Konawaena outlasts Hilo 13-12 to claim BIIF D-I title game

Konawaena’s Ro’o Satta-Ellis elevates over a Hilo defender to make a catch early in the Wildcats’ contest against Hilo. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Konawaena QB Keoki Alani listens to head coach Brad Uemoto during a timeout Friday night at Julian Yates Field. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Konawaena’s Anthony Torres celebrates after the Wildcats final first down, sealing the 2021 BIIF Division I Championship. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Hilo QB Kimo Ibanez Jr. fires a pass in the middle of a downpour at Julian Yates Field Friday night. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Konawaena’s Kamaehu Makanui (15) awaits the game-winning pass as it sails over the outstretched hands of Hilo defender Holi Ah Choy. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

A muddy Maui Ellis-Noa is all smiles after Hilo’s last-chance field goal fell short. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Konawaena QB Keoki Alani threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the Wildcats’ 13-12 victory over Hilo Friday night to claim the BIIF D-I Championship. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

KEALAKEKUA – The Wildcats knew it wasn’t going to be pretty.