Instead of clinching a third straight Kauai Interscholastic Federation football championship like most people expected, Kapaa (6-1, 4-1) was hit with a surprise left hook by Kauai High on Saturday.
The Red Raiders (1-6, 1-4) won their first game of the season, topping the two-time defending KIF champion Warriors 20-17 at Vidinha Stadium.
Due to Kauai’s win, Waimea (3-3, 2-2) remained alive for a possible title. The Menehunes can tie for first place in the regular season with two wins (vs. Kapaa next Saturday and vs. Kauai the following Saturday).
Unless Kapaa holds off Waimea or the Menehunes lose to Kauai in the finale, a playoff for the championship would be held Oct. 29.
The Warriors — who lost to Radford in the state Division II championship game a year ago — won their first four KIF games without being scored upon, including a slim 3-0 victory over the Menehunes on Sept. 24.
Kapaa, ranked No. 9 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 last week, fell out of the latest poll released today.
For updated KIF standings, click here: http://bit.ly/2dqsX46.