GAME NIGHT 8/25: Aiea/Radford

Aiea running back Isaiah Ripley scored on an interception return in a 46-22 win at Radford on Friday night. In photo, Ripley picked up some yardage on a running play during a 48-13 loss at Campbell last week. Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Radford got its first win since 2015 last week via a forfeit. Now the Rams will try to get one on the field when they host Aiea.

AIEA NA ALII (0-2, 0-2)
Head coach: Wendell Say
2017 Na Alii roster


RADFORD RAMS (1-1, 1-1)
Head coach: Lon Passos
2017 Rams roster

Aiea 46, Radford 22, final

10:21: Game over.

10:19: Ripley is caught in his own zone by Radford’s Pase for a safety. Aiea 46, Radford 22, 22 seconds left.

10:16: On fourth and goal from the 4, Wright keeps it and is upended by Sheldon Lawelawe at the 1. Aiea ball.

10:14: Radford gets runs of 35 and 16 yards to move the ball to the Aiea 6.

10:10: Aiea gets as far as the 17, but loses the ball on downs.

9:54: Four plays later, Radford’s Wright hits Copeland with a 39-yard touchdown pass. The conversion pass fails. Aiea 46, Radford 20, 10:02 left in the game.

9:51: Aiea’s Sheldon Lawelawe intercepts a Wright pass, but fumbles and the Rams’ Menise Pase recovers.

9:49: Kalahiki-Basque catches his third TD pass of the night from Matsunami, this time for 19 yards. Medrano adds the extra point. Aiea 46, Radford 14, 11:47 left in game.



9:44: Aiea is on the move with the ball at the Rams’ 20.

9:38: A bad snap leads to a 15-yard Radford loss and the Rams wind up punting. Aiea ball at the Radford’s 48.

9:31: Na Alii is back in business after Oliver Tauala recovers a Rams fumble, but Aiea loses the ball on downs at the Radford 20

9:21: Aiea strikes right back. Two Bautista receptions for 29 yards leads to a 45-yard strike from Matsunami to Kalahiki-Basque. Shawn Medrano’s kick is blocked by Clinton Stevens. Aiea 39, Radford 14, 7:43 to go in the third quarter.

9:15: Radford is on the comeback trail. On second down from the Aiea 27, Wright fakes handoff and finds Copeland wide open on the right side for a 27-yard touchdown. The conversion pass fails. Aiea 33, Radford 14, 9:12 to go in the third quarter.

9:13: Kyle Sudog sacks Matsunami on a fourth-down pay near midfield and Na Alii gives up the ball on downs on its first second-half possession.

Some halftime stats:

>> Robert Garrison is kicking, punting, playing defensive end and wide receiver for the Rams in his first football game. He started practicing in July.

>> Aiea has held Radford to 60 yards from scrimmage. Na Alii’s Ferenesi Lualemana has a sak and two tackles for loss.

>> Benito has two interceptions for the Rams.

>> Bautista has 12 catches for 130 yards.

>> Matsunami is 23-for-29 for 229 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also has 44 yards and a touchdown rushing.


8:45: The Rams punt and the half runs out on Benito’s second interception of Matsunami. Halftime.

8:44: The Rams get another first down and are moving well, but a long pass from Wright to Robert Garrison is caught past midfield but is just out of bounds.

8:32: Radford picks up two first downs to move the ball to its own 44.

8:30: Anthony John Benito intercepts a Matsunami pass.

8:24: Matai Suitonu returns the Aiea kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. He actually fumbled the ball at about the 3, the ball rolled into the end zone and he beat a pile of players from both teams to it to recover it for a touchdown. Robert Garrison catches the 2-point conversion pass from Wright. Aiea 33, Radford 8, 4:48 left in first half.

8:22: Isaiah Ripley intercepts a Wright pass behind the line of scrimmage and returns it 37 yards for a touchdown. Hamilton adds the kick. Aiea 33, Radford 0, 5:03 left in first quarter.

8:17: Zachary Kalahiki-Basque catches a 13-yard TD pass from Matsunami in the deep right corner of the end zone. Hamilton adds the extra point. Aiea 26, Radford 0, 5:17 left in the first half.

8:11: Aiea gets some help on a Radford facemask penalty, and Matsunami hits Bautista with a 17-yard pass over the middle to bring the ball to the Radford 24.

8:08: Radford crosses midfield on the tough running of Iovani Alatini, but the drive stalls and the Rams turn over the ball on downs. On one of the plays, Aiea’s Oliver Tauala sacks Wright for a 6-yard loss.

8:03: Bautista catches his second touchdown pass from Matsunami, from 20 yards out on a right-to-left slant. Aiea 19, Radford 0, 10:14 left in first half.

7:57: Radford goes three and out and punts. First quarter ends.

7:49: A double-pump freezes a defender and Matsunami throws a high ball into the end zone that Fabian Bautista brings down for a 3-yard touchdown. Joshua Ala blocks Hamilton’s extra-point kick. Aiea 12, Radford 0, 2:57 left in first quarter.

7:46: Aiea is on the move again with a steady short passing game.

7:43: Randy Wright in at quarterback for the Rams. A long pass to Cameron Copeland is nullified due to a penalty. Two plays later, a Wright pass is picked off by Babu Capanang.

7:37: On a third and goal from the 10, Matsunami appears to make a pass, but before he lets it go, he fumbles picks it up, scrambles to the sideline and weaves through a few defenders and makes it into the end zone. Kaitlyn Hamilton’s kick is blocked by Radford’s Michael Pritchard. Aiea 6, Radford 0, 8:01 left in first quarter.

7:32: Matsunami completes four out of his first five passes. Na Alii are at the Radford 4.

7:28: Ty Matsunami in at quarterback for Na Alii.

>> Aiea will receive and Radford will defend the makai end zone.
>> Radford won the JV game 13-7, with two savings tackle in the last 20 seconds.

NOTES: Radford’s forfeit win over Kaiser snapped a nine game losing streak, the longest since it lost 11 in a row bridging 2006-2008. Aiea has won the last two meetings against Radford, Na Alii’s last loss came on Radford’s field in 2010. Wendell Say is 13-6 all time against Radford and hasn’t won on the Radford campus since 2009 when Na Alii shut out the Rams in a 7-0 win. Aiea is 6-0 all time against Radford when scoring more than 26 points.

Aiea pass vs. Radford: Freddy Taliulu with 278 in 2009
Aiea rush vs. Radford: Pagopago Neemia with 244 in 1997
Aiea receive vs. Radford: Kekoa Thompson with 153 in 2009.
Radford pass vs. Aiea: Justin Lord with 383 in 2006
Radford rush vs. Aiea: Wallace Ho with 147 in 1975
Radford receive vs. Aiea: Shawn Putnam-Curry with 181 in 2007.


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