On this date in 1995, Punahou running back Afatia Thompson put on a show for the last time in his prep career.
Thompson ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns as top-ranked Punahou blitzed Pac-Five 48-28 at Aloha Stadium.
The Wolf Pack took an early lead before Thompson took over. The future UH fullback tied it with a 2-yard plunge and followed it up with scores from 10 and 13 yards. Thompson needed only 15 carries and one reception to do his damage and take a seat in the blowout.
The shortened day didn’t help keep Thompson healthy, however, as the ILH rushing leader suffered an ACL injury against Kamehameha six days later. He had 35 yards on seven carries and a touchdown in his final high school game.
“The kids dedicated themselves to do this for him,” Punahou coach Dan Morrison said of the win over Kamehameha. “That’s the kind of young man he is. It’s a very tragic loss for us. He’s a special kid.”
Daniel Makainai took over for Thompson and the previously undefeated Buffanblu went 3-3 the rest of the way. Thompson is one of eight running backs in Punahou’s long history to have more than 200 yards rushing in a game.
Also on this date in 1995:
>> Kamehameha’s defense hounded Damien quarterback George Centeio six times and the Warriors beat the Monarchs.
>> Waiakea stayed unbeaten with a 28-0 victory over Honokaa.
>> Jimmy Nunuha accounted for four touchdowns and Chris Paogofie had two interceptions and a touchdown as Waianae beat Farrington.
>> Shane Fujinaga scored twice and Waialua beat Radford 27-12.