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No. 2 Kahuku not content with shutout of Waianae

By Paul Honda on August 19, 2017

There is work to be done, Makoa Freitas said. In fact, more than once, the first-year head coach at Kahuku pointed out that video tape of Friday’s battle at Waianae will be combed through. Mistakes will be fixed. Freitas wasn’t quite somber after No. 2 Kahuku’s 37-0 win at No. 8 Waianae — the first meeting at Raymond Torii Field since 1975 between two of the most historically-prominent football programs in the OIA — but he was not overly enthused about what he saw. “It was a good effort. We persevered through some early problems. We’ll have to watch the film. There’s a lot of things we have to work on, I’m sure,” Freitas said, referring to 19 penalties for […]

VIDEO: Kahuku DL Samson Reed

By Paul Honda on August 19, 2017

Defensive lineman Samson Reed registered one of Kahuku’s four sacks on Friday in a 37-0 victory over No. 8 Waianae. No. 2 Kahuku improved to 2-0 in OIA Division I with the win. Reed, a commit to Virginia, chatted after the game.

VIDEO: Kahuku highlights, Freitas interview

By Paul Honda on August 19, 2017

It wasn’t perfect, which is OK with Kahuku football coach Makoa Freitas. The first-year head coach keeps striving, though, and even with a 37-0 win over No. 8 Waianae, the Red Raiders have a ways to go before Freitas is satisfied. Kahuku, now 2-0 in OIA Division I play and is ranked No. 2 behind Saint Louis in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

The struggle of shrinking football programs

By Paul Honda on August 18, 2017

The first two weeks of the prep football season offered a mix of questions and validation of the superpowers in the ILH and OIA. Neighboring rivals Mililani and Leilehua meet for battle on Friday night, and traditional rivals Kahuku and Waianae tussle on the Leeward Coast. Division II gets quite a spotlight, as well, when 1) Damien hosts a mainland school at what is now the busiest football hub in town, Skippa Diaz Stadium, and 2) Aloha Stadium hosts an OIA D-II doubleheader on Saturday. The biggest questions are about schedule changes due to forfeitures. While Kalaheo is back on the gridiron, Kaiser has forfeited its game at Radford. That makes it three forfeitures, two of them regular-season contests, by […]

VIDEO: Kaimuki-Waialua highlights

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2017

Video highlights of Kaimuki’s 63-0 win over Waialua in the OIA Division II regular-season opener for both teams at Edward Skippa Diaz Stadium.

Hilo’s Huddleston a special talent

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2017

Kahale Huddleston has played long enough to know it’s not a one-man show. Not even after a six-touchdown afternoon at storied Eddie Hamada Field. The Hilo senior rushed for 244 yards and scored six touchdowns, brisk and elusive as the warm trade winds slipping over the natural grass field. Huddleston, whose height and weight weren’t listed in the roster, stands at roughly 6 feet and isn’t quite 190 pounds, according to Coach Kaeo Drummundo. But he was brilliantly untouchable on most plays, and sometimes when he was grabbed, he paid no heed. “He shredded us,” Iolani coach Wendell Look said. Huddleston’s offseason work was more like a personal mission. He also started at free safety in the first half. Hilo […]

Kaimuki’s iron men play at another speed

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2017

Everywhere they go, home and away games, they ride the bus. That hasn’t stopped the Kaimuki Bulldogs from emerging as a stronger team each season under Coach David Tautofi. They made an immediate impression to the rest of the OIA Division II universe with a 63-0 shellacking of a decimated Waialua squad on Saturday night at Edward Skippa Diaz Stadium. Even with just 25 players in uniform, Kaimuki was in hurry-up mode in the first half and dictated the tempo. “Most of these boys play a lot bigger than they are and that’s the mantra of our team. We’re 25 strong but it feels like we have 50,” said Tautofi, who added that nine more players will return soon. It […]

VIDEO: Hilo’s Huddleston has 6 TDs vs. ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2017

Highlights and video, Hilo senior running back/kick returner Kahale Huddleston rushed for 244 yards and four TDs, and also returned two kickoffs 97 and 99 yards for scores in the Vikings’ 62-35 win. Huddleston finished with 455 all-purpose yards.