A sixth shutout for the Kahuku defense in a 38-0 win over Waianae in the OIA D-I semifinals on Saturday night wasn’t enough to move up in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings released Monday.
The Red Raiders (9-1) remained at No. 22, but did have one of their standout defensive players recognized for his play.
Senior defensive back Kekaula Kaniho, who had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown, is one of 11 players around the country nominated for USA Today’s Top Star of the week. You can vote for Kaniho here.
Kaniho had his third interception return for a TD in his last four games.
Teammate Stokes Nihipali-Botelho won the USA Today Top Star award earlier this season.
Kahuku’s run against Hawaii teams right now is incredible. The Red Raiders have won 22 in a row and allowed only one touchdown in their last 30 quarters. They have shut out Waianae in each of the last four meetings and have scored 10 touchdowns on defense this season alone.
Kahuku is allowing only 70.8 yards per game against Hawaii teams this team this season, including minus-16 total yards rushing in those games.
The Red Raiders will attempt to win their second consecutive OIA D-I championship on Friday night at Aloha Stadium against Farrington.