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Saint Louis fights off upset bid by 'Iolani

By Billy Hull


No. 2 Saint Louis spent an entire quarter letting No. 6 'Iolani back into the game.

It took one play to put the game out of reach.

Leland Gomez intercepted Reece Foy on the first play of the second half and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown, leading the Crusaders to a 41-14 win over the Raiders last night at Aloha Stadium.

Duke Bukoski caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota on Saint Louis' first offensive play of the second half to pull away after seeing an early 21-0 lead cut to 21-14.

"If these kids want to continue playing undisciplined football, then they should enjoy watching the playoffs at home," Saint Louis coach Darnell Arceneaux said. "This could have been a loss. I'm not very proud of the product we put on the field tonight, but they had the resiliency to continue to fight through the mistakes."

Mariota, an Oregon commit, completed 15 of 21 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Bukoski, who had seven receptions for 131 yards.

"This was good preparation for (the rest of the season)," Bukoski said.

Yesterday marked the final games between Division I and II teams in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.

The Crusaders (7-1, 5-0) will try to lock up a berth in the Division I state tournament with a win against Punahou on Friday. 'Iolani (5-3, 3-2) will look to do the same for the Division II tournament with a win over Pac-Five.

"We've got Pac-Five next week and they gave Kamehameha a run for their money," 'Iolani coach Wendell Look said. "The kids played a pretty good (first) half, but gave it away those first two series (after halftime)."

Saint Louis used its size up front to make Foy scramble all game long. The sophomore signal-caller was harassed for seven sacks and finished with only 67 passing yards.

"I think my defensive staff figured out some different schemes up front and did some different blitzes that helped," Arceneaux said.

Senior defensive end Juda Parker was relentless against the Raiders, finishing with 11 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the second quarter that led to a Crusaders touchdown.

After Bukoski gave Saint Louis a 7-0 lead, Parker forced an 'Iolani fumble that was recovered by Star Sua at the 12-yard line.

Three players later, Derek Nakasato rumbled into the end zone for the first of his two touchdowns, giving the Crusaders a 14-0 lead.

"They kind of moved (Parker) all over the place and realized his athletic skills," Look said. "You give him a running start on us and it's tough."

The Raiders fought back to make a game of it by halftime, outscoring the Crusaders 14-0 in the second quarter.

Foy threw a 3-yard scoring strike to Josiah Sukumaran on fourth down and hit Bret Christman with a 9-yard touchdown pass to give 'Iolani some momentum heading into halftime.

That momentum wilted immediately as Saint Louis scored 14 points in less than 3 minutes to end any 'Iolani hope of an upset.


At Aloha Stadium
Saint Louis (7-1, 5-0) 21 0 20 0 -- 41
'Iolani (5-3, 3-2) 0 14 0 0 -- 14

StL--Duke Bukoski 18 pass from Marcus Mariota (Aaron Goo kick)
StL--Derek Nakasato 4 run (Goo kick)
StL--Nakasato 38 run (Goo kick)
Iol--Josiah Sukumaran 3 pass from Reece Foy (Jordan Lee kick)
Iol--Bret Christman 9 pass from Foy (Lee kick)
StL--Leland Gomez 26 interception return (Goo kick)
StL--Bukoski 49 pass from Mariota (Goo kick)
StL--Dallas Tuumalo 7 pass from Mariota (kick failed)

RUSHING--StL: Nakasato 7-92, Mariota 6-52, Keanu Mook-Garcia 12-43, Kamana Pimental 4-16, Kaiwi Mook-Garcia 2-6, T.J. Russell 1-(minus 2), team 3-(minus 22). Iol: Ammon Baldomero 14-66, Foy 15-19, Kody Mento 3-12, Sheldon Gallarde 2-0, Jordan Lee 1-0, Kevin Barayuga 1-0.
PASSING--StL: Mariota 15-21-0-193, Ka. Mook-Garcia 1-2-0-4. Iol: Foy 11-24-2-67.
RECEIVING--StL: Bukoski 7-131, Jeremy Tabuyo 2-23, Joshua Tupua 2-10, Kaeo Aliviado 1-14, Ricky Ahio-Pinera 1-9, Tuumalo 1-7, Sean Tolentino 1-4, Ke. Mook-Garcia 1-(minus 1). Iol: Kevin Barayuga 3-9, Baldomero 2-21, Christman 2-16, Sukumaran 2-15, Gallarde 1-6, Kasey Takahashi 1-0.


No. 7 Kamehameha 21, Pac-Five 17

Brock Ruelke caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Christian Akana in the final minute to avoid the biggest upset of the year in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.

Pac-Five (2-6, 1-4), which hasn't beaten Kamehameha this decade, took a 17-13 lead with 2 minutes remaining on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jack Foster to Everett Kim.

On the ensuing drive, Akana rushed for 41 yards, taking the ball to the Pac-Five 13, setting up a fourth down. After a timeout, Akana hit Ruelke on a slant for his second touchdown of the half to give Kamehameha (5-3, 3-2) the lead.

Pac-Five drove the ball into Kamehameha territory, but a costly unsportsmanlike penalty following a 30-yard pass from Foster to Nicholas Kwon backed the Wolfpack up. On the final play, Pac-Five tried a Hail Mary, but Foster was sacked by Koa Ka'ai and Tiva Tatofi to end the game.

Kamehameha's Tyler Meditz rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown and Akana rushed for 69 yards and threw for 90 more.

Foster finished 17-for-30 for 162 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted twice by Kamehameha's Walter Santiago.

The loss likely knocks Pac-Five out of a chance at qualifying for the Division II state tournament. The Wolfpack would need to beat both Damien and 'Iolani in their final two games and hope the Raiders also lose to the winless Monarchs.


At Aloha Stadium
Kamehameha (5-3, 3-2) 0 0 7 14 -- 21
Pac-Five (2-6, 1-4) 3 7 0 7 -- 17

Pac--FG Brendan Sagucio 32
Pac--Alakai Kealoha 1 run (Sagucio kick)
Kam--Tyler Meditz 11 run (Drew Honda kick)
Kam--Brock Ruelke 10 pass from Christian Akana (kick failed)
Pac--Everett Kim 11 pass from Jack Foster (Sagucio kick)
Kam--Ruelke 13 pass from Akana (Akana run)

RUSHING--Kam: Meditz 18-108, Akana 16-69, Nephi Stevens 4-14, Keanu Haina 1-5, Jacob Makaiwi 1-3, Tristan Peterson 1-0. Pac: Darius Anderson 10-79, Kealoha 1-1, Landon Burkhart 1-(minus 1), Foster 3-(minus 8), Ikaika Karney 1-(minus 12), team 1-(minus 21).
PASSING--Kam: Akana 12-17-0-90, Cid Camanse-Stevens 0-2-0-0. Pac: Jack Foster 17-30-2-162.
RECEIVING--Kam: Ruelke 3-27, Haina 3-26, Meditz 2-15, Brandon Akiona 1-7, Charley Bollig IV 1-7, Peterson 1-5, Makaiwi 1-3. Pac: Kim 6-48, Jordan Doi 4-49, Nicholas Kwon 2-39, Keha Wong 2-26, Anderson 2-0, Karney 1-0.


No. 5 Punahou 27, Damien 8

Backup quarterback Dean Matsuo threw two touchdown passes to lead the Buffanblu (5-2, 3-2) to a sloppy win over the Monarchs (0-8, 0-5).

Punahou held out junior Steven Lakalaka and used multiple looks at the running back position. Zachary Hernandez led the way with 41 yards and a touchdown.

Matsuo threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Mountan Mitchell and 7 to Cole Dudoit.

Dustin Lungay scored on a 2-yard run late in the game for the Monarchs' second offensive touchdown in eight games.


At Aloha Stadium
Damien (0-8, 0-5) 0 0 0 8 -- 8
Punahou (5-2, 3-2) 7 10 10 0 -- 27

Pun--Zachary Hernandez 1 run (J. Christian Fairbairn kick)
Pun--Mountan Mitchell 8 pass from Dean Matsuo (Fairbairn kick)
Pun--FG Fairbairn 29
Pun--Cole Dudoit 7 pass from Matsuo (Fairbairn kick)
Pun--FG Fairbairn 21
Dam--Dustin Lungay 2 run (Shayvis Wilson run)

RUSHING--Dam: Lungay 9-15, Shayvis Wilson 1-5, Daylan Demello 1-4, Austyn Flores 1-2, Bronson Kauleinamoku 1-0, Jon Ho 1-0, Dylan Yonamine-Baysa 10-(minus 8), Mikaele Nakamura 1-(minus 13). Pun: Hernandez 10-41, Cody Lee 9-40, Mitchell 3-34, Matsuo 3-18, Jesse Huang 1-1, Liloa Travis 1-(minus 1), team 1-(minus 1), Kale Dyas 1-(minus 12).
PASSING--Dam: Yonamine-Baysa 13-21-3-167. Pun: Matsuo 12-19-1-77, Travis 2-2-0-43, Dyas 1-3-0-6.
RECEIVING--Dam: Lungay 6-53, Wilson 4-66, Dustin Munar 1-25, Demello 1-15, Bryson Dalmacio 1-11, Kauleinamoku 1-(minus 3). Pun: Mitchell 3-51, Dudoit 3-25, Rick Nomura 2-9, Noah Willey 2-6, Dyas 2-16, Matthew Parrish 1-11, Keanu Chee 1-6, Malik Johnson 1-2.


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