Posted: October 9, 2012 - 6:59pm
Rivera's three picks helped lift Pearl City over Kalani
Even on a night where 80 pass attempts were uncorked through the night sky at Bino Neves Stadium, the three balls caught by Timothy Rivera were noteworthy, mostly because he doesn't even play offense.
The 5-foot-6 junior defensive back set the tone from the get-go for the Chargers, taking back an interception twenty yards for six, on the first play from scrimmage in the game.
"My coach said once I see the guy go for the bubble (screen), step up, either take the hit or go for the ball." remarked Rivera. "And I just went for the ball and it came my way."
Rivera also picked off two more passes on the night, one of them returned for 67 yards to set up another Chargers' score, and nearly added another two more interceptions on passes that were in his hands and dropped.
"I just took every opportunity as it was my last play." said Rivera. "My defense we come hard everyday, practice hard, just took it like it was our last game."
Defensively, Pearl City racked up five interceptions and four fumble recoveries in a 40-30 win against Kalani, posting their fifth straight win after an 0-4 start, keeping its postseason hopes alive with one week remaining in the regular season.
TOP PERFORMERS - WEEK NINE
McKinley RB Gerime Bradley rushed for 189 yards and 2 TDs against Castle.
Pearl City WR Diacorri Briscoe had 6 receptions for 154 yards and 2 TDs against Kalani.
Kalani QB Noah Brum passed for 303 yards and 3 TDs against Pearl City.
Kamehameha QB Makoa Camanse-Stevens passed for 152 yards and rushed for 81 yards and 3 TDs against Damien.
Kalani WR Enrique Gruver had 10 receptions for 131 yards and 2 TDs against Pearl City.
Baldwin QB Keenan Ewaliko passed for 173 yards and 2 TDs and rushe for 115 yards and 3 TDs against Maui.
Nanakuli RB Brandon Felisi rushed for 109 yards against Radford.
Hilo LB Isi Holani had 2 sacks against Kealakehe.
Kealakehe AP Lennox Jones rushed for 124 yards and a TD and added 4 receptions for 63 yards against Hilo.
Kailua WR Micah Kaimana had 5 receptions for 95 yards and a TD against Farrington.
Radford DB Andrew Killen had a 100-yard interception return for TD against Nanakuli.
Kealakehe DB Kainoa Kipapa had 2 interceptions against Hilo.
Kapolei RB Jacob Kukahiko rushed for 112 yards and a TD against Aiea.
Radford QB Cody Lui-Yuen passed for 312 yards and 3 TDs against Nanakuli.
Kalaheo RB Willie Lynch rushed for 108 yards and 2 TDs against Anuenue.
Mililani DL Rex Manu had 2 sacks against Waipahu.
Mililani QB Jarin Morikawa passed for 405 yards and 4 TDs against Waipahu.
Waianae WR Po'okela Nakamoto had 2 receptions for 92 yards and a TD against Leilehua.
Mililani DB Ian Namu had a 100-yard interception return for TD against Waipahu.
Punahou WR Kanawai Noa had 5 receptions for 105 yards and 2 TDs against Iolani.
Waipahu WR Dylan Pakau had 5 receptions for 123 yards and a TD against Mililani.
Kapolei DB Chris Pierce-Kerisiano had 2 interceptions, one of them returned 37 yards for a TD against Aiea.
Pearl City DB Timothy Rivera had 3 interceptions, one returned 20 yards for a TD against Kalani.
Moanalua WR Jon-Michael Sharsh had 7 receptions for 117 yards and 2 TDs against Kahuku.
Castle QB Kela Shea passed for 361 yards and 2 TDs against McKinley.
Farrington RB Abraham Silva rushed for 93 yards and 2 TDs against Kailua.
Kamehameha DL Mika Tafua had 2 sacks against Damien.
Pearl City QB Brock Teixeira passed for 224 yards and 3 TDs against Kalani.
Punahou RB Ryan Tuiasoa rushed for 273 yards and 4 TDs against Iolani.
Waianae DL Kennedy Tulimasealii had 4 sacks and a forced fumble against Leilehua.
Castle WR Isaiah Ukauka had 4 receptions for 151 yards and a TD against McKinley.
Castle WR Kyle Urasaki had 2 receptions for 91 yards and a TD against McKinley.
Maui RB Soane Vaohea rushed for 133 yards and a TD against Baldwin.
Mililani WR Kainoa Wilson had 4 receptions for 100 yards and 3 TDs against Waipahu.
Kahuku RB Aofaga Wily rushed for 151 yards and 2 TDs against Moanalua.
Pearl City DB Timothy Rivera had 3 interceptions, one of them for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, against Kalani. Sean Nakamura | SL