Kahuku holds at No. 22 in the nation

Kahuku's Steven Lombard is one of 12 Red Raiders with at least one rushing touchdown this season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku’s Steven Lombard is one of 12 Red Raiders with at least one rushing touchdown this season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku’s 63-0 shutout of Leilehua on Friday in the quarterfinals of the OIA Division I playoffs wasn’t enough to move up in the latest USA Today Super 25 national rankings.

The Red Raiders (8-1) remained at No. 22 in the nation with every ranked team winning for the second week in a row.

Kahuku was especially impressive, notching its fifth shutout of the season and 11th over the last two years under head coach Vavae Tata. The 11 shutouts in back-to-back seasons matches the 11 Kahuku had in 2004 and ’05, when it shut out eight teams in 2005 alone on the way to one of its eight state titles.

Senior Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception for a TD against the Mules. Kahuku’s defense has scored (nine) more than twice as many touchdowns as it has given up (four) against OIA competition.

Stokes Nihipali-Botelho returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown and now has eight TDs (four kickoffs, two punts, two interceptions) this season.

Bishop Gorman (Nev.), which beat Kahuku 35-7 this season in Las Vegas, allowed only one first down the entire game in its win on Friday to improve to 8-0 and remain No. 1 in the rankings.

The Red Raiders will face Waianae in the semifinals of the OIA playoffs on Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Kahuku shut out the Seariders 28-0 earlier this season.


  1. 87 October 17, 2016 10:21 am

    Finish strong team! Stay focus and execute! The 12th man is behind you 20,000 strong.

  2. Education First October 17, 2016 10:58 am

    I am going to guess that you think the ILH paid off these rankings too? Kahuku should be #2 in the nation.

  3. 88 October 17, 2016 12:28 pm

    Lets go BIG RED….

  4. Paper Crane October 17, 2016 12:38 pm

    Must be an imposter like Education First (Grader) is guessing nowadays and he’s trying to become a RR supporter; doesn’t sound right?

  5. anywaaaays!! October 17, 2016 1:18 pm

    Good morning Red Raider Faithful and haters alike! #22 dont mean a thing, the only thing that matters is the next game. Play hard boys and remember “Faith/Family/Football” is what I saw on a St. Louis T-Shirt, but in RR country those words are stamped in our hearts! #tre-fingahsinthesky #noparttimers

  6. Chloropicrin October 17, 2016 4:12 pm

    Just checking to read the comments. Kahuku threads are quite entertaining. Haha. Lots of crying, boasting and arguing, funny because real fans I’ve met in real life that support Kahuku aren’t like that. Hahaha.

  7. DOMEZ October 17, 2016 6:56 pm


  8. ilh October 17, 2016 8:04 pm

    Kahuku will go down this year, the teams with the best shots to beat Kahuku are Kapolei, who would get that 1st crack, or Saint Louis or Punahou, these three might not have to much defense but if their offense is on it will be a high scoring affair, Kahuku has to watch there penalties and turnovers, hopefully Saint Louis and Punahou are in the opposite brackets so if Kahuku does win it all they would have go through the other two best teams in the State, then they would deserve the title.

  9. Adeeperlook October 17, 2016 9:32 pm

    I think it’s interesting how people overlook the fact that Kahuku has already played the best team in the entire nation and yet that fact in itself doesn’t say anything about where this team is at when it comes to the level of play. Yes, they got dropped in that game but they did hang with a team which is basically assembled of countless three and four star athletes.The only time you’ll see that much talent on the field in most cases is at an allstar game.It took a juggernaut of a team like Bishop Gorman to down Kahuku.Not saying Kapolei, Waianae, Punahou,St.Louis are bad teams but it’s highly unlikely they can present any level of scheme/weapon that Kahuku hasn’t already seen.Kahuku is setting the bar higher in the state of Hawaii and the loss to BG is what got them there…Point is, Kahuku seems more then ready for anybody.

  10. hossanan October 17, 2016 9:35 pm

    To Education First: I am a RR advocate and supporter but I cannot, with any doubt, rank Kahuku #2 in the nation. Geezus, Bishop Gorman exposed Kahuku for what it is which is one dimensional and relies on brute strength but Gorman played up to Kahuku’s strength opening the 2nd half and ran the ball down Kahuku’s throat and, disheartening as it may seem, BG played a team in Florida that took them into overtime and came close in beating BG and even Crystal Creek in Texas #5 had a substantial lead on BG before BG came back in the 4th qtr. and beat them…..Kahuku is #1 in Hawaii but definitely, and I hate to admit it, not even close to being #2 in the nation. Kahuku will definitely beat Kapolei and Punahou or St. Louis and once again repeat as State Champs but I will admit they don’t come close to being #2 in the nation.

  11. 88 October 17, 2016 10:10 pm

    Deserve the Title? Kahuku beat every Hawaii team that was on their schedule. All last year EVERYONE outside of Kahuku insisted that Kahuku played in a week division and had a week schedule and that the ILH would make mince meat out of them. We all know how that Title game wasn’t even close. I mean it was like watching a pro team beat up on a pop warner team. Now you say they need to beat 2 ILH teams to deserve the Title. Bradah its the other way around. You need to DESERVE the right to play the #1 team in Island. #1 doesn’t have to play #2 and #3 to win the Title. You want a shot at the Best in the Land work your way up through the ranks and EARN a shot at the Title. That way when you win it there is meaning behind it. Killing me with this deserve crap.

  12. Toomeke October 18, 2016 3:30 am

    Everybody talking about IF St Lulu and Puns in opposite brackets.

    There is no IF about it. HHSAA gave ILH the guarantee that their two teams would be in opposite brackets regardless of their records/rankings.

    Since everyone generally agrees that they are #2 and #3 in the state, they SHOULD be on the same side of the bracket…but they WONT be. I guarantee it…because that’s how HHSAA and ILH set it up.

    Now…other than the “fairness” aspect of seeding teams, I couldn’t care less. Because now Big Red will be able to run all over and shut down BOTH ILH teams. So that way ILH can stop crying about the “unfairness” of only having one rep in states.

    Btw. OIA will also win the new D1. Mililani. Which means ILH gets the goose egg in states AGAIN.



  13. Education First October 18, 2016 7:46 am

    @Too Meke, “Little boy, may I ask you why you haven’t shown up for my two invitations to join me for lunch? I know food is expensive, but I told you that I got the bill. You call people out, but when I politely invite you to join me you are no where to be seen?”

    “Would you care to elaborate?”



  14. anywaaaays!! October 18, 2016 12:44 pm

    Good Morning Kahuku supporters and Haters alike!!! This is a Kahuku article and I am a Kahuku Diehard!

    *Education First/ ILove88/ 808savage/ (confirmed by admins to be the same bipolar person):
    ….He said that he is an alumni of Lowell High School in SanFran – where the football team is 0-7 but the boys cheerleading squad is making splashes and rainbows….yippeeee!!! This fuam is a pompom puffing, skirt wearing fafafeinge! Why he finds Kahuku fans so magnetic I do not know!

    ..my bi-polar friend please support your San Francisco High schools program by posting in their online forums here
    http://lowellathletics.olinesports.com/schedule.php?sport=572 …be a good little boy and support your team and coaches and stop calling our Kahuku students “Stupid with low GPA’s”. Leave Hawaii high school forums alone and go to Sanfran forums, or better yet go to craigslist casual encounters since you always trying to meet people on the internet…does your misery really need company? hahhahaaaa

    Looking forward to Kahuku vs. Waianae, nothing but positive vibes to all Hawaii high schools, especially my Big Red who is on a mission with 100% community support and LOYALTY from our faithful fans – RR4L!

  15. TooMeke October 18, 2016 6:28 pm

    Wait wait wait…

    I seem to recall Edu Dunce criticizing others for using “crickets”…

    And now she uses it!!!

    Oh the hypocrisy of all!!





  16. 2meke October 19, 2016 9:59 am

    Too bad Waianae was not in the Kapolei bracket. Right now Kahuku and Waianae is 1&2 in the OIA. I don’t see any difference in the 28-0 earlier game. With Ulu still out, and Waianae’s running game, no way they will run against the best front 7 in the State. One thing for sure is it will be a faster defense because of the new Aloha turf. Why was the stadium used exclusively for ILH games? This will be the 1st OIA game this season at Aloha.

  17. Education First October 19, 2016 11:14 am

    It’s called sarcasm. haha you cannot even figure that out. Well I have invited you 3 times and you didn’t show.

    Can someone say chicken? Keep um coming. I know you cannot hide behind your mama’s skirt in public man, but I gave you the time, my name, the location.

    What’s up big boy? Scared to come out from behind the computer?

  18. Education First October 19, 2016 11:17 am

    @anywaaays, you are more than welcome to join your alterego “TooMeke” too if you want to discuss football. Like I told 88, I will be at StripSteak tomorrow.

    Ask for the GM Ron. We can discuss:

    1) male cheerleading
    2) Lowell’s terrible football team but vasty superior education to Kahuku and impressive list of graduates

    But we all know that you, oops, I mean toomeke won’t show.


  19. Jason Keuma October 20, 2016 10:59 am

    2meke- Too bad Waianae was not in the Kapolei bracket. Right now Kahuku and Waianae is 1&2 in the OIA.

    Looking forward to the next two weeks of games. I like Waianae, but I like Kahuku more.

    Watch the games Waianae and Kahuku help up other players off the ground. I was rewatching last years games over, and noticed that. Or maybe the camera man didn’t catch anybody helping the opposite team up.

    Hope for no injuries, to any teams.

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