Jet Toner’s 48-yard field goal sailed through the middle of the uprights, catapulting him into Hawaii high school football lore.
The winning boot with 30 seconds left along with his tying 35-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter gave No. 1 Punahou a dramatic 13-10 victory over No. 2 Kahuku in the state Division I semifinals at Aloha Stadium on Saturday night.
“It was just like every other rep we’ve had,” Toner said a minute after Kanawai Noa’s interception with the Red Raiders (9-3) driving sealed the victory for the Buffanblu (8-0). “We’ve done it a thousand times. I was confident and I was confident in my holder and snapper. The offense put me in a great place.
“Oh yeah, I’m pumped (about going to the final next Friday at Aloha Stadium, where the Buffanblu will defend their title against Mililani, the team they defeated 28-22 in the championship game a year ago). We’ll be going up against a great team and our special teams need to be strong.”