Saturday, October 3, 1998
Punahou comebackBy Pat Bigold
turns back Iolani
Punahou's 38-35 victory over host Iolani yesterday came down to a matter of taking the punch without losing consciousness.
Leading 31-17 late in the final quarter, the Buffanblu (2-2) saw the Raiders (2-2) score two touchdowns in 19 seconds to take the lead and turn the game around.
But Punahou didn't panic.
Getting the ball back with less than 2 minutes left, Buffanblu quarterback Anthony Prinzivalli marched his squad three quarters the length of the field to regain the lead for good.
''I am really proud they kept their cool after Iolani came back," said Punahou head coach Dan Morrison. ''They're learning."
After Iolani took a 35-31 lead with 2:07 remaining, Prinzivalli reeled off a 10-play drive that covered 69 yards.
The drive culminated in a 9-yard end run by Tyler Au to win it for the Buffanblu. It was his second touchdown of the game on his second carry.
Au credited wide receiver Jeremy Grad for sustaining a block on the only Iolani player in position to stop him.
''He held the block on a cornerback and I just cut back on it," said Au.
Punahou running back Jeremy Lim (one touchdown) led all rushers with 228 yards on 23 carries while Dallas Nakashima had 125 yards on 17 carries, and scored twice.
Iolani running back Joe Igber moved within 189 yards of former Kahuku High star Mark Atuaia's state career rushing record of 3,404 yards.
Igber had 118 yards on 18 carries (two touchdowns).
''Boy, I tell you, he is always dangerous with his elusiveness and strength," said Morrison. ''That's why we used more of a seven-man front. He's just a very special athlete."
A win by Iolani yesterday would have left the Raiders and St. Louis, which forfeited to Kamehameha, tied at 3-1 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu first round.
StatsPunahou 7 10 7 14--38 Iolani 7 9 6 13--35Iol--Joe Igber 37 run (Ryan Shinkawa kick)
Pun--Jeremy Lim 80 run (David Hu kick)
Pun--Tyler Au 10 run (Hu kick)
Pun--Hu 26 FG
Iol--Brent Wong 27 run (kick failed)
Iol--Shinkawa 22 FG
Iol--Zach Toyofuku 9 pass from Danny Chong (pass failed)
Pun--Dallas Nakashima 10 run (Hu kick)
Pun--Nakashima 3 run (Hu kick)
Iol--Igber 1 run (kick failed)
Iol--Toyofuku 14 pass from Wong (Shinkawa kick)
Pun--Au 9 run (Hu kick)
Rushing--Punahou: Anthony Prinzivalli 5-30, Bradley Itagaki 2-11, Au 1-9, Lim 23-228, Nakashima 17-125. Iolani: Igber 18-118, Ben Karnuth 1-5, Jon Sadoyama 1-11, Wong 7-69.
Passing--Punahou: Prinzivalli 10-20-1 for 141 yards. Iolani: Karnuth 0-2-0, Wong 4-8-0 for 75 yards, Chong 4-10-0 for 42 yards.
Receiving--Punahou: Jeremy Grad 3-38, Nakashima 3-27, Au 4-50, Lim 1-12, Komagome 2-14. Iolani: Alices 2-19, Igber 2-56, LaBenz 1-4, Toyofuku 3-38.