The Kaiser Cougars won their first three games in commanding fashion and continued the trend Saturday night.
While the Cougars’ offense has rotated through athletes both at running back and receiver, junior Ethan Lynch was the star of the show in a 42-0 shutout of McKinley at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.
In the previous three games, Lynch’s numbers were on par with many of the other running backs, recording eight carries for 58 yards and one TD as well as three receptions for 2 yards.
Although Lynch is listed as a receiver, junior Mason Yoshino and senior Dre Falls have seen more catches and TDs, so Lynch has become more of a dynamic athlete who can easily switch between the two positions.
His speed and agility has seen no better spotlight than his performance against the Tigers. He scored three of Kaiser’s six TDs and they all came on running plays.
His first rushing score occurred near the end of the first quarter on a 17-yard run, while his second from 1 yard out finished the first half.
Lynch’s third TD was Kaiser’s final score of the night — a 10-yard rush halfway through the third quarter for a 42-0 lead.
Notching nine carries for 60 yards and three scores, Lynch was undoubtedly one of the Cougars’ most multifaceted athletes alongside freshman QB Easton Yoshino, who went 13-for-19 for 134 yards and two TDs.
Kaiser’s 4-0 start is its best since the Prep Bowl-wining team in 1979 went undefeated through the season.
Kaiser 42, McKinley 0
At Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
>> Kaiser (4-0, 2-0) 21 14 7 0 — 42
>> McKinley (0-4, 0-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Kaiser — Dre Falls 1 pass from Easton Yoshino (Kyler Halvorsen kick)
Kaiser — Mason Yoshino 15 pass from E. Yoshino (Halvorsen kick)
Kaiser — Ethan Lynch 17 run (Halvorsen kick)
Kaiser — Ethan Domen 2 run (Halvorsen kick)
Kaiser — Lynch 1 run (Halvorsen kick)
Kaiser — Lynch 10 run (Halia White kick)
RUSHING — Kaiser: Lynch 9-60, Hunter Phelps 3-15, Calvin Lim’e 1-12, Hopoate Aholelei 5-9, Brock Perreira 2-3, Domen 1-2, E. Yoshino 1-(minus 16). McKinley: Franklin Pham 9-20, Zion Williams 7-19, Khert Vincent-Saing 7-18, Tyler Sheidlin 2-12, Beneiah Togafau 1-1, Quincy Owens-Barnes 1-(minus 1), Alexandria Buchanan 2-(minus 10).
PASSING — Kaiser: E. Yoshino 13-19-0-134, Perreira 2-4-0-30. McKinley: Alexandria Buchanan 4-11-0-42.
RECEIVING — Kaiser: M. Yoshino 4-52, Falls 4-37, Xavier Kepa 2-27, Mason Sparrow 2-17, Lynch 1-13, Jesse Stroede 1-9, Kamakana Mahiko 1-9. McKinley: Aaron Velasco 1-14, Togafau 1-13, Keanu Pimental 1-10, Joab Cruz 1-5.