Kaiser closes gap, still has work to do

Kaiser line backer Fitou Fisiiahi was congratulated by teammate Tommy Fisher after running the ball in for a touchdown in the last minute of the second quarter against Campbell on Friday. (CIndy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser)
Kaiser linebacker Fitou Fisiiahi was congratulated by teammate Tommy Fisher after running the ball in for a touchdown in the last minute of the second quarter against Campbell on Friday. (Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser)

It’s no secret Rich Miano wanted his Kaiser football team playing in the OIA Red conference this year.

Friday night, the Cougars played their only game of the season against an OIA Red opponent before opening play in the OIA White division next Saturday against Kalani.

Kaiser’s defense, with a trio of impressive linebackers in senior Fitou Fisiiahi (6-0, 235), sophomore Parker Higgins (5-10, 199) and freshman Isaac Slade-Matautia (6-1, 185), held its own against a Campbell team that might be good enough to win the OIA Red West.


Ultimately, a lack of offense (119 total yards) and four turnovers (three fumbles) did the Cougars in, but their performance still was much improved from a 34-6 loss to Campbell in their 2012 season opener.

Quarterback Kahoalii Karratti completed two quick passes midway through the first quarter and connected on a deep throw to Jeshua Bitanga for 34 yards that set up Kaiser’s only touchdown of the game.


He’ll need to be much more consistent, as will the offense as a whole, for the Cougars to make that jump into the Red that is likely coming next year. In the second half, Kaiser ran Fisiiahi on two power formations that gained 5-10 yards a pop, but backup quarterback Kahi Neves, whose physical attributes (6-3, 225) are impressive, fumbled a snap on the next play. Fisiiahi fumbled on a handoff the next time Kaiser had the ball and that was that.


Miano has definitely made many strides taking over a Kaiser team that went 1-15 in games it played the two years before he took over. And while it’s true the Cougars have dreams of competing with the Kahukus, Leilehuas and Waianaes of the world, they need to take care of business this season in the White. They won’t play a defense like Campbell’s again all year and their run game should improve greatly because of it. They have the talent, much of it young talent, to do special things, but it needs to be a process at Kaiser.

First things first, win the OIA White. Friday night was a start, despite losing by two touchdowns.

COMMENTS

  1. Derek Yuen August 20, 2013 3:02 am

    With the aggressive recruiting rich did over the off-season and using the baccaulaureate program to bring in those kids I thought they wouldve did better against Campbell. Now its time to beat up on the less aggressive non-recruiting teams. I pretty much can say, for a public school, there is no community pride here. Schools like Kahuku, Waianae, Farrington, Kailua, Mililani, Waipahu, Nanakuli. They make due with what they got and are successful not needing to recruit as if they were a private school. Boo for Kaiser, maybe this year you take one game at a time, instead of having your all star players take off their uniforms during half time cause you thought you had the game won. Good for you. Good thing UH never hire u.


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