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Farrington's James Sagapolutele hit Iolani's Michael Hirokawa to force a fumble in the first quarter. Farrington recovered.


ILH sweeps Father Bray


Kip Botelho hasn't been a head coach for very long, but he knew his team needed a boost and knew just how to deliver it.

In his debut as Pac-Five's football coach, Botelho had seen the Wolfpack squander a 20-6 lead against McKinley when he turned to the back pages of the playbook.

"We needed something, offensively we were struggling," Botelho said.

He called for a halfback option pass and the Wolfpack executed perfectly to score the go-ahead touchdown and the defense held on to give Pac-Five a 27-26 win over the Tigers in the first game of the Father Bray Classic doubleheader yesterday at Aloha Stadium.

The nonleague win snapped a seven-game winless streak for the Wolfpack.

"This was important for us just getting on that track and trying to get a winning attitude going," Botelho said.

With the score tied at 20, Pac-Five quarterback Nathan Alvarado pitched the ball to Gilbert Gonzales, who pulled up and lobbed a pass to Royce Alvarado for a 45-yard scoring pass with 1:55 left in the game. Brent Umehira's extra point ended up being the difference in the game.

"Every time we went to that toss, their cornerbacks were flying up," Botelho said. "We saw it was there and luckily we had it at the right time."

Although the touchdown gave the Wolfpack the lead, the Pac-Five defense came up with the game-saving play with 41 seconds left.

McKinley drove 73 yards in six plays and came to within a point on a 14-yard pass from Robin Pau to Chris Quiocho.

Rather than go for the tie by kicking the extra point, the Tigers went for the win. Luaaso Peters took a toss on the right side and fought for the goal line, but was stopped inches short by the Wolfpack defense.

"Hats off to the defense, they were on the field the whole second half," Botelho said. "They really sucked it up."

Despite the loss, McKinley coach William Moeava was pleased with the way his team fought back from a two-touchdown deficit.

McKinley took the lead on an 82-yard touchdown pass from Tilton Kaluna to Junxian Zheng on its second offensive play of the game, but the Tigers turned the ball over four times in the first half and trailed for most of the game.

"We came back and put up a good fight, but we dug ourselves too big a hole," Moeava said.

"This was a character builder for our team. I'd never seen this part of our team and they just showed a lot tonight."

Gonzales was involved in all of Pac-Five's scoring plays. He ran for three touchdowns in the first half after the offense drove deep into McKinley territory and threw the winning TD pass.

Pac-Five's quarterback rotation of Nathan Alvarado and Bryson Bernie combined to complete 21 of 34 passes for 175 yards.

McKinley quarterback Robin Pau didn't start the game and threw three interceptions in the first half. But he rebounded to spark the comeback, passing for 292 yards. Quiocho caught 10 of those passes for 132 yards while Zheng had six receptions for 145 yards.

Pac-Five linebacker Russel Fisher finished with 12 tackles, including three sacks. McKinley defensive lineman Sione Liufau recorded four sacks.

Iolani 24, Farrington 7: Raiders quarterback Kiran Kepo'o threw three touchdown passes in the first half and Iolani cruised to a win in the second game of the Father Bray Classic at Aloha Stadium.

Kepo'o finished with 26 completions in 41 attempts for 386 yards. Micah Kalama caught eight passes for 159 yards and caught Kepo'o's third scoring pass of the night, which gave Iolani a 24-0 lead.

Michael Hirokawa rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries.

Iolani limited Farrington to one first down in the first half.

Governors quarterback Eti Atonio passed for 260 yards. Alex Mendoza had 177 receiving yards and scored Farrington's lone touchdown on a 36-yard reception in the fourth quarter.



Father Bray Classic Results

Pac-Five 27, McKinley 26

At Aloha Stadium
McKinley (0-1) 6 0 0 20 -- 26
Pac-Five (1-0) 13 7 0 7 -- 27

McK--Junxian Zheng 82 pass from Tilton Kaluna (kick failed)
P5--Gilbert Gonzales 4 run (kick failed)
P5--Gonzales 1 run (Brent Umehira kick)
P5--Gonzales 6 run (Umehira kick)
McK--Robin Pau 6 run (Luaaso Peters pass from Pau)
McK--Peters 24 run (kick failed)
P5--Royce Alvarado 45 pass from Gonzales (Umehira kick)
McK--Chris Quiocho 14 pass from Pau (run failed)

RUSHING--McKinley: Peters 12-49, Pau 8-(-19). Pac-Five: Gonzales 6-23, Nathan Alvarado 2-(-12), Bryson Bernie 9-(-49), Kamalu Kealoha 1-(-3).
PASSING--McKinley: Pau 25-42-3-292, Kaluna 3-3-0-97. Pac-Five: N. Alvarado 12-21-0-109, Bernie 10-14-0-71, Gonzales 1-1-0-45.
RECEIVING--McKinley: Zheng 6-145, Quiocho 10-132, Juliano Ahlstrand 1-13, Peters 3-19, Charles Seyer 4-46, Rodney Maneja 2-23, Shaine Quisano 2-11. Pac-Five: Umehira 3-12, R. Alvarado 2-47, Kealoha 2-10, Gonzales 4-45, Cody Walker 5-73, Kawika Searle 5-38.


Iolani 24, Farrington 7

At Aloha Stadium
Farrington (0-0) 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Iolani (1-0) 10 14 0 0 -- 24

Iol--Kekai Kealoha 31 pass from Kiran Kepo'o (Milo Kalama kick)
Iol--FG Milo Kalama 24
Iol--Blayne Yama 5 pass from Kepo'o (Milo Kalama kick)
Iol--Micah Kalama 12 pass from Kepo'o (Milo Kalama kick)
Far--Alex Mendoza 36 pass from Eti Atonio (Ropeti Gafa kick)

RUSHING--Farrington: Atonio 10-(-6), James Hakuole 8-17, Ioane Siuta 7-26, Fetaiagogo Fonoti 4-22. Iolani: Michael Kirokawa 20-100, Kepo'o 9-(-41), Kai Iwasaki 3-22, William Orihuela 3-4.
PASSING--Farrington: Atonio 12-34-2-270. Iolani: Kepo'o 26-40-2-386, Iwasaki 2-4-1-14.
RECEIVING--Farrington: Mendoza 7-177, Siuta 1-9, Fonoti 2-48, Brandon Agbunag 2-26, Roldan Isidro 1-10. Iolani: Yama 4-28, Kealoha 5-74, Mark May 3-37, Micah Kalama 8-159, Travis Nishioka 5-57, Hirokawa 2-40, Scott Wada 1-5.

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