Posted: September 2, 2011 - 7:31pm
Raiders roll to 42-0 rout of Monarchs in ILH opener
HALAWA - Reece Foy threw four touchdown passes and Kody Mento ran in two other scores to lead 'Iolani in a 42-0 rout of Damien at Aloha Stadium Friday night.
The Raiders, who are ranked eighth in the ScoringLive Football Power Rankings, improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. The Monarchs fell to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.
'Iolani used big plays to take a 20-0 halftime lead and poured it on in the second half, envoking the running clock late in the third quarter, en route to the win.
Foy, a junior quarterback, threw touchdown of 38, 66, 26 and 27 yards and finished an efficient 9-of-14 passing for 221 yards with no interceptions. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound second-year starter also picked up 20 rushing yards on five carries.
The Raiders scored on their opening drive on a 38-yard pass from Foy to Tanner Nishioka with eight minutes and 45 seconds left in the first quarter. Following the extra point by Jordan Lee, 'Iolani held a 7-0 lead.
The teams exchanged punts before Damien went for it - and failed - on a fourth-and-one early in the second quarter. 'Iolani struck again as Foy connected with Jordan Lee on a 66-yard scoring strike. Lee got behind the defensive back and shed the tackle of the safety at the Monarchs' 15-yard line on his way to the end zone. With 10:10 left in the second, Lee's PAT made the score 14-0.
Later in the quarter, Mento broke free for a 43-yard pick-up to set-up his own 1-yard TD run two plays later. After a failed extra point with 7:23 to play in the half, 'Iolani's took a 20-0 lead into the intermission.
Mento, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back, finished with 10 carries for 105 yards.
Damien's defense forced a three-and-out on the Raiders' opening drive of the second half, but a muffed punt return was recovered by Geovar Agbayani to give his team new life at their opponents' 37-yard line. Two plays later, Foy hit Kasey Takahashi on a 26-yard TD pass to put Iolani ahead, 26-0 midway through the third.
Foy extended the Raiders' lead on their next drive on a 27-yard, third-down pass to Dane Arakawa minutes later. On the scoring play, Foy eluded a blitz off the right edge, rolled to his right and hit a wide-open Arakawa in the middle of the field. Lee tacked on the extra point and the Raiders led, 33-0, with 6:35 to play in the third.
Mento scored his second rushing touchdown on a 15-yarder, which made the score 40-0, just before the fourth quarter. The score sent the game into running time under the 35-point differential mercy rule.
'Iolani went ahead 42-0 on a safety when a shotgun snap was high and Damien quarterback Syles Choy had no choice but to kick it out of the back of the end zone late in the fourth quarter.
Choy, a sophomore, completed 17 of his 28 pass attempts for 132 yards with no interceptions. The Monarchs were limited to 46 yards rushing on 24 attempts.
Seven different players caught passes for 'Iolani, which held Damien to 5 of 15 on third-down conversions.
The Monarchs suffered an all-too-familiar scare when Mikaele Nakamura layed motionless on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium for nearly 45 minutes late in the game. Nakamura, a junior linebacker, looked to have an apparent neck injury as athletic trainers attempted to stabilize his neck while awaiting the ambulance. Damien had already lost senior quarterback Alan Mohika two weeks ago to a season-ending concussion in its season-opening game at Moanalua.
September 2, 2011
'Iolani RB Kody Mento rushed for 105 yards and 2 TD against Damien. Scott Nishi | SL
Damien QB Syles Choy tries to evade an 'Iolani defender. Scott Nishi | SL