(BIVN) – The Hilo Vikings defeated the ‘Iolani Raiders in a dramatic 20-17 victory, giving the high school football team its second state football championship in three years.
The game, played in Aloha Stadium, ended on a 55-yard field goal with no time remaining. Hilo’s Keanu Keolanui reportedly tied a state-tournament-record with the winning kick.
The game was tied with 37 seconds left to play, and Iolani had the ball on its own 9 yard line. Thanks to 2 incomplete passes and a Hilo timeout, however, the Raiders punted back to the Vikings with 8 seconds still on the clock.
Hilo quarterback Kyan Miyasato completed a 12 yard pass to set up the game winning field goal with only two seconds remaining on the clock.
KITV News caught the 3-point bounce on video, and interviewed Keolanui after the game.
“I always wanted a game winning field goal, and I did it in the biggest game,” said Keolanui, as his team celebrated their championship win. “I’m just happy that I get to do this on my senior year. It ended on a good note.”
“This is a very special moment in my life,” Keolanui said, surrounded by media microphones.
Hilo completed the season undefeated.
by Big Island Video News
HONOLULU - Keanu Keolanui's kick bounced off the crossbar and through the uprights as time ran out, giving the game, and the Division 1 HHSAA Football Championship to Hilo.