Aiea went with a wing-T look to take an early lead against Campbell on Friday night but struggled to string first downs together after the Sabers adjusted to the scheme.
Campbell went on to win 28-7, but Na Alii stayed within a score into the fourth quarter thanks to a defensive effort led by linebacker Glen Igafo. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior had six tackles for loss, pushing the Sabers back 26 yards.
“Our defense had a good game plan, but after a while, if we don’t give them time to rest they’re not going to be effective,” Aiea coach Wendell Say said. “Offensively we have to be able to move the chains so our defense can rest.”
Rest doesn’t come easy in the rugged OIA Red West and Na Alii face Kapolei on Friday in their first road game of the season after closing a four-game homestand at 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.