Three of the top five teams in the state are in action tonight with a six-game slate on Oahu.
Live updates of the approximate 8:05 p.m. kickoff will follow below:
No. 2 Saint Louis 49, No. 9 ‘Iolani 7
Jacob Lavarias with a pick for the Saint Louis defense and that will do it.
Jarin Yokogawa in at QB for ‘Iolani and completes his first throw. Nice pass to the outside.
Maika Bonner now getting work as the third-string Saint Louis QB but expect mostly runs. Raiders force a fumble at midfield and get it back.
Big Noah Nua, who is playing with a hurt knee suffered before the season, gets a sack of Cordeiro. Bad snap and it’s fourth-and-33.
KJ Pascua 3-yard TD run on first play of fourth quarter. 49-7, 11:51.
Pascua catches a ball out of the backfield and makes a spin move to get away from a tackler and pick up a first down. Nagami with another third-down catch to move the chains. Mizutani with a bullet to Rayden Kaneshiro for 18 yards to the 11.
Cordeiro with a nice throw on fourth-and-3 at the ‘Iolani 29 to pick up 10. Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe shows off a variety of moves and gets in on a 19-yard TD pass but a holding call negates it. Some shifty moves by the junior. Fourth-and-13 and Cordeiro shows off some moves. He’s done it before and Tagovailoa had to enjoy that. A 22-yard TD run eluding at least three defenders. 49-0, 5:57, Q3.
Kickoff should be around 9:35 p.m.
Kyler Mento picks Cordeiro’s first pass on the first play of the Crusaders’ next drive. ‘Iolani nearly forces a fumble in Saint Louis territory but the Crusaders somehow recover it and let the half end.
Updated career numbers for Tua Tagovailoa: 22 G, 377-574, 5,994 yards, 62 TD, 10 INT; 178 carries, 1,145 yards, 21 TD.
Chevan Cordeiro in the game after ‘Iolani goes three-and-out. ‘Iolani’s Jonah Buchanan tips a third-down pass and Crusaders go three-and-out.
Tagovailoa stays in the game and runs for 12. Crusaders just churning up yards. Dylan Silva 5-yard TD run makes it 42-0 with 5:41 remaining. Tagovailoa will finished 17-26, 260 yards, 2 TD; 7 carries, 77 yards, TD if his day is done. Six yards short of 6,000 for his career.
Nice slant to Nagami for 9 yards and ‘Iolani gets a first down. Big hit from LB Dylan Toilolo stops Pascua for no gain. Then he almost comes up with a pick. One first down and punt.
Crusaders played a nearly flawless 11 minutes, 59 seconds. Now another penalty to start second quarter. Silofau picks up 18 on third-and-3 to the 45. Tagovailoa methodically moves the Crusaders down the field then puts on the afterburners. 19-yard TD run. 15-23, 229 yards, 2 TD; 6 carries, 65 yards, TD. 35-0, 9:10.
Saint Louis will start on its 20 with 16 seconds remaining in quarter. Oasay with a blindside block and obvious 15-yard penalty to end quarter.
Pascua gets two runs for 9 yards but is stuffed on third down and ‘Iolani will go for it. Pass complete to Brent Nagami for a first down. Justin Genovia drops a pass on third down that would have moved the chains. Mizutani staying in and making some good, good throws.
After a Mizutani INT off a dropped ball is returned to the 6, Austin Tuisano fumbles at the 1 and ‘Iolani recovers in the end zone.
Tagovailoa runs for 15 but then takes a loss of 14 on the sack by ‘Iolani’s Cameron Chang. No worries. Next ball is a deep dime. 58-yard TD on the money to Jaymason Nunuha. 28-0, 2:48, Q1. Tagovailoa 11-16, 175 yards, 2 TD. 4 carries, 32 yards.
Fourth three-and-out. Crusaders are all business tonight.
Saint Louis starts its first drive with the first play run in Crusaders territory. Tagovailoa runs for 10 yards. He makes defenders miss again and rumbles for 21 more yards. Jahred Silofau (2 carries, 8 yards, 2 TD). 6-yard TD run. Tagovailoa 9-13, 115 yards, 2 carries, 31 yards. StL 21, Iol 0, 5:25.
Three-and-out for ‘Iolani. Third in a row. Mizutani scrambles out of multiple sacks but too many Crusaders there to finally finish the play.
Make it 10 straight passes to start as Tagovailoa (7-10, 87 yards) gets it down to the 2. Jahred Silofau 2-yard TD run. 14-0, 7:37, Q2.
KJ Pascua with an 8-yard run. Bad snap on third-and-2 and it’s a Raiders three-and-out.
Tua Tagovailoa starts at QB and has Chandler Washington-Villanueva open deep for a TD but JUST overthrows him. All passes on the drive as Tagovailoa finishes 4-for-6 for 45 yards, hitting Leelan Oasay for a 7-yard TD pass. 7-0, 9:42, Q1.
‘Iolani will receive. DB Robbie Paikai with the big hit on the kick return. No LB Isaac Slade-Matautia in there for Saint Louis. Crusaders three-and-out. QB Tai-John Mizutani 1-3, 3 yards.
Kickoff has been pushed back because of the late ending to Damien’s 21-16 win over St. Francis.
After No. 3 Punahou’s 56-14 dismantling of No. 6 Kamehameha last night, the ILH is shaping up to be a two-horse race with No. 2 Saint Louis. The Crusaders finally will play their first full game on Oahu when they open their ILH season against No. 9 ‘Iolani, which has nothing to lose. The Raiders have three talented players on offense in QB Tai-John Mizutani, RB KJ Pascua and WR Justin Genovia. Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa is closing in on 6,000 career passing yards.
History: ‘Iolani has lost eight straight to the Crusaders since QB Jarrett Arakawa led the Raiders to a 35-30 win in 2008. Saint Louis leads 59-10-1 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras.