Title-game official makes ESPN’s “C’mon, Man!”

Kekoa Sasaoka, the Kahuku kicker, is shown during a game earlier this season. One of Sasaoka's extra points in the Division I championship game victory over Saint Louis on Friday appears to have gone wide right. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kekoa Sasaoka, the Kahuku kicker, is shown during a game earlier this season. One of Sasaoka’s extra points in the Division I championship game victory over Saint Louis on Friday was a really close call. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

While in the Aloha Stadium press dugout room that is usually reserved for photographers, I was writing about Radford’s 30-16 victory over Kapaa in the Division II football state championship game on Friday night.

The Division I title game was in progress and Kahuku had just scored its first touchdown to make it 7-6. I got up to watch the play on the jumbotron and stayed up to watch the extra point that appeared to sail wide right.

After telling another person in the immediate area, “They missed the extra point,” he said, “Really?”

Time to get back to the D-II story that was almost done. But a few seconds later, the person said to me, “Good,” and he raised his hands. The scoreboard read, “7-7.”

I said, “Really?” It was quite the reversal. Extra-point kicks and the angle you watch from can be deceiving. Sometimes, you just can’t be sure.

It fooled the referee directly under the right upright. Take a look at this video here http://bit.ly/1Xb4N1C of Kekoa Sasaoka‘s extra-point attempt that made an ESPN segment called “C’mon Man!” The referee could not tell if it was good or not and looked to his fellow referee, several fans behind the end zone, and a photographer. After the photographer signaled “good” with raised arms, the referee followed. “Good!”

Still, it’s hard to tell one way or the other if that kick by Sasaoka was good. You can be the judge by watching the video. Fast forward to the 1:54 mark.

Joel Pahukula, a radio play-by-play announcer on Kauai who had just finished his broadcast of the early game, wrote on Facebook on Monday that he was in the end zone with a good view and thought the kick missed.

If it indeed went wide right, it’s simply a reminder that all humans, including referees, make mistakes. The play did not have an effect on the outcome of the game. Kahuku, the new D-I state championship team, beat then-No. 1 Saint Louis 39-14.

Addendum: Many people who have been asked have said the extra-point replay is very close and that it’s hard to tell if it’s good or not. Some people say it’s definitely good. Others don’t know for sure. Several people in the comments section on this post wrote that OC 16 on its pay-per-view broadcast showed a close up of the ball going through the goal posts and that it was clearly good.


  1. Polo November 23, 2015 9:21 pm

    I don’t know wat you’re looking at, it looks good in the replay! You’re just another HATER, that’s been hating on us all year!

  2. EwaEwa November 23, 2015 9:24 pm

    Nick if you watched the OC16 telecast they zoomed in on the ball and it did disappear behind the post indicating it was good. The refs were clowns the entire game…

    1st Mistake: Kesi Ah-Hoy on his first TD run did not pass the endzone line when he fumbled it but the ref insisted it was a TD, Kesi knew he fumbled it so he chased it down and recovered it in the endzone. Didnt matter because the ref determined it a TD from the get go yet John Veneri kept saying Kahuku shouldnt have 7 pts.

    2nd Mistake: Yes that field goal blunder which the refs had to ask the camera man for confirmation.

    3rd Mistake: St. Louis only offensive TD came when Tua scrambled 5yds for a TD, The ball was in his left hand and did not cross the goal line while he tried to extend his right foot around the pile-on but stepped out of bounds. TV commentators said “That is not a TD”.

    4th Mistake: In the fourth quarter #31 for Kahuku laid a clean shoulder to chest hit during a punt return. Refs ejected #23 then recalled that and rejected #34. When infact it should have been #31 because #34 wasnt even on the field. Eventually word got down to the sidelines and #31 had to sit the rest of the game.

    The entire season these refs are a Joke. A few of them are doing good and really trying but most of them got to find another hobby.

  3. Manley November 23, 2015 9:40 pm

    Dam, look at the calf on Sasaokas plant foot. It wraps around the shin bone. You can say ” IT’S GOOD”!

  4. Manley November 23, 2015 9:44 pm

    Another thing, it was noted that the refrees were using a new high tech wireless communications system. This was to speed up the game. Lol. God bless our officials.

  5. Tim November 23, 2015 10:43 pm

    Hey Nick, from the link you posted it doesn’t look like the point is good, but please go and watch the OC16 broadcast of the game. They show it in slow motion from the side angle and it clearly is good. I was at the game, and watching it live I couldn’t tell either.

  6. Homegrown November 23, 2015 11:42 pm

    Uh oh you just gave the St.Louis conspiracy theorists a legitimate voice by solely posting this one iffy call in a game full of “human error” referee calls.

  7. Nick Abramo November 23, 2015 11:50 pm

    Thanks Tim, great idea.

  8. Nick Abramo November 23, 2015 11:56 pm

    well Polo, not true; I voted for Kahuku as the No. 1 team five times in the 16-week season and wrote many positive stories on the team all season, including two that I’m very proud of:




  9. Nick Abramo November 23, 2015 11:56 pm

    oops, meant three stories

  10. NotNasti November 24, 2015 12:06 am

    The tenet of this story is not whether or not Sasaoka made the extra point, which he probably did, but the folly of the referees, who relied on a photographer to make the call on whether the ball went through the uprights. I don’t see this as hating on Kahuku at all, just an article mentioning that the call made it to ESPN’s “Come On, Man” segment.

  11. Ackrite November 24, 2015 2:26 am


  12. SimpleSimon November 24, 2015 6:50 am

    @Polo – Who cares what people write. If you don’t like what they write, stop reading. Go write your own blog!!! Se polo! lol

  13. Good Story November 24, 2015 7:28 am

    Yes you have Nick…keep it up.

  14. Where's Waldo November 24, 2015 7:55 am

    Take away Kahuku’s iffy field goal, their iffy touch down and let St. Louis keep their iffy TD. Do they win now?? Nope!

  15. Hahashandah November 24, 2015 8:27 am

    @EwaEwa I agree but with #1 I don’t know why JV pushed the issue on the fumble when Kahuku recovered it in the endzone. Later in news casts that night one of the channels pointed it out again. Not a touchdown for Kahuku. Either way Kahuku recovered what’s the big deal. Why even mention it? At worst its someone else’s Kahuku TD.

  16. Manley November 24, 2015 9:33 am

    Well one thing, that’s the second national ESPN shout out for Kahuku. The other was a Stokes Bothelho punt return. Great exposure.

  17. EwaEwa November 24, 2015 1:10 pm

    @hahashandah JV should find another profession, he thinks he is funny but he is not, always has his foot in his mouth. I would rather listen to Larry Pri…nah actually Im just going to push the mute button from now on.

  18. Polo November 24, 2015 1:11 pm

    My bad Nick, there’s just so many haters I lost track. My apologies. RRFL , where can I send you a kahuku red shirt!?

  19. Polo November 24, 2015 1:14 pm

    Lmao@SimpleSimon obviously you do! Oh yeah shuddap!

  20. SimpleSimon November 24, 2015 2:14 pm

    @Polo – I meant “who cares” what articles people write. So what, we go mix? lol

  21. Ua Ova Lou Taimi November 24, 2015 2:17 pm

    These spread offenses, multi-dimensional offenses could learn a thing or 2 from Kahuku’s (one dimensional) offense! 😉

  22. STLOUISALUMNI November 24, 2015 3:10 pm

    UA ova lou taimi???? Not really cause not 1 offensive lineman that started has a scholarship to play D1. The only offensive player to have a scholarship is a junior and he is not a lineman. So once again lol when you do the haka try to add GPA.GPA GPA. lmao

  23. St. Louis Alum November 24, 2015 3:33 pm

    I’m a St. Louis alumnus and watched the game…..NO EXCUSES; Kahuku kicked some okole that night and the game wasn’t close. I remember a slow motion replay where the St. Louis lineman were getting up off their stance and 3 Kahuku defensive guys blew past them already!

    Bravo Kahuku! You guys won fair and square and are the champions………….this year! 😉

  24. Polo November 24, 2015 10:37 pm

    @stlouisalumni no worries the offers are already pouring in and there’s only 2 sr. On the front from TE TO TE, in fact 7 to 8 will return on the offensive side and whole bunch on Defense. But no worries. It’s coming poor losers

  25. rrfl November 25, 2015 7:59 am

    @stlouisalum why didn’t you guys stick around to accept your trophy. poor losers poor losers poor losers. that can be your haka

  26. Fletcher Lee November 25, 2015 6:44 pm

    St. Louis never need stick around to accept trophy. Boys like take shower go home, eat and sleep already. 11pm is too late for this nonsense. Why add insult to injury after a big loss for any team? Curious to see what bananas invented the “trophy ceremony” at 11pm.

  27. Polo November 26, 2015 9:59 am

    @Fletcher lee oh the poorlosers babies had to go beddi by! Lmao

  28. Ackrite November 26, 2015 3:57 pm

    I was sitting in the stands and when the self proclaimed “BROTHERHOOD” was jamming on the St.Louis side… “One FAFA in da stands said loudly while it was super quiet, “ST. LOUIS WHERES YOUR BROTHERHOOD???!!!” SE AKE STARTING ROLLING…. LOL!!!

  29. Realistic November 28, 2015 7:31 am

    Don’t be surprised to see Coach Tata leave to join Rolo at UH. That is the word on the street. I hear the lack of academic support is really getting to him. I also hear the HUGE support for football, but minimal support for the classroom is also getting to him. Plus he wants to go back to college to coach. High School is small time, except for the Kahuku bloggers. Al Bundy won a Polk High Football Title (fiction) and ended up selling shoes. Now I know that is a real “stretch” for many of the students who posted the abysmal scores, but it can be done! We believe in you guys!

  30. 88 November 28, 2015 9:13 am

    An Al Bundy refrence? Dude your old….. Why the hell is a guy in his mid 40s/early 50s still blogging about High school kids for? Could it be that you had poor test scores and never amounted to anything in life and you are now the official spokesman for Loser’s everywhere? If that’s the case thank you for sharing your pathetic and waste of life story with us. We have been and are now warned to what life awaites us if we follow your footsteps. Thank you for being such a loser so that the test of us can succeed.

  31. realistic November 29, 2015 1:57 pm

    Um, ever heard of netflix buddy? I forgot, you cannot stream since technology often involves math and all know you are a moron, lol. Remember, you thought 1 + 1 = 4. HAHA. And please get it correct, I am in my 70’s, dork. But if you ever want to talk about it in person, I will be at the Metro Tigers practice next week.

  32. Maxley December 7, 2015 6:56 pm

    Brah, after watching the replay, it was obvious that this was a defensive smack down by Kahuku. Tata/Hao totally dominated Lee/Lee. I said that an SEC defensive co ordinator like Tata would make St.Louis look confused. Like watching St.Louis playing a college team. A dynasty is back on the North Shore.

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