Kapolei football coach Darren Hernandez gave some insight into his team’s version of the no-huddle offense after Friday night’s 42-7 season-opening, nonleague victory over Pearl City.
The Hurricanes’ running game was in midseason form, and it was backed up by a passing game that was sprinkled in just enough to keep Pearl City’s defense wondering what was coming next all night long.
“What makes us different than many no-huddle offenses (like Mililani, for instance) is that we gear it around the run,” Hernandez said. “And we have to have the THREAT of the pass to make it work.”
With Campbell transfer Triston Pebria galloping for 188 yards — the second-biggest rushing night in school history, behind John Dela Rama’s 214 yards in 2003 — in his debut with the Hurricanes, the Chargers certainly had their hands full. Starting quarterback Aizon Kahana added 40 yards rushing with some scrambles and well-executed draws, and he also threw for 66 yards. And Alton Julius (another in a long line of Hurricanes who can play receiver and quarterback) piloted Kapolei to its final touchdown, which was set up by his 47-yard strike to Oahaiali‘i Bumanglang.
So, the “threat” of the pass that Hernandez mentioned is definitely there to make that no-huddle offense work. If Kapolei can sustain that offensive balance and couple it with the Hurricanes’ traditionally hard-hitting defense, it could be a signal to the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West that it means business this year.