Posted: October 18, 2011 - 9:04am
Paredes, Briscoe provided spark in Pearl City victory
PEARL CITY -- In an O'ahu Interscholastic Association White Conference showdown that lived up to the hype at Bino Neves Stadium last Saturday, Pearl City needed all the offensive firepower it could get to match Kaimuki's vaunted ground attack.
Fortunately for the Chargers, they got the spark they needed from junior quarterback Kaimi Paredes and junior receiver Daicorri Briscoe.
Pearl City (8-1) needed that spark right away, as the Bulldogs took a quick 7-0 lead after marching 55 yards in just nine plays on their opening series. Briscoe provided it on the ensuing kickoff, eluding a few tacklers before finding an opening and then tightroping down the right sideline and racing for an electrifying 91-yard return for a touchdown.
After Kaimuki (8-1) took the lead back at 13-7 early in the second quarter, Paredes and Briscoe responded by connecting on a 5-yard TD pass and David Laranol's extra point put the Chargers ahead, 14-13, with eight minutes remaining in the half.
Pearl City's defense got a stop on the next possession, and Paredes completed 5 of 7 passes for 59 yards to set up Laranol's 35-yard field goal to make it 17-13 with 57 seconds before the break.
Paredes was 9 of 14 in the first half, for 110 yards.
The Bulldogs regained the lead at 20-17 with 2:42 left in the third quarter, but Paredes hit Rakeel McMillian on a 14-yard scoring toss about 90 seconds later to put the Chargers back on top, 23-20.
Then in the fourth quarter, Paredes completed all three of his passes for 55 yards and also had a seven-yard run to lead Pearl City on a six-play, 90-yard drive capped by McMilllian's 27-yard run to make it 29-20 with 7:16 remaining.
That drive would prove crucial, as Kaimuki scored with 1:05 left to close it to 29-27 and recovered the ensuing onside kick before the Chargers' defense made one final stop to preserve the victory.
Paredes finished 16 of 22 for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and Briscoe finished with four catches for 51 yards and one TD, in addition to 113 return yards on two kicks.
Pearl City earned the White's No. 1 seed for the playoffs and will play host to McKinley (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday. Kaimuki will face Waipahu (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at Kaiser in the other semifinal.
WEEK 10 PERFORMERS
Waiakea RB Nuu Aiava rushed for 223 yards and 3 TDs against Kealakehe.
Waipahu RB Gregorio Alip rushed for 120 yards and 3 TDs against Anuenue.
Kamehameha DB Pono Choy had a 60 yard fumble return for a TD against Punahou.
Mililani WR Trent Cole had 3 receptions for 91 yards and a TD against Castle.
McKinley RB Fia Duarte rushed for 104 yards and 2 TDs against Kalaheo.
Baldwin QB Keelan Ewaliko passed for 215 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 155 yards and 2 more TDs against King Kekaulike.
Lahainaluna TE/DL had an 84 yard fumble return for TD against Kamehameha-Maui.
'Iolani WR Sheldon Gallarde had 6 receptions for 85 yards and a TD against Pac-Five.
Konawaena WR Kenan Gasper had 7 receptions for 130 yards against Kamehameha-Hawaii.
Nanakuli RB Brady Kaaihue rushed for 202 yards and 2 TDs against Kalani.
Anuenue RB Kainalu Kaleo rushed for 144 yards against Waipahu.
Kaimuki RB Brandon Kekoa rushed for 164 yards and 3 TDs against Pearl City.
Punahou WR Taylor McClafferty had 8 receptions for 89 yards against Kamehameha.
Mililani QB Jarin Morikawa passed for 294 yards and 4 TDs against Castle.
Kauai LB Austin Oshiro had 10 tackles against Waimea.
Keaau WR Damien Packer had 5 receptions for 103 yards and 2 TDs against Hilo.
Kapolei RB Mana Reis rushed for 97 yards and 2 TDs against Moanalua.
Kauai RB Dreyke Smith-Butac rushed for 136 yards against Waimea.
Waimea WR Jonathan Tangalin had 3 receptions for 94 yards and a TD against Kauai.
McKinley RB Mathias Tuitele-Lafeta rushed for 142 yards and a TD against Kalaheo.
Moanalua QB Dillon Turk passed for 198 yards and 3 TDs against Kapolei.
Kamehameha-Hawaii WR Kekoa Turner had 4 receptions for 94 yards and a TD against Konawaena.
Keaau RB Johnny Vance rushed for 154 yards and 3 TDs against Hilo.
Kailua RB Jarrin Young rushed for 130 yards and a TD against Aiea.