3 days of football (updated Sat 11:15 pm)

The Raider cheer squad celebrates during Thursday's game at Kamehameha. (photo: Paul Honda)

Saturday

Well, I knew McKinley’s defense would hang tough against Moanalua as long as it could. The Tigers made Farrington and Kahuku earn rushing yardage the hard way when they met. Moanalua? 100 rushing yards on 32 carries and their leading rusher for the season, Ishmil Scott, was limited to 18 yards on 13 carries.

That’s hard work. But the Tigers are stretched to the limits. Coach Joseph Cho’s team plays with great heart and effort, but they wore down eventually in a 42-13 loss.


But I’d like to note the wind at Moanalua. It’s somewhat similar to the effect of wind at Kaiser’s field. The wind comes in from the valley, and this is what I noted:

Punting with the wind at their backs: Mathias Tuitele-Iafeta and Tyrell Tuiasosopo (McKinley had boots of 46, 37, 61 and 37 yards; Moanalua’s Scott Pagano had 45 and 41.

Against the wind? Tuitele-Iafeta and Tuiasosopo had 18, 23,18, 14, 17. Pagano had 32 and 29. The wind is a big deal at Moanalua, and even when it dies down, the psychological factor can’t be ignored.

It was also the first time I can recall a quarterback throwing five touchdowns and four picks in the same game. I’m pretty certain it’s happened before, but I can’t think of anyone with those totals.


More on the game in tomorrow’s Star-Advertiser.

Friday

Some of you may think I’m joking, maybe sarcastic, when I say this, but it’s true. I love Thursday night football.


Last night’s Kamehameha-‘Iolani game kicked off at 5 p.m., which technically is, uhh … still day time? I hear the game would’ve started at 4 p.m. — after all, it was a school night — but the telecast would’ve suffered some viewership issues at such an early hour, I’m guessing.

But the weather held up after some early sprinkles, and the new turf at Kunuiakea Stadium is spongy awesome. I’ll be updating photos to this post over the next couple of days. I’ve got a backlog of photos since the start of preseason, so I’ll keep posting them here periodically. A lot of the shots are video captures. Never when exactly when the camera’s going to do that, but they’re often fun to see.

The Raider cheer squad celebrates during Thursday’s game at Kamehameha. (photo: Paul Honda)
Overcast but still quite a view. (photo: Paul Honda)
6:39 p.m. You could be stuck in traffic. Or you could be sitting at a great football game. (photo: Paul Honda)
Not really a blue moon, but it was a good night to be blue at Kamehameha. (photo: Paul Honda)
Kamehameha honored its 36 seniors after the game. (photo: Paul Honda)

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