Kamehameha’s offensive line is developing into one of the best in the state. There were issues in a preseason scrimmage against Kahuku, but that turned into a lesson the Warriors have learned well from. But how will they fare against a Saint Louis front seven that includes defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele and linebacker Noa Purcell tonight at Aloha Stadium?
Kamehameha’s offense has become more and more balanced, allowing Thomas Yam to do more managing than scrambling. They’ll smash, Yam will throw quick passes and they’ll move the chains — against almost every team.
Saint Louis’ defense is built to be physical and aggressive, and Kamehameha’s offensive philosophy will allow the Crusaders to play downhill, just the way Cal Lee likes to see his ‘backers play.
Yam, formerly known as “Boogie”, has been quite efficient, too. Though Chevan Cordeiro’s numbers are tempered by blowout wins and playing time for backup Maika Bonner — arguably one of the best reserve QBs in the state — Yam has been picky and quick. With 351 passing yards and four TD strikes without an interception, he is at a probably unsustainable average of 11.7 yards per pass attempt. (These are statistics from the Farrington and Carson games.)
It has been quite an ascent for Yam and the Warrior offense since last year. In addition, the offensive line is plowing ahead, which has turned into healthy numbers for Kanoa Shannon (271 yards, two TDs in three games) and a deep corps of running backs.