By CONOR LANGS West Hawaii Today | Monday, September 18, 2023, 12:05 a.m.
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Kohala quarterback and defensive back Hezekiah Wilson throws the ball against Pahoa on Saturday afternoon in Kapaau. Wilson finished with a rushing touchdown and an interception in the 14-13 loss. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)
Kohala head coach Earl Hoshida watches his team Saturday in Kapaau. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)
Cowboys receiver Ayzen Yamamoto-Perez celebrates after catching a 25-yard touchdown pass Saturday in Kapaau. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)
The Cowboys' defense talks amongst itself before the next snap Saturday in Kapaau. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)
Pahoa's offense huddles up before taking on its next drive Saturday in Kapaau. The Daggers won 14-13. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)
Kohala running back Tirus Perez rushes an open gap against Pahoa on Saturday in Kapaau. Perez rushed for 147 yards. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)
KAPAAU — In a back-and-forth affair where it felt like either team could take the victory, Kohala football fell in close fashion to Pahoa by a score of 14-13 on Saturday at home. While the Cowboys were in control for a majority of the game, the Daggers’ physical run game and ability to force turnovers late proved to be the deciding factor.