JPS LIVE BLOG: Hawaii East vs. Hawaii West

Kamehameha running back Kanoa Shannon of Hawaii West carried the ball as the Hawaii East defense closed in during the first half of the JPS Paradise Classic semifinal game. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

The second semifinal of the third annual JPS Paradise Football Classic tonight at Aloha Stadium pits Hawaii East against Hawaii West.

Live updates will follow below. Rosters are at the bottom.

Hawaii East 19, Hawaii West 14, FINAL


Hawaii East 19, Hawaii West 14

At Aloha Stadium
1 2 3 4
Hawaii East 7 6 0 6 19
Hawaii West 0 7 0 7 14

East—Scott McLeod 14 pass from Marcus Faufata-Pedrina (Blessing Umaga kick)
West—Akila Arecchi 7 pass from Braden Amorozo (Damien Santiago kick)
East—Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 18 pass from Faufata-Pedrina (Kick failed)
East—Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala 11 pass from Faufata-Pedrina (Run failed)
West—Calvin Mock 61 pass from Amorozo (Santiago kick)

RUSHING—East: Ieke Seei-Cleveland 6-30, Kanoa Shannon 6-23, Faufata-Pedrina 2-25, Rico Rosario 4-19, Seth Tina-Soberano 2-(minus-5). West: Alfred Failauga 9-27, Tyson Shimabukuro 3-17, Kahale Huddleston 3-15, Maika Bonner 2-5, Reichel Vegas 1-4, Ryan Chang 1-4, Braden Amorozo 3-3, Kilifi Malepeai 3-(minus-1).

PASSING—East: Faufata-Pedrina 8-10-0-144, Shastyn Kekahuna 2-2-0-9, Tina-Soberano 0-4-0-0. West: Amorozo 11-17-1-177, Bonner 2-4-1-40.

RECEIVING–East: McLeod 2-22, Stephen Eter 1-53, Tanner Wright 1-27, Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 1-18, Makana Smith 1-15, Mokiao-Atimalala 1-11, Seei-Cleveland 1-6, AJ Ulufale 1-5, Rosario 1-1. West: Chang 3-33, Isaiah Ahana 2-38, Arecchi 2-25, Failauga 2-19, Mock 1-61, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 1-23, Alika Ahsing 1-17.

10:05: Amorozo is PICKED OFF by Saint Louis senior and Hawaii signee Kai Kaneshiro. Another clutch, prime time play made by a Crusader. East picks up a first down via Rosario and that does it. East advances to play California in Saturday’s championship game, while West matches up against American Samoa to play for third.

10:00: West calls timeout after a sack and an incompletion. They face third-and-12 with 1:52 left. This is certainly four down territory, and this possession will surely decide the game.

9:56: Faufata-Pedrina throws his first two incompletions of the day, and West will get the ball back with two timeouts, starting from its own 21 with 2:22 to go.

9:54: Rico Rosario gets stopped for no gain and West calls timeout with 2:47 left. A first down would virtually seal this thing for East. Rosario is an ideal guy to have in your backfield in this situation.

9:53: The onside kick is recovered and East takes over on its own 45 with 2:56 to go.

9:51: TOUCHDOWN WEST. They’re right back in this thing after Amorozo finds a wide open Calvin Mock for a 61-yard score. Santiago’s PAT is good, East leads 19-14 with 3:03 left. Both teams have all three timeouts. Will we see an onside kick here?

9:46: East turns it over on downs and West takes over from the 18 with 5:50 left.

9:41: West goes for it on fourth-and-1 from the East 34 and is STUFFED. East takes over with 7:26 left and is in the driver’s seat.

9:38: West starts off from its own 25 and had 9:04 to come back and rally.

9:36: FAUFATA-PEDRINA IS ON FIRE. He connects with Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala for an 11-yard score. He still hasn’t thrown an incompletion left. The two-point conversion is no good, but East extends its lead to 19-7 with 9:11 to go.


9:33: Faufata-Pedrina remains perfect and connects with Stephen Eter for a 53-yard gain. East faces third-and-8 from the West 13 to start the fourth.

9:31: West can’t convert on fourth-and-11 from the East 27 after Aaron Faumui sacks Amorozo. Faumui is having a monster game so far with multiple sacks and tackles for loss.

9:27: Nice defensive stand by West, who force East to punt deep in their own territory. West takes over from its own 46 with 4:37 left in the third.

9:21: Kalamaku Kuewa picks off Bonner and East takes over from its own 18.

9:16: Multiple penalties have caused East to kick from its own 15. West will start the second half from its own 40.


HALFTIME STATS: The star of the game so far, without a doubt, has been Faufata-Pedrina. The senior is 6-for-6 with 80 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He even has 23 rushing yards on one carry. It’s tough to look this comfortable in an all-star game with so much talent and unfamiliarity around a player, but he’s getting it done so far.

Hawaii East 13, Hawaii West 7

At Aloha Stadium
1 2 3 4
Hawaii East 7 6 0 0 13
Hawaii West 0 7 0 0 7

East—Scott McLeod 14 pass from Marcus Faufata-Pedrina (Blessing Umaga kick)
West—Akila Arecchi 7 pass from Braden Amorozo (Damien Santiago kick)
East—Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 18 pass from Faufata-Pedrina (Kick failed)

RUSHING—East: Faufata-Pedrina 1-23, Ieke Seei-Cleveland 4-13, Kanoa Shannon 3-12, Rico Rosario 2-12, Seth Tina-Soberano 1-(minus-2). West: Alfred Failauga 6-20, Tyson Shimabukuro 2-13, Maika Bonner 2-5, Reichel Vegas 1-4, Ryan Chang 1-4, Kahale Huddleston 1-3Kilifi Malepeai 1-(minus-1).

PASSING—East: Faufata-Pedrina 6-6-0-80, Tina-Soberano 0-2-0-0. West: Braden Amorozo 4-9-0-63, Bonner 1-1-0-23.

RECEIVING–East: Tanner Wright 1-27, Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe 1-18, Makana Smith 1-15, McLeod 1-14, Seei-Cleveland 1-6, AJ Ulufale 1-5. West: Chang 1-24, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 1-23, Isaiah Ahana 1-21, Failauga 1-11, Arecchi 1-7.

9:00: West goes all the way down to the East 36 but can’t convert on a Hail Mary. East takes a 13-7 lead into halftime while West will receive to start the second half.

8:55: TOUCHDOWN EAST. Faufata-Pedrina hits Kalani’s Tosh Kekahuna-Kalawe for an 18-yard score. Umaga misses the PAT but East leads 13-7 with 22 seconds left in the half.

8:51: Whoa, this first half is flying by. That’s what happens when there’s 10-minute quarters with almost no stoppages. East ball with 1:05 left on the West 20.

8:47: Saint Louis backup quarterback Maika Bonner enters the game for West and promptly throws a 23-yard strike to fellow Crusader Kainalu Reyes-Hackney. However, they can’t pick up another first down and punt. East takes over on its own 15.

8:40: Three-and-out for East. West takes over from its own 7 after a nice punt from Umaga. 7:08 left in the half.

8:36: East starts its next possession fro its own 31 with 8:37 left in the half.

8:35: West can’t convert on third down in the red zone and settle for a field goal. Mililani’s Damien Santiago boots a 31-yard field goal through the uprights, but after a penalty on the attempt, West picks up a first down on the East 7 yard line. On the very next play, Amorozo and Akila Arecchi hook up for a touchdown. Santiago knocks the PAT through and we’re all tied at 7 with 8:50 left in the second quarter.


8:29: Failauga picks up the first down and finishes the first period with six carries for 20 yards and one reception for 11 yards.

8:27: The West squad has responded well. Waipahu quarterback Braden Amorozo is engineering a nice drive, thanks in part to his backfield mate in Alfred Failauga. They call time facing fourth-and-1 at the East 12.

8:18: HOLY MOLY. ILH rivals Marcus Faufata-Pedrina and Scott McLeod hook up for a 14-yard score. Pedrina lobbed it up to McLeod, who used his imposing frame to haul it in. It wasn’t hard to see why he’s a Star-Advertiser first team selection. Blessing Umaga’s PAT is good and East leads 7-0 with 6:21 left.

8:11 p.m.: East will receive to start things off, starting from its own 34 after the kickoff.



  1. Brennan Kamaka January 11, 2018 10:02 pm

    I think it’s unfair the kids that played thier hearts and soul that couldn’t get a chance play but they let out of state kids play on the Hawaii East and West

    Why don’t u let the Samoans play with thier ohana from samoa

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