Kauai eliminates Pearl City 13-7 in first round of DII tourney

Nov 10, 2013 | PC Sports


The Kauai Red Raiders used home field advantage to defeat the Pearl City Chargers 13-7 last night in the first round of the HHSAA Division II State Football Championship Tournament played at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.

The Red Raiders (9-0) came into the contest as the Kauai Interscholastic Association Champion and #3 seed. Pearl City (7-4) landed in Kauai as the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Division runner-up.

Kauai moves on to the semifinals and will match up with 6-time DII state champion and #2 seed Iolani on Saturday, November 16, 2:00pm at Kozuki Stadium on the campus of Iolani School. Pearl City was eliminated from the championship tournament.

During last night's game, both teams had to deal with the rain and a soggy field conditions that had an effect on both the Red Raiders and Chargers offensive productivity and ability to put points on the scoreboard.

Besides the weather conditions, tough defensive play also played a major factor in the yards gained and scoring output for the Red Raiders and Chargers. The Red Raiders picked off Charger QB's four times in the game. The Pearl City defense came up big stopping Kauai scoring  drives on fourth down and also put pressure on the Red Raiders kicking game on extra points and field goal attempts.

Pearl City outgained Kauai to 235-202 in net offense. Pearl City doubled up on Kauai 133-63 in net passing yardage. Kauai won the ground game 139-102 in net rushing.


Pearl City: QB Jordan Taamu completed 10 of 25 for 109 yards and 3 interceptions. Travis Joe went 3 for 7 with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

Kauai: QB Kelson Andrade completed 6 of 12 for 63 yards and 1 touchdown.


Pearl City: Timothy Rivera led the Chargers with 6 catches for 74 yards and 1 touchdown. Kristian Vaana-Kikuyama 3-19, Matt Dulatre 2-18, Kierren McGhee 1-9. Blake Copper 1-8, Reno Abero 1-5.

Kauai: Kalawaia Judd 4-39, Pono Bukoski 1-13, 1 touchdown, Reggie McFadden 1-11.


Pearl City: Blake Cooper 9-65, Dominic Maneafiga 7-23, Reno Abero 4-14, Travis 2-6, Nathaniel Fereti 2-2, Jordan Taamu 5 (-8).

Kauai: Kyren Rapacon 10-60, Reggie McFadden 13-57, Kanoa Iwasaki 8-27, 1 touchdown, T Pono Bukoski 3-5, Kelson Andrade 3 (-7).

@ Vidinha Stadium – Lihue, Kauai
Pearl City (7-5)   0     0   0   7     7
Kauai (9-0)          0   13   0   0   13 




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Kauai's Kanoa Iwasaki steps into the end zone scoring on a 1 yard run with 11:52 on the

clock in the second quarter that gave the Red Raiders a 6-0 lead over the Chargers.

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Pono Bukoski kicked through the PAT to put the Red Raiders up 7-0.

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Pono Bukoski scores on a 13 yard TD pass from QB Kelson Andrade with 2:12 on

the clock in the second quarter that put the Red Raiders up 13-0 over the Chargers.

Pearl City's Cody Crail defends on the play. The Red Raiders missed the PAT.

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Timothy Rivera puts Pearl City on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with 7:26

remaining in the game on a 10 yard TD pass from QB Travis Joe that made the score 13-6.

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Dominic Maneafiga converted the PAT to make the score 13-7.



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#6 Kelson Andrade


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#10 Jordan Taamu


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#11 Travis Joe



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Pearl City's Blake Cooper led the Chargers on the ground rushing for 65 yards on 9 carries.

Cooper is pictured running ball inside the 10 yard line that set up the Chargers touchdown

reception by Timmy Rivera in the fourth quarter that put the Chargers on the scoreboard 13-6.

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Blake Cooper also recorded 5 solo tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.

Cooper is pictured making a stop on Kauai running back Kyren Rapacon.

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Cody Crail – 8 solo tackles

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Zebadiah Selu – 8 solo tackles

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Timothy Rivera – 6 catches for 74 yards and 1 touchdown.

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#42 James Bukoski – 2 INT's, 10 tackles

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Damian Butoc – 1 INT

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Kaiea Iwasaki – 1 INT

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Kyren Rapacon – 10 carries for 60 yards

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Mahalo to Coach Kami and his coaching staff for preparing and leading the Chargers through the OIA

White Division regular season, post season and DII state championship tournament. The Chargers

student athletes also made measurable improvements in the classroom with the implementation of an

after school study hall program supported by an outstanding core of Pearl City High School teachers.

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Mahalo the Pearl City Chargers ohana for traveling to Kauai to support the team!

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Congratulations to Kauai head coach Tommy Cox and his Red Raiders

as they advance to the HHSAA Division II State Football semifinals!