Golden Hawks still in hunt

Nanakuli QB Chazz Troutman broke through Kalani's defense on Sept. 21, 2013. (Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser)
Nanakuli QB Chazz Troutman broke through Kalani’s defense on Sept. 21, 2013.

(Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser)

As of this moment, the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Division playoff picture is in pretty sharp focus.

There’s still time for things to get seriously blurry, however.

Kaiser (5-0), Radford (5-1), Pearl City (4-1) and Kalani (4-2) have the White’s four postseason berths if things ended today.

Should Pearl City (at Nanakuli), Kaiser (vs. Roosevelt) and Kalani (vs. Anuenue) all win this weekend, that would solidify the situation further. Radford has a bye.

But Nanakuli (2-3) and Kalaheo (2-3) might have something to say about it with three games still to play.

The week’s most pivotal White game is Pearl City at Nanakuli at 7:30 on Friday. Should the Golden Hawks win that one, they’ll be right back in the mix. Keala Watson’s team came within an intercepted endzone heave of stunning Kalani in the game’s final seconds of a 34-32 loss on Kaiser’s field last week.

“Our guys have it in them to never give up,” Watson said after that loss.

Behind do-it-all quarterback Chazz Troutman, the Golden Hawks must be respected to the final whistle. Troutman ran for 195 yards and passed for over 100 more against the Falcons. He’s second among all White players in rushing in division games with 434 yards.

Nanakuli had a player go over 100 yards passing, rushing and receiving in the same game for the first time since its 40-13 win over Waialua in the 2001 season finale, when Brian Garrett threw for 156 yards, Rusty Lawson ran for a school-record 272 rushing yards and Ronald Strode had 126 yards receiving.

Kalaheo, meanwhile, can stay alive with a win at Waialua (1-4).


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