Waipahu held off a Pearl City rally and captured the OIA White football championship with a 9-7 win tonight at Aloha Stadium.
The Marauders forced seven Pearl City turnovers and survived Pearl City’s comeback attempt in the final seconds to win its first OIA White title since 2006.
Waipahu linebacker Wesley Nagaseu had a hand in three of the Marauders’ takeaways — recording an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery — and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
Waipahu protected a 9-0 lead until Pearl City scored on a hook-and-ladder with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Kaimi Paredes completed a pass to Diacorri Briscoe who flipped the ball to Shawn Lopez, who raced the final 45 yards for a touchdown.
The Chargers got the ball back with 16 seconds left and moved to their 42 and tried the hook and ladder again with 3 seconds left. This time Waipahu linebacker Tafatolu Naea caught Lopez at the 13-yard line as time expired.