Paul Honda

Highlights of Friday night’s matchup between No. 8 Kamehameha and No. 3 Punahou at Aloha Stadium. First half Second half

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It’s a defense without a superstar, though each of the Kahuku starters are capable of making any play asked. On a night of dominance, a 42-0 road win over Moanalua, it was classic Kahuku. Smashmouth ground attack. Balanced defense, all the rewards that come with a tremendous pass rush — without having to gamble with […]

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From chapter one, the events unfolded like an old-fashioned mystery novel. The predominant favorite, first-place Damien, airing the football out from the start. The other faction, underdog St. Francis, refusing to conform. Battering ram. Patient. Eschewing this newfangled “forward pass” possibly because, as the great gridiron fundamentalist preacher Dick Tomey often said to the masses […]

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Maybe it’s just a gut feeling. Maybe it’s true. Until we have the actual numbers on paper, maybe it’s just the imagination of a crusty old sportswriter. But this is what it seems to be: No offense in the state is willing to send receivers to all four corners of the terrain to haul in […]

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Nerdpod: Quarterbacks

by Paul Honda on September 23, 2016

It’s been two weeks since we nerdpodded QBs. Let’s take a look as we enter Week 8 of the prep football season. QUARTERBACKS Tua Tagovailoa, Saint Louis Measurables: 6-1, 210, Sr. Crunch this: 4 games — 78-for-117; 1,198 yards, 13 TD, 0 INT; Rush 36-234, 5 TD Completion rate: .667 Yards per attempt: 10.2 Passer […]

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Nerdpod: Receivers

by Paul Honda on September 22, 2016

The trend over the past couple seasons seems to be, still, opening up the field and becoming less dependent on superstar playmakers. True enough at ‘Iolani, Mililani, Saint Louis, Punahou, Kapolei, and on and on. But there are still some intriguing pass catchers who have made their mark on the gridiron this season. Here’s a […]

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Nerdpod: Running Backs

by Paul Honda on September 22, 2016

Here’s a look at some, not all, of Hawaii’s most intriguing running backs. No particular order. RUNNING BACKS Challen Faamatau, Farrington Measurables: 5-10, 200, Sr. Crunch this: 6 games — Rush 118-645, 11 TD; Rec 16-196, 3 TD Rushing yards per carry: 5.5 Rushing yards per game: 107.5 Receiving yards per reception: 12.3 Receiving yards […]

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It’s been a season of firsts for many of the No. 2 Saint Louis Crusaders. Not so much for legendary coach Cal Lee and his staff, who have been through the title tilts and won championships as coaches and/or players. For quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, displaying his acumen at clock management — running time off it […]

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First- and second-half highlights from Saturday’s battle between No. 6 Kamehameha and No. 2 Saint Louis. First half Second half

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