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Eastlake loses to Hawaiian powerhouse, 23-16

Posted Saturday, September 02, 2006 by Micheal McLaughlin

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Eastlake loses to Hawaiian powerhouse, 23-16

By MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN
P-I REPORTER

Punahou, the top-ranked team from Hawaii and ranked as high as No. 10 nationally, found playing on the mainland a lot tougher than they expected.

Eastlake, the top-ranked team in the state by WashingtonPreps.com, played the Buff n' Blue even for three quarters, trading scores along the way, but it was the visitors from Hawaii that scored last and held on for a 23-16 win at Qwest Field in the final game of the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.

Punahou won despite losing its top offensive threat, wideout Miah Ostrowski, in the second quarter.

Punahou only needed four plays to score on its opening drive with quarterback Brett Kan finding Ostrowski for a 41-yard TD catch. Ostrowski, a Hawaii all-state performer as a junior, left the game early in the second quarter with an ankle injury and didn't return.

Eastlake scored with 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter when backup quarterback Ryan Robertson orchestrated a 72-yard drive, capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior Jared Fagen. The extra point was blocked to give the Buff n' Blue a 7-6 lead.

A 63-yard punt by Punahou put the ball on the Eastlake three-yard line early in the second quarter. A high snap was bobbled by Wolves quarterback Tanor Johnson, and Johnson was forced to pitch the ball out-of-bounds in the end zone for intentional grounding and an automatic safety to give the Buff n' Blue a 9-7 lead.

Johnson added a 22-yard field goal for the Wolves with 12 seconds remaining in the second quarter for a 9-9 tie at halftime.

Punahou put together an 11-play, 58-yard drive to start the third quarter with sophomore tailback Manti Te'o scoring on a six-yard scamper to give them a 16-9 lead, but it was short-lived.

Eastlake used a 40-yard kickoff return to start its next possession at midfield, and senior running back Dane Steel only needed one play to break free for a 50-yard touchdown scamper up the middle of the field untouched and tie the game at 16-16.

A partially blocked punt gave Punahou the ball deep in their territory at the 28-yard line with 9:49 to play in the game. Kan hit wideout Kameron Steinhoff at the two, and Te'o blasted the ball over the left side for a 23-16 lead with 7:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.

On Eastlake's next drive, the Wolves went for a fourth-and-six play near midfield. Cory Mackay made a 15-yard catch for an Eastlake first down, but fumbled at the end of the play with Punahou recovering at its 35.

Eastlake had one more chance to tie the game with less than three minutes to play, but Robertson's pass was intercepted at the Punahou 25 yard line. The Buff n' Blue ran out the clock for win.

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