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Kickoff Classic | Punahou downs Eastlake

Posted Sunday, September 03, 2006 by Michael Ko

Sunday, September 3, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

Kickoff Classic | Punahou downs Eastlake

By Michael Ko
Seattle Times
staff reporter

For many of the kids on Punahou's football team, this week's trip to Seattle marked their first visit to the mainland.

It didn't take too long for them to get acclimated.

Hawaii's top-ranked team needed just 2 2 minutes to score its first touchdown, with quarterback Brett Kan, a 6-foot-2 Division-I recruit, tossing a 41-yard rainbow to all-state receiver Miah Ostrowski.

Kan's arm and the timely running of Manti Te'o were enough to lead the Buff 'n Blue to a closely played 23-16 win Saturday night over Eastlake in the marquee night game of the fourth Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Qwest Field.

Kan completed 19 of 29 passes for 224 yards and a TD. Te'o rushed for two second-half TDs, including the 6-yard winner in the fourth quarter.

Despite the score, Eastlake of Sammamish, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, showed off a stingy defense, harassing Kan into two interceptions and forcing a fumble.

As for the Wolves' offense, coach Gene Dales said he would need to find strategic breathers for his do-it-all star, Tanor Johnson, including subbing the senior when needed at quarterback.

Johnson also starts at safety, kicker, punter and kick returner.

Lucky for Dales, he has a great backup.

Junior Ryan Robertson showed poise and promise, stepping in for Johnson at key moments and completing 12 of 23 passes for 173 yards, including a 17-yard TD to Jared Fagan in the first quarter.

The difference in the see-saw game, which was tied at 9 at halftime and at 16 heading into the final quarter, was several Eastlake gaffes: two missed field goals, a blocked punt and a blocked extra point. The Wolves also allowed a safety.

Fagan had three catches for 77 yards. Eastlake's Dane Steel added a 50-yard TD run in the third quarter.

"I thought our kids played really hard. I thought we were the more physical team tonight," Dales said. "But we made too many mistakes to win."

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