HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
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Pac-Five's Tommy Nguyen brought down Iolani's Kiran Kepo'o during the first half of last night's ILH matchup.
Iolani QB Kepo‘o lights up Pac-Five
Kiran Kepo'o fired touchdown passes on four consecutive drives in the first half as Iolani overwhelmed Pac-Five 42-0 last night at Aloha Stadium.
The Raiders, ranked No. 4 in the Star-Bulletin Top 10, improved to 2-0 in Interscholastic League of Honolulu play (5-1 overall). Pac-Five dropped to 0-2 in league action (2-3 overall).
"We played sloppy in the first half. We can't reflect on the score. That could give us false reinforcement," Iolani coach Wendell Look said.
The Wolfpack suffered a major loss when quarterback Bryson Beirne suffered a knee injury midway through the second quarter. Beirne was injured as he scrambled back to the line of scrimmage for no gain against an Iolani blitz. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound junior had eight carries for 26 yards at the time of the injury. He did not return.
"He's their team leader, I think, physically and spiritually," Look said. "To lose someone like that can be devastating for a young team. I hope he's OK."
Iolani went three and out on its initial possession before torching Pac-Five's young secondary. Kepo'o completed 13 of his 16 attempts for 219 yards before sitting late in the second quarter.
The 6-2, 220-pound senior found Travis Nishioka for a 26-yard touchdown pass and running back Mike Hirokawa on a 27-yard score. Kepo'o connected with Mark May for scoring passes of 31 and 38 yards in the second quarter to help the Raiders seize a 28-0 lead at intermission.