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'Iolani tops Pac-Five to take ILH Division II title

By Jason Kaneshiro


A reminder of the program's past helped spur 'Iolani to its latest division title.

On the eve of the Raiders' homecoming game, 'Iolani coach Wendell Look had the team watch a documentary on the football program's patriarch, Father Kenneth Bray, to remind them that the ILH Division II crown was just part of what they were playing for on Saturday.

"These kids have a responsibility to uphold and carry on the legacy of all the former athletes, especially the ones who played for Father Bray," Look said.

The eighth-ranked Raiders (4-3 ILH, 7-3 overall) responded with a 28-10 win over the Wolfpack on Eddie Hamada Field to win the division for the ninth straight year and will return to the Division II state tournament for a shot at a sixth consecutive state title.

Senior running back Yuuya Kato carried the ball 26 times for a season-high 155 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Reece Foy completed 16 of 20 pass attempts for 181 yards and three scores.

Pac-Five quarterback Keoni Tom-Millare powered the Wolfpack's ground attack with 118 yards on 26 carries. But the Raiders' defense came up with interceptions by Mata Leota, J.T. Los Banos and Kevin Togami and forced a fumble as 'Iolani avoided a winner-take-all playoff rematch with Pac-Five, which ended the season at 2-5 and 3-7.

"You have to give (the Raiders) credit. With all the distractions of homecoming the kids stepped up and played probably the best game of the season today," Look said.

The first of 'Iolani's four takeaways was perhaps the most pivotal. Pac-Five took the opening kickoff and held the ball for 6 minutes, 40 seconds, running the ball on its first 11 plays to drive to the 'Iolani 17. Leota, who finished with a team-high 11 tackles, then intercepted Pac-Five's first pass of the game inside the Raiders 5.

The 'Iolani offense converted the turnover into a 10-play drive that ended with Foy rolling to his right and connecting with Tanner Nishioka for a 14-yard touchdown pass.

Pac-Five drove into 'Iolani territory twice more before halftime but managed just a 21-yard field goal by Gabriel Shimizu and 'Iolani took a

14-3 lead into halftime.

"Our plan was to play smash ball, run the clock and try to keep their offense off the field and shorten the game," Pac-Five coach Kip Botelho said. "But we have to put points on the board. We get behind and we're in a track meet with them."

Kato posted his highest total of the season behind an offensive line that started three juniors and two sophomores in center Spencer Kiehm, guards Nathaniel Oishi and Jase Kugiya, and tackles Adam Uehara and Kamu Borden.

"I didn't think I'd get the ball that much, but I'm proud of our line," Kato said. "I wouldn't have kept getting the ball if it wasn't for the line and how they were pushing."

At Eddie Hamada Field

Pac-Five (2-5, 3-7) 0 3 7 0 -- 10
'Iolani (4-3, 7-3) 7 7 7 7 -- 28

Iol--Tanner Nishioka 14 pass from Reece Foy (Jordan Genovia kick)

Iol--Chad Hanaoka 23 pass from Foy (Genovia kick)

Pac--FG Gabriel Shimizu 21

Iol--Chase Kanekuni 16 pass from Foy (Genovia kick)

Pac--Keoni Tom-Millare 1 run (Shimizu kick)

Iol--Yuuya Kato 1 run (Genovia kick)

RUSHING--Pac-Five: Tom-Millare 26-118, Kaupena McKee 1-2, Kauila Chock 1-8, Kekoa Iseri 2-6, Justin Layco 1-2, Roycen Routt 2-7, Cody Kim 2-7. 'Iolani: Kato 26-155, Foy 5-8, Hanaoka 3-12, Kanekuni 1-3, Nishioka 1-2, Max Maneafaiga 1-0, Kyle Kekina 1-8, Team 2-(minus 2).

PASSING--Pac-Five: Kim 6-11-0-44, Tom-Millare 6-15-3-79. 'Iolani: Foy 16-20-0-181, Nishioka 0-1-0-0.

RECIEVING--Pac-Five: Routt 4-50, Tsubasa Brennan 5-52, Reece Alvarado 1-5, Layco 1-1, Sosiua Havea 1-15.

'Iolani: Hanaoka 7-94, Nishioka 4-49, Austin Ohira 2-11, Kanekuni 2-22, Tyler Teruya 1-5.

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Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
Father Bray is the most overrated figure in the history of Hawaii football.
on October 28,2012 | 01:33AM
Bus3001 wrote:
I agree!! For being a private school organization(ILH) they are not too bright!! Damien and Pac 5 would be much more competitive in the D2. I'olani is just too Dominant 5 (D2)titles in a row....C'Mon Maaaan it doesn't take a ROCKET SCIENTIST to realize that I'olani is just not a D2 team. Please don't talk about they don't have the size to compete with the D1 teams cause that's BS!!! I'olani would be 3rd in the RED East an they be very competitive in the Red West making the playoffs EVERY YEAR hence never moving down to the WHITE!!!!! It's just sad the ILH allows this to Happen!!!!!!!!!
on October 28,2012 | 10:07AM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
Their motto is "One Team of CHEATERS"
on October 29,2012 | 12:33AM
TmD09 wrote:
Gee . . . "Owl" . . . Mid Pac Owls . . . Pac Five? Hmmm. Someone is a sore LOSER!
on October 29,2012 | 08:58AM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
1. Learn to speak proper English 2. My team is Mater Dei of Santa Ana, CA.
on October 29,2012 | 09:31AM
mdok wrote:
Nope this guy is Go Punahou from a different forum. He bashes Iolani because of scorned love and high school antics. And I would love to see the ILH and OIA combine leagues and do a D1 & D2 combo. That would be entertaining and really mix up local football.
on October 30,2012 | 07:43PM
waianae94 wrote:
The ILH should follow the same rules as the OIA when it comes to deciding whether you should be in Div I or II: Win/Loss record.
on October 28,2012 | 02:36AM
Loyalty wrote:
Saint Francis fielded a JV team this year..... How come Iolani can't? They would rather stack they're intermediate team to fill up the trophy case. Same as the varsity staying in D2.
on October 28,2012 | 05:17AM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
I agree.
on October 29,2012 | 12:29AM
kuda1969 wrote:
Ldub2_Owl316 is the most ignorant clown in the history of posting. Show some respect, He is a figure that started the long standing tradition of 'One Team' at Iolani. It's a principle that has helped lead Iolani to countless titles, both ILH and State. Something incredible when you consider the small size of the school. It is a principle which helped mold outstanding young students into respectful, unselfish student athletes. Something clearly you have little comprehension of. haters gonna hate. Peace
on October 28,2012 | 09:45AM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
"One Team"--one team of cheaters. I can tell he didn't preach humility considering Iolani is the most arrogant team in the state! They also cheat more than any other school in the state!
on October 29,2012 | 12:30AM
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