LIVE BLOG: Saint Louis 30, Punahou 14, FINAL

Punahou prepares to win another ILH title. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Punahou prepares to win another ILH title. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

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.

The Crusaders are going to have to win the battle up front. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
The Crusaders are going to have to win the battle up front. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

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.


  1. ilh October 17, 2015 9:23 pm

    Okay Crusaders, now we need the next game, great defense to shut down Punahou after they scored 14 points in the 1st qtr. Cal Lee and the staff has down a great job at Saint Louis getting his players ready for this game.

  2. Lee Boy October 17, 2015 9:27 pm

    Congrats to the Crusaders,The boys didn’t leave it to the refs this time. Looks like Kobayashi is finally healthy and the D brought the out the lumber. One more win boys, next week is going to be another battle.

  3. Katoosh08 October 17, 2015 9:29 pm

    So there will be a next game?
    Wasn’t sure if that was the case or some kind of coin toss foolishness haha
    Out-fricken-standing Crusaders

  4. ilh October 17, 2015 9:30 pm

    Again officials screw up, one second left on the clock right before the half and St. Louis at the two yard line, officals rule time expired, that’s how you beat St. Louis, fortunate St. Louis had enough points tonight to win it.

  5. Katoosh08 October 17, 2015 10:05 pm

    ^juice. Never fails

  6. Lee Boy October 17, 2015 11:25 pm

    I was pissed about that call specially when we were down 14-9 but I didn’t want to bring that up.

  7. GoBigRed October 18, 2015 12:47 am

    why aren’t ILH games on TV? these are some of the best games and would love to watch (i’m on da mainland)… hopefully next week is on TV. or some alumni for either/both schools can use an app like Livestream…? das how all us RR4L alumni on da mainland get to watch all their games.

    plus i’m just glad da OIA refs aren’t da only crappy refs… seems to be a lot of bad reffing this year…

  8. Cal I. Fornia October 18, 2015 3:47 am

    I agree with GBR. I can’t believe schools like Punahou and St. Louis (and even Iolani) don’t have a single person that could stream a live feed. I watch almost all the Kahuku games live and when my sons games happen to conflict I just watch it when I get home on one screen along with whatever live product oc.16 on my tv.

    Maybe they can get it together by state playoffs.

  9. JKK October 18, 2015 7:59 am

    Ending the half was not the only issues with this crew of referees. An inadvertent whistle that was clearly a backwards pass and a fumble. I hope someone in the ILH admin address the current status of the poor officiating. I just hope the officials don’t cost any team their season with one of there terrible calls. With new leader of ILH i hope they can figure out a way to get 2 ILH teams into state tournament because clearly St.Louis and Punahou both deserve to be in the State tournament.

  10. KonaWarrior October 18, 2015 8:43 am

    As much as I agree with everyone here about streaming live games online or televising them on OC16, I think what it comes down to is potential loss of gate and concession revenue that the ILH desperately needs. As a St. Louis alum on the outer island, I would even pay if there was a pay-per -view option available for all ILH games. I would also hope that now that Blaine Gaison has taken over as new executive director, maybe he can negotiate some sort of package with OC16 to televise games and further increase the revenue stream.

  11. Lee Boy October 18, 2015 9:34 am

    @GoBigRed-are you the same guy that was talking Ish about how the Crusaders were going to need a shoulder to cry on because they were going to lose. You also were talking smack about the over time game the crusaders lost due to bad calls. Let me get this clear? Not sure if I am reading this right. You are on the mainland and didn’t see the game, then how you come out here to run your mouth when you don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Smh

  12. Manly October 18, 2015 10:08 am

    Huh? A Hawaii HS football fan on the mainland wants to watch the ILH games and someone bashes um? Huh?

  13. Lee Boy October 18, 2015 12:36 pm

    @ Manley- I’m not bashing GoBigRed just refering to this comments. I think you are familiar with them and other nonsense from this guy.
    GoBigRed September 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm
    I agree with 88. Punahou vs Kahuku. Mililani has no D and their O line is average at best this year. If Govs make adjustments I think they can make a deep run. St Louis won’t beat Punahou this year.

    Everybody complaining about only one ILH team in states but I don’t see them jumping to create a top tier league with top OIA teams. Why? Not in their best interests. And I think Punahou goes undefeated in ILH. If that happens then no other ILH team deserves to be in states.

    Looking forward to another trophy heading to the North Shore. Cuz if you no can score points den you not gonna win. K pau da novel. RR4L.

  14. ilh October 18, 2015 2:21 pm

    stop bragging how your teams are doing, win the Big one than brag all you want, which is after the State Championship. They counted St. Louis not going to beat Punahou, but look what happened, Punahou was up 14-0 and going into the end zone to make it 21-0, when Taulapapa fumbled at the 3 yard line and BOOM, St. Louis throws a bomb from Tua Tagovailoa to Drew Kobayashi for a 97 yard touchdown and now the momentem shifts. so don’t brag until the last game of the year. If you brag too much things usually turns the other way the , oh by way, Vavae Tata and John Hao, you know where they played at in there high school years ( St. Louis ).

  15. 88 October 18, 2015 2:25 pm

    And now that they are MEN and no longer little boys you know where they coach at in their adult years( Kahuku)..

  16. Katoosh08 October 18, 2015 4:29 pm

    They were never little boys @88. They were Saint Louis gentlemen.

  17. 88 October 18, 2015 6:39 pm

    Ohhh yeeeeaaaah……..

  18. frank808 October 18, 2015 11:07 pm

    For me, referees need not be right all the time, in fact, for me it’s okay if they are wrong all the time. For me, referees should be consistent to both teams, consistently right or consistently wrong. The kids deserve this.

  19. KonaWarrior October 19, 2015 6:29 am

    A couple of things: Will there be a formal write up on the St. Louis/Punahou game, or will this Live Blog be the only source of information of the game? It would be nice to read a game synopsis including quotes from both sides. Also, I was trying to find the penalty yardage assessed by both teams. In the early part of the season, the Crusaders were getting flagged excessively basically shooting themselves in the foot. This time around, I got the impression that more disciplines play translated to a better reflection of the skill level of both teams.

  20. Jerry Campany October 19, 2015 9:14 am

    There was a full game story in the newspaper and Nick Abramo provided a follow of both games on this site.

  21. KonaWarrior October 19, 2015 10:10 am

    Thanks Jerry Campany, I only get the online version so I was unable to find it.

  22. BleedRed October 19, 2015 5:08 pm

    Looking forward to another good game

  23. Ke808 October 20, 2015 11:56 am

    What a great game this weekend! Awesome win Crusaders! Loved that the crowd finally got into it. Stay strong, stay healthy and hoping for another great game this Saturday. Watch the penalties boys, that’s what killed you the last time. Gotta play to win!

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