Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
‘Iolani Football Team Survives Tough Outing Against Kamehameha II, 35-20

Three weeks of football games and three wins for the always-sharp ‘Iolani football team.

The last one was not too easy, though, but the Raiders pulled through for a 35-w0 victory over Kamehameha II in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu at Aloha Stadium on Friday night.

At one point, Wendell Look’s squad — ranked No. 7 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Top 10 and No. 12 in’s power ratings — trailed 14-13.

But ‘Iolani (3-0) pulled it together late in the first half on Kai Preusser’s 67-yard TD reception from Micah Hoomanawanui. Preusser then caught Hoomanawanui’s 2-point conversion pass for a 21-14 lead that stood until early in the fourth quarter.

With 10:52 left in the game, the Raiders took a more comfortable 14-point lead on Hoomanawanui’s 38-yard TD pass to Taniela Taliauli.

Things got a lot tighter, 28-20, when the Warriors’ Ty Perkins hauled in a 58-yard TD pass from Noah Spencer with 7:59 to go.

Brody Bantolina, shown in a game earlier this season against PAC-5, piled up 154 rushing yards and three TDs for ‘Iolani in Friday’s win over Kamehameha II. (Bedrock Sports Hawaii file photo).

Later, ‘Iolani running back Brody Bantolina, who rushed for 154 yards and three TDs, put the game pretty much out of Kamehameha II’s reach with a 7-yard TD run.

For Kamehameha II (0-2), Spencer wound up throwing for 202 yards, including 121 yards to Perkins.

‘Iolani’s Stirling Sakashita had a whopping 16 tackles, including a sack and another tackle for loss.

For the Warriors, Waiamau’s Tristan Galindo recorded two sacks among his six tackles. Teammate Carmelo Moses-Fuller had seven tackles.


No. 7 ‘Iolani (3-0, 1-0).  7.  14.  0.  14.  —   35
Kamehameha II (0-2, 0-1).  8.  6.  0.  6.  —   20

KAMEHAMEHA II—Alika Harbottle 34 interception return (Moe Passi rush)
‘IOLANI—Bantolina 21 run (Allison Chang kick)
‘IOLANI—Bantolina 16 run (rush railed)
KAMEHAMEHA II—Noah Spencer 8 run (pass failed)
‘IOLANI—Kai Preusser 67 pass from Micah Hoomanawanui (Preusser pass from Hoomanawanui)
‘IOLANI—Taniela Taliauli 38 pass from Hoomanawanui (Chang kick)
KAMEHAMEHA II—Ty Perkins 58 pas from Spencer (rush railed)
‘IOLANI—Bantolina 7 run (Chang kick)

RUSHING—’Iolani: Bantolina 22-154, Keao Miyahira 5-35, Cainen Torres 2-8, TEAM 2-(minus-4), Hoomanawanui 6-(minus -29). Kamehameha II: Passi 17-58, Kaapana 1-5, Lane 2-3, Abang-Perez 2-(minus-3), Spencer 7-(minus-15), TEAM 1-(minus-21).
PASSING—’Iolani: Hoomanawanui 9-22-1—156; Manuel 1-1-0—6. Kamehameha: Spencer 16-24-2—202; 18 Kahaulelio 0-1-1—0. RECEIVING—’Iolani: Martinez 3-19, Taliauli 2-49, Preusser 1-67, Bantolina 1-9, Miyahira 1-7, Mokiao 1-6, Hayashi 1-5. Kamehameha: Perkins 5-121, Rusten Abang-Perez 5-50, Alii Acedillo 3-18, Passi 2-8, Kalai Bradley 1-5.

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