GAME NIGHT 9/9: Kahuku/Bingham

Kahuku came out in full force in Las Vegas for last year's game against Bishop Gorman and will do the same tonight against Bingham. Photo by David Becker/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

For the second straight year, Kahuku will play a ranked team in Las Vegas when the Red Raiders take on Bingham (Utah) in the second game of the Polynesian Football Classic at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Kahuku (4-0) is ranked No. 23 in the country by Max Preps while Bingham is No. 16. The Red Raiders are 0-4 all-time on the mainland including last year’s 35-7 loss to Bishop Gorman.

Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava suffered a shoulder injury last week against Aiea and will be a game-time decision according to coach Makoa Freitas.

Head coach: Makoa Freitas
Red Raiders roster

Head coach: John Lambourne
Miners roster

Kickoff is expected some time around 5 p.m. Live updates will follow below.

Liberty (Nev.) beat Alta (Utah) 28-7 in the first game.

Bingham (Utah) 17, Kahuku 0

FINAL. Red Raiders shut out for first time since Aug. 15, 2008 (35-0 vs. Kamehameha)

at Sam Boyd Stadium
Bingham (4-0) 7 3 7 0 — 17
Kahuku (4-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0

BING—Ryan Wood 3 run (Brandon Lopez kick)
BING—FG Lopez 32
BING—Amoni Kaili 8 run (Lopez kick)

RUSHING—Bingham: Kaili 10-71, Braedon Wissler 18-38, Wood 15-33, team 2-(minus 5). Kahuku: Enoch Nawahine 15-26, Thorton Alapa 3-19, Toalei Lefau 2-1, Peter John Mataira 1-0.
PASSING—Bingham: Wood 5-14-0-88. Kahuku: Alapa 6-16-1-75.

RECEIVING—Bingham: Brayden Cosper 3-52, KC Lewis 2-36. Kahuku: Kainoa Crismon 3-29, Nawahine 1-36, Mataira 1-5, Sitaleki Tongi 1-5.

Red Raiders start on their 47 and Alapa tries a deep ball but it’s way underthrown and Tanner Merrill picks it off.

Kahuku has a chance to force another three-and-out but Red Raiders jump offsides on third-and-2 and give up a cheap first down. Kaniho with a nice pass breakup on the next third down and Bingham will punt with 3 minutes to go.

Kahuku starts on its 38. Alapa just throws one up deep and Nawahine comes down with the catch. 36 yards on the play. Biggest play of the night for Kahuku. Alapa then hits Crismon for 12 yards and it’s first-and-10 at the Bingham 12. Alapa finds Crismon for 8 yards to the 4 and it’s fourth-and-2. Kahuku goes for it and Alapa can’t connect on the pass to Nawahine. Turnover on downs.

Fatu Atuaia comes in on a blitz and gets the sack to force a Bingham three-and-out.

Kahuku second-and-10 at Bingham 40 to start the fourth quarter. Kainoa Crismon with an 8-yard reception and it’s fourth-and-2 at the 32. Kahuku going for it. Red Raiders go play action and Alapa is pressured into an incomplete pass. Bingham takes over on downs.

Alapa able to complete a pass on third down to move the chains. A 5-yard reception by Sitaleki Tongi. Nawahine stopped twice for no gain but Alapa is able to scramble for 14 yards on third-and-10 to move the chains. Deep ball on third-and-long and Bingham is called for pass interference. That will move the ball into Bingham territory for the first time tonight.

Bingham’s first drive of the second half begins in Kahuku territory at the 48. Fatu Atuaia comes flying in for the TFL on third down. Three-and-out. Big win for the Kahuku defense. NO! Kaili on the fake punt runs for 30 to the 15. First down Bingham. Amoni Kaili 8-yard TD run on third down. 17-0.

Kahuku gets the ball first to start the second half. Red Raiders start on their 22. Lots of confusion on offense for Kahuku as a delay of game penalty is called and then a weird looking pass play resulting in a loss of 1. Third-and-18. Incomplete. Alapa now 1-for-7 for 5 yards.

Bingham sort of out-Kahukuing Kahuku in this one. Dominating the time of possession. 81 rushing yards on 27 carries. Kahuku giving up just 3 yards a pop but it’s been enough to move the chains as Wood has sprinkled in a few nice passes. Kahuku not having Maiava available has been huge in this one.

at Sam Boyd Stadium
Bingham (3-0) 7 3
Kahuku (4-0) 0 0

BING—Ryan Wood 3 run (Brandon Lopez kick)
BING—FG Lopez 32

RUSHING—Bingham: Braedon Wissler 11-30, Amoni Kaili 6-29, Wood 10-22. Kahuku: Enoch Nawahine 7-23, Thorton Alapa 1-6.
PASSING—Bingham: Wood 5-11-0-88. Kahuku: Alapa 1-6-0-5.

RECEIVING—Bingham: Brayden Cosper 3-52, KC Lewis 2-36. Kahuku: Peter John Mataira 1-5.

Wissler slammed for no gain on third down and Bingham will have to punt as Kahuku calls timeout to get the ball back. Wissler came in averaging 10.0 yards a carry in Bingham’s first three wins and has been held in check. 11 carries for 30 yards.

Kahuku starts from its 17 with 3 minutes left in the half. Alapa completes his first pass, a short 5-yard gain to Peter John Mataira. Nawahine gets 5 yards and a first down but clock is ticking. Two incomplete passes and Kahuku has to punt with less than a minute to go.

Bingham: 35 plays, 170 total yards. Kahuku: 8 plays, 24 total yards.

Third-and-3 and Wissler is able to bounce it outside for 9 yards. His longest run of the game. Third-and-7 and Wood hits Brayden Cosper for 16 yards. More poor tackling by Kahuku and then a jump ball to Cosper is complete for 26 yards. Miners timeout with 6:59 left in the half. First-and-10 at the Kahuku 17. Big tackle for loss by Ah You to set up third-and-7. Play-action pass to Lewis is complete for 13 yards to the 1. Another wide open receiver. Wood tries to sneak it in and gets blasted by Ah You for no gain. Timeout Kahuku. Kaili stopped for no gain and it’s third-and-goal at the 1. Wood stuffed again on the QB sneak and it’s FOURTH AND GOAL. Toss to Wissler gets it in but holding on the Miners. Lopez with a 32-yard field goal. 10-0

Incomplete pass and Kahuku will punt. Sekope Latu with a 46-yard punt. Miners will start next drive from their 11.

Kahuku will start at its 17-yard line. Nawahine with good runs of 6 and 9 yards to start the drive and get a first down. Alapa takes a shot deep and a holding penalty on Bingham is called. Quarter ends with Kahuku facing a third-and-9 from its 43.

Miners start on their 44. Bingham takes a shot deep on the first play and it will be a defensive pass interference call on Kaniho. Twice poor tackling by Kahuku allows Bingham to pick up a bunch of extra yards on running plays. A holding call backs things up and Bingham calls timeout facing third-and-5 at the Kahuku 10. Wood scrambles out of the pocket and steps out right at the 5 for a first down. Wood on the QB keeper for a 3-yard TD run. 7-0 Bingham.

OH MY GOODNESS. JL Lavea with an absolute katoosh of the punt returner. Holy smokes. Legal hit. Lavea came in full speed and CRUSHED the returner.

Kahuku will start at its own 13. Thorton Alapa at QB for Kahuku. They come out passing and the throw out wide is a little high. Enoch Nawahine starts at RB and runs for 2 yards. Alapa scrambles for 6 yards on third down but is short. Kahuku three-and-out.

Kahuku will kick off. Miners start on their 29. Miners run it four straight times. Miki Ah You with a huge hit on the RB for a tackle for loss and then Nalu Emerson drops a pick-six. Third down and Kahuku sacks Bingham QB Ryan Wood. Bingham recovers the fumble and will punt. BAD SNAP on the punt but Wood is able to hit KC Lewis and a busted punt turns into a 23-yard reception and first down for Bingham. Tough break for Kahuku, but a run for no yards and two incompletions and Bingham will have to punt.

Both teams have hit the field for warmups. Kickoff set for 5 p.m.


  1. N2DAQUICK September 9, 2017 3:22 pm

    So how is Kahuku even ranked 23 when they lost last year to St. Louis and they have a weak regular season schedule? I don’t understand this at all…

  2. "UNITY=STRENGHT" September 9, 2017 3:41 pm

    FOCUS One play at a time one drive at a time one stop at a time play your game until the last whistle blows. Look at your first down markers and call the right plays. Look for a defensive shut down SPEED KILLS they will look for the same never back Down!!! Know that you are one of Hawaii’s “STATE CHAMPIONS” GO “BIG RED” REPRESENT!!!!:)

  3. September 9, 2017 3:41 pm

    bcus dey make da best panipopo

  4. 88 September 9, 2017 3:50 pm

    Because that was last year and this year is a new one. Duhhhhhhh…… You don’t rank teams off of what they accomplished last year. You rank teams off of the strength of their returning players. And if Kahuku schedule is so weak why are they 8 and 3 against the best ILH teams in the State title games?

  5. Douglas Hu September 9, 2017 4:20 pm

    Rankings have no meaning…the playoffs do…let’s just support our island boys representing up there! Let’s go Red Raiders!!

  6. Alpha September 9, 2017 4:40 pm

    @N2daQuick. . . Hawaii media needs to learn how to rank football teams. Football is a what have you done for me lately sport. Yes, st louis defending champs but who’s actually returning from that team compared to Kahuku, Punahou, Mililani returnees. Here’s an example, max prep ranked 3x national champions (55 game win streak) Bishop Gorman Tied for #3 (w/St John Bosco) in the preseason, and they lost in wk1 to the #2 team in country Mater Dei. Defending college national champs Clemoson opened up at #5 but Bama is #1. . .

  7. anywaaaays!! September 9, 2017 6:11 pm

    88 says “Because that was last year and this year is a new one. Duhhhhhhh…… ”

    and then he brings up previous years by saying this: “And if Kahuku schedule is so weak why are they 8 and 3 against the best ILH teams in the State title games?”

    Sole, you gotta figure out your reasoning skills. You’re making us look bad. And being 8-3 in state title games has nothing to do with strength of schedule this year.

  8. 88 September 9, 2017 6:29 pm

    Ummmm, the legacy of a team and the ranking they recieve each NEW year is 2 different things. 2DaQuick said Kahuku has a weak schedule. I am telling you that despite of how weak you think their schedule is they are 8 and 3 when It comes to State Titles. Kahuku has played the same teams year in and year out. Same schedule year in and year out. And dispite this so called weak schedule they have more State titles than any school in this State. So that tells me their schedule has little to do with their success. The rankings however is different. You need to work on your reasoning. Your making yourself look bad.

  9. Marvelous September 9, 2017 6:39 pm

    Still rooting for local boys but no points as of the 3rd quarter and getting out coached does not look good for Kahuku.

  10. 88 September 9, 2017 6:51 pm

    You are %100 correct…

  11. September 9, 2017 7:37 pm

    pleez no travel next year tahutu

  12. OIA BIG BOYS September 9, 2017 7:50 pm

    No more travel for Kahuku. Let the mainland boys come to Honolulu and play at Aloha stadium. Kahuku will give them a huge ALOHA and KATUSHHHHH…..

  13. 2daquick September 9, 2017 7:51 pm

    This whole Hawaii prep page is just filled with kahuku lovers. You guys struggled against leilehua and Mililani blew them out of the water. I don’t understand why you guys think you deserve to be ranked higher than both st Louis and Mililani.

  14. NoQBnoMoChance September 9, 2017 7:54 pm

    wonder how bingham would do without there starting QB… just saying .. depsite that Kahuku still had many chances to put points on board. Kahuku D played good but those fake punt conversion killed them. Kahuku with Sol-jay would be different story

  15. 88 September 9, 2017 8:14 pm

    Struggled against Leilehua, are you serious? Go ask the Leilehua Coach if Kahuku struggled against them and see what he tells you. Struggled against leilehua. Thats a good one.

  16. PlayaHatersAnonymous September 9, 2017 8:36 pm

    Let me be the first to say, I was wrong for saying that BHS was going to blow out KHS like BGS did last year. Instead, I was right, they need to get rid of the OC. 4th and on the 2 yard line of BHS end zone and they choose to pass? Stevie Wonder could see we needed to punch it in and run it, and where was the Sione Mahe kid who was a work horse while Nawahine was hurt? This looks like another Elvis Vakapuna conspiracy(where they played their favorite RB instead of playing their best running back)… But who am I to be right. Just fire the HC again!

  17. Tokotoko September 9, 2017 10:20 pm

    In my opinion, I don’t think Kahuku should be ranked higher than St. Louis. I do, however, think they are the clear cut favorite to win the OIA (although Mililani does look potent). Looking at their schedule, it’s clear that they haven’t been “tested” yet this season (except for BHS), and their remaining opponents shouldn’t be a problem for Big Red. If they are to get healthy by state tournament time, I foresee another state title matchup between them and the Crusaders…..but, then again, Mililani could make things interesting.

  18. Good Story September 9, 2017 10:34 pm

    Don’t let the score fool you…I was here. Kahuku’s defense shut down Bingham’s offense. 2 Key 4th down conversions by Bingham were absolutely devastating. Their field goal came after a 1st and goal defensive stand by our boys.
    Offense…still needs work. The Alapa kid did welll considering. From my understanding, Sol-jay was cleared to play but Coach’s decision to sit him. He would’ve absolutely made a difference.

    Kahuku lost to a quality opponent w/out their starting qb. Let’s regroup and focus on states.

    Kahuku’s 12th man is still 2nd to none. Don’t know how this Classic will make money without our fans.

  19. Lo September 9, 2017 10:37 pm

    Embarrassing to be on the big stage two years in a row and not score a point, feel sorry for all the fans and media that was expecting a rumble but witnessed a thrashing.

  20. DoDaMath September 9, 2017 11:41 pm

    Why Kahuku loss yet still gotta give props..

    1.Bingham aint no scrub team.. #16 in xcellent poll and #8 in mac prep computer polls

    2. Sol-jay is a star QB for Kahuku and didnt play a snap against a damn good bingham D. imagine bingham without there star Qb against Kahuku D… do the math people .. pretty simple

    3.Bingham got all the breaks , and that 2 4th down fake punt conversion killed KAHUKU who already wasnt getting no help from the Offense

    4. Kahuku D did good, that bingham QB made some huge hudini runs on 3rd down that kept crucial drives alive


    so nooooo , it wasnt embarrassing .if u watched the game and put it into perspective.

  21. Hau'ulaBoy September 10, 2017 12:04 am

    Thrashing? Too funny. The D was out there hitting and getting three and outs. Only to get fooled with some very smart 4th down fakes. So getting thrashed, I dont think so. The offensive game plan could have been a little better. But given the circumstances, the boys played really good. And to all the haters, keep fueling us. RR4L._.

  22. Rrforlifebaby September 10, 2017 12:42 am

    Nothing to be ashamed of. I was at the game, Our D gave them hell; 2 weeks ago, the Bingham rb had a monster game against another very good D. Couple of breakdowns on 4th down….one a busted play that Bingham turned into a positive due to the smarts of the punter, 2nd one was a good read by the up man. Regardless of who was or wasn’t playing, Bingham’s linebacker play was outstanding. Offensively for Big Red, still need time of work.

    We’ll be fine come playoffs, no worries

  23. stacey September 10, 2017 4:58 am

    like i have been saying you cant have that i am going to run over eveyone especially if you are going to leave the island. yoy have a qb commited to michigan but cant throw the ball at all? good luck

  24. Good Story September 10, 2017 6:27 am

    Do your homework before you post…that qb didn’t play.

  25. 88 September 10, 2017 6:37 am

    Lo is absolutely correct. It was an embarrassment. If the damn Pistol offense never work against our local teams why in the hell did our coaches think it would work against the #1 team from Utah? Bingham played Kahuku football to beat Kahuku. We played this patty cake passing bull$hit. I mean ball at 4 with 1 yard for a first down and we call a pass play…. It wouldn’t be to bad if we had the right personnel to do this but c’mon man…. Total embarrassment! Feel bad for the kids.

  26. 88 September 10, 2017 6:46 am

    And it didn’t matter if Kahuku’s starting QB didn’t play. He wouldn’t of made a difference because the play calling wouldn’t of put him in a position to be successful. The play calling was straight up horrendous!

  27. Whhy September 10, 2017 8:58 am

    Lo – Soljay scored against Gorman on a long run. Please try to know your simple facts. It’s not hard to look up.

    I think the offense and defense for Kahuku have both taken a step backwards from previous years. It’s going to take a lot of work to make this season happen.

  28. 88 September 10, 2017 9:37 am

    The passing game is much better under Sol Jay. If he was back, it would’ve been a much different game

  29. Knation September 10, 2017 9:44 am

    Kahuku won’t have a chance against the top teams in the state with that kind of performance. It’s sucks knowing that you can put 40pts easily with what they ran last year but instead trying something that can’t even get consistent drives. They have two weeks to figure out things because Campbell awaits them and looks to be a better team than Kahuku

  30. Coach C September 10, 2017 10:43 am

    Lol, Campbell is waiting? Knation, Campbell is a better team? So,funny. Really,,

  31. Awrite!! September 10, 2017 12:27 pm

    Receivers and Tight ends got some butter fingers, you cant miss easy balls that are thrown to you and its been happening all season long. The best receiver was throwing the ball. Soljay does add another threat but what happened to the saying “next man up”. No excuses Bingham just outplayed and out coached us. Hats off to the defense for playing all 4 quarters.

    Kahuku is and always will be a team with no passing offense. We survive off of defense and athletic talent which is good enough to win the OIA but against the elite of the ILH and the mainland we dont stand a chance.

    The skilled positions of QB and WR need to be stressed more at a younger age and in the big boys league. I agree that we shouldnt travel the mainland anymore just to get our muli sasa! eguy that kine!

    Justify and make as much excuses as you want people but 17-0 is a spanking, shutout, goose egg!

  32. Awrite!! September 10, 2017 12:32 pm

    Maybe think about what york is doing in Mililani. Raising and developing the skilled positions WR/QB from youth leagues and then just recruit the big boys from Waipahu/Aiea/Kalihi.

    Kahuku already got the big boys, im sure there are several STL backup QBs that wont see the field for a couple of years, maybe they can come play for Kahuku…..oh wait, we dont recruit we all homegrown and it shows in our lack of skilled positions!

  33. ToppDoggs September 10, 2017 12:48 pm

    Second year in a row, let us know when you want to stop sending boys to do a mans job! We are #1 for a reason.

  34. Alpha September 10, 2017 1:00 pm

    Lmao @ToppDoggs. . . No need an invite, just schedule the game. 2018 vs ????? Fill us in when that #1 thing actually works in yalls favor. Kahuku has proven being #1 in Hawaii don’t mean jack anywhere else but the islands. . .

  35. Sorrykahuku September 10, 2017 1:27 pm

    How has Kahili been proven to be number 1? If anything St. Louis and Mililani should be fighting for #1. I don’t understand how this place has so many kahuku fans as if they dominate this entire website. I played football for St. Louis so I should know recruiting and we didn’t recruit. That’s a myth. I just don’t understand how magically you guys are ranked number 1 and you guys have yet to play a quality team except for this mainland team and then finally you see what it’s all about. You guys will never survive passing against ILH teams because now since you guys have changed coaches, you guys don’t have any passing plan and you try to do something you’re not good at. The only thing that QB you guys have can do is run and that’s all you guys will ever have to do. I’d love to see you guys play some quality teams before I truly believe you deserve the #1 spot in Hawaii because right now I feel scoring live has given you that spot for no particular reason except St. Louis has a new QB for The year. We will see by the end of the season what happens but for now I know I’m never gonna hear the end of it from all the bandwagon kahuku fans ok this site

  36. Education First September 10, 2017 1:35 pm

    I see phony Ed 1st once again masquerading as “anywaaaays!!!” on random threads. Hey stalker, anywaaaays looks bad enough as it is without you trying to post over the top messages that everyone knows isn’t from him. LOL!!!!!

    BTW, the best Red Raider team in the State is Iolani. Under my system they receive +14 pts. for their academic reputation and high GPA average.

  37. ToppDoggs September 10, 2017 2:00 pm

    @Alpha – No, Kahuku has proven that being #1 in the OIA dont mean jack anywhere else.

    The refs were basically trying to give you guys the game but you didnt want it…didnt deserve to even be on the field with Bingham. The most over rated program in the country and thats one expensive scrimmage that the Raider nation had to travel for. Now you know why we didnt accept the 2nd place trophy because we knew you guys are more suited for that title so get used to it, its going to be another long 14 year streak at #1 and you better believe that when we get the chance to take on the top teams on the continent we will make Hawaii proud. #MenOnTheHill

  38. Hau'ulaBoy September 10, 2017 2:55 pm

    Keep slinging it, we love the hate. Thats why we love wooping that ass in the states. So keeping singing topdog of girls on the hill. Ha ha ha ha. Too funny. RR4L._.

  39. Alpha September 10, 2017 4:13 pm

    @ToppDogg. . . 2012, Bishop Gorman 50 – STL 40. . . 2014, St John Bosco 63 – STL 14. . . I support public schools not just kahuku. . . I’m the furthest thing from a local you ever going to run in to….. so until any #1 school from Hawaii can say they beat a top 5 national power house keep the chatter within the state. Take notes from Punahou and Mililani, stay in your lane. . . One thing to have pride, but man. . . Bias at it’s finest here. . . Here’s my early prediction for states. 2014 state championship rematch. If Mililani can stay healthy they’ll be very tough to beat, not cause the offense, but that defense is full of returnees and experience. Punahou is the only challenge for them this year. IMO. . .

  40. Leeboy September 10, 2017 5:37 pm

    Looks like my good friend 88 is back from the main land after shocking the world two years in a row. Cheehuuu!

  41. Hau'ulaBoy September 10, 2017 5:43 pm

    You right Alpha, Mill Vill does look good. But the Red Raider D looks really good. The O just needs to get better. Maybe its play calling, maybe its personell or maybe its both. But the offense needs to be better to compete for States. On the other hand this D looks the part. Only time will tell. RR4L._.

  42. 88 September 10, 2017 6:41 pm

    There you are buddy. You suppose to post before the game. Not waite for the outcome and than talk trash after. Good to see your still alive.

  43. Education First September 10, 2017 9:17 pm

    Hau’ulaBoy September 10, 2017 2:55 pm
    Keep slinging it, we love the hate. Thats why we love wooping that ass in the states. So keeping singing topdog of girls on the hill. Ha ha ha ha. Too funny. RR4L._.

    Too bad you guys couldn’t whoop a math or English test. When I saw the score for the Bingham game, I thought the news was displaying your guys SAT scores. I had to read more carefully then I found out it was a football game score.

    And how can you talk crap when your players can barely read and count and have some of the lowest academics in the world.

    You don’t get to talk smack when you have the kind of test scores you guys have. You can tell everyone how many football titles you have. But the teams you smash in football can come back with something like “well I can count over 100 and read 2 syllable words.”

  44. Hau'ulaBoy September 10, 2017 10:10 pm

    Ahh, again… This is a football forum. Not a academic forum. So go and bark up another tree. Thats all you do. Ha ha ha, your too funny. RR4L._.

  45. Hyn September 10, 2017 11:46 pm

    Let’s go for the trifecta…….
    St. Louis vs kahuku again for the third time that’s my early prediction.
    Mililani looks good but I think kahuku defense will be too much. Until punahou shows me something on offense St. Louis just too powerful on both sides of the ball. After three games 154-7 there starters didn’t even play a full game yet. Time will tell this weekend!

  46. KaiTaeRedRaiders September 11, 2017 4:57 am

    Everyone just be quiet already. You guys stay in Hawaii and play eachother. Ya’ll cant hang with the mainland. Hahaha Even with your starting QB you wouldve lost!!! The funny thing is….The players didnt lose the game….Their coaches did. No doubt Kahuku had better talent….Any coach would love to have a team like that but what Hawaii lacks is COACHING!! They have the athletes they were beat by the coaches. That fake punt killed them! Kahuku coaches didnt even expect that! Yeah Kahuku coaches are good….only in hawaii. You cant run the ball on every team. If Kahuku could spread teams out every once in while so the box isnt so damn stacked maybe they could catch teams off guard with some runs where the RB’s actually have space to make defenders miss. I also think if a Kahuku WR caught a pass 1 on 1 with the DB id put my money on the Kahuku WR to make him miss or run the db over. Overall until Kahuku gets some better coaching they’ll keep coming to the mainland and losing. Kahuku has the athletes they can be coached they just need better coaching. Youre welcome. Ps its been 16 years since Kahuku last beat a Utah team. Hahahaha just had to throw that in the to make you all mad. Hahaha

  47. Norhtshore September 11, 2017 5:23 am

    Watched the game live and Kahuku’s coaches got out-coached by Bingham’s coach, especially on the 2 crucial fourth down plays that killed their momentum. The offensive coordinator wasn’t able to adjust to Bingham’s defense..stacked the inside and their DB’s were weak on pass defense especially the left side. The OC took too long in sending the next play and Kahuku’s offense need to move faster coming out of the huddle and running the plays especially when they were in the red zone. Too much time spent in setting up that allowed the opposing defense to set up and be ready. It seems that Kahuku got 5 plays with no counter, reverse, sweeps or trick plays. Hey they’ve got two good running backs (Nawahine and Mahe) and I would think that they would use them both with double threat. Their passing routes needs to be improved especially on the flats and inside. The defense was penetrating all night but was grabbing and not wrapping…that needs improvement. Other than that it wasn’t an embarrassment and it’s just a matter of correcting the mistakes. For all those that’s thrashing Kahuku, eat your heart because the rankings doesn’t mean beans…It’s what happens at the end of the season that counts cause Kahuku will always be a threat in Hawaii.

  48. Norhtshore September 11, 2017 5:49 am

    @Education First: This article is about football and if you want to talk about education, high GPA and academic reputation, do it when the article pertains to the standards of education. Com-on man, before you yap about the OIA schools, know the truth about how the ILH recruits and provide tutoring to the athletes so that they could bring their grades up and maintain the minimum GPA requirement. Keep your high maka maka education out of the subject of football. We don;t need it when discussing the issues that pertain to football.

  49. Knation September 11, 2017 9:03 am

    North shore your absolutely right that kahuku looks to be running 5 plays over and over again. They should bring back the OC from last year at least he’s creative and his style fits for sol Jay. Nawahine needs to more into the passing game coz he has the best hands and runs hard on every play. Defense is there but tackling can be better.

  50. TooMeke September 11, 2017 10:57 am

    Cheeehuuuuu!!! Choke coaches in da stands!! Let da kids play!

    You guys hilarious!

    While I admit the game was winnable – that was only if Sol-Jay was playing – without him, Bingham had 9 in da box all night. Hard for run…I don’t care who you are…that’ll make any D look great. This offense is custom-built to take advantage of Sol-Jay’s skills – just like St Lulu and Tua the last couple of years.

    Their vaunted offense boiled down to trick plays on 4th down. Their QB had 109 total yards. They got scared and started burning clock with QB sneaks every other down. Makes Utah football look LESS than average – especially after they BUTCHERED what was supposed to a great East HS squad.

    Congrats on the win Bingham – you can only play the team on the field, and you won fair and square. You also outcoached KHS coaches – especially with those trick plays.

    RRFLs – stop feeling sorry for ourselves – I’m not. Every program has its ups-n-downs. St Lulu has lost at least one game every year for like…EVER. (All you Prep Bowl days fans keep reminiscing – dem days is over). Shoot – look at Bishop Gorman – almost outta da Top 25 this year with their two losses.

    After all is said and done – the team will grow and learn from this experience and will only benefit them down the stretch. Plus, they got great exposure on a national platform they wouldn’t have had any other way.

    That said – I see a lot of Trojans bandwagon fans in here. I’ll take on all RRFL haters who believe that Kahuku will not win OIA this year. C’mon now – put your $$ where your mouth is….yeah – didn’t think so.

    Looking forward to the rest of the season, OIA and States – because that’s where we will be – in both Championship games. Garanz.


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