LIVE BLOG: Game 2 of JPS Senior Bowl Classic

Players got ready for Game 2 of the JPS Senior Bowl Classic. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Team Freedom 12, Team Liberty 6, final


Kickoff is a pooch, no real kickers in this exhibition. Liberty tries its darnedest to emulate the old Stanford miracle kick return. Eventually, Rashod Tanner (Moanalua) tackles Natividad near midfield to end this sneakily fun battle. Game over. No major injuries, hallelujah.

RJ Javar scrambles for 13 yards to the Liberty 45, then finds Jayzon Ramos for a 24-yard gain to the 21. Time out, :14 left. Last TO for Freedom. Javar eludes the pass rush and lofts the ball deep to Ramos, who is double-covered and hauls it in as he dives, just inside the back line of the end zone with :09 left. TOUCHDOWN. WOW. The PAT run is stuffed. FREEDOM 12, LIBERTY 6, Q4, :09.

Ogata at QB for Liberty on this potential game-winning drive. Stalls at the 44 of Freedom. Freedom ball with 1:42 left.


Just for kicks, Liberty tries an on-side kick, Freedom ball at the Liberty 42. After a sack on a trick play, Castillo with two completions for 41 yards, including a 34-yard pass to Jonathan Vasquez (Leilehua). Freedom drives on the ground to the 1, and then Castillo lobs it to Vasquez in the right corner for a TD. Conduct called on Freedom but this one is assessed on the PAT. Weird. The previous one was not. Pass incomplete and we are tied. FREEDOM 6, LIBERTY 6, Q4, 3:55.

Motoyama is back as a wildcat QB in the elephant formation. He runs for 4, and 3. Then it’s Joshua Tihada as the wildcat QB, a 2-yard leap to the 1. Injury time out. Second and goal, Motoyama leaps and gets just over the goal line, touchdown. White hat says unsportsmanlike conduct on the entire Liberty bench (for running onto the field, my guess), one more time and someone will be ejected. But who? 2-point pass by Sky Ogata (Roosevelt) to Jarvis Natividad (Damien) is incomplete. LIBERTY 6, FREEDOM 0, Q4, 6:06.

Naomas Asuega-Fualaau (Kaimuki) enters at RB for Team Freedom. Fourth and 5, pass incomplete, Liberty ball at the Freedom 15.

McLeod has the most rushing attempts of anyone in this contest. He dives for a 2-yard gain to the 5. It is fourth and inches. LB Titus Kaho‘ohiliala (6-2, 230) of Waianae enters as a fullback. Whistle, offense moved. Fourth and 5+, pass is nearly picked off and there was an offensive holding penalty anyway. Freedom stands tall, and Freedom has the ball at its 10 with 9:10 left.

Fourth and 6, McLeod with his best pass, a 15-yard strike to Cole Ichikawa (‘Iolani) to the 24-yard line. The quarter ends with Liberty at the 8-yard line, third and 3.

McLeod runs for five yards, and then dives for a 4-yard gain and its fourth and 1. Time out, Freedom. Ransen Motoyama lines up at QB and gains two yards, first down. He remains in the game and picks up three yards on another Wildcat snap.

Fourth and five for Freedom at its 34, bomb and pass interference. Two big defensive plays, a sack and a lunging tackle to stop a scramble for no gain, and Team Liberty takes over at its 46.

One half to go. Let’s hope and pray everyone gets out of this friendly battle without injury. There was an injury in the earlier (Veterans) game on the final active snap from scrimmage prior to the kneel-down. Things got a bit testy toward the end in that one with penalties.


Team Liberty has 54 yards of total offense, including 17 rushes for 18 yards. Their QBs are a combined 4-for-10, 36 yards with one pick. Team Freedom a bit better with 36 rushing yards on 12 carries, including 41 yards on four attempts by all-time rushing leader Alfred Failauga. Freedom QBs are 6-for-8, 58 yards, one INT.

The 10-minute quarters make a huge difference. The first half flew by.

Team Liberty has the ball with 2:19 left in the first half at midfield, but a 21-yard sack by No. 59 of Team Freedom (not listed) kills it. The half ends at 0-0. Each side has three sacks. There’s blitzing, which is surprising in an all-star exhibition, and the offenses are not picking up these takedown artists.

Team Freedom with the ball at the Team Liberty 40-yard line, but two consecutive sacks end the threat. One sack is by No. 98 (or 58), neither number on the roster. That was basically a gang sack. The second sack is by Tristen Townes (Mililani).

Team Freedom (green) with security issues. There are two more fumbles (both recovered by the offense), then Castillo is sacked. On the next play, his pass is picked off by what appears to be No. 22, Shaise Quisano (Mililani). Three plays later, another INT. Team Liberty QB Sheldon McLeod is intercepted by Team Freedom DB Selau Kalani (Farrington).

Liberty drives again, but on fourth and goal at the 2, QB Kanoa Gilbson is stuffed by No. 46 (red helmet) not listed on the roster. But nice stop!

Team Liberty (beige) drives to the 29, but turns the ball over on downs. Team Freedom has the ball for three snaps, but QB Kayson Castillo fumbles on a handoff exchange. Ball recovered by Ladravian Willimas (Farrington).

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PRE-GAME
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Team Liberty in the Commanders matchup is wearing beige camoflauge jerseys with beige pants. Numbers are VERY difficult to see without binoculars. Same with Team Freedom’s dark numbers on dark green jerseys. I really like the jerseys up close. But from the bleachers, not sure how any recruiters from colleges will make out the numbers and I.D. these prospects properly. Cleaner uniforms would really make a difference, just my humble opinion.

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Team Liberty (Commanders)

NO.FIRSTLASTHTWTPOSHIGH SCHOOL
00JONANAINA-CHAVEZ5'8''170RBCAMPBELL
1KANOAGIBSON6'1''175WRMILILANI
2SHELDONMCLEOD6'0''165QBWAIANAE
3POKI'IADKINS-KUPUKA'A6'0''175SCAMPBELL
4TYRESETAFAI5'11''195LBCAMPBELL
5TAMATOAMOKIAO-ATIMALALA5'9''170WR/CBCAMPBELL
6RAYSENMOTOYAMA5'7''170RB/SBMILILANI
7JARVISNATIVIDAD5'10''165WR/DBDAMIEN
8SKYOGATA5'8''160QBROOSEVELT
9BRANSTONGASPER-BIRGADO5'9"165DBKAPOLEI
10LADRAVIANWILLIMAS6'5''200DLFARRINGTON
11ANGUSRAMAILA5'11''215LBWAIANAE
12CARTERKAMANA6'1''175WRIOLANI
13ASHERPILANCA6'0''170DBMILILANI
15MICAHKIM5'10''190LBMILILANI
18SAMSONCOOK6'0''150DBWAIANAE
21KIA'IRAMOS5'9''150DBMILILANI
22SHAISEQUISANO5'6''140DBMILILANI
23LANAKILAPEI5'9''170DBIOLANI
24CHRISTIANHAVEA6'2''225TEFARRINGTON
25COLEICHIKAWA5'5''145SLOTIOLANI
33JOSHUATIHADA5'9''175RBLAHAINALUNA
43ZECHARIAHKANAHELE-MONE6'2''220LBKAPOLEI
45LEWAEMMSLEY6'2"220LBKAPOLEI
51MANUPENITANI6'2''235DLMILILANI
52CALEBMATAGI5'10''245DLFARRINGTON
54MARKPASTERNAK5'11''180LBMILILANI
55TITUSKAHO'OHILIALA6'2''230OLWAIANAE
57ZACHARYOROZCO6'2''230OLMILILANI
59TRISTENTOWNES5'10''190DLMILILANI
65BRENANEVA6'0"250OLKAPOLEI
73JOSIAHENOS6'3''290OLCASTLE
74KAIMANASAVAIINAEA6'3"212OLCAMPBELL
75FA'AOPELALOULU6'7''350OLFARRINGTON
76SHAYDENTUZON6'2"315OLCAMPBELL
78JUNIORIOANE6'2''290DLKAPOLEI
97MACEALAFAESE6'5''260DEKAPOLEI
Head coach: John Hao

Team Freedom (Commanders)

NO.FIRSTLASTHTWTPOSHIGH SCHOOL
1NAOMASASUEGA-FUALA'AU5'11''185RBKAIMUKI
2JEREMIAHTAUAI6'1''195LBMOANALUA
3SHEPHERDKEKAHUNA5'9''180DBROOSEVELT
4ISAIAHMAREKO6'1''210DBKAPOLEI
5SAMSONRASAY5'8''170RBKAILUA
7SELAUKALANI5'7''160DBFARRINGTON
8BRAESONROSA5'9''165LBWAIANAE
9FIVATULAFALE6'3''230LBWAIPAHU
10RICHARD JAMESJAVAR5'10"150QBMOANALUA
11RUDYKEALOHI5'8''150WRMOANALUA
12KAYSONCASTILLO6'1''160QBAIEA
13NEUFELDTJORDAN6'3"210LB/WRKALAHEO
14JAYZONRAMOS6'1"180WR/SLOTLEILEHUA
15JANSENYORK5'7''155WRMOANALUA
16JOSEPHTAUFA5'8''160DBKAHUKU
17JONATHANVASQUEZ6'2"195WR/SLOTLEILEHUA
21MATTHEWGUTUTALA6'2''200DBKAPOLEI
23MICAHCAMAT6'2''185FSIOLANI
24RASHODTANNER5'9"150DBMOANALUA
25ALFREDFAILAUGA5'11''185RBWAIPAHU
26LOGANLAUTI5'8"175S/RB/WRWAIPAHU
42RICHARDTADEO JR5'10"175LB/SLCAMPBELL
43EZRAEVAIMALO6'2''215DEKAMEHAMEHA
50DANIELMOEFU-TAUTOFI5'10''260OL/DLKAIMUKI
51TUIPOLOTULAI6'2''250DLLAHAINALUNA
52KAMANA'OGILLILAND5'8"180LBKAILUA
53SKYLAR "KALILIKANE"MCMOORE6'2''280OLPEARL CITY
54KIERANGABRIEL6'3"270OLKAISER
55JOSHUAMATAGI5'10''225DLFARRINGTON
56KAHU'IKELORENZO5'5''145OL CKAMEHAMEHA
69LIUTAIPOSIULAI6'5"300OLROOSEVELT
74ADRIANFILOI6'2''285OLLEILEHUA
75TIMOTHYIOANE6'2"320OLKALANI
80CHASEAKANA5'10''145WRROOSEVELT
93DAYNEKAHEAKU6'2''230DT/DEKAPOLEI
94DANTELAFOGA6'1''280DLKAPOLEI
98JOHNSONSAVUSA6'2''260DLKAPOLEI
Head coach: Mike Fanoga

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