolani moves it to the 10 after a helmet-to-helmet penalty on Punahou. Yokogawa incomplete on three straight passes as Punahou brings pressure. Raiders call timeout with 1:01 remaining on fourth-and-goal from the 10. Yokogawa throws another incompletion. Punahou takes over from its own 10 with 56 seconds left on the half.
4:11 p.m.: Touchback, ‘Iolani starting from own 20. Roughing-the-passer penalty on Punahou. Justin Genovia with two catches to get to the Punahou 40. Obvious pass interference call gives ‘Iolani first-and-10 at the Punahou 23 with 1:59 remaining in the half.
4:09 p.m.: Kapule finds Ethan Takeyama WIDE OPEN on the end zone for a 35-yard TD. Chan PAT good. 24-0, 4:35. He was just waiting in the end zone. That’s how open he was
4:05 p.m.: Yokogawa is picked off by Alaka’i Mashima to the Punahou 31. Not a good decision. None of his receivers in that area. He was just trying to do too much on that play, he has to shake off the previous pick and let Look’s system do the work for him.
4:03 p.m.: Raiders in Punahou territory once again after Pascua gets facemasked. On 47. Pascua then takes it 18 yards to the PUN 29. Pascua is as gritty as any other back in the state. He really carries the load.
4:01 p.m.: Bad break for ‘Iolani. They’re moving it to Buffanblu territory. Just not capitalizing. ‘Iolani to start on own 35 after Chan kicks it out of bounds. Yokogawa still in at QB.
3:58 p.m.: PICK 6 PUNAHOU! Miki Suguturaga crushes Yokogawa as he was passing he ball, and Aaron Woo takes it about 60 yards for the TD, clear path to the end zone. Chan PAT good. 17-0, 7:37
3:55 p.m.: Pascua gets his biggest gain of the day, a four-yarder on first down. Jarin Yokogawa now in at QB, Mizutani doesn’t appear to be hurt. Pascua might be reading this live blog, he has come to life. He breaks off runs of 13 and 8 yards to the Punahou 40.
3:53 p.m.: Three and out for Punahou. Iolani defense hanging tough on Punahou’s home turf. Five straight incompletions for Kapule, who was once 6-7, 64 but is now 6-12. Punahou punting. Ke’ala Martinson gets a nice bounce on his punt and ‘Iolani will start from its own 20.
3:52 p.m.: Iolani turns over the ball on downs at the Punahou 23 after comsecutive Mizutani incompletions.
3:49 p.m.: Mizutani and Justin Genovia connect on a 25-yard pass and then Pascua takes it two yards up the middle. End of the first, 10-0. ‘Iolani facing 2nd and 8 on the Punahou 23. Let’s see if they can capitalize this time. Punahou’s D-line has been very physical so far. Only short gains for Pascua and a lot of hurries on Mizutani.
3:44 p.m.: Kapule now 6-for-10. Mizutani in comparison is 2-for-9. ‘Iolani starting on own 45 after a Punahou penalty.
3:43 p.m.: Now on the Iolani 8 after a 21 yard rush from Kapule. Three straight incompletions for Kapule, Jeffrey Chan lining up for a 25 yard field goal. And it’s good. 10-0, 1:13 left. The ‘Iolani defense should be feeling pretty good about itself for holding them to a field goal, especially since they had two nice pass breakups on 2nd and 3rd down
3:41 p.m.: Now on the Iolani 8 after a 21 yard rush from Kapule.
3:38 p.m.: Judd Cockett takes a screen to the ‘Iolani 12 but it’s negated by a holding call.
3:37 p.m.: Mizutani is picked off by Satya Mindich, who takes it to the Punahou 40. Missed opportunity for the Raiders. 3:51 left.
3:35 p.m.: ‘Iolani goes for it on fourth down on Punahou’s 39 and doesn’t get it at first, but a pass interference call has them on the 24
3:32 p.m.: Mizutani and Justin Genovia connect twice for a total of 28 yards. Iolani at Punahou 46. His only two completions so far. He’s 2-7. KJ Pascua getting held in check as well, so far 4-9.
3:29 p.m.: Touchback. ‘Iolani starting from own 20
3:27 p.m.: Enoch Nawahine punches in a 1-yard rushing TD. They had 1st and goal from the 4 and went to him three straight times. Runs of two, one and one. Six rushes for 13 yards total so far. Nice drive for Nick Kapule also. 5-6, 48 yards. Jeffrey Chan PAT good. 7-0, 6:48 left.
3:26 p.m.: Buffanblu driving. On Iolani 28, Kapule 2-3, 20 yards so far
3:24 p.m.: Touchback. Raiders starting from own 20
Three and out for ‘Iolani. Two incompletions by Tai-John Mizutani and a 2-yard rush by KJ Pascua. Punahou to start from own 41.