ON THIS DATE IN 2006: Kaiser comes back to tie Waipahu

Waipahu's Neil Paguyo preserved a tie in 2006 with a crucial blocked kick against Kaiser. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

Showing up late is better than not showing up at all.

On this date in 2006, Kaiser scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game to tie Waipahu 13-all to send both sides home happy for Waipahu’s homecoming.

Isaac Saffery scored the tying touchdown with 1:07 remaining but Waipahu’s Neil Paguyo blocked Kyle Niiro‘s attempt at the extra point. Skyler Chan hit Kalua Noa from 18 yards left for Kaiser’s first score on a drive that featured two conversions on fourth down.

It was another fourth-down play that set the stage for the big comeback. Waipahu coach Sean Saturnio went for it on fourth down rather than punt with a 13-0 lead late in the game.

The unlikely tie ended a six-game winning streak for Kaiser and the Cougars lost to Kaimuki 26-13 to end its season in the OIA playoffs the following week when Chan went down with an injury in the third quarter for an end to his high school career.

Waipahu went on a run following the tie, beating Kaimuki for the OIA White title and knocking KS-Hawaii out of the state tournament with a 27-12 victory before losing 17-6 to Kauai at Vidinha Stadium.


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