Kahuku takes a tumble

Soli Afalava and the rest of the Kahuku football team had a tough time on the road against Kaiser on Friday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Krystle Marcellus
Soli Afalava and the rest of the Kahuku football team had a tough time on the road against Kaiser on Friday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Krystle Marcellus

Kahuku football coach Lee Leslie had to know that his first season at the school wouldn’t come without a little bit of adversity.

No football team ever goes through an entire campaign without at least one quiet ride home wondering where everything went wrong.

Leslie took his first loss in Hawaii on Friday when his powerful offense gave the ball away seven times in a loss to Kaiser. Add in problems with the clock on the Cougars’ final drive and it was too much for his collection of North Shore talent to overcome.

And now we get to see what kind of coach he really is. He responded well almost immediately, shaking off stories of his team’s fans pelting the Kaiser press box with all matter of debris after the winning touchdown.

Leslie posted on the internet within the hour that he relished the wakeup call his Red Raiders received and vowing that the team would respond.

Kahuku gets its first chance at redemption on Friday, when it hosts Leilehua on homecoming. And for the first time this season, Kahuku will be the underdog.

The Red Raiders dropped from the No. 3 spot in the Star-Advertiser poll all the way to No. 7, getting passed by the likes of Farrington, Saint Louis, Kamehameha and Leilehua.

The Mules made the biggest jump, going from No. 7 to No. 4, Kahuku’s old spot. Farrington moved up two spots to No. 3 and the Crusaders sit at No. 5 after entering Aloha Stadium on Saturday ranked eighth.

Kaiser jumped back into the poll at No. 10, supplanting Hilo. Pearl City received a vote for the last spot, but fellow OIA Division II unbeaten Nanakuli did not. Those two teams tangle on Friday at Nanakuli.

Star-Advertiser football poll

1. Punahou, 3-0
2. Mililani, 6-0
3. Farrington, 5-0
4. Leilehua, 5-0
5. Saint Louis, 3-3
6. Kamehameha, 3-1
7. Kahuku, 4-1
8. Campbell, 4-1
9. Lahainaluna, 5-0
10. Kaiser, 3-2
Also receiving votes: Hilo 17, Waianae 7, Nanakuli 4, Kapolei 3, ‘Iolani 2, Maui 2, Pearl City 1.

Kamehameha's Tiyana Hallums was named to the Durango tournament's all-tournament team in each of the last two years. Photo by Dennis Oda.
Kamehameha’s Tiyana Hallums was named to the Durango tournament’s all-tournament team in each of the last two years. Photo by Dennis Oda.

The Star-Advertiser’s volleyball poll is still waiting for the shakeup that struck the football poll.

Each of the top eight teams held their spots, with Mililani passing Hawaii Prep for No. 9. Ka Makani suffered a tough loss to Hilo last week, and voters seem to consider it more a case of the ranked team losing than the underdog winning. The Vikings are now 7-1 but received only two votes (The same as Punahou II) this week to HPA’s 16.

The top two teams in the state are scheduled to tangle for the first time on Thursday when Kamehameha visits Punahou. The Warriors took all but one first-place vote in this week’s poll after finishing fifth at the Durango Classic in Las Vegas.

The Warriors were second in the tournament last year, and the bonding they went through on the trip propelled them to a state championship over the Buffanblu.

Poor ‘Iolani is still holding off Moanalua for the third spot in the poll despite being the third-best team in its league. Only two teams from the ILH will make it into the state tournament, meaning the Raiders are going to have to figure out how to get past either Punahou or Kamehameha if they want to make it to the big dance.

1. Kamehameha, 4-0
2. Punahou, 4-0
3. ‘Iolani, 3-2
4. Moanalua, 5-0
5. KS-Hawaii, 8-0
6. Konawaena, 7-0
7. Kahuku, 5-0
8. Seabury Hall, 5-0
9. Mililani, 4-1
10. Hawaii Prep, 6-1
Also receiving votes: University 10, Mid-Pacific 7, Hawaii Baptist 6, Kalaheo 4, Hilo 2, Punahou II 2, King Kekaulike 1.


  1. OIAfan September 23, 2014 9:35 am

    Um, how did the Mules “jump” to #3 when the Govs are #3?

  2. Jerry Campany September 23, 2014 10:02 am

    Thanks, OIA fan, it looks like someone fixed it.

  3. maukamakai September 23, 2014 1:24 pm

    The clock was not consistently stopping and starting properly on that last drive as if allowing Kaiser enough seconds to drive the field and score that last touchdown. Regardless, it was a wake up call for Kahuku and they should not have put themselves in a hole in the first place. Congrats Kaiser! As coach Leslie said in his interview, the playoffs are when the wins and losses really matter.

  4. Naks September 26, 2014 12:08 pm

    Does Saint Louis really deserve to be ranked 5? That’s a little high for a team that got blown out by 63 points the the first 2 games of the season I guess you could argue that it was against Mililani and St. John Bosco but dang, and 40 plus by Punahou and then squeeking by Kamehameha.. That 3-3 record just looks a little disturbing up in the top 5

  5. Paul Honda September 27, 2014 5:32 pm

    Good point about the scores, but it seems the voters (coaches and media) acknowledge the fact that those opponents are that good. Where would Saint Louis be on your ballot if you had one?

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