VIDEO: Kapolei’s defense shines at midway point

Kapolei's Kevin Burkel (55) celebrated after one of his three sacks against Waianae. Photo by Jordan Fong/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Up. Down. All around.

The Kapolei Hurricanes have endured through adversity. Traveled near and far. Halfway through their regular season, the ‘Canes are ascending.

With an offense that is finding its footing, No. 8 Kapolei is on a two-game win streak, now 3-2 overall and 1-0 in OIA Open play. It is defense, where they are deep and fairly experienced, where the Hurricanes are making their biggest strides.

Kevin Burkel, originally an inside linebacker, is thriving outside. He sparked the pass rush in a 46-0 win over Waianae last week, compiling three of his team’s five sacks. By game’s end, the Hurricanes snagged five interceptions, as well.

Shutting down a physical, athletic offensive unit was one goal, but an outright shutout is rare enough in the Open Division. Next up is Farrington, with a relatively young offensive unit. Like Waianae.

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