LIVE BLOG: N. California vs. American Samoa

Members of the Northern California all-star team warm up prior to the start of the JPS Paradise Football Classic. Photo by Billy Hull/Star-Advertiser.
Members of the Northern California all-star team warm up prior to the start of the JPS Paradise Football Classic. Photo by Billy Hull/Star-Advertiser.

The first game of the second annual Junior Prep Sports Paradise Football Classic begins at Aloha Stadium with a team from Northern California taking on a team from American Samoa.

A few college prospects on the field for this game including American Samoa linebacker Penei Pavihi, who has committed to Hawaii.

Live updates of the 4:30 p.m. kickoff will follow below. For full rosters of all four teams in the tournament, click here.

Northern California 28, American Samoa 6

At Aloha Stadium
Northern California 0 7 7 14 — 28
American Samoa 0 6 0 0 — 6
NC—Ronnie Rivers 4 run (Mitchell Campos kick)
AS—Raemos Fano 1 run (run failed)
NC—Montaz Thompson 12 run (Campos kick)
NC—Jordon Brookshire 1 run (Campos kick)
NC—Thompson 16 pass from Phillip Tran (Campos kick)
RUSHING—Northern California: Rivers 12-102, Thompson 11-87, Brookshire 6-23, Trejon Hawkins 1-4, team 2-(minus 8), Tran 2-(minus 10). American Samoa: Maurice Lotovale 3-14, Luteru Ah-Loe 4-2, Fano 4-0, Andrew Toilolo 3-(minus 4), Talaileva Sufia 1-(minus 7).
PASSING—Northern California: Tran 5-11–0-53, Brookshire 2-7–0-34. American Samoa: Fano 7-15-0-77, Sufia 3-11-1-17.
RECEIVING—Northern California: Kalei Aukai 2-45, Thompson 1-16, Rivers 1-13, Brandon Abon 1-11, Eric Bendyk 1-3, Hawkins 1-(minus 1). American Samoa: Ralpha Taufa’asau 2-46, Moeimaotaaealaitala Falealii 2-27, John Muliaga 2-11, Josiah Ta’ani 2-6, Ah-Loe 1-4, Toilolo 1-1.



Rivers goes over 100 yards rushing on a carry to the 3. After a 15-yard penalty on the offense, QB Phillip Tran hits Montaz Thompson on a screen pass for a 16-yard TD. 28-6, 2:07.

DB Adrian Dolo gets a pick on defense late in the game for Northern California.

Rivers rips off a 12-yard run and then bounces one all the way across the field for 23 yards to the 1. QB Jordon Brookshire finishes it off for the 1-yard TD run.

American Samoa will get a shot at it starting a drive at the Nor Cal 49 with 6:39 remaining. Talaileva Sufia at QB now for American Samoa. Two incomplete passes and a nice tackle by Cruz sets up fourth-and-9 at the 48. Sufia is SACKED by Ray Thomas. Turnover on downs.

Six-foor-1, 278-pound Blessman Ta’ala gets the sack for American Samoa as Tran is in at QB for Northern California.


Junior Talaileva Sufia in for the final drive of quarter and hits two nice passes before the quarter ends. Looks a bit more polished at QB compared to Fano.

Northern California controlling this game now running behind Rivers and Thompson, who take turns churning up yardage. Brookshire sacked on third-and-short near the 10 and fumbles. Pavihi on the recovery.

After an illegal block penalty, Mitchell Campos is going to try a 46-yard field goal. It’s on line but just short.

Jamaar Hardy, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound DT with a fumble recovery on American Samoa’s first run of the game.

Brookshire back in at QB to start the second half for Northern California and he runs for 13 yards on each of the first two plays. Kalei Aukai makes a defender miss on a 31-yard reception to the 13. Montaz Thompson 12-yard TD run and Northern California scores on its opening drive. 88 yards.

At Aloha Stadium
Northern California 0 7
American Samoa 0 6
NC—Ronnie Rivers 4 run (Mitchell Campos kick)
AS—Raemos Fano 1 run (run failed)
RUSHING—Northern California: Rivers 5-46, Montaz Thompson 4-11, Phillip Tran 1-(minus 7). American Samoa: Maurice Lotovale 3-14, Luteru Ah-Loe 2-1, Fano 3-(minus 2), Andrew Toilolo 2-(minus 4).
PASSING—Northern California: Tran 2-4-0-24, Jordon Brookshire 1-4-0-3. American Samoa: Fano 7-13-0-77.
RECEIVING—Northern California: Rivers 1-13, Brandon Abon 1-11, Eric Bendyk 1-3. American Samoa: Ralpha Taufa’asau 2-46, Moeimaotaaealaitala Falealii 2-27, Ah-Loe 1-4, Toilolo 1-1, John Muliaga 1-(minus 1).


Alapeti Seiui causing problems for the Northern California OL. Intentional grounding called on the QB, Phillip Tran, crediting Seiui with his second sack. The UH commit, Pavihi, makes a nice open-field tackle at full speed on RB Montez Thompson to end the half.

American Samoa has a 6-3 receiver named Ralpha Taufa’asau who goes up high to get a 9-yard reception and then beats the DB on a double-move for a 37-yard gain down to the 3. A couple of nice plays for him sets up a 1-yard TD run by QB Raemos Fano and American Samoa is on the board with 36 seconds left in the half. No kicking here as Samoa goes for two but runs a reverse right into DT Jamaar Hardy who blows it up.

Man. Player of this game so far is easily RB Ronnie Rivers. Incredible shifty moves to dodge about five tacklers and pikc up 14 yards to the 4. Rivers then finishes off the drive with a 4-yard TD run. He now have 46 rushing yards on five carries. I’ve seen a lot of Fresno State running backs have big games in this stadium. Ronnie Rivers might be the next one day.

Big 6-3 DT Ray Thomas forces an incomplete pass chasing the QB. Neither offense able to do much.

American Samoa with a huge stop on third-and-1 as Blessman Ta’ala makes a helluva play to drill the running back deep in the backfield. Fourth-down pass is incomplete and it’s a turnover on downs on the American Samoa 24.


Raemos Fano, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior, starts at QB for American Samoa, which quickly goes three-and-out. Nice stand by Northern California, led by linebacker Alex Cruz.

Six-foot-2 Jordon Brookshire starts at QB for Nor. Cal. Ronnie Rivers, a 5-8 running back committed to Fresno State, stopped for a loss and American Samoa responds with a three-and-out forced by its defense.

LB Michael Adams makes the first big play of the game on special teams as he recovers a punt on the Nor. Cal. 43-yard line. No first downs in the game yet.

And the first first down of the game comes on a borderline pass interference call on third-and-18. Northern California has an impressive looking defensive tackle in 6-foot-1 Tariq Wright. He gets himself a sack on first down to help end up forcing a punt.

Rivers shows some elusiveness and picks up 12 yards on a run for a first down for Northern California. Unnecessary personal foul after the play on American Samoa. Cut-back lane for Rivers nets 9 yards.

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