CLOSING THE BOOK: Kamehameha Warriors

Kamehameha receiver Braden Akima celebrated his touchdown with the homecoming crowd in the first quarter of Friday's 32-21 win over Farrington. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

The Kamehameha Warriors again came up just short of finishing .500 for the first time under third-year head coach Abu Ma’afala, and the numbers make it pretty clear where they need to get better in order to contend.

On defense, Ma’afala has made a huge difference since replacing Doug Cosbie prior to the start of the 2016 season. Kamehameha allowed 30.2 points per game against ILH competition in Cosbie’s final year and 31.2 points per game in Ma’afala’s first year. That number dropped by more than a touchdown to 23.7 in 2017 and and then to just 22.2 points per game this year despite playing a full season in the new OIA-ILH format.

Before a disappointing 35-0 loss to Punahou to end the season, the Warriors were in contention in every game they played. They trailed just 14-7 at the half to No. 1 Saint Louis and were tied 14-14 with Punahou in their first meeting. Kamehameha also squandered an eight-point lead at halftime against Campbell in a 26-22 loss.


Offensively, the Warriors desperately need to find a quarterback to carry the passing game. Kamehameha had a QB throw for more than 100 yards only twice in a game all season and it averaged just 17.1 points per game. It was a similar season to 2010 when Kamehameha averaged 17.5 points per game, but that included a 35-8 win against Anuenue.

2018 BEST PERFORMANCES

Passing

It was the first loss of the season for Kamehameha, a 31-24 defeat at the hands of Mililani, but it seemed the game the Warriors might have some success throwing the ball this season. Junior quarterback Christmas Togiai, who was one of three QBs to attempt a pass in a season-opening 21-7 win over Kapolei, took all of the snaps against the Trojans and threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns. His 40-yard TD pass tied the game with 8:46 remaining and he hit a receiver through the hands in the end zone to tie the game in the final two minutes, but it was dropped. The 217 passing yards in a game by Togiai were the fewest by Kamehameha’s top passer in a season since 2011.

Rushing

This has been the strength of the offense under Ma’afala and seniors Alec Serrao and Reino Bush provided a strong 1-2 punch, combining for 1,020 rushing yards. They put up the two best rushing totals in the same game as Serrao tallied 136 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and Bush added 102 yards on 15 carries in a homecoming win over Farrington. It was the first time since 2014 that Kamehameha had two players top 100 yards rushing in the same game.


Receiving

Junior Skyler Ramos kept alive the streak of a 100-yard receiver in at least one game in every season since 2001 when he finished with 141 yards on seven receptions and a touchdown in a seven-point loss to Mililani. It was the most yards receiving in a game since Jaykob Cabunoc had 153 yards against ‘Iolani in 2016. That was the only time Kamehameha had a receiver pick up more than 75 yards on catches in a game.

Defense

The defense was tremendous all year and held opponents to a touchdown or less in three of the 10 games played. The one shutout was a 27-0 win over Waianae in October when Kamehameha forced Waianae into negative yardage on 18 offensive plays from scrimmage. Seniors Kupono Blake and Hoku Arias both had two sacks and Kamehameha held Waianae to minus-25 yards rushing and 124 total yards for the game.

HEAD COACH
>> Abu Ma’afala is 11-17 in three seasons.

STAT RANKINGS
>> QB Christmas Togiai finished eighth in the Open Division in passing yards.
>> RB Alec Serrao led the Open Division in rushing yards.
>> RB Reino Bush finished fifth in the Open Division in rushing yards.
>> WR Skyler Ramos finished 11th in the Open Division in receiving yards.


KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2018
>> WR Skyler Ramos, QB Christmas Togiai, QB Kiai Keone, DB Tanner Moku, DL Ezra Evaimalo, LB Kamana’o Gilliland.

FINAL TEAM STATS

PASSINGGC-A-IYdsTD
Christmas Togiai1085-164-58106
Kiai Keone842-93-64053
Moe Tanuvasa47-15-1561
Skyler Ramos102-2-0401
Onyx Freitas21-3-1200
Preston Rezentes90-1-100
RUSHINGGAttYdsTD
Alec Serrao101005961
Reino Bush8774241
Braden Akima933780
Christmas Togiai1059651
Laakea Ane622562
Skyler Ramos103360
Hoku Arias10252
Benjamin Alapai2220
Wrx Kimura3410
Anthony Thomas-Fonoimoana2310
Nate Jackson Jr.1100
Moe Tanuvasa41-40
TEAM103-210
Kiai Keone812-420
RECEIVINGGRecYdsTD
Skyler Ramos10354044
Braden Akima9282642
Edward Correa481220
Davis Munn410861
Reino Bush89782
Alec Serrao1013650
Brock Ai67650
Kahakili Pahio44430
Christmas Togiai102401
Laakea Ane63360
Micah Pasion56360
Titus Maunakea66351
Shiloh Louis-Kaneakua11130
Onyx Freitas21110
Wrx Kimura2150
Kamehameha quarterback Christmas Togiai led the Warriors in passing yards this season. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Kamehameha halfback Brock Ai reached out to haul in a pass on fourth down against Farrington. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Kamehameha defensive backs Tiger Peterson (7) and Paliku Kamaka (13) gang-tackled Kahuku’s Duke Heffernan in a game this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kamehameha’s Alec Serrao led the Open Division in rushing yards in divisional games only. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Kamehameha’s Skyler Ramos reached for the goal line for a touchdown against Kapolei. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kamehameha linebacker Hoku Arias (35) celebrated one of this two touchdowns this season with defensive linemen Kalani Kamakawiwoole (11) and Kuao Peihopa (58). Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

COMMENTS

  1. ??? October 24, 2018 7:17 am

    There is a lot of talented Hawaiian Keiki out there to be recruited!
    That is the only way Kamehameha will be able to keep up with STL & Punahou in Football.


  2. Mahatma Gandhi October 24, 2018 5:04 pm

    ???, so true. Punahou had to recruit Polys if they didn’t want to get blown out by the St Louis football Academy. Does Kamehameha want to go there too or are they just happy with being a wahine volleyball powerhouse? St Louis excessive recruiting has decimated the OIA football rosters.


  3. ??? October 24, 2018 6:29 pm

    @Mahatma Gandhi
    The Truth hurts but somebody gotta say it.


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