No. 4 Kahuku takes it to Waipahu

Waipahu fans packed their stadium on Friday night, to little avail against visiting Kahuku.
Waipahu fans packed their stadium on Friday night, to little avail against visiting Kahuku.

Maybe the entire scoreboard should have been blacked out.

Only the score was displayed on Waipahu’s board on Friday night against No. 4 Kahuku — no clock — so there was little else to look at besides the rapidly ballooning lopsided tally rung up by the Red Raiders.

Kahuku rolled up 417 yards of offense exclusively on the ground as the Marauders were powerless to stop them in the trenches, resulting in a 63-0 rout. It was five points off the most allowed in Waipahu history, 68-0 to Campbell in 2011.


The Red Raiders (7-0, 6-0 OIA Red) didn’t miss a beat with leading rusher Sefa Ameperosa out for the game with an ankle sprain suffered during practice this week. And they still steamrolled ahead when starting quarterback Kesi Ah-Hoy went out with a sprain of his own just before halftime.

Red Raider Nation showed up in droves early at Waipahu.
Red Raider Nation showed up in droves early at Waipahu.
Raiders fans (and their band) made themselves heard.
Raiders fans (and their band) made themselves heard.

That’s because junior back Harmon Brown channeled his inner Marshawn Lynch and went Beast Mode. Brown tallied 184 yards rushing on 12 carries, with three of the scampers going for touchdowns. Kahuku’s first play from scrimmage was a 48-yard Brown run, followed soon after by a 20-yard Brown score. He shed some tacklers early in the second half for a 58-yard TD jaunt.

“Brown stepped up,” Kahuku coach Vavae Tata said. “Sefa was injured a few days ago, so hey, next man up, and he did a phenomenal job.

“(Ameperosa) could have come back, but I said ‘hey, don’t rush it and make it worse.’ ”

Ted Kenese added two rushing touchdowns and Ah-Hoy had one before he went out. His replacement, Cameron Renaud, plunged in for a TD soon after filling in for Ah-Hoy.

“It seems like his spirits are up so he’ll be back soon,” Tata said of Ah-Hoy as his team walked to its bus.

Keala Santiago and Hirkley Latu had pick-sixes of Waipahu quarterback Blaise De Asis. Aaron Tapusoa had two more picks of De Asis.

So … complete effort, right?

Not quite to Tata.

“Just trying to play a complete game. We haven’t played a complete game yet,” the first-year coach said. “Nowhere near (close) when you’re double digits in penalties. … We’ve still got a lot of work in that department.”


Kahuku also gave Waipahu a little hope on the Marauders’ first drive when the Red Raiders’ punt returner muffed it and the hosts recovered near midfield … only to have the second-chance drive stall out anyway.

Kahuku and Waianae (6-0) clash at Aloha Stadium next week to settle the Red’s top seed going into the OIA playoffs.

“We’re looking forward to that matchup, but we’ll look at the tape here and make some adjustments, make some corrections,” Tata said. “See what we can get better on.”

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Kahuku may not have been the ideal homecoming opponent, but Waipahu should be commended for putting on an enthusiastic ceremony at halftime — when it was 42-0 Kahuku — and then honoring its seniors after the game.

Waipahu coach Bryson Carvalho wielded the Jolly Roger flag to honor his team's seniors after the game.
Waipahu coach Bryson Carvalho wielded the Jolly Roger flag to honor his team’s seniors after the game.
Carvalho again.
Carvalho again.

There just wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about on the field of play. Waipahu went to some triple-option looks in the early going, but there wasn’t a whole lot to be gained there. De Asis became primarily a passer from that point on, but the Red Raiders sniffed out four of his passes for picks and had dropped chances on at least two others.

The potent Andrew Simanu was De Asis’ favorite target, and Simanu did finish with 10 receptions for 91 yards.

“Our game plan was to stick to our triple option, see how we fared,” Waipahu coach Bryson Carvalho said. “At the end of the day, their Xs are bigger than our Os. They ran the ball just at will on us. I mean, it was just tough to stop.”

Waipahu (1-6 Red) isn’t done. Carvalho’s team is locked into the sixth seed in the Red for the upcoming playoffs. And the Marauders get a bye next week to rest up for their first-round opponent.


“At the end of the day, we’ve got to get our kids to play at that (Kahuku) level,” Carvalho said. “The bottom line is we’re in Division I, and if we want to get to where we want to be, which is at the championship level, we have to be at Kahuku’s level. And we saw what caliber they’re at. We as coaches just have to make sure we prepare them to be at that level, especially with playoffs coming up.”

On another positive note for Waipahu, it was the last game played before its weathered field is overhauled for a new artificial turf. It should be ready by the start of next season, Carvalho said.

Waipahu sent off its seniors enthusiastically after its home finale.
Waipahu sent off its seniors enthusiastically after its home finale.
Waipahu's Jolly Roger still flew proudly on the press box.
Waipahu’s Jolly Roger still flew proudly on the press box.

COMMENTS

  1. Can't Rhyme Like this September 26, 2015 3:48 pm

    Even though their defense is top-notch, Kahuku still hasn’t had a real challenge.


  2. 88 September 26, 2015 4:03 pm

    Nobody but Punahou has had a challenge this year. So whats your point?


  3. Kahuku 82 September 27, 2015 12:50 am

    The ideal thing to do is put the top 12 teams from the OIA and ILH in one division and then send the top 4 teams to the states ! That way nobody would have anything to complain about!!


  4. Can't Rhyme Like this September 27, 2015 3:39 pm

    @88 My point is my Red Raiders haven’t been challenged yet. That’s all. What, HawaiiPrepWorld Comment police? LOL

    Kahuku 82 – “Dead horse dead horse” lol


  5. 88 September 27, 2015 9:31 pm

    My bad, snapper…….


  6. 008 September 28, 2015 3:23 am

    Hopefully Kahukus offense tightens up and focus on the run and high percentage passes. But anyway it’s going to be interesting.


  7. phILHarmonic September 28, 2015 9:36 am

    Props to the Big Red coaching staff!!!

    They are doing an awesome job!!


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