Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 | 6:42 a.m.
Kenyon Oblad had a pair of touchdown passes for the Liberty High football team Saturday in Hawaii, but the Patriots surrendered 35 unanswered points to open the game against St. Louis at Aloha Stadium in a 43-16 defeat.
Liberty’s first touchdown went for 6 yards from Oblad to Nayton Koki midway through the third quarter. The second went to Darion Acohido for 12 yards in the fourth quarter.
Junior Tua Tagovailoa, the St. Louis quarterback and a four-star recruiting prospect, showed why he’s being courted by a who’s who of college programs. He passed for 400 yards and four touchdowns.
The game was billed as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially considering many of the Liberty players are Polynesian.
Aside from the outcome, the trip delivered. They spent a few days in Hawaii, played a regionally-known opponent, and practiced and played in a college stadium.
Liberty won’t have to wait long for another crack at beating a Hawaiian opponent. The Patriots’ next game is Friday against Mililani High School, the defending Hawaii state champions.