Surprise: the quarterback for the No. 5 Campbell Sabers in their OIA Open Division third-place game against Farrington tonight was not senior Krenston Kaipo nor senior Kaniala Kalaola.
Instead, freshman Blaine Hipa got the call to start, and he led the Sabers to touchdowns on their first two drives. He connected with Pokii Adkins-Kupukaa for 27 yards before Sky Lactaoen scored on a 17-yard run.
Kaipo, a 5-foot-9, 220-pounder, has thrown for 1,287 yards and 13 TDs this season, but is battling a shoulder injury. Kalaola, who is 5-11 and 160 pounds, has thrown for 1,196 yards and 10 TDs. He started and played the whole game against Kahuku last week.
Hipa is 6 feet and 170 pounds and was called up to the varsity team this week after the end of the junior varsity season.
After the two drives, Hipa was 4-for-7 for 65 yards.
The winner of the game move on to the Open Division state tournament.