GAME NIGHT 8/31: Clackamas (Ore.)/’Iolani

Clackamas (Ore.) 7, ‘Iolani 0, FINAL

At Eddie Hamada Field
Clackamas (1-0, 0-0) 0 7 0 0 — 7
‘Iolani (3-1, 2-0) 0 0 0 0 — 0
CLA—Austin Atkenson 2 run (Jeffrey Nelson kick)

RUSHING—Clackamas: Nemo Dedmon 1-4, Noah Hobbs 16-55, Caleb Jordan 5-23, Anthony Talavera 6-10, Atkenson 6-37, Jailen Hammer 1-2, team 1-(-1). ‘Iolani: Kaua Nishigaya 14-59, Jonah Chong 6-17.

PASSING—Clackamas: Atkinson 10-15-0-91, Jordan 13-16-1-126. ‘Iolani: Chong 16-36-3-97.

RECEIVING—Clackamas: Dedmon 6-99, Richard Kennewell 6-44, Jailen Hammer 1-3, Hobbs 1-15, Jack Dollens 3-10, Talavera 2-12, Thomas Tolonen 4-34. ‘Iolani: Rayden Kaneshiro 3-0, Jonah Miyazawa 4-17, Carter Kamana 6-60, Nishigaya 1-2, Rexton Suzuki 1-9, Cole Ichikawa 1-9.

Clackamas ball at the ‘Iolani 45. Illegal block sets them back, and after LB Meki Pei brings down RB Noah Hobbs at the 41 for no gain, ‘Iolani calls time out with 1:57 left. Key third down and Hobbs carries for seven yards, first down. That’s huge.

‘Iolani possession at its 25 with 3:58. Three and out. Punt.

Cavaliers punt. Raiders punt. Clackamas content to run the ball. Nothing fancy.

Clackamas stopped on fourth-and-4 at the ‘Iolani 24. Raiders’ run defense has been steady all game. Raiders can’t get anything going on offense. Punt is downed at the Cavs’ 40 with 7:58 left.

Cavs punt and ‘Iolani threatens. The Raiders drive to the Clackamas 15-yard line, but Richard Kennewell sacks Chong for a 15-yard loss back to the 30. Chong’s fourth-and-long bomb is nearly caught inbounds by Kaneshiroin the back of the end zone. Cavaliers escaped there.

Cavs receive the second-half kickoff, but ‘Iolani recovers a fumble after a completion. The Raiders drive to the Clackamas 18, and a 35-yard FG try is wide left with 9:38 left in the third.

The visiting Cavaliers have dominated in total yardage, and with three interceptions by their defense, they have control of this game. Yet, it’s just a seven-point margin. Clackamas has rushed 19 times for 54 yards, and passed for a combined 124 yards (14-for-18) with one pick. ‘Iolani has rushed for 27 yards on seven attempts, and passed for 28 yards (7-for-18). Clackamas has a 178-55 edge in total yards.

At Eddie Hamada Field
Clackamas 0 7 xx xx — 7
‘Iolani 0 0 xx xx — 0
CLA—Austin Atkenson 2 run (Jeffrey Nelson kick)

#21 Nemo Dedmon 1-4,
#24 Noah Hobbs 7-12,
#7 Caleb Jordan 4-23,
#10 Anthony Talavera 3-1,
#11 Atkenson 3-12,
#14 Jailen Hammer 1-2

#1 Kaua Nishigaya 4-5,
#11 Jonah Chong 3-22

#11 Atkinson 7-9-0-61,
#7 Jordan 7-9-1-63

#11 Chong 7-18-3-28

#21 Dedmon 3-39,
#12 Richard Kennewell 4-30,
#24 Hobbs 1-15,
#3 Jack Dollens 2-7,
#10 Talavera 2-12,
#5 Thomas Tolonen 2-21

#4 Rayden Kaneshiro 2-(-12),
#6 Jonah Miyazawa 3-11,
#21 Carter Kamana 2-20,
#8 Rexton Suzuki 1-9

‘Iolani’s next series ends with an interception for the third time. Safety Ahmir Calhoun snags an overthrown pass by Chong and returns it to midfield. The Cavs drive to the ‘Iolani 23, but Jordan’s corner pass is picked off by ‘Iolani DB Payton Uyeda with :07 left in the first half.

Raiders ball with 4:57 to go in the first half, and Chong’s first pass of the drive is picked off by JeanElie Fleck. Penalty brings it back to the ‘Iolani 31. The Cavs get a key 12-yard scramble by Atkenson for first down at the 4, and a penalty takes it to the 2. Atkenson dives over the goal line for a 2-yard TD and the scoreless drought is over. CLACKAMAS 7, ‘IOLANI 0, 1:12, Q2.

The Cavaliers take over at their own 25 after an illegal block call on the interception return. QB Caleb Jordan looks strong on the speed option keepers, but they have to punt after another holding call.

Raiders go three-and-out for a fourth time, but the punt is muffed by the Cavs and recovered by ‘Iolani at the CHS 29. Again, however, the Raiders come up empty. A fourth-and-4 pass by Jonah Chong misses an open Jonah Miyazawa and the pass is picked off by Grant Schoen. Big stop again by the Cavs.

Second quarter begins with Clackamas at its 31. ‘Iolani LB Brock Hedani sacks Atkenson to force fourth down and a punt.


The Raiders stall out again, their third three-and-out series in a row, but a 46-yard punt is downed at the Cavaliers’ 17. The Cavs go to junior RB Anthony Talavera, playing for the first time today. He gains a first down on a toss, and after an incomplete pass goes through the hands of ‘Iolani LB Kyler Mento, Clackamas calls time out with 33 seconds left in the opening quarter.

‘Iolani’s second series is another three and out, punt downed at the Clackamas 39. The Cavaliers strike with short passes and RB Noah Hobbs scores on an 11-yard run off left tackle, but the play is called back by another holding call. The Cavs stall at the 15, and Jeffrey Nelson is wide right on a 32-yard FG attempt. That is shocking. He’s the same guy who drilled the clutch, game-winning FG in the OSAA state final last year. ‘Iolani ball with 3:40 left in the first quarter.

The Raiders’ opening series is a three and out, punt downed at the Clackamas 49. ‘Iolani LB Shayden Molina with a sack. The Cavaliers convert on a key fourth down, but holding downfield brings it back and ‘Iolani stops QB Austin Atkenson on a scramble up the middle, ending the drive.


3:13 p.m. Clackamas wins the coin toss, elects to defer. ‘Iolani will receiver from the ewa end zone facing Diamond Head.

2:30 p.m. The entire Clackamas roster is on the field now for warmups.

2:15 p.m. Blue sky, nary a cloud above on a typically hot afternoon at Eddie Hamada Field. Clackamas has been on the field warming up for the past 15 minutes. Their long snapper and punter were on the grass well before that. The Cavaliers have come a long way, the defending 6-A Oregon state champion. This is as much of a lab test as any a year after a stupendous 14-0 season. But 6-foot-6, 193-pound receiver Cole Turner graduated and is now at Nevada. Also gone, stellar safety Braelen Bettles.

One key factor will be acclimation. The Cavaliers don’t normally play in 90-degree temperatures, and humidity here, across the Ala Wai Canal from Waikiki, is impossible to duplicate on the continent. But they have talent, discipline and tradition. If Clackamas was a Hawaii team, it would be home in the Open Division, in the opinion of some coaches here.

A preview of the game can be found here.
For ‘Iolani’s roster, click here.
For Clackamas’ roster, click here.

The Clackamas Cavaliers do a light warmup one hour before game time. Aug. 31, 2018. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser


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