Traffic this afternoon — I left town around 1:30 p.m. — was smooth, effortless. Beautiful. From my vantage point here at the stadium, it looks like it’s moving nicely in both directions. (It had been jammed up in the other direction from the West side due to a car accident.)
I’ve been looking forward to both of these ILH league-opening games for awhile. St. Francis is 2-0. The Saints are unbeaten! They have decisive wins over Keaau and Holy Trinity (Canada). They’re bonding, they’re very young and they have one of the top D-II quarterbacks in the state, statistically speaking, in Kawika Ulufale.
Pac-Five? They’ve played just one game, but it was a record-setter for first-year starter Kainoa Ferreira, who was a video-game god in a real game in a 54-37 win at King Kekaulike. He had 515 passing yards and six touchdowns. That’s a busy night regardless of classification. Can he and the receiving corps (Tsubasa Brennan had a line of 19-292-4 in that same game) do the same deed in league play?
We’re almost 90 minutes from kickoff. Oh, and there’s that other game: No. 1 Punahou against No. 7 Saint Louis. Doubleheaders. They are awesome.
The Wolfpack score on their first drive, a 17-yard lob from Kainoa Ferreira to Tsubasa Brennan. Wolfpack 7, Saints 0, 8:51.
The Saints drive 67 yards and score on a fourth-and-goal, 10-yard touchdown pass from Kawika Ulufale to Micah Kalei. Saints 7, Wolfpack 7, 3:34.
St. Francis goes ahead with a short 45-yard drive. Ulufale hit Pono Luis-Mateo in the corner of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Saints 14, Wolfpack 7, 3:34.
Ferreira went to Brennan for three completions, capping the drive with a 31-yard bomb to him. Wolfpack 14, Saints 14, 2:18.
Micah Teal’s 4-yard blast over the goal line gives St. Francis the lead. This comes after a pick by Micah Kalei, the second INT thrown by Ferreira. Clearly a missed read by him or Brennan, easy pick. Saints 21, Wolfpack 14, 9:22.
Ferreira went to Sean Kinel for three consecutive completions, ending a quick drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick missed. Saints 21, Wolfpack 20, 3:33.
The Wolfpack take the lead for good on Ferreira’s 24-yard strike to Kinel on a deep post route. Wolfpack 26, Saints 21, 8:44.
St. Francis fumbles away the ensuing possession, then gets the ball back with 1:26 left. They drive to the Pac-Five 25-yard line, but time runs out as Ulufale scrambles down the sideline before being stopped at the 15.
Final: Pac-Five 26, St. Francis 21.