Posted: October 12, 2012 - 11:31am
Campbell rushes by McKinley, 35-0, earns spot in OIA quarters
Campbell amassed 249 yards rushing to knock over McKinley, 35-0, in the first round of the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red football tournament Friday night at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.
The game went into the mercy rule running clock at the start of the fourth quarter after the Sabers scored their final TD with no time on the clock in the third period.
The Sabers (6-3), the fifth seed of the West and ninth in the ScoringLive/OC 16 Power Rankings, will visit No. 3 Mililani, the West champion and the division's top seed in next week's quarterfinals. The Trojans (7-1) beat the Sabers, 45-26, in a regular-season meeting on Sept. 7.
The Tigers (4-5), the East's fourth seed, are done for the season after making their first Red tournament appearance since 2006.
"We had a good year," McKinley coach Joseph Cho said. "At least we're taking some steps forward and, hopefully, we'll continue to take more steps forward."
Campbell pretty much spread the wealth in its ground game. Backup quarterback Isaac Hurd led with 75 yards on seven carries, including a four-yard TD run. Running backs Triston Pebria had 73 yards on nine rushes with TD runs of 8 and 17 yards, while Paul-Andrew Rhoden had 64 yards on six carries, including a 42-yard scoring run on the second play of the game. Starting QB Justin Tago-Su'e had 32 yards, including a 48-yard TD run.
For the Sabers, it was a matter of cleaning up their mistakes after a 35-34 loss to Kapolei last week dropped them from being a potential second seed to the fifth seed.
"In comparison to the last time we play, I think our kids stepped it up tonight, particularly on offense," Campbell coach Amosa Amosa said. "I'm proud of them.
"We treated this game like the championship. This is the playoffs. You lose, you go home."
Although Campbell was primarily passing team most of the season, it ran nearly twice as many times than passing (29 runs to 16 pass attempts). Even though the Tigers were aware of Campbell's ground game, they just couldn't contain it.
"I knew we were going to have problems with both of their quarterbacks," Cho said. "We knew they were quick. Their running backs (No. 21 Pebria and No. 22 Rhoden) were quick. No. 21, we knew that (he was quick) and the other running back is powerful. Obviously, they showed that tonight. They're a good team."
The Sabers won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. But McKinley came out with an onside kick that Thor Kapesi returned 12 yards to the Tigers' 35. A personal foul against Campbell put it back to midfield. On the second play from scrimmage, Rhoden raced up the middle on a 42-yard TD run just 24 seconds into the game. Tyler Subia's PAT gave Campbell a 7-0 lead.
"The O-Line, man," Rhoden said. "They did a hell of a job opening that hole. And my receiver Jayce (Bantolina), he got the crack back and I was gone after that."
The Tigers were backed to their 13 on their first series and punted after three downs, giving the Sabers great field position at the McKinley 36. Five plays later, Pebria scored on an eight-yard run to make it 14-0 with eight minutes, 23 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Sabers scored in the second quarter after setting up at the McKinley 49. Seven plays later, on fourth-and-1, Hurd scored on a four-yard run with 3:21 left in the half to make it 21-0.
Amosa was pleased that Hurd looked a "100 percent" because the backup QB had been hampered by a hip flexor.
Campbell had its worst field position of the game early in the third quarter, starting at its 13. But the Sabers needed only six plays to score because of Tago-Su'e's 48-yard TD run at 7:28, making it 28-0
The Sabers next series was 80 yards long and required 12 plays with Pebria scoring his second TD of the night on a 17-yard run with no time left on the clock to end the third quarter at 35-0.
Campbell's defense limited McKinley to 102 yards in total offense. Toese Tia had two sacks, while Solomon Leaeno, Amate Savusa and Braedon Nakamura added one each.
October 12, 2012
Paul-Andrew Rhoden, 42 yard touchdown run.
Justin Tago-Su'e, 48 yard touchdown run.
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QB Justin Tago-Su'e charges forward for a 48-yard touchdown against McKinley. Sean Nakamura | SL
Campbell running back Tristan Pebria carries a McKinley defender for extra yardage. Sherwin Acidera | SL
Campbell's Corian Reyes-Thomas attempt to make a pass reception against McKinley. Sherwin Acidera | SL
McKinley running back Gerime Bradley carries the ball against Campbell. Sean Nakamura | SL