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Pearl City's defense came up with three turnovers and stopped Radford three times in the red zone Friday night -- including a final stand with 54 seconds remaining -- to pull out a 7-6 victory at John Velasco Stadium.
The Chargers improved to 6-3 overall and finished 6-2 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association's White Conference, forcing a three-way tie for second place. The Rams fell to 7-2, 6-2.
A coin flip between Kalani, Radford and Pearl City will be held today, with the odd team receiving fourth place and an opening playoff meeting at first-place Kaiser. A second coin flip will then determine second place and home field advantage in the semifinals.
The Rams faced first-and-goal from the 8 with under two minutes left, but a first-down run went for only two yards and was followed by three straight incompletions, the last one with 54 seconds remaining.
The Chargers took a 7-0 lead with 4:35 left in the first half after Jordan Ta'amu's 21-yard touchdown pass to Kierren McGhee and Dominic Maneafaiga's extra point. Radford opened the second half with an 8-play, 85-yard scoring drive capped by Cody Lui-Yuen's 29-yard pass to Justin Lugo, but a fake run on the two-point conversion attempt fell short.
PEARL CITY (6-3. 6-2) 0 7 0 0 -- 7
RADFORD (7-2, 6-2) 0 0 6 0 -- 6PC --
Kierren McGhee 21 pass from Jordan Ta'amu (Dominic Maneafaiga kick)Rad --
Justin Lugo 29 pass from Cody Lui-Yuen (run failed)
RUSHING -- Pearl City: Matt Dulatre 1-0, Justin Dupio 6-17, Blake Cooper 5-28, Ta'amu 3-(minus-18), Reno Abero 6-54, Timothy Rivera 2-6, Kristian Va'ana-Kikuyama 1-(minus-7). Radford: Chance Cacatian 11-65, Tobias Powell 9-47, Rashone Osborne 7-36.
PASSING -- Pearl City: Ta'amu 12-23-1--133, Cooper 0-1-0--0. Radford: Lui-Yuen 19-37-2--187.
RECEIVING -- Pearl City: McGhee 3-31, Rivera 4-28, Dulatre 3-37, Abero 1-15, Paul Martin 1-22. Radford: Absolom Henry 7-70, Thomas Reid 3-22, Cacatian 2-20, Lugo 6-59, Dylan Frank 1-16.