Posted: September 9, 2012 - 3:04am
Saint Louis explodes past 'Iolani in wild 68-39 win
Saint Louis wide receiver Jeremy Tabuyo had a big game against Iolani, hauling in 5 receptions for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sean Nakamura | SL
In the fourth-highest scoring Hawai'i prep football game of all time, Saint Louis scored 34 straight points after trailing 24-21 late in the first half Saturday night en route to a wild 68-39 victory over 'Iolani.
The win at Aloha Stadium's Hawaiian Airlines Field improved the Crusaders to 2-2 overall after their Interscholastic League of Honolulu opener. The Raiders fell to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the ILH.
Toward the end of an action-packed, back-and-forth first half, 'Iolani took a surprising 24-21 lead after a 14-yard touchdown pass from Reece Foy to Yuuya Kato and Jordan Genovia's extra point. But Saint Louis answered just four plays later with sophomore Ryder Kuhns' 42-yard TD pass to Jeremy Tabuyo.
The Raiders appeared on the verge of taking the lead back on their ensuing possession, but on fourth-and-3 from the Crusaders' 22-yard line, Foy was sacked and lost the football. Jaron Hall-Moniz scooped it up at the 28 and rambled 71 yards before a diving tackle by Foy.
Allan Cui punched it in from there, helping Saint Louis take a 35-24 lead just seven seconds before halftime.
The second half began similarly, with Foy being tackled just short of the first down marker on fourth-and-6 from the Crusaders' 40, and Saint Louis capitalized five plays later on Kuhns' 44-yard touchdown pass to Tabuyo. Ihaka Johnson's PAT made it 42-24.
Three plays into 'Iolani's next series, Tanner Oshiro intercepted a Foy pass near midfield, and the Crusaders cashed in again three plays later on Noga's 35-yard scamper into the end zone. Another extra point by Johnson extended the lead to 49-24 with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter.
The Raiders' problems continued on the next play from scrimmage, when Foy was sacked and fumbled again, allowing Colton Goeas to return the loose ball 26 yards for a score to make it 55-24.
'Iolani finally put it all together on its next drive, marching 74 yards in 10 plays, culminating in Foy's 6-yard TD pass to Tanner Nishioka. Genovia's PAT made it 55-31 eight seconds before the third quarter ended.
After forcing Saint Louis into a three-and-out following the kickoff, the Raiders hit paydirt again as Foy found the end zone on a 17-yard touchdown throw to Chad Hanaoka. The pair connected again on the two-point conversion to make it 55-39 with 7:35 remaining in the game.
But the Crusaders struck again, marching 63 yards in seven plays, capped by Noga's 1-yard plunge.
On 'Iolani's next possession, Foy tried to scramble but was chased and tackled by Kamalei Correa for a 33-yard loss, giving Saint Louis the ball on the 'Iolani 16. Kaulana Vinoya then sealed the victory with a 16-yard TD run to help make it 68-39 with 2:06 left.
Kuhns, stepping in for injured senior quarterback Kawai Mook-Garcia (leg injury), finished with 16 completions in 22 attempts for 256 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception. Tabuyo caught five passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, plus a fumble recovery in the end zone for a TD on the game's opening drive.
After just 40 yards on nine carries in the first half, Noga ended up with 147 yards rushing on 20 carries, including three touchdowns.
Foy started hot -- completing his first eight pass attempts for 137 yards and two TDs -- and finished with 22 completions in 32 attempts for 273 yards and five TDs. Nishioka was his leading target, with seven catches for 106 yards.
September 9, 2012
Yuya Kato, 38 yard touchdown pass from Reece Foy.
Jeremy Tabuyo, 42 yard touchdown pass from Ryder Kuhns.
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Saint Louis RB Adam Noga turns the corner on a run against Iolani. Sean Nakamura | SL
Iolani QB Reece Foy throw a pass attempt against Saint Louis. Sean Nakamura | SL
Saint Louis' Jeremy Tabuyo and Kamalei Correa celebrate after a touchdown scored against Iolani. Sean Nakamura | SL