On this date in 1996, Kaiser quarterback Grant Sato woke up from a nightmare just in time to save the Cougars from a certain loss.
Kaiser beat Radford 10-6 to take first place in the OIA Blue.
Sato was an anemic 3-for-34 for just 60 yards against Radford’s stout defense when he decided to try to do something with his feet. Sato ran seven yards on fourth down, even hurdling a defender, to score the telling touchdown late in the game.
Sato led the Cougars to a 7-3 record that year with a 35-0 loss to Waianae to end the season in the OIA playoffs.
In other games on this date in 1996:
>> Craig Stutzmann rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter and Saint Louis destroyed Kamehameha 37-0.
>> Scott Hicks ran for 98 yards and a touchdown as Damien beat Pac-Five 19-6.
>> Wade Taguchi threw two TD passes in the fourth quarter to lead Pearl City over Moanalua 22-21.
>> Posesene Ilaoa recovered Kimo Kim’s fumble in the end zone and Aiea beat McKinley 22-21.
>> Brandon Russell rushed for 74 yards and passed for 119 more as Mililani beat Nanakuli 20-7.