Posted: October 5, 2012 - 9:03pm
Tuiasoa helps Punahou run past 'Iolani, 56-14
Ryan Tuiasoa ran for a season-high 274 yards and four scores as Punahou routed 'Iolani in an afternoon affair at Alexander Field.
The senior running back carried the ball 21 times in the contest, breaking off runs of 7-, 53-, 1- and 20-yards for touchdowns as the Buffanblu pounded out 332 yards on the ground and 536 worth of total offense in the contest.
"We decided that we wanted to let the state know that we can run the ball, so we came out with a run-first mentality" said Tuiasoa. "And this is our homecoming so I just wanted to make sure that I did my part."
And from the start it was clear that Punahou intended to put the ball on the ground, as Tuiasoa quickly racked up 42 yards on his first six carries, and capped off the Buffanblu's first score from seven yards out at the 8:58 mark in the first quarter.
Punahou would eventually take to the air, as Larry Tuileta connected with Kanawai Noa for touchdowns on the Buffanblu's next two scores, from 66 and 8 yards respectively.
Noa, who finished with 5 receptions for 105 yards, would leave the game in the second quarter with a high-ankle sprain and did not return.
Iolani trimmed the lead to 21-7 at the 8:32 mark in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Yuuya Kato, but did not get any closer, as Punahou got three TD runs, all by Tuiasoa, to seize control at half.
The Raiders escaped the running clock at the 2:32 mark in the third quarter, as Kato finished off an Iolani drive with a four yard run, his second score of the game. Punahou quickly answered on the next drive, marching down the field to push the margin back to 35 with a 16 yard by Like Morris with 22-seconds left in the third.
Tuileta finished the game 10-of-19 for 142 yards and 2 scores, and backup signal caller Jackson Faringer came in and engineered a scoring drive of his own to round out the scoring for Punahou, completing 4-of-4 passes for 62 yards, one of them a 15-yard scoring strike to Noah Willey.
"We had a bye week, we were a little bit off in the beginning, but i mean we got all the rust off, got a little bit of our seniors in and our other quarterback got his first touchdown pass." remarked Tuileta. "It was a good day for everybody."
Iolani quarterback Reece Foy passed for 223 yards, completing 25-of-30 attempts, but was constantly under duress by a stout Punahou rush. Nine of those attempts were caught by Chad Hanaoka who finished with a team-high 73 yards in the game.
October 5, 2012
Ryan Tuiasoa, 53 yard touchdown run.
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Punahou WR Kanawai Noa works for extra yardage after the catch against Iolani. Sean Nakamura | SL
Iolani WR Chad Hanaoka lays out for a catch against Punahou. Sean Nakamura | SL
Iolani's Reece Foy tries to escape the pass rush of Punahou's Ruairi Brady. Peter Caldwell | SL
Punahou WR Trent Sitar makes a leaping reception against Iolani. Peter Caldwell | SL