Monster game by Vincent Terrell helps No. 2 Punahou close out No. 5 Campbell

Punahou running back Vincent Terrell got past Campbell defensive back Titus Mokiao-Atimalala on Saturday. Jamm Aquino/jaquino@staradvertiser.com

Big plays with regularity are becoming the standard for Vincent Terrell.

The senior running back bolted loose for 189 yards and two touchdowns as No. 2 Punahou overcame No. 5 Campbell 31-21 on Saturday night, spoiling the Sabers’ homecoming night.

Terrell ran for a 6-yard touchdown to open Punahou’s lead to 17-7 with 4:46 left in the first half. With Punahou clinging to a 24-21 lead, Terrell’s 20-yard blast up the middle to the end zone closed the game out, ending Campbell’s last glimmer of hope with 27 seconds to play.


His biggest rushing output came on a night when the Buffanblu were simply trying to stay close to ILH front-runner Saint Louis — especially after losing to the Crusaders in a 25-19 heartbreaker last week. Nearly two-hundred yards or not, Terrell ran with a fury all night.


“I wasn’t keeping track. I was just trying to run the ball as hard as I can for my team. The pass game wasn’t there today, but it was an off game for everyone. We started slow, but as a senior, I knew I had to step up,” Terrell said. “Outside, inside, you know the (holes) appear differently every play. It’s just my job to find out. Of course, my line was doing a great job today.”


The second of his touchdowns was a blur.

“Two hands on the ball,” Terrell said. “Coach Leonard (Lau) was saying, ‘Get in the end zone. Seal it out. Leave no doubt. Finish it.’ “

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