The Kaimuki Bulldogs may have added their fourth victory out of five games following their 27-7 win over Nanakuli on Saturday night at Skippa Diaz Stadium, but they’re not settling down yet.
The Bulldogs showed up with confidence as sophomore QB Jayden Maiava ran a 29-yard keeper into the end zone for the team’s first score at the 10-minute mark. Despite Nanakuli senior QB Sedric Crawford’s game-tying touchdown late in the first quarter, the Golden Hawks offense wouldn’t see the end zone again for the rest of the night.
Kaimuki’s sophomore kicker Kurt Kawamoto nailed a 39-yard field goal to take the lead in the second quarter and star receiver Kaulana Kaluna showed off his speed on a 49-yard connection with Maiava before the half.
The difference maker in the game for the Bulldogs was “our composure,” head coach David Tautofi said. “We were able to keep our composure even though there were a lot of things happening on the field, penalties, uncharacteristic of us, but they kept going.”
The Bulldogs defense held the Golden Hawks scoreless for the remainder of the game as Nanakuli accumulated penalties and Crawford was sacked twice for a loss of yardage.
However, Tautofi still wants to see more from his team.
“We weren’t as sharp as we’d like to be, but we finished the game and that’s all that matters,” he said.
Kaluna later hauled in a 35-yard catch, which set up junior RB Blade Pfeiffer-Kekoa’s 10-yard rushing TD to increase the lead to 24-7. Kaimuki added a late field goal.
In preparation for their challenge against undefeated Kaiser next week, Tautofi said his main message to the team is “better focus and better execution, fix our mistakes, and just go back to the fundamentals and play better football.”
In what was an otherwise low scoring game compared to Kaimuki’s dominant 61-7 victory against Waialua last week, the Bulldogs kept their heads in the game and earned a victory and their best record to start a season since 2010.