Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
Sharp ‘Iolani Football Team Improves to 2-0 By Steamrolling PAC-5, 46-7

Looking sharp in football’s three phases, ‘Iolani drubbed PAC-5 46-7 in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I/II game Friday at Kozuki Stadium.

The visiting Wolfpack were playing in their season opener and in their very first game under new head coach Kena Heffernan. The Raiders, now 2-0, were coming off a 28-0 blanking of Damien one week earlier.

“I think my teammates played so well,” said ‘Iolani kicker Allison Chang, who booted a 34-yard field goal and added five extra points without a miss. “They pick each other up. They make sure that they’re doing their own jobs and they’re great guys.”

The Raiders scored early and often. Chang opened the scoring with that field goal just 3:08 into the contest after the home team got super field position on a short Wolfpack punt.

Quarterback Micah Hoomanawanui figured in the first three ‘Iolani TDs to make it 24-0 before the end of the first quarter. He tossed two TD passes — to Kai Preusser for 11 yards and Keao Miyahira for 62 — before running one in from 4 yards out.

One of those scores came courtesy of a Ryan Tsuruda fumble recovery at the PAC-5 4.

Rushing TDs of 1 yard by Brody Bantolina and 4 yards by Cainen Torres upped the count to 38-0 at the half.

Mason Mizuta’s interception led to ‘Iolani’s only TD in the second half — a 3-yard run by Miyahira.

Neivyn Kahoopii’s 36-yard run for PAC-5 led to the Wolfpack’s only touchdown of the game — quarterback Ezekiel Rodrigues’ 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“For eighty percent of our kids, this is the first football game they’ve ever played,” PAC-5’s Heffernan said. “There are a lot of things we can improve on, but overall the effort was there. Thehe great part about it was they came back in the second half and had that ‘let’s go out there, we have nothing to lose’ attitude.”

The Wolfpack’s Joshua Arcayena rushed for 32 yards and had an outstanding defensive game that included two tackles for loss. Teammate Blade Kaululaau added a sack.

For the Raiders, the whole defensive backfield turned in a whale of game, and four of those bandits came up with one interception each — Mizuta, Hudson Della Lucia, Stirling Sakashita and Zion Junk.

The Raiders return to action next Friday at 5 p.m. at Aloha Stadium against Kamehameha II. PAC-5 meets Damien next Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Saint Louis School field.

‘Iolani 46, PAC-5 7

At Kozuki Stadium

PAC-5 (0-1).   0.   0.   0.   7.   —    7
‘Iolani (2-0).  24.  14.  8.  0.  —   46

‘IOLANI—Allison Chang FG 34
‘IOLANI—Kai Preusser 11 pass from Micah Hoomanawanui (Chang kick)
‘IOLANI—Keao Miyahira 62 pass from Hoomanawanui (Chang kick)
‘IOLANI—Hoomanawanui 4 run (Chang kick)
‘IOLANI—Brody Bantolina 1 run (Chang kick)
‘IOLANI—Cainen Torres 4 run (Chang kick)
‘IOLANI—Miyahira 3 run (Chang kick)
PAC-5—Ezekiel Rodrigues 1 run (Bryson Tsukayama-Daniel kick)

RUSHING—PAC-5: Neivyn Kahoopii 1-36, Joshua Arcayena 14-32, Chad Schmidt 3-12, Blade Kaululaau 1-5. ‘Iolani: Bantolina 5-30, Torres 10-28, Miyahira 7-18.

PASSING—PAC-5: Rodrigues 1-8-2—(minus-2), Leighton-Moses Kaai 2-4-2—32. ‘Iolani: Hoomanawanui 9-13-0—124, Kualau Manuel 3-4-0—15.

RECEIVING—PAC-5: Rome Lilio 1-23, Arcayena 1-9, Kaululaau 1-(minus-2). ‘Iolani: Tristan Martinez 4-35, Preusser 3-35, Miyahira 2-54, Hyrum Horita 1-12, Torres 1-4.

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