VIDEO: Is this offensive pass interference?

Konawaena quarterback Sheynen Nahale threw for 244 yards and a touchdown in 47 attempts against Kahuku. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

In the aftermath of Kahuku’s 61-9 rout of Konawaena, there were few questions remaining. One is still lingering: was this play really offensive pass interference.

Konawaena quarterback Sheynen Nahale launches this pass to wide receiver Marc Basa for an apparent 50-yard gain. Nothing unusual on the play as the Kahuku defense tackles Basa at the 5-yard line. But a few moments later, the play is nullified.
“I preach to my staff that we don’t complain. I just never want to give our players the excuse of blaming officials,” Konawaena coach Brad Uemoto said.
However, watching the tape over and over, it’s clear that there was no infraction, except in the eyes of the back judge several seconds after the play ended. He called offensive pass interference.
“He threw it after seeing the result. He reverted to saying it was a judgment call,” Uemoto said. “I just felt we earned that play and was disappointed it got taken away. I can’t turn on the film with that receiver and coach him to do it any better.”
Was this offensive pass interference? You make the call.


  1. Walaau August 8, 2018 1:50 pm

    From that camera angle it certainly doesn’t look like it. I don’t know what the score was at the time, but at 61-9 it probably could’ve been a no call.

  2. FODAKEIKI August 8, 2018 1:52 pm

    Unfortunate bad call. Great play by receiver and QB. Hopefully refs can learn from this one before the season starts

  3. rrforlifebaby August 8, 2018 3:24 pm

    I thought it was a good play. From where I sat, it was really hard to see what the official saw. Might’ve been a slight pushoff, but BARELY.

    Konawaena played hard.


  4. bubblegumcrew August 8, 2018 3:37 pm

    Here is a different angle. Great play…you be the judge.

  5. Falcon Future August 8, 2018 4:06 pm

    LOL, this was still early in the game before the rout started. The ref had to make sure he made it outta Kahuku alive. j/k

  6. Lowtone123 August 8, 2018 4:08 pm

    Some slight hand checking, but nothing egregious where a call needed to be made.

  7. Good Story August 8, 2018 5:42 pm

    Mahalos baddah…I thought it was clear bad call but slowed it down…I at least understand what the ref saw. Could’ve just as easy have been a no call. Not as bad as I thought. Every team will have to deal with that.

  8. Bobby Command August 8, 2018 5:42 pm

    These things have a way of evening out. It was fortunate the one that goes against the ‘Cats happened in a non-league game. The policy of not complaining is also a good one.

  9. Miles Tandal August 8, 2018 5:43 pm

    Some refs will throw a flag, some will let them play. There are times the calls favor the home team. My friend, whos son played for Waipahu last year said that there were some penalties that favored home team konawaena, but in the end teams just gotta play through it.

  10. anywaaaays!! August 8, 2018 5:55 pm

    it clearly is offensive pass interference. there was offensive holding on the line that wasn’t called either. I expect biased calls against Kahuku and biased reporting but this is starting to get ridiculous. RRFL!

  11. Knation August 8, 2018 6:25 pm

    I was at the game and thought it should’ve been a clean play but after seeing bubblegumscrew video it’s clearly a pass interference.

  12. The Ref August 8, 2018 6:27 pm

    After further review, there is a little stiff arm by the WR. If he had not give that stiff arm then the defense could’ve made a play on the ball. Therefore, Offensive Pass Interference. Great call by the Back Judge.

  13. 88 August 8, 2018 10:57 pm

    How about the 2 PI’s last year in the Mililani/Kahuku game that gifted Mililani a TD late in the 4th quarter of the OIA Championship game. Can you show that? That one is still a head scratcher for the 2 announcers. Or the 5 mysterious penalties called in a row on Kahuku’s JV in the championship game that placed the ball at the 1 yard line for the go ahead score and win. If your going to show what you think is a messed up call you should be fair and show ALL of them.

  14. BOH August 8, 2018 11:57 pm

    What this post teaches us is that we need to wait to see the film, ALL ANGLES of the film before coming to a conclusion. Im sure Kona fans left the game saying it was a juice call. Even Paul Honda was scratching his head because from his seat and his camera angle it did not look like anything.

    Bring the 2nd video ( from another angle and it is clear that the WR pushed off.

    With that in mind, 88, all those bad calls you say the refs called lastyear against Kahuku….did you see various camera angles? Did you inquire to the refs about why they called what they did?

  15. LetsPlay.. August 9, 2018 4:20 am

    After watching the video from bubblegum, it was an obvious push off..Good call..Wondering how the coach couldn’t see it. Maybe he’ll get a better look at it from this video…

  16. TooMeke August 9, 2018 5:46 am

    Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhhh….no. Bad call.

    But then again, poor reffing is the new norm in Hawaii HS football.


  17. hwnstyll August 9, 2018 10:48 am

    This is was the right call. What is bad is that there was pushing off on the Kahuku TD that wasn’t called.

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