A six-game slate on Oahu is set for Friday night with the most anticipation for the second game of an ILH doubleheader at Aloha Stadium.
No. 4 Waianae (4-1, 3-1 OIA Blue) looks to keep pace to earn one of the two first-round byes in the OIA playoffs with a victory over Aiea (1-3, 1-2), which returns from Oregon following a 35-26 loss to Centennial.
HISTORY: Waianae leads the series 19-5 in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras but Na Alii is a respectable 5-7 since 2000.
Live updates from the approximately 7:30 p.m. kickoff will follow below:
10:21 p.m.: Ulu with 14-for-23 passing, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD in Waianae’s win, No picks, 223 yards passing. Kato finishes 10-for-21, 122 yards passing for Aiea, 1 TD, 0 int
10:07 p.m.: And … Waianae recovers the ensuing kickoff, lines up in victory formation. Two knees do it. Final: No. 4 Waianae 30, Aiea 7
10:04 p.m.: Ulu puts this thing on ice with three straight passes followed up the gut for a 5-yd keeper TD. 30-7 Waianae, 1:30 to play
9:56 p.m.: After a false start, Waianae attempts a 42-yard FG. Well short.
5:32 to play. Waianae’s Braiden Ayala picks off Kato, first pick of the game for any QB … no, wipe that off. roughing the passer called. This thing has devolved into a total penalty-fest
9:50 p.m.: Waianae has it 4th and 3 at the Aiea 20 with 5:45 to play. Seariders call timeout to discuss.
9:32 p.m.: Nothing doing for Aiea in this half. Na Alii punt it away three-and-out again
9:30 p.m.: Waianae turns it over on downs at midfield with 3:23 left to play in the 2Q. Aiea not done yet.
9:19 p.m.: Amazing! We have our first punt of the game as Aiea goes three-and-out.
Waianae looks to put this thing away driving from its own 35
9:14 p.m.: Seariders are money coming out of a timeout, 2nd and 8 from the Aiea 12. Rico Rosario takes it in all the way and it’s 23-7 Waianae, 8:45 left 3Q
9:05 p.m.: Disaster for Aiea to start the second half, as a penalty on the return makes Na Alii start at the 8. On second play from scrimmage, Kato is called for intentional grounding while flinging from the end zone. Waianae awarded the safety, Seariders lead 16-7, 11:06 3Q
8:53 p.m.: Kato is 7-for-12 with 100 yards passing off the bench at the break, 1 TD. Ulu for Waianae is 7-for-11 and 105 yds, TD
8:44 p.m.: Kato hits Jayden Chaviera with a 33-yard pass, but time expires in the half. Na Alii was 9 yards short of tying this up at the break. 14-7 Waianae, halftime. Waianae has hurt itself with nearly 100 yards of penalties to this point.
8:41 p.m.: Waianae apparently has no punter. Rico Rosario flings it into double coverage on 4th and 19, incomplete. Aiea takes over at the Waianae 45
8:39 p.m.: Waianae has a 40-yard TD pass and improbable catch on a tipped ball to Skyler Kaleiohi wiped off by a penalty.
8:30 p.m.: All for naught. Aiea turns it over on downs facing a 4th and 15 from the Waianae 30. Kato takes a stab to the end zone but it sails long. Waianae takes over up a TD, 5 minutes left in the half.
8:27 p.m.: Aiea’s turning this into an impressive drive from its 1. Kato has been poised off the bench.
8:19 p.m.: Waianae counters with a 55-yard scoring drive to open the second quarter. Kade Ambrocio scores from 15 yards on a sweep and the extra point is good. 14-7 Waianae, 9:53 2Q
Aiea muffs the kickoff return and takes over on its own 1
8:07 p.m.: Na Alii on the board! Kato comes in ably and hits Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo on an 11-yd lob to the back pylon. Don’t know how he stayed in but he did. Kato boots the extra point himself and we’re tied up at 7, 48.3 seconds left in the first quarter. 80-yard drive against the Seariders’ vaunted defense.
8:00 p.m.: Aiea driving on its first possession but QB Zelius Maae-Liupaono is knocked out of the game on 4th and 1 in Waianae territory. Kobe Kato comes on for him and a Waianae offsides keeps the Aiea drive alive.
7:51 p.m.: Jaren Ulu guides Waianae on a 62-yard TD drive to open the game. Waianae converts a 4th-and-18 in its own territory to keep it going. Ulu finds Jeresalem Tootoo in the endzone on a 21-yard lob pass and it’s 7-0 Seariders, 6:51 1Q