LIVE BLOG: Hawaii East 26, West Coast 14

Punahou's Ephraim Tuliloa played nearly the entire game on Thursday for the Hawaii East all stars. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Punahou’s Ephraim Tuliloa played nearly the entire game on Thursday for the Hawaii East all stars. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

We’re back for the second and final night of the Junior Prep Sports Paradise Football Classic at Aloha Stadium.

Only 48 hours between games for these guys, so we’ll see how they respond. Punahou’s Ephraim Tuliloa took nearly all of the reps for Hawaii East in the first game. We’ll see if he carries the same load in tonight’s first game against the West Coast all-star team.

Hawaii East really struggled to move the ball on offense Thursday, finishing with only 13 total yards. The West Coast team had only 23 yards rushing against American Samoa but was able to move the ball through the air for 213 yards. West Coast gave up a big kick return for a TD that was the difference. Hawaii East scored its only points on an Akili Gray interception return for a touchdown but he was hurt during the game and will not play tonight.


FIRST QUARTER

Hawaii East gets almost as many yards in its first play as its entire last game as Sunshine Anuenue breaks off a 16-yard run. Trey Hoskins, a UH commit, gets flagged on the next play for a personal foul messing with Nanakuli’s Keanu Momoa. Tuliloa tried a keeper but was brought down immediately by defensive tackle Seperini Aumua. Liked what I’ve seen from Aumua. Hawaii East goes for it on fourth-and-2 and Parker Higgins rumbles up the middle for 10. Hawaii East goes quick but Aumua stuffs Higgins for a short loss. Moelasi Saunoa in on that stop as well. Tuliloa with a fade to Tyreek Keough who looks like he taps his back foot in for a TD but it’s called incomplete. There are challenges in this game and Hawaii East will challenge. The call is overturned and it’s a 10-yard TD pass from Tuliloa to Keough. 6-0, 6:05, Q1 after missed XP.

Braxton Kerr starts at QB for West Coast and completes his first throw to Aidan Verba-Hamilton for 11 yards. Next play is a run and the back gets absolutely blown up by Parker Higgins. Two incomplete passes and a punt.

This game is way more chippy than what we saw Thursday night. Not surprising now that the Hawaii teams are taking on a team from the mainland. Tuliloa keeps for 7 yards on third-and-6 for a first down. Aumua with another stop on a run play, holding Anuenue to a 1-yard gain. He’s whistled for a foul though. Now Hawaii East running some option with Javen Towne picking up 7 on the pitch from Tuliloa. Towne with a tough run for 3 yards on third-and-short to get the first down. Hawaii East called for a personal foul after the play though. A penalty negates a 9-yard pass to Moanalua’s Alakai Yuen, who played QB for Na Menehune but has been getting more run at receiver in these games. Hoskins locks up Yuen in coverage on third down and Hawaii East will punt.

Great play on special teams by Waianae’s Mosiah Brame allows no return on the punt.

Joe Sweeney in at QB. Quarter nears the end with a roughing the passer penalty on McKinley’s Dyllon Enriquez, who sacked Tua Tagovailoa once on Thursday. Quarter ends on a hold.

First quarter stats
at Aloha Stadium
West Coast 0
Hawaii East 6
HE—Tyreek Keoguh 10 pass from Ephraim Tuliloa (kick failed)

RUSHING—West Coast: Malik Mcferrin 2-6, Dave Moi Moi Jr. 1-3. Hawaii East: Sunshine Anuenue 4-24, Javen Towne 3-18, Tuliloa 4-10, Parker Higgins 2-8.
PASSING—West Coast: Braxton Kerr 1-3-0-11, Joe Sweeney 0-1-0-0. Hawaii East: Tuliloa 2-6-0-14.
RECEIVING—West Coast: Aidan Verba-Hamilton 1-3. Hawaii East: Keough 1-10, Mila Lele 1-4.

SECOND QUARTER

West Coast strikes for a big play as they fake the reverse and then Sweeney finds Hoskins for a 43-yard reception down to the 12-yard line. Nice throw from Sweeney. THERE’S THAT TIGHT END. Giovanni Fauolo gets open and leaps for the 17-yard TD reception from Sweeney. Fauolo has been big on both sides of the ball in this Classic. Mililani’s Isaiah Kuloloia with the extra point. 7-6, WC, 7:48.

Hawaii East going more with the option as Anuenue picks up 12. Bad penalty on West Coast for hitting a defenseless receiver. So not necessary there. Ball moves to midfield. We’re up to 10 penalties combined already in this game. Kapolei’s Johnny Morrison with a big stop on Tuliloa on third down. Yes, the West Coast team has picked up a few Hawaii kids for this game. We might have another challenge here. Tuliloa sheds a couple of rushers, steps up and hits Royce Pao for a 30-yard TD but maybe his foot didn’t get down. They won’t challenge. Nice throw by Tuliloa either way. After three incomplete passes, looks like Stack might try a 47-yard field goal. He will and it’s GOOD. Adam Stack 47-yard field goal. 9-7 Hawaii East, 4:19, Q2.

Braxton Kerr in and he hits Jordan Parker, who makes a man miss and speeds up the sideline for 16. Parker is undersized but boy does he flash speed. Punahou DT Patamo Soa gets all the way out to the edge and makes the tackle on the receiver on a screen. They go for it on fourth down but the pass is incomplete as Stokes Botelho has great coverage.

Great play by LB Charlie Ramirez Jr. who brings down Towne for a loss of 4. Play is wiped out by a penalty though. Tuliloa has Waialua’s Mila Lele open over the middle for 6 but overthrows him. Tuliloa takes off and picks up 15 down to the 13. Towne picks up 6 out wide right to the 7. Tuliloa keeps for 7 yards and a touchdown with 1:08 remaining. 16-7, Hawaii East in the lead.

Sweeney to Hoskins for 40 yards. Hoskins, the UH commit, now with two catches for 83 yards. Looks like a painful injury to West Coast OL Kyle Jarvis. He’s moving but he’s hurt and has been down for a bit. He’s up and we continue and Castle’s Elijah Villanueva sacks Sweeney to bring up fourth down with 24 seconds remaining. Eric Kamelamela hauls in a 13-yard pass on fourth-and-13 at the 30 and it’s a first down with 14 seconds left. Next play and it’s a big sack by Waianae’s Joey Nu’uanu-Kuhi’iki. Eight seconds left. Sweeney scrambles for 8 yards with two seconds remaining. Kuloloia to try a field goal. It’s from 43. And it misses just wide left. The half ends and there is a whole bunch of shoving. Not the right way to end the half.

Halftime stats
at Aloha Stadium
West Coast 0 7
Hawaii East 6 10
HE—Tyreek Keoguh 10 pass from Ephraim Tuliloa (kick failed)
WC—Giovanni Fauolo 17 pass from Joe Sweeney (Isaiah Kuloloia kick)
HE—FG Adam Stack 47
HE—Tuliloa 7 run (Stack kick)

RUSHING—West Coast: Malik Mcferrin 2-6, Braxton Kerr 1-5, Dave Moi Moi Jr. 2-4, Sweeney 4-0. Hawaii East: Sunshine Anuenue 5-36, Tuliloa 9-36, Javen Towne 7-28, Parker Higgins 2-8.
PASSING—West Coast: Joe Sweeney 6-9-0-116, Braxton Kerr 3-6-0-28. Hawaii East: Tuliloa 2-10-0-14.
RECEIVING—West Coast: Trey Hoskins 2-83, Jordan Parker 2-24, Aidan Verba-Hamilton 2-4, Fauolo 1-17, Eric Kamelamela 1-13, Mcferrin 1-3. Hawaii East: Keough 1-10, Mila Lele 1-4.


THIRD QUARTER

Well that was fun. Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez broke some news at halftime doing the OC-16 telecast that June Jones will be his new OC.

Hawaii East fumbles on its first run after forcing a punt and Jake Ramsay gets the fumble recovery. Sweeney to Parker for a 19-yard TD. 16-14, 6:25, Q3.

Morrison sacks Tuliloa for a big play for the West Coast squad. Big game brewing for the Kapolei kid. Leilehua’s Devin Griffith leaps to tip the pass and then picks it off himself. Heckuva play by the Mule.

Botelho ends the half with a nice punt return after catching the ball somehow without going out on the makai sideline. He brings it back all the way to the other side and had some room but had it poked out from behind.

THIRD QUARTER BOX

at Aloha Stadium
West Coast 0 7 7
Hawaii East 6 10 0
HE—Tyreek Keoguh 10 pass from Ephraim Tuliloa (kick failed)
WC—Giovanni Fauolo 17 pass from Joe Sweeney (Isaiah Kuloloia kick)
HE—FG Adam Stack 47
HE—Tuliloa 7 run (Stack kick)
WC—Jordan Parker 19 pass from Joe Sweeney (Kuloloia kick)

RUSHING—West Coast: Malik Mcferrin 7-19, Braxton Kerr 1-5, Dave Moi Moi Jr. 2-4, Sweeney 4-0. Hawaii East: Tuliloa 10-39, Sunshine Anuenue 6-36, Javen Towne 7-28, Parker Higgins 2-8.
PASSING—West Coast: Joe Sweeney 8-13-0-133, Braxton Kerr 7-12-1-48. Hawaii East: Tuliloa 3-15-0-15.
RECEIVING—West Coast: Trey Hoskins 3-81, Parker 3-43, Aidan Verba-Hamilton 3-11, Mcferrin 2-8, Fauolo 1-17, Eric Kamelamela 1-13, Alika Tuia 1-10, Kevin Parker 1-(minus 2). Hawaii East: Keough 1-10, Mila Lele 1-4, Ethan Okimoto 1-1.

FOURTH QUARTER

Boy, Kapolei’s Johnny Morrison having a big game as he brings down Tuliloa for a loss of 2. Oh man. Perfect throw to Waipahu’s Andrew Simanu from Tuliloa who came back the other way. They call illegal man downfield and the 18-yard TD is negated. Yikes. Was a great play by Tuliloa. Best throw I think he’s made in these last 2 games.

Stack drills a 33-yard field goal to make it 19-14 with 6:24 remaining.

Fauolo with a nice 16-yard reception and the West Coast team gets near midfield but then three incomplete passes and a punt with 5:20 remaining. Hawaii East will take over at the 19.

Hawaii East tries the same trick play with the backward pass to Royce Pao but it’s incomplete. Wow third-and-7 and Keough makes the move to beat the four-star defensive back recruit Parker to haul in an 11-yard reception and a first down. Great throw by Tuliloa but Keough had to beat the top rated high school prospect in this game. Whoa. Higgins makes a man miss in the backfield and gets a nice 7-yard run. Solid move. Flag down though. Illegal formation. Higgins breaks off a 12-yard run just carrying dudes to get near the mark. After a long delay, Higgins is stopped by Ryan Payne for a loss of 3 yards. Higgins only gets 1 because Morrison gets ANOTHER tackle and West Coast is going to get a shot at this. 1:56 remaining.

West Coast puts Parker back to return it but he only gets 2 as Stack gets off a good punt and Browne is on on the tackle. Noah Kealoha was in on it as well. Sweeney scrambles for 6 and takes a late hit for 15 more yards. Ball into Hawaii territory. 1:36 on the clock. No timeouts for West Coast. Sweeney gets outside of the tackles again and scrambles for 11 more. Ball at the Hawaii East 31. Pass is PICKED OFF. Stokes Botelho. 75 yards to the house to clinch it as Sweeney gets drilled by two blockers on the way to the end zone. 27-14. 1:12 left.

Now Brame picks off Kerr off the deflection and returns it 70 yards for a TD with 24 seconds. Flag on the play though. Personal foul on the return. Interception counts however. That will do it.


FINAL BOX SCORE
at Aloha Stadium
West Coast 0 7 7 0 — 14
Hawaii East 6 10 0 10 — 26
HE—Tyreek Keoguh 10 pass from Ephraim Tuliloa (kick failed)
WC—Giovanni Fauolo 17 pass from Joe Sweeney (Isaiah Kuloloia kick)
HE—FG Adam Stack 47
HE—Tuliloa 7 run (Stack kick)
WC—Jordan Parker 19 pass from Sweeney (Kuloloia kick)
HE—FG Stack 33
HE—Stokes Botelho 75 interception return (Stack kick)
HE—Mosiah Brame 70 interception return (

RUSHING—West Coast: Malik Mcferrin 7-19, Sweeney 6-19, Eric Kamelamela 1-13, Braxton Kerr 1-5, Dave Moi Moi Jr. 2-4. Hawaii East: Tuliloa 12-44, Sunshine Anuenue 7-41, Javen Towne 10-39, Parker Higgins 5-18, team 1-(minus 7).
PASSING—West Coast: Joe Sweeney 8-14-1-133, Braxton Kerr 9-20-2-72, Kamelameka 1-1-0-31. Hawaii East: Tuliloa 4-17-0-26, Royce Pao 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—West Coast: Trey Hoskins 4-89, Parker 3-43, Aidan Verba-Hamilton 3-11, Alika Tuia 2-41, Fauolo 2-33, Mcferrin 2-8, Kamelamela 1-13, Kevin Parker 1-(minus 2). Hawaii East: Keough 2-21, Mila Lele 1-4, Ethan Okimoto 1-1.

COMMENTS

  1. Eastsida January 9, 2016 7:56 pm

    Leilehua Coach must still be upset with Moanalua and their QB smashing them in OIA playoffs. We haven’t seen Moanalua Quarterback take any snaps this week.


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