By Wes Nakama HHSAA
Sophomore quarterback Reece Foy completed 20 of 24 passes for 297 yards and a record five touchdowns Friday night as ‘Iolani won its fourth straight First Hawaiian Bank/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II Football State Championship at Aloha Stadium.
The Raiders finished the season at 10-3 with their fifth title in six years. Kaimuki, appearing in its first state championship game, ended the year at 12-3.
‘Iolani took a 7-0 lead two minutes into the second quarter after Ammon Baldomero’s 1-yard touchdown run and Jordan Lee’s extra point. Scott Tan recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Raiders capitalized two plays later on a double-flea-flicker pass from Foy to Trevyn Tulonghari for a 34-yard TD.
‘Iolani took a 21-0 lead into halftime after a 22-yard scoring pass play from Foy to Baldomero, who ran it in after Josiah Sukumaran caught a swing pass to the right side and lateraled the ball.
The Raiders made it 28-0 three minutes into the second half after Foy’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Dane Arakawa. Kaimuki responded with its own trick play — a swing lateral from quarterback Nahoa Spencer to Wiseman Demei, who threw it to Kevin Tofiga, who ran in untouched to complete a 68-yard TD.
‘Iolani came right back, scoring on Lee’s 15-yard touchdown run and PAT to make it 35-7 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs cut it to 35-14 after Spencer’s 1-yard TD pass to Mason Kualii-Moe, but the Raiders answered with Foy’s 33-yard scoring pass to Sukumaran with 1:47 still left in the third quarter.
‘Iolani then sealed it with Foy’s state title game record-setting fifth touchdown pass, a 15-yard strike to Arakawa with 8:27 remaining in the game.