HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Raiders stomp on Cougars in Classic
With nearly all of his weapons at the offensive skill positions back from a season ago, the only real unknown for Iolani coach Wendell Look is the play of quarterback Kela Marciel.
So far, so good.
The converted defensive back was a perfect 8-for-8 passing for 105 yards and two touchdowns, but only played a quarter as Iolani scored 34 points in the opening 12 minutes on the way to routing Kaiser 44-0 last night in the nightcap of the Father Bray Classic at Aloha Stadium.
Marciel's only playing time at quarterback in his career came in the same Father Bray Classic a year ago. The junior spent all summer anxious to make his first start at quarterback, and didn't disappoint.
"I just wanted to show what I can do," Marciel said. "I wanted to throw and I wanted to run. I wanted to do everything."
Iolani has won seven of its last eight openers and improved to 15-3 against Oahu Interscholastic Association teams dating back to 1999.
The Raiders struck less than 3 minutes into the game as Marciel hit Reid Furukawa on his first pass of the season for a 9-yard touchdown.
Things began to spiral out of control for Kaiser from that point on as the Cougars fumbled on the ensuing kickoff. Iolani needed just four plays to make them pay as Justin Yamamoto scampered into the end zone on a 5-yard run.
Yamamoto scored again from 5 yards out and Marciel found Kellen Imada for a 7-yard touchdown pass as the rout was on.
Peter Takara recorded Iolani's second takeaway of the quarter on an interception and returned it 42 yards to build a 34-0 lead, prompting Look to play his backups before the first quarter ended.
"We've got a good mix of kids this year," Look said. "It's an unusual situation for us because we have size and we have numbers. It was good to get our guys a chance to play."
Kaiser, which is coming off its first winning season since 2001, was held to 42 total yards and three first downs in the first half.
The Cougars tried to get on the scoreboard by attempting a 54-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, but Iolani's Breland Almadova caught the kick at the 1-yard line and nearly returned it the length of the field for a score before being tripped up by Cal Tashiro at the opposing 1-yard line. Travis Muraoka plunged into the end zone on the next play for the game's final touchdown.
Pac-Five 21, Radford 12
Ku Botelho scored two touchdowns and the Wolfpack outscored the Rams 21-0 in the second half to win their fourth straight game in the Father Bray Classic.
"The Father Bray has been good to us," Pac-Five coach Kip Botelho said. "It's our own league that gives us problems."
Ku Botelho recorded Pac-Five's first touchdown on a punt that bounced backward into Radford's own end zone -- without being blocked. After an 11-yard run by Jamie Rivera, Botelho scored again on a 45-yard interception return.
"On that play I have to anticipate the out," Ku Botelho said. "I saw it and jumped on it."
Radford starting quarterback Epa Maika completed five of 12 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the first half before sitting out the rest of the game.