Nanakuli overcame a slew of mistakes, including four errant snaps and a blocked punt early in the first half that set the Golden Hawks back a total of 97 yards coupled with 87 yards in penalties, but it was a miscue by Radford in the game’s final moments that provided the pride of the West side with a reprieve in a 27-26 win over the Rams.
Ragged Nanakuli (7-0), which began the game with only 31 players in uniform, stopped Radford on the game’s final play as an errant snap prevented the Rams from winning on what would have been a two-point conversion.
With the victory, the Golden Hawks maintained first place in the OIA Division II ranks, while the Rams (5-2) fell to third in the division after Pearl City (6-1) won earlier in the evening to take the second slot.
Radford quarterback Andrew Morgan connected with Thomas Reid on a 12-yard touchdown as the regulation clock expired, but the botched snap on the ensuing attempt sailed over Morgan’s head.
Golden Hawks quarterback Kale Kanehailua ran for 35 yards and two scores, including a nifty nine-yard scramble on fourth-and-goal as the second quarter expired to put Nanakuli up 10-7 at intermission. The shifty athlete also passed for 197 yards despite completing less than half of his throws.
Nanakuli running back Makaila Haina-Horswill helped salt the victory away with 189 yards on 20 carries, including two runs for a combined 139 yards in the fourth quarter—the first of which went for a score.
Morgan threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to Reid (8 catches for 133 yards). Rams running back Chance Cacatian notched 107 yards on 17 carries to balance Radford’s aerial passing game.