Lee gets hot to lift Castle into playoffs

Castle quarterback Stephen Lee’s numbers through 2 1/2 quarters reflected a roller-coaster performance in Friday’s game against Kaimuki.

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His hot streak over a span of 1 minute, 52 seconds in the third quarter powered the Knights into the postseason.

Midway through the period, Lee had completed 12 of 25 attempts for 242 yards, with the Knights trailing 13-7 and their playoff hopes on the line.

Lee went 7-for-7 for 73 yards over the Knights’ next two possessions, leading them on scoring drives that gave them a 21-13 lead.

His 66-yard run late in the fourth quarter accounted for the final margin in a 28-13 win that gave Castle the OIA Red East’s final playoff berth.

After Castle took possession at midfield at the 4:06 mark of the third quarter, Lee swung passes out to the perimeter to Isaac Pakele and Chad Figueroa on his first three throws of the drive. He then found Kyle Urasaki wide open for a 27-yard completion to the Kaimuki 2. Ryan Mohika tied the score with a touchdown run, and Urasaki’s PAT gave Castle its first lead.

Urasaki squibbed the ensuing kickoff and Joseph Lilio recovered the bouncer. Lee then connected with Pakele over the middle for gains of 16, 5 and 4 yards, the last going for a touchdown with 2:14 left in the period.

Lee attempted just one more throw the rest of the game and finished 19-for-33 for a season-high 315 yards.


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