Kahuku undaunted by Bishop Gorman challenge

Kahuku has had a lot to celebrate rolling up 18 consecutive wins. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser
Kahuku has had a lot to celebrate rolling up 18 consecutive wins. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

The time has come.

Kahuku’s only nonconference game of the season will be played in Las Vegas against consensus No. 1 Bishop Gorman a week from today.

The Red Raiders (5-0, 5-0 OIA Blue) have yet to be challenged thus far, winning by an average of 46.4 points. They have not allowed a point for 14 straight quarters.


Enter Bishop Gorman. The Gaels (3-0) have won all three games against out-of-state competition, including a 44-14 road win at Cedar Hill (Tx) and 35-20 triumph last night over St. John Bosco in Long Beach, Calif.

“We’re excited,” Kahuku senior Kesi Ah-Hoy said. “We’re not treating this game any different. It’s just a regular game,”

Bishop Gorman is currently ranked first in the USA Today Super 25 while Kahuku sits at 17. A victory for the Red Raiders could really shake things up.

“We’re excited. It’s a big opportunity to take on the number one team in the nation,” Stokes Nihipali-Bothelho said. “It would be a really good feeling if we could pull off the upset.”


The Gaels surely have their share of college prospects and commits. Quarterback Tate Martell and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, who transferred from Saint Louis, are both 2017 four-star recruits on ESPN that are committed to Ohio State.

Palaie Gaoteote and Jacob Isaia are both juniors that moved to Las Vegas from Oahu. Isaia was an offensive lineman on last year’s ‘Iolani team. Gaoteote is one of the highest ranked linebackers in his class and currently holds offers from USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame and LSU among others.

Kahuku also has its share of college prospects, but perhaps none more intriguing than quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava. The freshman was offered by Jim Harbaugh and Michigan before taking his first high school snap. How he handles the atmosphere at Gorman’s sold-out Fertitta Field could be very telling.

“We gotta be confident, Maiava said. “Trust the O-line and just do what we do.”


When asked about the game, Kahuku coach Vavae Tata only offered that he’ll “look at the tape.”

“We don’t treat them as gods, we just trust the process of our preparation,” Ah-Hoy said. “Our coaches put us in the best position to be successful and that’s what we do.”

COMMENTS

  1. Alpha September 10, 2016 11:48 am

    Here’s a perspective…… Halawa must have some good talent because P. Gaoteote, H. Garrett, Slade-Matautia, S. Barber all played Halawa Knights Big Boys their. And of course Halawa’s connection to Mililani. Must suck to be sitting in Aiea knowing all this…


  2. 88 September 10, 2016 12:13 pm

    So much talent on this island.


  3. New Guy September 10, 2016 12:32 pm

    If there’s anybody in the state that could pull it off, it’s Kahuku. They need to play their greatest game against this national Goliath if they are to come out on top. They have it in them. Execute with precision.


  4. I Adore 88 September 10, 2016 12:32 pm

    Nobody is more talented than 88. He’s SOOOOOOO dreamy!!!! If he was defensive coordinator of any team, he would shut out Bishop Gorman! tee hee hee!


  5. Outlaw Jose-y September 10, 2016 12:43 pm

    I heard a special student bus leaves at 7:00 am from Halawa to Mililani, every school day. I thought
    only ILH schools “recruit”. I don’t hear too many OIA Executives, getting upset by this!


  6. 88 September 10, 2016 1:34 pm

    Thank you I-adore-88. I appreciate your appreciation. Creepy though………


  7. TooMeke September 10, 2016 1:35 pm

    Cheeeehooooo!

    Got my tickets! Gonna be an awesome experience!

    RRFL!!


  8. i love 88 September 10, 2016 3:04 pm

    If 88 coached this Kahuku team, then Vegas would have Kahuku giving 28 points.


  9. Insideoutsidein September 10, 2016 4:42 pm

    Totally agree with Stokes! “It’s an opportunity”, to play against the #1 team in the nation. No Hawaii high school football team had this opportunity. Peeps that talk crap DO NOT understand this kind of experience and will not. Something to talk about in the garage having beers in your older years which we all do, no matter. GO BIG RED!!!


  10. 808775 September 10, 2016 6:29 pm

    Good luck to Kahuku against Bishop Gorman, hopefully you can pull out the win that no other Nevada high school team seems to be able to do. FYI, St. Louis played De LaSalle when they were no. 1 and Bishop Gorman, not sure what their ranking was that year. This would probably be a first for a Hawaii public high school to play a nationally ranked team either on the islands or on the mainland.


  11. Paper Crane September 10, 2016 6:50 pm

    BG has got some dump trucks but RR still has mobile tanks but I believe it’s going to be speed on land and in the air so it’s going to be all about Big Red defense staying hungry and savage like now guys you smash mouth to the max; shouldn’t be any mercy rule, right?


  12. oia#1 September 10, 2016 7:29 pm

    As much as I love waianae football, got to support kahuku and the OIA. I remember when kahuku won the first their state championship and siuaki livai said live on the mic “THIS IS FOR THE O.I.A”!! Good luck boys!


  13. BleedRed September 10, 2016 7:56 pm

    A bunch of friends up here in Vegas saying Gorman gonna score 70 on us,lol,think we can score 71?


  14. Insideoutsidein September 10, 2016 8:25 pm

    @bleedred. Why end your comment with a ? mark. I assume you are a Kahuku supporter and maybe waiting for negative answers but the boys will go out there and play tough. Can’t speculate. Just go there and stick to assignments and do what they need to do to. GO BIG
    RED!!


  15. Good Story September 10, 2016 8:26 pm

    @oia#1
    Mahalos my braddah. This is what we need. Our State needs to come together. If all the local people can make a huge display for our Boyz in Vegas and make them realize the special opportunity they have to elevate our entire STATE…they can do this. The Boyz won’t have their normal 12th man there, but that doesn’t mean others cannot help fill the void. This one’s for the 808.


  16. Ken September 10, 2016 8:54 pm

    Good luck Red Raiders! Good luck not getting blown out! You guys look good against the crap you play against and will soon know what it’s like to get punked by 40 plus


  17. Polyirish September 10, 2016 10:03 pm

    I believe St. Louis played De la Salle when they were #1 in the country.


  18. Searider86 September 10, 2016 10:27 pm

    Wish I could attend this one! Safety to the traveling party of the Kahuku Red Raiders and all of the friends and families who are also heading up there! Do WORK, Red Raiders! I know you will PROUDLY represent our state!!


  19. Kahuku90 September 11, 2016 12:55 am

    Lol @ken…so I guess when Kahuku played St. Louis last year, St. Louis was CRAP too?


  20. AOK September 11, 2016 1:09 am

    Will this game be televised? Anybody know


  21. Paper Crane September 11, 2016 2:56 am

    @OIA#1, much mahalo for sharing your support; not only you but the entire majestic leeward coast has many known Ohana that made up of RR4L transplant many made up of my fellow KHS alumni; I salute you and all who support Kahuku and so go and make all OIA proud win or lose you playing the number one in the nation and that’s an achievement that we surely call “SHAKA” and that also was born in Laie/Kahuku if you didn’t already know it,..seriously.
    Good luck Coach Tata and the entire Red Raiders Nation.


  22. TooMeke September 11, 2016 4:38 am

    @kahuku90 and @ken

    Yes. They were crap. The score says so. As did their ‘revered’ head coach’s poor sport classless act of not accepting their 2nd place trophy.

    HA!!!!!


  23. 808 RR4L September 11, 2016 7:46 am

    BRAH WHEN I FIRST STARTED POSTING, ALL THE UNCLES KEPT TELLING ME “BE HUMBLE! BE HUMBLE! ALL US NORTH SHORE GUYS GOTTA BE HUMBLE!” THEN I READ ALL THE POSTS FROM MY BRADDAHS IN RED RAIDER NATION, AND I WAS LIKE “NO NEED BE HUMBLE!!!”

    PEOPLE WHO HATE JUST HATE CUZ THEY AINT! IF YOU NOT KAHUKU YOU DON’T MATTER! ST LOUIS? BISHOP GORMANT? WAIALAE IKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL? WE POUND UM ALL THEN WE POUND THEIR CHICKS CUZ DATS HOW WE ROLL BRUH!

    SUPPORT US OR NO SUPPORT US. YOU THINK WE CARE? WE LICK YOU GUYS ON THE FIELD AND IN THE PARKING LOT ANYWAYS!

    AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAAHHA

    RR4L! HATE US CUZ YOU AINT US BRUH! FOOTBALL NOT SCHOOLBALL! ENEMIES OF THE STATE!!!


  24. BleedRed September 11, 2016 8:11 am

    @Insideoutsidein,you are correct,RR alumni living in Vegas for 15 years,not looking for negative comments,I have family and friends on both teams,was just being sarcastic bout them saying Gorman will lay 70 on us,lol,as long as we score more than them it’s called a victory.GO BIG RED


  25. New Guy September 11, 2016 8:41 am

    @808RRFL you’re right. Always gonna have haters. They will always strive to demoralize and pull down everyone to their level. Don’t play their game. Listen to your uncles. You can defend your alma mater without putting any others down saying they don’t matter. You don’t like it when they insult your pride, don’t insult theirs. Humility is a trait of a great leader.


  26. Karma September 11, 2016 9:55 am

    What goes around comes around. BG 83-Kahuku 0.


  27. Good Story September 11, 2016 10:10 am

    Too many Studs on defense…Bishop Gorman is not scoring 70.


  28. AUWE September 11, 2016 10:11 am

    GOOD LUCK to BIG RED this week! Peace be da journey!!! Have a safe trip and return home safely!!! We all rooting for you….


  29. kahukuwrckless September 11, 2016 1:48 pm

    Hey Kahuku lets do this, bring that “W” home. And don’t forget to check out my Kahuku vs BG edit on YouTube this week and subscribe to my channel @ 8o8 clan!!!! LETS GO KAHUKU


  30. SimpleSimon September 11, 2016 2:28 pm

    Next time Kahuku plays Radford, Kahuku they should put in their cheerleaders already. #ridiculouscomments


  31. Unko Ale September 11, 2016 2:36 pm

    Lose? Red Raiders got nothing to lose whereas Bishop Gorman will have a rude smash mouth awakening when they feel them impact pain; expecting them BG’s with becoming DL and Yellow Card prone like we travel that far and for sure Red Raiders will enjoy their LV Massacre. Good Luck Red Raiders Nation and enjoy.

    Who’s to say an upset in the making, like under rated probability just ask the LV bookies?


  32. anywaaaays!! September 11, 2016 6:36 pm

    Last year in the title game St. Louis had speed (Truthfully they only had speed at the QB and WR positions) but BG speed is on a different level (All 11 offensive players are fast).

    Will Kahuku be able to adjust to BGs speed? Other public schools like Liberty in Nevada have closed the gap with BG but thats after years of head to head competition and becoming familiar, Kahuku has only 4quarters. If BG does win I dont think itll be a blowout.


  33. Tutu Kane Ale September 11, 2016 6:50 pm

    Come about from Monday evening them Bishop Gorman transplants from Hawaii Nei will start to develop butterflies as big as fruit bats in their opu’s especially Tate Martell whereas he’s on Red Raiders defense hit list; yep their opu’s are going to do doing the wheelies and mash potato every time they mentally flashback them youngster years back in Hawaii Nei yet back then none of them have yet experience Red Raiders smash mouth football and so we finally going to see come Saturday night; how sweet it is win or lose it’s Hotel California for “Shaka” BG’s and RR’s celebration. Sure can’t wait until game time. RR4LE Enjoy OK


  34. Paper Crane September 12, 2016 2:44 am

    This here is a great closure Red Raiders Nationally Rank at #1 7 as a lucky seven like an upset in the making; ask them LV bookies like they said it’s even as of Sunday/11th..


  35. Education First September 12, 2016 11:01 am

    Unko Ale September 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm
    Lose? Red Raiders got nothing to lose whereas Bishop Gorman will have a rude smash mouth awakening when they feel them impact pain; expecting them BG’s with becoming DL and Yellow Card prone like we travel that far and for sure Red Raiders will enjoy their LV Massacre. Good Luck Red Raiders Nation and enjoy.

    What makes you guys think that the Kahuku kids hit any harder than the large country kids from Texas?


  36. AUWE September 12, 2016 11:39 am

    Maybe you should go down to the field during practice and find out for yourself!!! I’m sure one of them will gladly help you out!! Make sure you come back and let us know what you find out…


  37. AUWE September 12, 2016 11:45 am

    Especially when they find out your the one always calling the kids from down there stupid!!!


  38. i love 88 September 12, 2016 8:38 pm

    AUWE September 12, 2016 at 11:39 am
    Maybe you should go down to the field during practice and find out for yourself!!! I’m sure one of them will gladly help you out!! Make sure you come back and let us know what you find out…

    HAHA you guys are so funny. Instead of providing evidence to answer someone’s question you guys one again retort to “threats.”

    I guess once a caveman, always a caveman. No wonder you guys live in poverty and can barely count and read. We already know you cannot write. You guys might be one generation removed from the apes and monkeys. I honestly think monkeys are more evolved though.

    Hi 88!


  39. 88 September 13, 2016 9:33 am

    Wow, so much anger in your post. Maybe tell your boyfreind at the McKinley school for adults that sometimes you like be on top……..


  40. Education First September 13, 2016 10:17 am

    88 September 13, 2016 at 9:33 am
    Wow, so much anger in your post. Maybe tell your boyfreind at the McKinley school for adults that sometimes you like be on top……..

    88, we all know you like it on all fours. That is why you tried out for football. You liked being in a “STANCE” and unfortunately got cut from the team.

    Now you just take that same “STANCE” for fun with other guys.

    No worries it’s 2016 and that is okay nowadays.


  41. Webster Schnabel September 13, 2016 4:42 pm

    Go get um Kahuku! Represent Hawaii to the fullest!


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