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CLOSING THE BOOK: Kailua Surfriders

By Jerry Campany on October 18, 2018

After turning an 0-7 team around in his second year, Kailua coach Joseph Wong has another reclamation project in the works. The Kailua Surfriders were the state’s hard-luck team in 2018, hanging around in plenty of games but getting off to an 0-5 start before rebounding. Scoring points was a big problem, as the Surfriders averaged only 11.7 to drop from their 18.4 the previous year. That’s the lowest total since Wong’s winless 2014 season. The defense was much better […]

GAME NIGHT 10/12: Kailua/Waipahu

By Christian Shimabuku on October 12, 2018

Waipahu 12, Kailua 6, FINAL, 2OT ———- 10:44: TOUCHDOWN. Waipahu ends it on a 8-yard rush from Alfred Failauga. What a game. 10:40: Kailua goes for it on fourth-and-2 from the Waipahu 12, and the Surfriders get STUFFED. Waipahu’s now in the driver’s seat and can win with a score. 10:36: Kailua starts the second OT, which feels like an extension of its previous drive. DOUBLE OVERTIME 10:35: The Surfriders turn it over on downs. To double overtime we go. […]

Nothing will come easy for Kailua this season

By Christian Shimabuku on October 6, 2018

After Kailua intercepted Na Alii quarterback Kayson Castillo on its own 1-yard line with eight seconds left, the coast was clear for the Surfriders to pick up their second win of the season on Friday night at Alex Kane Stadium. Until it wasn’t. On the very next play, the Surfriders fumbled on a quarterback sneak, giving Aiea the ball back at the Kailua 5 with three seconds left. Kailua needed one final stand from its defense, and after Castillo’s pass […]

GAME NIGHT 10/5: Kailua/Aiea

By Christian Shimabuku on October 5, 2018

Kailua 17, Aiea 14, FINAL ———- 10:54: WHAT. Kailua fumbles on a QB sneak and Aiea recovers at the Kailua 5. Na Alii goes for it, but Castillo’s pass sails out of the end zone. Kailua wins 17-14. Wild finish to a long game. 10:52: Castillo is intercepted at the Kailua 1, and the Surfriders take over with 8 seconds left. Kailua calls a timeout to discuss whether it will take a safety or run up the middle. 10:49: Castillo […]

GAME NIGHT 9/28: Kailua/Damien

By Christian Shimabuku on September 28, 2018

Damien 16, Kailua 7, FINAL ———- 10:41: The Monarchs successfully run out the clock and take this one 16-7. Lauti finishes with 234 yards of offense. 10:32: Damien is running out the clock and Kailua uses its first timeout with 2:42 left. The Monarchs have a fresh set of downs at the Kailua 45. 10:26: Damien goes three-and-out and punts, but gains a first down when a running into the punter penalty is called. The Monarchs are at the Kailua […]

Punivai prolific again as Castle downs Kailua

By Brian McInnis on September 22, 2018

Things got off to an inauspicious start for Castle in its anticipated Windward rivalry matchup with Kailua. First, there were supposed to be Golden Knights paratroopers from the National Guard timed to land with the playing of the national anthem. The idea was, they’d present the game ball. A packed crowd waited anxiously for several minutes pregame … only to have it called off due to uncooperative winds in Kaneohe. Once things got going, the Knights were then tackled for […]

GAME NIGHT 9/21: Kailua/Castle

By Brian McInnis on September 21, 2018

CASTLE 38, KAILUA 21, FINAL ———- 10:06: Wow. Third rushing touchdown of the night for Senituli Punivai … and 233 yards rushing. He’s put this thing to bed. That’s second all-time for Castle. 10:04: Castle’s running out the clock on the ground. 10:01: Annnnd … Kailua muffs another one. Sky kick that’s tough to handle is fumbled and Castle recovers at the Kailua 25. Not looking good for the Surfriders. 9:59: Punivai makes Kailua pay with a 15-yard pinball run […]

GAME NIGHT 9/7: Kailua/Moanalua

By Jeremy Nitta on September 7, 2018

Moanalua 42, Kailua 7,F Interception by Rashad Tanner returned 58 yards for a touchdown! Moanalua now leads 42-7 Moanalua adds another, as Au finds Grace again for a 54 yard score. Moanalua now leads 35-7 Moanalua stretches out its lead, as Au finds Javon Monico in the end zone from 7 yards away. With the PAT, Moanalua back up by three scores, 28-7 Kailua finally gets on the board, as Brian-Allen Kamanu takes it in from 10 yards out. Moanalua […]