The regular season begins to wind down Friday night with the OIA Division I playoffs set to begin next week.
Moanalua (3-4, 2-4 OIA Blue) hosts Aiea (3-4, 3-3) with fourth place on the line. Why is that a big deal? The winner likely hosts an OIA first-round playoff game (unless OC-16 gets involved) while the loser would have to go on the road next week. Moanalua is coming off a 42-0 loss to Kahuku last week which marked the first time Na Menehune had been shut out in 58 games dating to 2010 (10-0 to Punahou).
HISTORY: Aiea leads the all-time series 21-10.
Live updates of the 6 p.m. kickoff below. Aiea had to forfeit the junior varsity game.
8:41 p.m.: And that will do it, Na Menehune win a tough one.
8:22 p.m.: Yuen scored on a 6 yard run, Kick failed. 25-6 MOA with 7:56
7:55 p.m.: The defensive battle continues in the third, Aiea’s defense is really clamping down on what has been a pretty potent Moanalua offense this year. Moanalua is 0-10 on third downs, Aiea is 4-13. Also, Aiea is getting a ton of pressure on Yuen
Haven’t sacked him much, but every play it looks like Yuen is running for his life.
7:26 p.m.: Opening kick of the second half, Moanalua kicks, gets a favorable bounce, and recovers at Aiea’s 21. Next play, 21 yard TD pass from Yuen to Rylan Miguel. 13-6 Moanalua.
7:08 p.m.: Halftime. Yuen is 16-25 for 163 yards and has the lone score for Moanalua
7:01 p.m.: And Moanalua strikes right back, Alakai Yuen 5 yard run (Yuen kick) to take a 7-6 lead.
6:55 p.m.: Aiea scores! Gage Asing 61 yard pass from Kobe Kato (kick failed). 2:51 left in the half. Aiea 6-0
6:33 p.m.: The first quarter ends after 12 minutes of scoreless football. Alakai Yuen had 91 passing yards already, Aiea also had 25 yards of total offense.
6:02 p.m.: Judging by the fact that Kobe Kato kicked off, it looks like Kame Kim Choy-Keb Ah Lo is out, big blow to Na Alii.