Posted: September 25, 2012 - 9:37pm
Nishioka's 15-catch performance big for Iolani
Tanner Nishioka put up career numbers catching the football in Iolani's comeback attempt against Kamehameha, but for the senior wide receiver, it was his team's performance, not his own individual achievement that deserved the accolades.
"Well, I think it all started with our defense and our o-line. Actually our defense died for us out there, they played their hearts out and kept getting us the ball." said the 5-foot-11 Nishioka.
"Our o-line went up against one of the best d-lines in the state and they're one of the hardest working lines in the state... and even though they are a little undersized I wouldn't trade any of them."
And it was the Iolani front five that provided just enough protection for Foy to find Nishioka, early and often.
Following an Iolani recovery of a muffed punt deep in Kamehameha territory, quarterback Reece Foy connected with Nishioka from 14 yards out that gave the Raiders an early 7-0 advantage, and would find Nishioka twice more in the contest on strikes from 9 and 34 yards, to account for all three Iolani scores through the air.
"That night we had a good connection, and I guess we just got lucky a little bit." remarked Nishioka. "We've had a lot of years of experience together, as we've played since our sophomore year together, but it really was just a team win with our other receivers working hard as well."
Lucky or not, Nishioka's stat line against the Warriors, a gaudy 15 receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns through the air and another score on a 6-yard rush, served to double his receptions, yards and touchdown totals in ILH play.
On the season, Nishioka, who is also attracting looks as a baseball prospect, is currently seventh among all Division II receivers, with 37 receptions for 444 yards and 9 touchdowns.
TOP PERFORMERS - WEEK 7
Aiea WR Kamakana Apelu had 7 receptions for 109 yards against Waianae.
McKinley RB Gerime Bradley had an 85 yard kickoff return for TD against Moanalua.
Pearl City WR Diacorri Briscoe had 3 receptions for 106 yards and 2 TDs against Kalaheo.
Kamehameha QB Makoa Camanse-Stevens threw for 185 yards and 2 TDs and ran for 57 yards and another score against Iolani.
Kaiser DB Leimana Chong-Gum had 2 intereptions, one returned 50 yards for a TD, against Waialua.
Lahainaluna RB Semisi Filikitonga rushed for 5 yards and 2 TDs and added a 40 yard interception return for TD against Maui.
Kaiser WR Justin Ikei had 4 receptions for 106 yards and 3 TDs against Waialua.
Radford RB Chris Jackson rushed for 171 yards and a TD against Kalani.
Leilehua QB Justin Jenks passed for 293 yards and 3 TDs against Campbell.
Radford DB Mana Kakiva had 3 sacks and rushed for 25 yards and a TD against Kalani.
Moanalua QB Micah Kaneshiro passed for 255 yards and 5 TDs against McKinley.
Anuenue RB Kainalu Kaleo rushed for 219 yards and 2 TDs against Roosevelt.
Kalani DL Shiloh Laboy had 2 sacks and a fumble recovery against Radford.
Moanalua WR Donald Lambert had 7 receptions for 144 yards and 3 TDs against McKinley.
Radford QB Cody Lui-Yuen passed for 318 yards and 2 TDs against Kalani.
Kaiser QB Makana Lyman passed for 226 yards and 3 TDs against Waialua.
Mililani QB Jarin Morikawa passed for 309 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 31 yards and 2 scores against Kapolei.
Iolani WR Tanner Nishioka had 15 receptions for 176 yards and 3 TDs and added another score on the ground against Kamehameha.
Punahou WR Kanawai Noa had 5 receptions for 154 yards and 3 TDs against Pac-Five.
Moanalua DT Scott Pagano had 2 sacks against McKinley.
Radford WR Jameson Pasigan had 6 receptions for 105 yards against Kalani.
Baldwin DB Abraham Reinhart had 2 kickoff returns and a punt return for TD against King Kekaulike.
Campbell RB Paul-Andrew Rhoden rushed for 108 yards and a TD against Leilehua.
Leilehua WR Nick Rodriguez had 8 receptions for 119 yards and a TD against Campbell.
Campbell LB Canaan Saole had 2 interceptions, one returned 50 yards for a touchdown, against Leilehua.
Kalaheo LB Omar Silva had a 58 yard fumble recovery for TD against Pearl City.
Campbell DL Amate Savusa had 2 sacks and a fumble recovery against Leilehua.
Pearl City QB Brock Teixeira passed for 208 yards and 4 TDs against Kalaheo.
Pearl City WR Tanner Tokunaga had 7 receptions for 119 yards and a TD, and added an 85 yard kick off return for another score against Kalaheo.
Anuenue RB Anuenue Tui rushed for 63 yards and 3 TDs against Roosevelt.
Punahou QB Larry Tuileta passed for 191 yards and 4 TDs against Pac-Five.
Mililani TE/LB Dakota Turner had 3 receptions for 42 yards, all of them for TDs, against Kapolei.
Waianae DL Kennedy Tulimasealii had 4 sacks and a fumble recovery against Aiea
Saint Louis RB Kaulana Vinoya rushed for 101 yards and 2 TDs against Damien.
Kahuku RB Aofaga Wily rushed for 120 yards and 4 TDs against Kaimuki.
Iolani WR Tanner Nishioka had 15 receptions for 176 yards and 3 TDs and added another score on the ground against Kamehameha. ScoringLive file photo