'Iolani halts Kamehameha


POSTED: Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Cardiac Raiders have done it again.

Andrew Skalman drilled a 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds left as 10th-ranked 'Iolani upset No. 3 Kamehameha 20-17 last night at breezy Aloha Stadium.

Skalman's field goal, his second of the game, gave Division II 'Iolani its second win over a D-I powerhouse in as many years. Last season, the Raiders surprised then-No. 1 Saint Louis 35-30.

This time, they did it with timely plays on a night when Kamehameha's sterling defense dictated most of the action. The Raiders trailed 9-0, rallied to take a 17-9 lead in the second half, and with the game tied at 17, drove from their 29-yard line to the Kamehameha 2 with less than a minute left.






No. 10 'Iolani20
No. 3 Kamehameha17





A holding call on second and goal pushed 'Iolani back, and after two incomplete passes, Skalman lined up from the left hashmark. His kick split the uprights with plenty to spare.

“;It's just practice and repetitions, attention to detail that the coaches teach us,”; said Skalman, who prefers kicking from the right hashmark. “;We just believed in each other, in our coaches, all week long.”;

It was the Interscholastic League of Honolulu opener for both teams. 'Iolani (3-1 overall), the defending D-II state champ, could make a run at the ILH title.

Jarrett Arakawa was 14-for-35 for 248 yards with two touchdowns and two picks—by Chaz Bajet and Dylan-Keanu Montez. Trevyn Tulonghari had his best game with seven receptions for 134 yards.

Ryan Ho rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown for Kamehameha (3-1), which used three quarterbacks again.

Seventeen penalties for 137 yards hurt the Warriors. 'Iolani had one penalty.

“;We never got called for one holding penalty in three (nonconference) games,”; coach David Stant said. “;Then they call 10 of them on us.”;

The crew that worked the game had not called any of Kamehameha's earlier games, Stant noted.

Bajet's weaving 62-yard interception return staked Kamehameha to a 6-0 lead in the opening quarter. Tarra Gabriel's 27-yard field goal gave the Warriors a 9-0 lead with 4:29 to go in the first half.

Kamehameha, which had allowed just five points in three previous games, is by no means out of the race, not with parity the rule this season.

“; 'Iolani does a good job being disciplined, and they're patient enough to wait for big plays,”; Stant said. “;Arakawa's a good quarterback and he knows their system. We went with T.C. in the second quarter; now we know he's our guy and he'll step up.”;

Ho believes the Warriors will rebound.

“;We'll come back next week. 'Iolani played hard,”; he said. “;But we just have to play harder.”;