VIDEO: Last play of ’17 prep football season

On the last play of the 2017 high school football seaosn, a pass by Kahuku's Sol-Jay Maiava appears to be intercepted by Saint Louis' Noa Purcell, but it was ruled incomplete. Nick Abramo / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Most people will remember Jonah Panoke‘s touchdown catch from quarterback Chevan Cordeiro that gave Saint Louis a 31-28 victory over Kahuku in the Open Division championship game Nov. 18.

That play, in which Panoke wrestled the ball from Kahuku’s Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu in midair before crossing the goal line, happened with 37 seconds to go.

What people may not remember as much is that Kahuku drove down the field and threw a pass toward the end zone with two seconds left.


That final play happened at 1:04 a.m. and wrapped up an 11-hour tripleheader at Aloha Stadium.


It appears that the Crusaders’ Noa Purcell intercepts the pass, and the first version of the stats — emailed from the HHSAA at 1:14 a.m. — bears that out. However, the HHSAA sent a correction at 1:39 a.m. showing that the pass fell incomplete.


A look at the video below shows that Purcell does get possession of the ball but only after, it appears, that the nose of the ball hits the turf.

COMMENTS

  1. Red Raider Alumni November 28, 2017 7:22 am

    Time management…Our coaches lost the game…..Simply put,there would be none of these plays at the end…Congrats again to The Crusaders…RRFL


  2. Football November 28, 2017 7:48 am

    Controversy! Whoa! Next year should be good. I hope and expect another strong year from Kahuku and St Louis. Although, Mililani has a young o- line and experenice QB. They should be in the mix for a title run. Kahuku is very young but very experience most of the secondary were sophomores and a lot of the weapons on offense come back and a healthy Wes Alo- Maiava. Kahuku’s passing is coming in very nicely, where it was —meaning Kahuku was run the ball down your throat till now. They surround So- jay with developing QB coach and OC that will show case his talent. And St. Louis has that “Next Man Up” talent.


  3. Tafisi November 28, 2017 9:48 am

    Farrington will never be in the conversation or relevant until Tanaka fires Okimoto! So much talent, no mo coaching!


  4. ilh November 28, 2017 11:41 am

    Tafisi- do you have any recommendations to be the new head coach??


  5. C'monMan! November 28, 2017 12:25 pm

    Not surprised at all. The referees only saw what they wanted to see that night. Everyone keeps saying don’t blame the refs, but they were suspect all night. Especially the Head Umpire, Michael Goshima who in fact is a 1969 Alumni of St.Louis HS and has been previously suspended while officiating at the collegiate level (WAC) for making a juiced call in 2009.
    He specifically broke the Hawaii officials Code of ethics rule #18 when he failed to report any possible conflict of interest he may have to the appointer. There were also a few other code of ethics rules broken but I think you get the point.
    There are no repercussions for officials who make bad or biased calls. This is because of the already small amount of officials that Hawaii has been fighting to keep. The governing body doesn’t want to discourage the current ones from quitting or the future ones from joining. This allows a HUGE margin for the “Human error” excuse or whatever you choose to call it. Coaches and fans from the mainland can’t believe the terrible quality of officiating that we have. It was even laughed at on ESPN’s “C’mon man”segment!
    Over all, Hawaii officials need much better training and/or better transparency as to any conflict of interest there may be in any given game they may be appointed to work. Especially State Championships.
    This is not to discredit the way the kids played on either team. It was definitely an action packed game full of huge plays by both teams stacked with talented athletes. Probably one of the best Championship game performances the State has ever seen. The problem lies in the incompetence of our officials skills and possibly the integrity of some.


  6. Eyeswideshut November 28, 2017 12:45 pm

    Tafisi,you’re right,Change the Coach and keep your Boyz home.


  7. C'monMan! November 28, 2017 12:54 pm

    Not surprised at all. The referees only saw what they wanted to see that night. Everyone keeps saying don’t blame the refs, but they were suspect all night. Especially the Head Umpire, who in fact is a 1969 Alumni of St.Louis HS and has been previously suspended while officiating at the collegiate level (WAC) for making a juiced call in 2009.
    He specifically broke the Hawaii officials Code of ethics rule #18 when he failed to report any possible conflict of interest he may have to the appointer. There were also a few other code of ethics rules broken but I think you get the point.
    There are no repercussions for officials who make bad or biased calls. This is because of the already small amount of officials that Hawaii has been fighting to keep. The governing body doesn’t want to discourage the current ones from quitting or the future ones from joining. This allows a HUGE margin for the “Human error” excuse or whatever you choose to call it. Coaches and fans from the mainland can’t believe the terrible quality of officiating that we have. It was even laughed at on ESPN’s “C’mon man”segment!
    Over all, Hawaii officials need much better training and/or better transparency as to any conflict of interest there may be in any given game they may be appointed to work. Especially State Championships.
    This is not to discredit the way the kids played on either team. It was definitely an action packed game full of huge plays by both teams stacked with talented athletes. Probably one of the best Championship game performances the State has ever seen. The problem lies in the incompetence of our officials skills and possibly the integrity of some.


  8. Xcited November 28, 2017 1:21 pm

    Looking forward to next years championship game!


  9. Randy November 28, 2017 4:51 pm

    I completely agree with the officiating as a whole, throughout the entire season being subpar at best. There doesn’t seem to be consistency in what is allowed and what is considered a penalty. That along with the lack of knowledge regarding the enforcement of rules. In the Championship game when Kaniho scored the go ahead TD for Kahuku they called pass interference which was the correct call however they enforced it on the ensuing kickoff..? You either take the penalty or decline and take the TD, it doesn’t carry over. It ended up having no bearing on the game but to your point, the officiating needs to get better as these athletes shouldn’t have to worry about a game being decided by an official who doesn’t quite know his or her job.


  10. Eyeswideshut November 28, 2017 4:56 pm

    Randy is right…


  11. Simple Simon November 28, 2017 5:46 pm

    @Nick – Was there any clarification as to why the clock stopped at 1:30 left in the game, continued on a few later down to 1:20, then reset back to 1:30? That’s the thing that got me so confused. I believe it was 3rd down so this just baffles me.


  12. Ilh November 28, 2017 6:33 pm

    Enuff on the refs already.

    And I would be careful on naming a specific ref and slandering his name.

    Cuzz that is what you are doing.

    One thing is true, the officiating needs to improve but it wasn’t only bad during that game but every game during the season.

    There is no conspiracy.


  13. C'monMan! November 28, 2017 7:13 pm

    ILH , Nobody said there’s a conspiracy. However, You are free to interpret the facts as you wish. Also, no one is doing any slandering. Im just stating facts that you can find on the internet. Like you said, it’s not just this game but so many more, for so many years. Bottom line is referees need to do a better job and they need be held accountable for not honoring their own code of ethics. I think their alma maters should be listed under their names when the introduce them. Capiche?


  14. anywaaaays!! November 28, 2017 7:54 pm

    LOL Repeat after me: The refs rigged the game. How much video evidence do you guys need before you admit the truth???

    The ILH Agenda is real and you’re seeing it before your very eyes. RRFL!


  15. Mean da dope November 28, 2017 8:12 pm

    So, someone please correct me if I’m wrong here. According to this article it should have still been Kahuku’s ball because it was 2nd and 7 when the “interception” happend. The incomplete pass should have made it 3rd and 7 with 2 seconds left on the timer. The referees blind eye’s robbed Kahuku of another chance to score. Mean da dope!
    Let me ask you a hypothetical question: If someone robbed your kids of something really valuable that there worked all year to earn, would “eh, let it go already. His stuff was stolen last week. The thing all pau. Next time tell your kids protect their stuffs mo bettah” suffice as a reasonable argument?? Especially if you know who stole it? I don’t think so.


  16. ilh November 29, 2017 9:24 am

    cmon man-

    Okay, you didnt say conspiracy, sorry I get all the sore losers mixed up.

    Also, no one is doing any slandering?

    You are supplying and stating facts, that is true but only to imply that he did not officiate the game impartially. Slander.
    -The referees only saw what they wanted to see that night. Everyone keeps saying don’t blame the refs, but they were suspect all night. Especially the Head Umpire, Michael Goshima.

    Kind of pilau that you go and provide that other information of his past that I am sure he has done his penance for. You one pilau buggah.

    Your last line on your response to me would have sufficed in your initial post.
    – Bottom line is referees need to do a better job and they need be held accountable for not honoring their own code of ethics. But you had to go and put the persons name and his history out there for everyone to see and to cast judgement on him despite proving that any intentional wrongdoing happened during the championship game. That is wrong and Slander and pilau.

    Billy- any input on this? They naming guys now.


  17. C'monMan! November 29, 2017 11:49 am

    ILH, if you look at my revised 2nd copy of my post (#7) I decided to remove his name, but HPW moderators decided to post both.
    First of all, they put their names on the line when they decide to take the job. It’s announced across your TV screen at the beginning of each game. Facts are just facts. Magnum PI found evidence that Goshima was in fact a 69′ grad from St. Louis, and that in 2009 he was suspended as a WAC official for a very questionable ruling. That article is still alive and well online. Why? Because it’s a fact Jack! If anything, you should be crying to the San Diego Tribune for writing the article. Individuals need to be held accountable at all levels!
    Here’s the link to the article: https://www.google.com/amp/www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-wac-suspends-replay-official-who-goofed-2009nov05-story,amp.html#ampshare=http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-wac-suspends-replay-official-who-goofed-2009nov05-story.html

    And here’s the 1969 St. Louis Yearbook pages with his name and photo:
    http://www.classmates.com/yearbooks/t/ybSearch?q=Goshima&yearbookId=101278&year=1969&city=honolulu&state=hi&searchScope=yearbook

    #WhapYourJaw!


  18. Grabum.by.da.puppy November 29, 2017 12:53 pm

    enemyofthestate thanku hpw for shed somellight on juice refs


  19. Grabum.by.da.puppy November 29, 2017 12:59 pm

    google michael goshima the stl alum and find his history of juicing college, it obvious

    Maybe stl not only recruit players but they recruit refs too wow


  20. Ilh November 29, 2017 3:34 pm

    Funny thing whoppers is one of my favorite candies. But no whopping of jaws is happening here.

    I sorry, I’ll spell this out for you since you are having a hard time understanding. I’m not refuting what you shared about his past, thank you for sharing the information tho.
    I’m saying that you are implying that he officiated the game in favor of St. Louis, based on his graduating from St. Louis and the other stuff you shared. IMO that is slanderous.

    Sharing that other stuff is just pilau and you low key admitted to that by admitting to take his name out on your 2nd post, cuz you knew was wrong, and blaming HPW for posting both. Not only pilau, you don’t take responsibility and blame someone else for your actions.

    I think it’s safe to say that this is done. I just hope for your sake, that Mr. Gishima does not get wind of this and pursue legal action. Thank you for the spirited debate.

    Congratulations to all the players this year and good luck to the seniors!


  21. Grabum.by.da.puppy November 29, 2017 5:06 pm

    bro u no see michael goshima pat stl wr on back after winning td catch, he is bias as hell n shuld not be ref that game. Conflict of interest bcuz its stl good ole boy network


  22. Ilh November 29, 2017 6:47 pm

    One thing don’t mean another. I see officials congratulate players all the time. Was it poorly timed, probably, but does not prove what you are implying.

    I would add that to the various things they need to improve on.

    Btw, bro you one pilau buggah too.


  23. Grabum.by.da.puppy November 29, 2017 9:12 pm

    win wit no integrity u ilh buggahs, n lose wit no class aka2015


  24. ShortieBoy November 29, 2017 9:29 pm

    Maybe they should use outer island refs with no school ties on Oahu. I think that would be fare? What you think?


  25. Ilh November 29, 2017 9:47 pm

    I have no response for what happened in 2015, but I can say that you guys are sore losers in 2016 and 2017. And to be fair, it’s only the bunch of you on this blog that misrepresent your community.

    But, you are a pilau person who feels that it is okay to slander a person’s name on a public forum with no proof, just an opinion.

    Like I shared with the other person, this debate has run it’s course and want to thank you for the conversation.

    Thanks puppy guy.


  26. RR4Lc/o2007 November 29, 2017 10:01 pm

    Win or lose. Great season. A sold game period. It’s ok. Karma is a bi***. If nothing is going to be done about the bottom line problem with the refs, trust me Kahuku may not have the $ to buy a championship game but they will find a way to retaliate, wait for it.


  27. Linitria Kaio November 29, 2017 11:13 pm

    ILH … your knowledge of legal matters is quite barren.
    1. Nothing was said as slander towards Michael Goshima, it was merely statements of facts regarding his history and observational opinions based on perceived conduct at the game.
    2. Per the code of ethics under the rules these officials are “supposed to follow,” officials “shall exercise authority in an impartial…manner.” You can only state that his St. Louis congratulations after the touchdown was impartial if he also did that with all the other athletes on both teams for each of their scores, SURPRISE he didn’t do that therefore by definition he acted against the code of ethics.
    3. As for seeing these posts feel free to share this with him, there’s nothing legal you can do to people sharing their opinions unless they are being belligerent, terroristic, and/or committing harassment (none of which is happening on our end) you may want to watch what you’re saying though as your words are borderline slander as you are accusing them of a crime they didn’t commit in addition you’re directly calling someone pilau (stupid) a form of harassment in case you didn’t know
    4. We have footage from many sources documenting the blatant disregard for rules, safety, and ethics by this official
    5. There’s documented proof that in the past St. Louis (while under Cal Lee) bought their championships, in my opinion using facts available to me, they’re back at it again

    Lastly, I for one am absolutely disgusted at the lack of knowledge people have for these games. Officials are held at a higher standard because they’re supposed to uphold the rules that keep games safe and fair. I would love to see Kahuku go independent and tell the OIA and HHSAA to stuff it. I’d rather our team play real opponents. It is also fact that Kahuku’s games bring in almost /sometimes more money versus all the other teams in the OIA combined. There is nothing like the Red Nation in Hawai‘i and sparse seen in the world for such a small community. We should stop sharing our money with those who don’t deserve it. And yes I am always to remain a RR4L.


  28. ilh November 30, 2017 9:50 am

    Linitria-

    1- Youre wrong.
    2- As stated, he probably shouldnt have done that, but one pat on the back does not make a biased officiated game.
    3- Wrong. Unless bruddah’s legal names are Cmon man or Grab um by da puppy, we good. Besides, What they doing is wrong and you are supporting their actions which is disappointing.
    4. If you have footage, great, dont talk about it go and use it to correct your perceived wrongdoings.
    5. This, I have to see, or hear about. Please elaborate.

    What lack of knowledge are you talking about? And who are you talking about? And in what context is this aimed at?
    True, officials should be held at a higher standard, thank you for stating what we already know.
    I would love to see Kahuku go independent, I really dont see how they would be able to finance it, since St. Lulu and Punahou have not found a way to do it, yet. Dont get me wrong, its not a dig on the community, I think the talent is competitive on a national level, I just would like to see how it could be done.
    With regards to all your comments about $$$ I really dont have any comment on that. There is just too much I dont know about how the money is dealt with in the OIA for me to say anything. But, I dont think you know enough of how it works for you to say anything either. IMO.
    What do you think about a merger with the ILH with D1, D2 and D3??

    Lastly, Are you saying that Mike Goshima officiated the Championship game in a biased manner, favoring St. Louis in an attempt to help them win the game??


  29. TooMeke November 30, 2017 11:02 am

    pau already… kukaipohaku has the trophy. How they won is the subject of unending irrelevant discussions.

    The only good this article does is add credence to the growing concern regarding the dearth of good officiating available in Hawaii HS football. That’s it. Hopefully this season and these playoffs are an impetus for better officiating moving forward.

    See? Didn’t use ONE name…although it is absolutely a black eye on HHSAA to allow ANY official to ref a game of teams for which they are an alumnus. I thought the head of HHSAA is an Iolani grad…supposed to be super akamai n all dat…apparently not quite. HOW??? Ainocan. Hopefully he can get more outta his private skoo edumacation than “I nevah know.”

    ilh = “You’re wrong” lmaaaaaaooooo… okay… if. YOU. say. so…must be gospel. Just don’t quit your day job. HAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!

    Moving on…RRFL.


  30. Ilh November 30, 2017 1:04 pm

    Too meke or whoever you are, pau already then bump yo gums and then throw one jab at the end. You 10 much.

    I figure I can say how it is without needing to prove it, cause that’s what they all doing.

    I agree on officiating in Hawaii needing improvement. I don’t agree with blasting peeps with no evidence. I think you were able to get your point across just fine without doing so.

    Ok. Pau. No jab.


  31. Toomeke November 30, 2017 5:58 pm

    “pay already” was in reference to da season. Duh.

    Da rest is fair game. Jab away with irrelevant commments. No baddah me.


  32. anywaaaays!! November 30, 2017 8:02 pm

    FACT: It’s not bad officiating. It’s CORRUPT officiating. RRFL!


  33. rrfl December 1, 2017 9:58 am

    championship at any cost


  34. Non Partisan and Fed Up December 2, 2017 9:36 pm

    Red Raider fans, you have no problem honking your damn horns back to Kahuku after a big win and disturbing the peace along the way, but you guys are the sorest losers when you lose. Crybabies at that.

    Mind you that I wasn’t cheering for either team!

    Stop blaming the refs etc, accept that the better team won and that there’s always next year. Your life will be much happier.


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