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Iolani quarterback Robert Mageo was brought down by Edison's Steve Welch last night. Iolani beat California's Edison 34-20.




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By Jason Kaneshiro
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Raynold Stowers rushed for 127 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Iolani to a stunning 34-20 upset of Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) last night at Aloha Stadium.

Edison entered the game as the 13th-ranked team in California after going 11-1-1 and advancing to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division I championship game last season. But the Chargers couldn't overcome Iolani's 21-point outburst in the fourth quarter.

Charger quarterback Tommy Grady dazzled the crowd with his accuracy and arm strength in the first half, completing 15 of 23 passes for 163 yards and two scores. But the Raider defense contained the 6-foot-6 Oklahoma-bound passer in the second half, intercepting him twice and shutting out the Chargers for the final 24 minutes.

Blake Wong's pick in the third quarter turned the tide in Iolani's favor and Shawn Agustin's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown with 7:03 left in the game proved to be the difference.

Stowers rushed for 100 yards in the second half.

Grady completed 24 of 51 passes for 268 yards.

Edison struck first after Iolani fumbled on the its first offensive play of the game. Four plays after Sean Campregher recovered the fumble, Grady hit Matt White for an 18-yard touchdown pass.

Iolani responded on its next possession with a 12-play, 81-yard drive capped by Raynold Stowers' 1-yard plunge. Iolani quarterback Robert Mageo was 3-for-4 for 73 yards on the drive.

Edison regained control at the 7:44 mark of the second quarter on Grady's 31-yard touchdown connection with Nate Mitani. The Chargers extended their lead on Andy Avila's 48-yard dash to the end zone and took a 20-6 advantage into halftime.

The Charger defense bottled up Stowers for much of the half, limiting him to 27 yards and 13 carries.

Iolani coach Wendell Look was ejected from the game at the 10:57 mark of the third quarter after being assessed two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the Raiders' opening drive of the second half.

The Raiders turned the momentum their way late in the third quarter when Blake Wong intercepted a Grady pass and returned it 44 yards to the Edison 14. Mageo then pitched the ball forward to Stowers on a option play for a 7-yard touchdown pass to cut the Charger lead to 20-13 heading into the fourth quarter.

Iolani then tied the game at 20 with 7:47 left in the game when Stowers took a pitch and raced 26 yards for a touchdown. The scoring drive was highlighted a 39-yard connection between Mageo and Tony Suetsugu on 3rd-and-11 at the Iolani 34.

The Raiders took its first lead three plays later when Shawn Agustin picked off a Grady pass and sprinted up the sideline for a 45-yard return for a touchdown to give Iolani a 27-20 lead.

Stowers iced the game with a 46-yard dash to the end zone with 1:52 left in the game.

Beverly Hills (Calif.) 47, Pac-Five 29: Sonny Shackelford scored three touchdowns and intercepted two passes as the Normans outscored the Wolfpack in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader at Aloha Stadium.

Shackleford scored in the first quarter on a 65-yard hookup with quarterback Ollie Linter and helped Beverly Hills put the game out of reach in the second half with 29- and 28-yard touchdown receptions. The senior finished with 6 catches for 147 yards.

Matt Walker contributed touchdown receptions of 3 and 35 yards and also came up with two interceptions on defense.

The Normans' offensive explosion overshadowed a three-touchdown performance by Pac-Five's Ryan Leong. The 5-foot-5 senior scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from McShane Dator.

Beverly Hills opened up a 34-15 lead in the third quarter, but Pac-Five battled back to close to within 5 points at 34-29 early in the fourth quarter. But Shackleford's last score and Harry Ditlove's 9-yard touchdown run ended the Wolfpack's comeback hopes.

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