The stakes are high. Punahou clinches ILH D-I title with a win. Saint Louis needs a win to stay alive.
Kickoff at 6:50.
Punahou ball. Ephraim Tuliloa at QB.
Buffanblu driving. Wayne Taulapapa‘s 29-yard run brings the ball to the Saint Louis 4.
After a penalty, Taulapapa scores on a 9-yard sweep to the right. Jet Toner adds the extra point.
Punahou 7, Saint Louis 0, 9:49 left to go first quarter.
Saint Louis pinned in its own end, thanks to a 15-yard penalty, and a short punt gives Punahou the ball at the 28. Interference on the punt returner calling a fair catch brings the ball half the distance to the goal line to the 14.
Chevan Cordeiro, not Tua Tagovailoa, is in at QB for the Crusaders.
A pass interference on Saint Louis in the end zone brings the ball to the 8.
A 7-yard pass from Tuliloa to Ethan Takeyama sets up Taulapapa‘s second TD of the opening quarter — a 1-yard run on a left pitch sweep.
Punahou 14, Saint Louis 0, 6:42 to go in first quarter.
Crusaders facing fourth and one from the Punahou 37. Cordeiro stuffed for a 1-yard loss by Seyddrick Lakalaka. Punahou takes over on downs.
Buffanblu get nowhere and punt, but Crusaders are called for roughing the kicker, extending Punahou’s drive. Ball on Saint Louis 48.
Ronson Timbreza makes one pass breakup and then intercepts a Tuliloa pass to give the ball back to Saint Louis.
Tagovailoa, the known starter, is in at QB for the first time. A deep pass is knocked away. A second pass misses. A third pass drops.
It’s not known why Tagovailoa didn’t start.
After a 15-yard punt, it’s Buffanblu’s ball at the Crusaders’ 37 with 42 seconds to go in the first quarter.
Tuliloa to Takeyama goes for 13 yards and a half-the-distance facemask penalty brings the ball to the Saint Louis 11.
First quarter ends.
Tuliloa connects with Judd Cockett, who makes an over-the-shoulder catch at the one.
Taulapapa, however, fumbles at the 3 and Saint Louis’ Luca Vartic recovers.
On the next play, Tagovailoa hums one to Drew Kobayashi, who catches it at the Punahou 45 and goes the rest of the way for the 97-yard touchdown. Jacob Tobias adds the extra point.
Punahou 14, Saint Louis 7, 11:14 left in the first half.
A 15-yard penalty puts Punahou at its own 5, and three plays later, Saint Louis’ Michael Malepeai sacks Tuliloa in the end zone for a safety.
Punahou 14, Saint Louis 9, 9:27 left in first half.
Chandler Washington-Villanueva‘s 56-yard kickoff return for Saint Louis puts the ball deep in Punahou territory. But a few plays later, Saitaua Lefau fumbles away the Crusaders’ chance to go ahead at the Punahou 11.
On Punahou’s next possession, Taulapapa fumbles for the second time and Saint Louis’ Isaac Slade-Matautia recovers.
Saint Louis punts.
On the Buffanbu’s next time with the ball, Taulapapa busts a 20-yard run, but fumbles for the third time on a hit by Slade-Matautia. Kainalu Paikai recovers for the Crusaders.
Jalen Saole intercepts a Tuliloa pass at the Saint Louis 25 with 46 seconds left in the half.
Tagovailoa completes five passes and gets Saint Louis all the way to the Punahou 2 as time runs out in the half.
The officials made a decision to end the half, even though the scoreboard clock appeared to have one second left on it when Lanakila Wilson stepped out of bounds after catching a 24-yard pass. The clock clicked down to zero and so the officials discussed it and held up the ball, signifying the first half was over.
ILH officials have been under fire all year, and this will probably stoke those flames further.
Saint Louis is punting from its own end zone to end its first possession of the second half.
Punahou starts from the Saint Louis 45.
Anson Levi‘s interception of Tuliloa leads to Tagovailoa‘s 1-yard TD run as Saint Louis pulls ahead 16-14 with 5:59 left in the third quarter. Tagovailoa‘s 34-yard pass to Wilson got the Crusaders in position.
Punahou punts on its next possession.
Tagovailoa keeps it twice in a row for gains of 17 and 19 to bring the ball to the Buffanblu 14.
Tagovailoa hits Ronson Young cutting across the middle for a 14-yard touchdown and the Crusaders lead 23-14 with 28 seconds to go in the the third quarter.
Punahou faces a fourth and 2 and is punting.
Crusaders drive for another score. This time, Lefau caps a 62-yard march with a 14-yard touchdown run. 7:18 left in the game. Saint Louis 30, Punahou 14.
Buffanblu punt again.