Game 2 of the semifinals in the second annual Junior Prep Sports Paradise Football Classic matches the two Hawaii teams against each other.
The winner will face Northern California in the championship game on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
Here we go. You can find rosters for both teams here.
Hawaii East 18, Hawaii West 7
At Aloha Stadium
Hawaii West 0 0 7 0 — 7
Hawaii East 0 6 6 6 — 18
HE—Gage Asing 74 interception return (kick failed)
HW—Stokes Nihipali-Botelho 25 interception return (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
HE—Taulia Tagovailoa 1 run (kick failed)
HE—Mark Lagazo 3 run (pass failed)
RUSHING—Hawaii West: Elvis Vakapuna 10-44, Foki Kailea 2-15, Steven Lombard 4-14, Dylan Silva 5-10, Jaymin Sarono 2-6, Tevesi Toia 1-5, Mosi Afe 1-4, Jaren Ulu 5-(-minus 18). Hawaii East: Rico Rosario 4-11, Lagazo 2-5, Javen Towne 6-3, Tagovailoa 1-1, Alakai Yuen 3-0, De’Aundrae Cruz 3-(minus 1), team 1-(minus 3).
PASSING—Hawaii West: Justice Young 2-4-2-16, Mark Lehrner 1-3-2-12, Jaren Ulu 3-9–1-11, Sarono 0-1-0-0, Toia 1-3-1-(minus 1). Hawaii East: Tagovailoa 6-20–2-58, Yuen 3-7-1-51.
RECEIVING—Hawaii West: Afe 2-22, Grey Ihu 2-6, Sarono 2-4, Kingston Moses-Sanchez 1-6. Hawaii East: Chayce Akaka 2-25, Andrew Valladares 2-9, Jeremy McGoldrick 1-33, Chris Ah Mook-Sang 1-13, Towne 1-11, Lagazo 1-10, Isaiah Freeney 1-8.
Fade to the corner and ASING COMES DOWN WITH IT. PICK NO. 4 FOR ASING.
Farrington’s TJ Tautolo picks off a Tagovailoa pass at the 10 and nearly returns it to the house but Tagovailoa shows off some SPEED and gets him by the ankles at the 11. 79 yards on the return. West has it down 11 with 1:22 remaining.
Mililani’s Dustin Gapusan comes up with the fifth interception for the East this game.
Kailua’s Mark Lagazo with a 3-yard TD run. Two-point conversion is dropped.
East goes three-and-out and West takes over on its 15. Kapolei’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa gets the sack on Ulu for a loss of 10. Ulu tries to go deep to Moanalua’s Ryan Ramones but it’s well covered. Still though, Ulu has thrown a couple of really nice deep balls, something we don’t see much at Waianae. Third down and Tagovailoa-Amosa comes from the blindside and sacks Ulu forcing a fumble. The East recovers it inside the 5 at the 3.
The West faces a fourth-and-1 at the 45. Vakapuna is stopped short. Pac-Five’s Spencer Cox helped force the turnover on downs.
The West bust up a screen on third-and-10 but Tagovailoa somehow finds Akaka for a big gain. Flag down though. Has to be illegal man downfield and it is. Nihipali-Botelho nearly gets his second pick on third down and the East will punt.
The West picks up a couple of first downs as Lehrner steps in and hits Afe for a nice 12-yard pass over the middle. Showed some zip on the ball. Next play, Lehrner has time and decides to go deep. Ball is underthrown AND GUESS WHO? Gage Asing with his THIRD interception in the game. He nearly brings it all the way, 58 yards on the return but a flag is down negating the return. It still goes down as Asing’s THIRD INT.
Tagovailoa hits Mililani’s Andrew Valladares twice for 9 yards. A 6-yard Rosario run moves it to the 1 and Tagovailoa keeps for the 1-yard TD run.
Kalaheo’s Mark Lehrner in at QB for the West. TFL made by Waianae’s Francis Mailo. Third down and Lehrner is picked off by Kaiser’s Keoni Pangan. East in business once again at the 16.
West can’t handle the punt and Kanai Mauga winds up with it eventually at the West 8-yard line. Big chance here for the East. Tagovailoa can’t complete a couple of passes and Alualu stops Kailua’s Mark Lagazo at the 5 on fourth down and the West holds.
Huge tackle for loss recorded by Waipahu’s Lafo Seuli-Sanchez. Third-and-16 for Tagovailoa, who finds Towne for 11 but well short of the first down. East has to punt but a penalty for running into the kicker and the East keeps the ball. West DE Tasi Malepeai sniffs out a screen on third down and tips away the pass to force a punt.
Kapolei’s Taulia Tagovailoa starts the second half at QB for the East. Second pass and the receiver slips and it’s PICKED OFF by Kahuku’s Stokes Nihipali-Botelho who returns it 25 yards for a TD. 8:38, Q3.
At Aloha Stadium
Hawaii West 0 0
Hawaii East 0 6
HE—Gage Asing 74 interception return (kick failed)
RUSHING—Hawaii West: Elvis Vakapuna 6-31, Foki Kailea 2-15, Steven Lombard 3-12, Dylan Silva 3-8, Tevesi Toia 1-5, Mosi Afe 1-4, Jaymin Sarono 1-(-2), Jaren Ulu 2-(-3). Hawaii East: De’Aundrae Cruz 1-4, Javen Towne 1-2, Rico Rosario 2-2, Alakai Yuen 3-0, team 1-(minus 3).
PASSING—Hawaii West: Justice Young 2-4-2-16, Jaren Ulu 2-5-0-4, Sarono 0-1-0-0, Toia 1-1-0-(minus 1). Hawaii East: Yuen 3-7-1-51.
RECEIVING—Hawaii West: Sarono 2-4, Afe 1-10, Kingston Moses-Sanchez 1-6, Grey Ihu 1-(minus 1). Hawaii East: Jeremy McGoldrick 1-33, Chayce Akaka 1-10, Isaiah Freeney 1-8.
Farrington’s Mosi Afe with a 10-yard reception from Young as the West tries to score before the half. Young tries to go deep with no timeout and 20 seconds left on the clock and ASING DOES IT AGAIN. Second INT of the game and that will end the half.
HUGE hit by Mauga on Stokes Nihipali-Botelho on the kickoff. Nihipali-Botelho was trying to cut it back and stopped, took a step backwards and was leveled by Mauga who kept chasing on the play.
Waialua’s Tevesi Toia in at QB for the West. Wainae’s Josiah Viliamu in on a second tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Vakapuna picks up a first down on the third-down run. Toia scrambles for 5 yards to set up fourth-and-3 at the East 49 with 1:42 left in the first half. Timeout first. They put Vakapuna at wildcat and he follows his Kahuku teammate, Lombard, up the gut and pounds his way for 4 yards and a first down. Kamehameha’s Justice Young into the game and his first pass down the seam is PICKED OFF. Aiea DB Gage Asing picks it off and he’s down the sideline. Asing takes it to the HOUSE. 74-yard interception return for a TD. Hawaii East on the board first. Asing, not just on this play, but the entire half has been making plays back there. Great game for him.
Yuen takes off scrambling on third-and-12 and picks up 14 for a first down to the 37. Farrington LB Freedom Alualu stuffs Rosario for no gain to make it third-and-2. Timeout for the East. Yuen throws high and it’s incomplete forcing a punt.
Lombard fumbles and the East gets it back on the next play.
Waianae’s Rico Rosario picks up 2 before getting dragged down by Campbell’s Kishaun Ki. Saint Louis’ Kaulana Latorre Holt sacks Yuen and it’s ruled a fumble. Waianae’s Jaylen Gonzales with the recovery.
Taking some time to figure out all these numbers, my apologies. Kahuku’s Elvis Vakapuna goes 8 yards on his first carry and then punishes the defender up the middle for 5 yards and a first down. Kapolei’s Jaymin Sarono with a shovel pass for 5 yards and he’s already attempted a run, a pass and caught a ball. Third-and-2 and Ulu’s option pitch goes to Saint Louis RB Dylan Silva for 3 yards. Some misdirections and St. Francis’ Foki Kailea picks up 10 yards and a first down. Seven different ballcarriers already for the West. Third-and-7 at the East 44 and the quarter ends with Waianae’s Kana’I Mauga getting a sack on his Waianae teammate, Ulu.
Moanalua’s Alakai Yuen starts at QB and his first pass is a GREAT catch over the middle by Castle’s Jeremy McGoldrick, who gets some room and takes it 33 yards to the West 24. Fourth down and the East will go for it. Yuen with a bullet over the middle but Kapolei’s Leonard Lee steps in front and intercepts the pass.
West will receive. Pono Luis-Mateo takes the kick return 26 yards to the 42 where Hawaii West will start with Waianae’s Jaren Ulu at QB. Kahuku RB Steven Lombard with the first carry for 6 yards. Lombard picks up 8 on third down to move the chains. West turns it over on downs as a trick play is blown up by the defense.