Posted: August 31, 2012 - 5:03pm
Fourth quarter surge lifts 'Iolani over Pac-Five, 16-10
Iolani's Tanner Nishioka grabbed this Reece Foy pass for the go-ahead score against Pac-Five. Eugene Tanner | SL
HALAWA - Max Look may have the right to put off some of his household chores for the next few days.
The junior had a 57-yard punt return and recovered a late fumble that led to the game-winning score to help Iolani, ranked ninth in the ScoringLive/OC16 Power Rankings, rally to a 16-10 win over Pac-Five in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu opener for both teams Friday night.
An afternoon crowd of about 1,000 at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium saw the Raiders (4-0, 1-0 ILH) rally from a 10-0 deficit with a little over three minutes to play. The Wolf Pack (1-3, 0-1) suffered its third consecutive loss.
Off of a short Pac-Five punt, Look picked up the ball off a bounce at his own 43-yard line, broke through an initial opening to the left sideline and went untouched to the end zone. Following the Jordan Genovia extra point, the Raiders went for an onside kick, but the Wolf Pack's Nohea Thomsen recovered. However, on a fourth-and-1 from the Iolani 42, the shotgun snap went through the hands of quarterback Reece Alvarado and Look fell on the loose ball at the Raiders' 33 to give his team possession with 2:38 to play.
Iolani quarterback Reece Foy hit Tanner Nishioka on a third-and-1 and two plays later, he found Austin Ohira for a 10-yard pick-up down to the Pac-Five 8-yard line. Three plays later, Foy connected with Nishioka on a quick slant for an 8-yard touchdown and the go-ahead score. Genovia tacked on the PAT to make the score 14-10 with 1:14 remaining.
"This whole preseason, that's what our team has been showing, is the ability to come back and not give up," Iolani coach Wendell Look said. "Pac-Five played a heck of a game ... we got lucky."
Pac-Five had a final chance after it got the ball back with 1:06 left, but a high snap over Alvarado's head on third-and-20 sailed deep into Wolf Pack territory and Esau Sele tackled Alvarado in end zone for a safety.
Iolani recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.
"This kind of game you have to finish and we had a bunch of mistakes in the end and that's the outcome," Wolf Pack coach Kip Botelho said.
Keoni Tom-Millare scored on a 12-yard run late in the first quarter and Gabriel Shimizu added a 33-yard second-half field goal to give Pac-Five a 10-0 lead after three quarters of play.
"That's what we expect from him," Wendell Look said of his nephew, Max. "We expect him to make plays. I'd like to say its in the genes and that I taught him everything he knows, but he's just a steady player."
Foy finished 17-of-35 passing for 127 yards and he added 71 rush yards on 13 carries. Iolani was just 5-of-15 on third downs.
Tom-Millare had 35 rushes for 160 yards.
Iolani avoided its first loss to Pac-Five since 2007, when the Wolf Pack won, 21-14.
August 31, 2012
Max Look, 57 yard punt return for touchdown.
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Iolani's Wyatt Ma'a and Kevin Togami combine on a tackle against Pac-Five. Eugene Tanner | SL
Iolani QB Reece Foy gets set to pass against Pac-Five. Eugene Tanner | SL
Pac-Five's Keoni Tom-Millare attempts to evade the tackle of Iolani's JT Los Banos. Sean Nakamura | SL