SUMMER summary: Waianae Seariders

Waianae's Rico Rosario led the state in rushing as a junior and will return for his senior season. George F. Lee / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Prep World will be releasing summer previews of all 29 Oahu varsity football teams in advance of the 2017 season that kicks off in early August.

25TH IN A SERIES

WAIANAE SEARIDERS

>> 2016 record and finish: 9-5 (5-2 OIA Blue); beat Kailua 41-12 in first round of OIA D-I playoffs, beat Mililani 36-33 in OIA quarterfinals, lost 38-0 to Kahuku in OIA semifinals, lost 27-15 to Kapolei in OIA third-place game, beat Farrington 14-8 in state Open Division first round, lost 42-7 in state Open Division semifinals

>> Number of returning starters: 3 offense, 4 defense

>> Number of returning seniors: 34

>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 8 offense, 7 defense

>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 30

>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: Onesimus Lutu-Clarke, first-team OL; Jaylen Gonzales, third-team LB

>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: Rico Rosario, first-team RB; Kanai Mauga, third-team DE

>> Among 2017 key offensive returnees: Wilson Kerisano, Sr., OL; Rico Rosario. Sr., RB; Skyler Kaleiohi, Sr., RB; Atui Valu, Sr., TE

>> Among 2017 key defensive returnees: Toto Mailo, Sr. LB; Kanai Mauga, Sr., LB/DE; Seireadan Sana, Sr., DB; Andrew Paese, Sr., DL

>> Seariders with Division I FBS college offers: Kanai Mauga, Sr., LB/DE

>> All-time state championships: None

>> All-time Prep Bowl (1973-1999) championships: 4 (all D-I, including one co-championship* — 1973, 1977, 1978, *1980)

>> All-time OIA championships: 18 (all D-I — 1962, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997)

>> 2017 conference: OIA Blue (D-I)

>> 2017 state tournament declaration: Division I-Open

Head coach WALTER YOUNG on the Seariders’ outlook for 2017:

“Summer is going pretty well. We have a lot of kids coming out again and they’re enjoying themselves.

“Last year, we did OK. Did pretty good. We look to build upon what we did last year. We’re trying to get better every year and get these kids prepared to go to the next level. We want them to come out to compete in every game and we’ll get better as we go.

“We’ve got our base. I’m not going to say where we’re at or where we want to be other than I always want to get better. We just gotta be all on the same page, work together, work as a team, pull together as a team. Believe and trust all the way to the end and we’ll be OK.

“We’ve got 65 to 75 players on the varsity and about 80 to 90 on the JV.

“Our key veterans (players such as DE/LB Kanai Mauga, LB Toto Mailo and RB Rico Rosario), everybody knows what they bring to team. Our O-line is kind of banged up, a couple of kids got hurt in camp, but we’ve got some younger kids that we’ll have to fill in and we’ll see how it goes. Until the others come back the younger ones will have to be ready. When the others come back, we’ll have more depth.

“We lost a lot of players on the D-line and our linebackers are the core. Two guys, Kanai Mauga and Toto Mailo, bring great leadership. They’ll help the younger guys better as the season goes on.

“At quarterback, we’ve got a couple of kids working out right now, a backup from last year and one coming up from the JV.”

2017 Waianae football schedule
Subject to change. Click here for the latest schedule updates.

Thursday, July 27
>> Punahou at Waianae, 4 p.m. (scrimmage)

Friday, July 28
>> Mililani at Waianae, 5 p.m. (scrimmage)

Saturday, July 29
>> Waianae at ‘Iolani, 10 a.m. (scrimmage)

Saturday, Aug. 5
>> Saint Louis at Waianae, 7 p.m. (nonleague)

Saturday, Aug. 12
>> Kapolei at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 18
>> Kahuku at Waianae, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 25
>> Campbell at Waianae, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2
>> Waianae vs. Moanalua, 6:30 p.m. (site TBA)

Saturday, Sept. 9
>> Waianae at Radford, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22
>> Aiea at Waianae, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30
>> Waianae at Kaiser, 6:30 p.m.

2017 Waianae varsity football staff
>> Head coach: Walter Young (18-9, third season)
>> Offensive coordinator: Kana Kawai
>> Defensive coordinator: Ryan Lancaster
>> Linebackers: Matt Morakawa and Faa Mauga
>> Defensive line: Kainoa Evangelista and Bernard Beaver
>> Receivers: Kervin Oshima and Sonny Napierala
>> Defensive backs: Kimo Akiona and Bronson Young
>> Running backs: Kawika Nakoa and Peni Tiolu
>> Offensive line: Zeke Wakinekona and Wesley Roe
>> Quarterbacks: Bernard Ramaila

Projected up next: Waipahu Marauders

COMMENTS

  1. RidgeRunnerE-5 July 21, 2017 7:44 pm

    LB Titan Kaho’oilihala not coming back?


  2. Chloropicrin July 22, 2017 9:27 pm

    Wondered that too, if #44 was coming back..


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