The matchup: Radford (10-0) vs. Kaimuki (7-3)
Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Aloha Stadium
Head-to-head: Redford leads 6-3 (since 1966)
Last meeting: Radford 48-0 (Sept. 5, 2015)
Biggest margin of victory: Redford 48-0 (Sept. 5, 2015)
Smallest margin of victory: Kaimuki 20-13 (Sept. 26, 1998)
Radford’s offensive leadersUpdated: Nov. 21, 2015
Kaimuki’s offensive leadersUpdated: Nov. 8, 2015
(Missing 8/7 stats vs. Waimea)
>> Radford is 5-0 against Kaimuki when a player rushes for at least 100 yards in the game and 1-3 when not. The Rams have had a 100-yard rusher in all but one game this season.
>> The Rams 48-0 shutout of the Bulldogs earlier this year is one of three shutouts pitched by the Rams defense this season (not including a forfeit win over Anuenue).
>> Kaimuki had negative-64 yards rushing against Redford in the first meeting. Kaimuki senior Billy Masima has rushed for at least 115 yards in five of his last six games since taking over at running back.
>> Kaimuki was 4-26 in its previous 30 games before starting on its current six-game winning streak.
Kaimuki has room to be optimistic. Defensively, the Bulldogs were aggressive and ball-hawking in a 27-22 last-second win over Nanakuli two weeks ago.
“The first time (against Radford), we had three picks in the first quarter alone,” Bulldogs coach David Tautofi said. “We were able to get five turnovers in the first half, but we were like UH against Ohio State. Our offense couldn’t get anything going.”
With running back Billy Masima, Kaimuki has a ball-control offense, and their defense can get some rest. Cain Asiata and James Gentile have made standout plays as linebackers, while defensive ends Jahssaiah Maiava and Sisifo Lauvao have been persistent.
Radford quarterback Quintin Iriarte has thrown 14 TD passes with nine picks, using the speed of Blaise Manabe (18 receptions, 313 yards, six TDs) and size of Thomas Reid (15, 285, five) to pick up big chunks of yardage. Reid has a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii.
Tautofi knows his team is a longshot, an underdog since day one.
“When I first came here and met the boys in the spring, that’s what gave me confidence,” the former UCLA lineman said. “It’s worked out the way I thought. Kaimuki has always had talent, but character issues off the field overshadowed what thy can do on the field. They’ve been able to work themselves, to gain that sense of confidence in themselves, to give their all.”