JPS LIVE BLOG: Hawaii West vs. American Samoa

Hawaii West quarterback Maika Bonner (4, Saint Louis) looked to pass the ball during the second half of the JPS Paradise Classic semifinal game against Hawaii East on Thursday evening. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

The second day of the third annual JPS Paradise Football Classic tonight at Aloha Stadium pits Hawaii West against American Samoa for third place. American Samoa lost 21-13 to California, While Hawaii West fell 19-14 to Hawaii East.

Live updates will follow below.

Hawaii West 23, American Samoa 21, FINAL

Final stats:

At Aloha Stadium
America Samoa 0 0 7 14 — 21
Hawaii West 6 14 3 0 — 23
HW—Ryan Chang 24 pass from Braden Amorozo (pass failed)
HW—Chang 38 pass from Amorozo (Amorozo kick)
HW—Toto Mailo 30 interception return (Amorozo kick)
HW—Damien Santiago FG 43
AM—Tala Sufia 1 run (Eliott Lelei kick)
AM—Aliitoa Langkilde 27 pass from Sufia (Sufia run)
AM—Eliott Lelei 10 pass from Sufia (pass failed)

RUSHING—AM: Tala Sufia 8-41, David Mikaele 1-(-1), Moses-Michael Samia 2-20, Panapa Filoali‘i 1-8, Fetu Gaoa 1-(-3), Iosefa Mauga Jr. 1-(-2), Ben Tuimaseve 1-3, Paea Latu 1-1. HW: Alfred Failauga 8-47, Kilifi Malepeai 3-0, Maika Bonner 3-9, Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 1-7, Amorozo 2-10, Tyson Shimabukuro 4-17.

PASSING—AM: Sufia 12-21-2-154. HW: Amorozo 5-8-1-92, Bonner 7-12-1-88.

RECEIVING—AM: Paea Latu 2-26, Gaoa 2-21, Langkilde 2-35, Filoali‘i 1-4, Lelei 2-15, Mauga 1-(-2), Pene Fa‘avae 1-44, Alexander Teo 1-11. HW: Jonah Panoke 3-16, Isaiah Asinsin 1-11, Chang 3-68, Reichel Vegas 4-70, Failauga 1-15.

7:21: American Samoa calls its last timeout and Hawaii West still chooses to throw it deep, but it’s incomplete. Mililani’s Kilifi Malepeai takes a handoff and is stopped, and American Samoa can only watch as the clock runs out. 23-21 is your final. Regardless, it was an admirable effort by an America Samoa team that trailed 23-0 with a minute left in the third quarter. Hawaii East and California have already taken the field to warm up for the championship game that follows this one.

7:15: Instead of an onside attempt, American Samoa squibs it all the way to about the West 10, and the chaos lasts about five seconds. American West will run out the clock here.

7:13: THEY DON’T GET IT. Sufia’s pass to the right corner of the end zone falls short. But this thing is far from over. Onside kick coming up…

7:10: TOUCHDOWN AMERICAN SAMOA. Sufia connects with Lelei on a 10-yard play action pass with 1:07 left. The play goes under review and the call is confirmed. Touchdown. Here comes the two-point conversion…

7:08: American Samoa is now in the red zone with 1:34 left and counting after a long passing play from Sufia, who has been very impressive today.

7:04: American Samoa does its job, forcing a three-and-out for Hawaii West while still keeping its final timeout. They have 2:45 to tie this thing up, starting from their own 22.

7:01: American Samoa attempts an onside kick but its unsuccessful. Hawaii West takes over on its own 48 with 4:51 left. American Samoa only has one timeout remaining.

6:59: ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN FOR AMERICAN SAMOA. Sufia finds a WIDE OPEN Pitonuu-uta Ah Sue for a 27-yard touchdown with 4:53 left in the game. Sufia has a wide open lane to the end zone and runs the two-pointer in to make it a one possession game. We have a ballgame now, as American Samoa trails 23-15.

6:51: Bonner enters the game for Hawaii West and is PICKED OFF by Kalisi Lotulelei in the red zone, who brings it to the West 45 after a nice return with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter.


6:46: End of the third. Hawaii West faces second-and-13 from its own 35 to start the fourth quarter.

6:44: TOCUHDOWN AMERICAN SAMOA. Sufia engineers a nice drive and caps it off with a fourth-and-goal quarterback sneak for a 3-yard score. We also saw the first use of challenge on this drive, which the JPS is experimenting with. Hawaii West challenged the spot of the ball on the previous play, which may have caused a touchback. However, the call was upheld and West was charged a timeout. West didn’t get the call, but it was still encouraging to see the challenge used, and hopefully this sets a precedent for high school ball in Hawaii. The state could really benefit from it. Eliott Lelei knocks the extra point through and American Samoa cuts the West lead to 23-7 with 43 seconds left in the third.

6:29: BOOM. 43-yard field goal by Mililani’s Damien Santiago is good with room to spare. Hawaii West leads 23-0 with 3:42 left.

6:24: Penalties absolutely plague Hawaii West on that possession, as they face third-and-22 from their own 2 after a mixture of physical and mental penalties. Many of each on both sides throughout this whole game. They pick up a first down after Amorozo is run into on a punt. Yet another penalty.

6:17: American Samoa can’t take advantage and punt after a three-and-out. West gets the ball back on its own 14 with 7:26 left in the third.

6:13: Auspicious start to the second half for American Samoa, as Sebastian Briski recovers a fumble forced by Iverson Taase. They take over on West’s 46 with 9:43 to go in the third quarter.

6:11: The second half is underway. West starts from its own 31 after a Failauga return.


First half stats, courtesy of Hawaii Prep World and the Star-Advertiser’s Paul Honda, who will also provide video highlights of both games tonight:

America Samoa 0 0
Hawaii West 6 14
HW—Ryan Chang 24 pass from Braden Amorozo (pass failed)
HW—Chang 38 pass from Amorozo (Amorozo kick)
HW—Toto Mailo 30 interception return (Amorozo kick)

America Samoa:
#8 Tala Sufia 5-32,
#24 David Mikaele 1-(-1),
#1 Moses-Michael Samia 1-14,
#13 Panapa Filoali‘i 1-8,
#23 Fetu Gaoa 1-(-3),

Hawaii West:
#25 Alfred Failauga 5-44,
#29 Kilifi Malepeai 2-0,
#4 Maika Bonner 1-4,
#5 Kainalu Reyes-Hackney 1-7,

America Samoa:
#8 Sufia 3-10-2-15,

Hawaii West:
#15 Amorozo 5-7-0-92,
#4 Bonner 2-4-1-14,

America Samoa:
#4 Paea Latu 1-3,
#23 Gaoa 1-8,
#13 Filoali‘i 1-4

Hawaii West:
#11 Jonah Panoke 3-16,
#27 Isaiah Asinsin 1-11,
#14 Chang 2-62,
#39 Reichel Vegas 1-17,

5:54: Sufia is picked off by Kailua’s Bruddah Spencer-Choy Foo to end the first half. West leads 20-0 and will receive to start things off in the third quarter.

5:48: TOUCHDOWN WEST. Waianae’s Toto Mailo intercepts Sufia and takes it 30 or so yards to the house. Amorozo kicks the PAT at West extends its lead to 20-0 with 1:14 remaining in the first half.

5:42: After the timeout, West decides to kick and Amorozo, who held placekicking duties for the majority of the year for Waipahu, knocks it through. 13-0 West with 1:33 left in the half.

5:40: Chang and Amorozo connect AGAIN for a touchdown, this time from 38-yards out. Perfect throw from Amorozo in double coverage and a nice snag from Chang. There have been three penalties and counting during the two-point conversion attempt, but West still seems very committed to going for it. They call timeout.

5:31: Sufia rolls right for what appears to be a triple option, and is stopped just short of a first down. West takes over, but Sufia remains down with an apparent injury.

5:28: American Samoa gains eight yards, and now faces fourth-and-3 from the West 22. Now it’s West’s turn to talk things over, and they call timeout with 3:58 left in the half.

5:27: American Samoa is putting a nice drive together, thanks to quarterback Tala Sufia, who is making plays with his feet and his arm. They call timeout facing third-and-11 at the West 30 with 4:30 left in the half to talk things over.

5:20: Saint Louis quarterback Maika Bonner enters the game. He leads the offense to a couple of first downs but is picked off by Keach Tanoa. American Samoa starts from West’s 44 with 6:24 left in the half.

5:16: American Samoa picks up the first down, but fumbles on its next play. Hawaii West takes over from its own 32.


5:13: End of the first quarter, with Hawaii West leading 6-0. American Samoa faces third-and-7 from its own 45 to start the second.

5:09: Minor scuffle on the return for American Samoa. David Mikaele has been ejected for throwing a punch, while Hawaii West’s RJ Shimasaki has been tagged with a warning.

5:05: TOUCHDOWN HAWAII WEST, for real this time. Amorozo finds Mililani’s Ryan Chang for a 24-yard touchdown. They elect to go for two but can’t convert. Hawaii West leads 6-0 with 1:58 to go in the first quarter.

5:00: First down for West after consecutive rushes by Waipahu’s Alfred Failauga, who is just a sophomore. Big things to come the next two years for the underclassman.

4:58: Again, Amorozo and Panoke connect for a touchdown (42 yards), and again it’s negated by a holding call. West faces third-and-14 from the American Samoa 44.

4:54: Waipahu quarterback Braden Amorozo and Saint Louis receiver Jonah Panoke appear to connect for a 53-yard touchdown, but it is negated from a holding call.

4:52: Three-and-out for American Samoa. After the punt, West starts its first possession from its own 29.

4:48: American Samoa calls timeout facing third-and-15 from its own 29 with 8:29 to go in the first quarter.

4:45: American Samoa starts off its first drive from its own 33 after the kickoff.

4:44 p.m.: American Samoa wins the toss and will receive.



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