The quality of football on Oahu’s East side has increased dramatically in the last two years with former UH coaches Rich Miano at Kaiser and both Ron and Cal Lee handling coordinator duties under Greg Taguchi at Kalani.
Friday night, the two schools put up a record number of points in big wins.
Over at Kaiser Stadium, the Cougars atoned for their stunning loss to Nanakuli in the semifinals of last year’s OIA White playoffs with a 70-20 blowout of the Golden Hawks.
Mr. Do Everything Thomas Buntenbah-Leong scored touchdowns in a variety of ways for Kaiser, returning the opening kickoff 86 yards to the house. He also scored on TD runs of 5 and 3 yards and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kahoalii Karratti, who was 11-for-13 for 140 yards and two TD throws.
Karratti has completed a staggering 80.4 percent (37-for-46) of his passes for 619 yards in four OIA White games, all wins.
The Cougars, who are heavy, heavy favorites to win the league and possibly the Division II state tournament, scored 70 points on Friday for the first time in school history. They bettered the previous mark of 69 done twice (1979 vs. Roosevelt, 2006 vs. Kalani).
At Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium on Friday, quarterback Noah Brum continued his assault on the Kalani record books this season, becoming the first Falcons player to top 400 passing yards in a single game. Brum, who broke a 22-year-old record last week with 384 yards through the air, finished with 445 passing yards and six touchdowns in a 63-20 win over Roosevelt.
The 63 points were nearly two touchdowns better than the previous school record of 50 points in a game, done two years ago in a win over Anuenue.
Brum’s total is the fourth-highest ever by a player in an OIA game and the seventh best overall. Quarterbacks to throw for more yards in a game are Pac-Five’s P.J. Minaya (511), Saint Louis’ Jeremy Higgins (484), Roosevelt’s Andrew Kamanao (481 and 449), Leilehua’s Kenan Sadanaga (474) and Roosevelt’s Chris Mols (469).