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LIVE BLOG: Campbell 28, Kahuku 7, Final

By Billy Hull on November 2, 2013

Will Kahuku get the opportunity to defend its back-to-back state titles? The Red Raiders (6-4) will need a win tonight over Campbell (7-3), which is looking to qualify for the Division I state tournament for the first time under coach Amosa Amosa, in the OIA Red third-place game. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. at Mililani’s John Kauinana Stadium. Live updates below: 6:05 p.m.: Kahuku will receive the opening kickoff. 6:17 p.m.: Kahuku converts a fourth-and-8 as quarterback Tuli Wily-Matagi […]

LIVE BLOG: Mililani 37, Kahuku 22, Final

By Billy Hull on October 24, 2013

In order to advance to the OIA Red title game, Mililani has to do something it hasn’t done in over 40 years. The Trojans are 0-10 against Kahuku since 1973. Can they end the streak? Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. 4:25 p.m.: Mililani linebacker Dayton Furuta is not expected to play because of an ankle injury. 4:38 p.m.: Just about to kick off. Worthy of note: Kahuku starts only one senior on defense. Five juniors, three sophomores and two […]

Farrington is best in the East

By Billy Hull on October 4, 2013

Written off by many after an 0-2 start, the Farrington Governors ran the table in the OIA Red East, punctuated by a 21-7 win over Kahuku on Thursday night at Aloha Stadium. The Governors defense stepped up in the winner-take-all game, holding Kahuku to just one first down over the first 35 minutes. OIA Red East standings Kahuku quarterback Tuli Wily-Matagi didn’t complete a pass until hitting Kuuliko Carvalho on a stop-and-go route for 27 yards with less than a […]

Top Players: RBs (9/12)

By Paul Honda on September 12, 2013

First, a random examination of top running backs and their numbers. (My ranked order is at the bottom of this post.) Plus, style comparisons. Wayne Taulapapa, Punahou, 5-11, 185, So. 53 attempts, 329 yards, two touchdowns, 109.7 yards per game, 6.2 yards per carry. Two of their three opponents were elite teams: Mililani, Helix (Calif.). He had a monster 30-153 game against Helix, a CIF powerhouse. He didn’t start when the season began, but it’s clear that he’s capable of […]

Kahuku’s Liua good for a highlight or two

By Jerry Campany on August 24, 2013

Of all of the plays in third-ranked Kahuku’s offensive arsenal, the simplest might be the most effective. The two-time defending champions usually can be counted on to run the ball, and run it a lot. In Friday’s win over Kaimuki, they showed off a variety of option pitches to both sides, off-tackle plays and traps. Every one of them went to talented tailback Soli Afalava, who toted the ball 18 times for 120 yards, including second-half runs of 30 and […]

Top Players 10/3

By Paul Honda on October 3, 2012

It’s been nearly two weeks since the last installation of Top Players. It’s been an intriguing season with many ups and downs, adjustments from week to week, play to play. More and more, the best players are proving that their plays contribute to success. But there are many players who are among the best even if their teams are not having great success. As always, your input is welcome. The more eyes, the better. Update, Thursday: Adds Kala Ikeda, Konawaena, […]