You can’t start a varsity career much better than Kaimuki’s Jordan Solomon did on Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback took advantage of Kaimuki’s pass-happy play calling and set a school record with 331 yards in a dramatic 22-20 overtime victory over Waialua in the OIA D-II opener for both teams at Kaiser Stadium.
Solomon threw the ball 55 times out of Kaimuki’s 70 total plays on offense and completed 27 passes. He was picked off four times but also threw three touchdowns passes to Daniel Nguyen, including the go-ahead 15-yard score in overtime.
Kaimuki went for 2 to take a 22-14 lead and then held on to win when Waialua couldn’t convert a two-point conversion after throwing a touchdown pass of its own to make it a two-point game.
The game was tied 14-14 when Saburban Castillo picked off a pass at the Kaimuki 40-yard line with 19.7 seconds remaining. A pass interference call with no time left on the clock gave Kaimuki one untimed down on the Waialua 30. Waialua was called for roughing the passer and Kaimuki got another shot with no time on the clock from the 15. Solomon’s pass was intercepted by Lansen Kuni, who returned it all he way for an apparent game-winning touchdown, but THAT was also wiped off the board because of a Waialua penalty. Kaimuki had three plays with no time on the clock and couldn’t convert, sending the game to overtime before Kaimuki finally won out.
Nguyen finished with six catches for 102 yards and all three scores while Andries Toussaint had seven catches for 107 yards. It was also the first time in school history Kaimuki had two different players with at least 100 yards receiving in the same game.
Solomon’s 331 yards smashed the previous official mark of 271 yards held by Tatasi Lauofo who set that mark in a 14-14 tie against Pearl City on Sept. 11, 1993. There is an unconfirmed report of Larry Neves throwing for 310 yards in a game against Nanakuli in October 1980, but the Star-Advertiser has not been able to confirm that number.
The Bulldogs, who finished 6-2 in the OIA D-II and advanced to the state tournament last season, will play Kalani at Kaiser on Saturday.