Lahainaluna and Maui improved to 3-0 overall in football regular-season games played on the Neighbor Islands over the weekend. Final scores from the MIL, KIF and BIIF this season follow: Aug. 30 Lahainaluna 48, Kamehameha-Maui 18, at War Memorial Stadium Hilo 45, Hawaii Prep 15, at Wong Stadium At Kealakehe 28, Honokaa 6 Aug. 29 […]


It was a long, slow, dark and quiet walk back to the locker room for the Kailua Surfriders after Saturday night’s 25-14 football loss to Aiea at their newly renamed Alex Kane Stadium. Nobody said much. All eyes were downcast. Coach Joseph Wong’s head was staring straight down, and he seemed to be blanketed by […]


QB is not a worry for Aiea

by Nick Abramo on August 31, 2014

It doesn’t look like Aiea football coach Wendell Say has to worry too much about the quarterback position. He has two players who showed they are capable of leading the offense in Saturday’s 25-14 victory over Kailua at the Surfriders’ newly named Alex Kane Stadium. Senior Jordan Liilii is considered the team’s No. 1 quarterback, […]


To be sure, there is an ache in Darren Hernandez’s heart. In his soul. You lose a beloved mentor, that’s part of life. But it still hurts, not losing football games, not really. He stepped onto the field at Kapolei with his mind on his football team and its game with No. 2-ranked Mililani. But […]

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No stopping Neverson

by Nick Abramo on August 30, 2014

The threat of Randy Neverson is almost as good as the player himself. Neverson had a whopper of a game in No. 8 Leilehua’s 46-27 dumping of No. 9 Waianae on Friday night at the Seariders’ Raymond Torii Field. The athletic, 6-foot, 205-pound senior likes the direct route, usually going in as straight a line […]


It’s warm. It’s muggy. No breeze. For the Kapolei Hurricanes, it’s no big deal. This is their home turf. They embrace the humidity and sweltering conditions. But I think the visiting Mililani Trojans and their explosive offense won’t mind one bit. By 6 p.m. (or so) kickoff, the temperature will cool a bit. Can Kapolei […]


Farrington gave up yards in bunches on Friday. But the Governors protected enough territory to keep Moanalua at arm’s length in a 47-27 win. Na Menehune generated 577 passing yards with receiver Karson Cruz accounting for 310 and two touchdowns. But the Farrington defense came up with four takeaways, one leading directly a touchdown and […]


Moanalua coach Jason Cauley knew he had a playmaker in receiver Karson Cruz. He just had to convince Cruz — who also plays basketball and volleyball — of his potential on the football field. “I keep telling him ‘you’re a football guy too,’ ” Cauley said. “You just don’t know it, but you’re a football […]


After the uproar surrounding Lee Leslie‘s hiring at Kahuku earlier this year, it’s hard to imagine the attention not shining brightly on the first-year Red Raiders coach. Somehow, that’s exactly the case despite Kahuku’s impressive 3-0 start. The Red Raiders continued to roll in the OIA Red with a 41-7 win over McKinley on Friday […]


I‘ve seen Mililani and came away impressed, wowed enough to change my ballot and place the Trojans atop my list at No. 1. Sure, Punahou is defending champion and deserves to be at the top until they prove otherwise, right? Well… I’ve seen Punahou now. I’m changing my vote back to the Puns. (Don’t e-mail […]


First quarter Ephraim Tuliloa finds Kanawai Noa in single coverage deep for a 45-yard bomb. That’s the kind of big-play action I remember from the Punahou-Farrington scrimmage weeks ago. Buffanblu 7, Crusaders 0, 3:11. Second quarter Saint Louis had a nice drive going, getting to the PUN 7-yard line, but fumbled on a run play. […]