uch as he did throughout the 2007 regular season, the University of Akron’s Jabari Arthur hauled in a game-high five catches for a game-high 88 yards as his Aina (East) team defeated Kai (West) in the 62nd annual Hula Bowl, played Saturday in Honolulu.
Arthur caught his first pass early in the first quarter. With the East facing third-down-and-four on the West 20 yard line, Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith hit Arthur on a six-yard slant. Arthur split two defenders and took the ball to the one-yard line for a 19-yard gain. Two plays later, Smith snuck the ball across for a 7-0 East lead. Converting third downs is nothing new for Arthur, who converted 23 third or fourth-down opportunities this past season and accounted for a total of 54 first downs and/or touchdowns.
Late in the second quarter, Arthur was on the receiving end of a 34-yard streak down the right sideline from Marshall’s Bernard Morris. He beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage and got the East down to the 24. The East would eventually score with eight seconds left to lead 21-0 at the break.
Late in the third quarter on the East’s own 27-yard line, Arthur caught a two-yard crossing pass and turned it into a 12-yard gain and a first down.
Midway through the fourth, on first and 10 from the East’s 16-yard line, Arthur hauled in a four-yard catch and moved the chains with a first down. Later in that drive – facing second and 10 on the West’s 23-yard line, Arthur caught the ball three yards down field and raced to the sideline to gain the first. The East would go on to score the game’s final touchdown for the 38-7 final.
After what proved to be Arthur’s final catch, Versus analyst Kelly Stoffer, a former Colorado State and Seattle Seahawks quarterback, said, “How about Jabari Arthur? He showed up today. He has had a nice game. J.D. Brookhart, who is his coach at Akron, was one of my wide receivers in college. I know J.D. understands how to play that position and it has transferred well to Arthur.?
Hula Bowl Box Score
Aina 38, Kai 7
Aina--Paul Smith 1 run (Arthur Carmody kick)
Aina--Smith 6 run (Carmody kick)
Aina--Bruce Hocker 3 pass from Bernard Morris (Carmody kick)
Aina--FG Carmody 38
Kai--Robert Jordan 15 pass from Kevin O'Connell (Sergio Aguayo kick)
Aina--Jalen Parmele 1 run (Carmody kick)
Aina--Reggie Campbell 1 run (Carmody kick)
RUSHING--Aina: Jalen Parmele 6-46, Andre Callender 5-26, Kalvin McCrae 7-21, Reggie Campbell 6-20, Morris 4-16, Keon Lattimore 5-6, Ricky Santos 3-4, Paul Smith 3-3, team 3-(-3). Kai: Marcus Thomas 6-29, Yvenson Bernard 6-23, Kevinn O'Connell 4-10, Amir Pinnix 4-9, CJ Hawthorne 1-6, Danny Woodhead 3-2, team 1-(-1), Alex Brink 1-(-9), TC Ostrander 4-(-34).
PASSING--Aina: Bernard Morris 11-22-0-172, Ricky Santos 10-16-1-169, Paul Smith 5-12-0-47. Kai: Kevin O'Connell 11-21-0-147, Alex Brink 3-8-2-52, TC Ostrander 1-7-0-6.
RECEIVING--Aina: Jabari Arthur 5-88, Darrell Strong 5-50, Josh Morgan 3-82, Bruce Hocker 3-32, Marcus Fitzgerald 2-49, Joey Haynos 2-27, Reggie Campbell 2-4, Paul Raymond 1-29, Kalvin McCrae 1-14, Maurice Purify 1-9, Keon Lattimore 1-4. Kai: Robert Jordan 4-84, CJ Hawthorne 3-57, Jason Rivers 2-27, Adam Bishop 2-10, Amir Pinnix 2-4, Yvenson Bernard 1-15, Ernest Wheelwright 1-8.