Posted: September 28, 2012 - 7:56pm
Iolani rushing attack grounds Damien, 48-16
HALAWA - Utilizing a ground-and-pound philosophy on offense, Iolani ran away from Damien, 48-16, in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu game at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium Friday night.
Yuuya Kato rushed for 130 yards on 21 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Raiders (5-2 overall, 2-2 ILH). Kato, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior, scored on 1-, 1-, 28- and 14-yard runs - two in each half.
"It started from the Kamehameha game when we started running the ball a lot, but I have to give credit to my offensive line, because they were working their butts off this week and they made some big holes for me," Kato said. "I had some lucky cuts, but it was because the holes were there."
Iolani, ranked 10th in the ScoringLive/OC16 Power Rankings, racked up 352 yards of total offense, including 25 first downs - 15 by rush. The Raiders were especially efficient on third downs, converting on 10 of their 11 attempts. Iolani entered the game averaging just over 108 yards rushing per game.
A 41-yard field goal by Damien's Lyle Alloy-Glover midway through the second quarter cut the Iolani lead to 14-10. However, the Raiders ran off 34 unanswered points until a late Damien touchdown in the game's closing minutes.
After its opening drive stalled, Iolani scored on its next three possessions.
Kato got the Raiders on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, but the Monarchs answered with a 9-yard scramble into the end zone by Syles Choy to cap their ensuing drive.
Iolani put together a 12-play drive that covered 62 yards and ended with Reece Foy's 21-yard touchdown pass to Chase Kanekuni with eight minutes left in the second quarter. On the scoring play, Kanekuni took advantage of the man-to-man coverage and beat his defender down the right sideline before Foy hit him in stride near the goal line.
After the Alloy-Glover field goal, Iolani extended its lead to 21-10 on Kato's second 1-yard scoring run. The drive covered 65 yards in 10 plays and took 2:36 off the clock.
The Monarchs drove to the Iolani 25, but Choy was intercepted by Andrew Okimura and the Raiders ran out the clock to take a 21-10 lead into the intermission.
Iolani needed just two plays to find the end zone after receiving the opening kickoff of the second half. Kato's third touchdown run - a 28-yarder - just 52 seconds into the third quarter made the score 27-10 after a failed PAT.
Later in the quarter, Kato again found the end zone, this time on a 14-yard run to increase the Raiders' lead to 34-10. Iolani added a pair of fourth-quarter scores on a 5-yard run by Max Maneafaiga and a 4-yard run by Adan Overcash before Choy closed out the scoring with a 3-yard run for a Damien touchdown with 2:56 remaining.
"Maybe this is a confidence-builder for us going into the Punahou game," Kato said. "We just have to find a way to get a win as a team."
Foy finished 13-of-19 passing for 124 yards with no interceptions. He also ran eight times for 44 yards.
Andrew Okimura, Mata Leota and JT Los Banos each had an interception and Josiah Situmeang added a sack for the Raiders' defense.
Damien running back Kyle Sato, who entered the game with 429 rushing yards, carried just twice for minus 8 yards. Choy finished 13-of-28 for 160 yards with three interceptions.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Raiders, who are one game ahead of Pac-Five in the ILH's Division II standings. The Wolf Pack are idle this weekend.
It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Monarchs (3-4 overall, 0-4 ILH).
September 28, 2012
Chase Kanekuni, 21 yard touchdown pass from Reece Foy.
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Iolani WR Chase Kanekuni makes a leaping catch for a touchdown over Damien's Kyle Sato. Brien Ing | SL
Iolani quarterback Reece Foy scrambles out of the pocket against Damien. Eugene Tanner | SL