Tuesday, July 29, 2014         

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No. 2 Punahou runs over 'Iolani 56-14

By Billy Hull


No. 1 Kahuku laid its claim as the best team in a state with a statement win over then-No. 2 Farrington last week.

Right on its heels is the new No. 2, Punahou, which is making statements of its own on a weekly basis.

Ryan Tuiasoa rushed for a school-record 271 yards in the state championship era and the Buffanblu matched their largest margin of victory over No. 8 'Iolani under coach Kale Ane with a 56-14 blowout on Friday afternoon in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu game at Alexander Field.

Punahou (5-0, 6-1) improved to 12-1 in its last 13 games against the Raiders (2-3, 5-3) with a 42-point win matched only in 2008, when the Buffanblu won the state title.

Punahou has now beaten all five ILH teams by at least 20 points.

"I don't think there's a limit to how good we can be," said Tuiasoa, whose 271 yards on the ground is the ninth-highest total in an ILH game since 1998. "Losing to Kahuku was the best thing that could happen to us because that was a reality check (that) is driving us every week."

Since that 21-13 loss to Kahuku in mid-August, the Buffanblu have won five in a row, outscoring their opponents 203-49.

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