OIA D-I First Round
The matchup: Kailua (4-4) vs. Moanalua (3-5)
Location/Time: Farrington, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Head-to-head (since 1973): Kailua leads 11-4
Last meeting: Kailua 16, Moanalua 13, Aug. 13, 2016. Mark Lagazo (Kail) 24 carries, 100 yards, TD
They’re not mirror images, though there are some similarities that will ring true for the Surfriders and Na Menehune when they meet on Saturday at Skippa Diaz Stadium in the opening round of the OIA Division I playoffs.
Besides the blue uniforms, each team has a first-year starter: Aaron Mejia of Kailua, Nick Au of Moanalua. Mejia has aired the ball out 144 times in seven games for a modest 790 yards with eight TDs and nine interceptions, but the offense isn’t dependent on his arm. Between Samson Rasay (550 yards, 117 carries, two TDs), Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell (40 attempts, 242 yards, one TD) and Cameron Dudoit-Kamai (28-191, two TDs), Mejia doesn’t have to take aerial risks. With 235 yards on 48 carries (one TD), he’s third on the team in rushing yardage.
Au has improved over the back half of the regular season, resulting in on-field wins over Aiea and Radford). In a pass-heavy offense, Au has thrown the ball 239 times for 1,197 yards, seven TDs and 18 picks. That TD-INT ratio has actually improved drastically in recent weeks.
The ground game is a work in progress, though Makana Spencer (284 yards, two TDs) runs hard every time. The pass-run ratio (239-166) comes out to 59 percent passing plays. It’s not quite as extreme as it was with Alaka‘i Yuen at QB in the ’16 season. Moanalua threw the ball 391 times in 11 games and had 241 rushes, a 62-percent pass-play rate.
The Kailua-Moanalua winner will meet Mililani in the quarterfinal round next week.
Top performances in series
Kailua passing vs. Moanalua: Noah Auld with 274 yards in 2015
Kailua rushing vs. Moanalua: Rocky Alo with 211 yards in 1998
Kailua receiving vs. Moanalua: Martin Tigilau with 150 yards in 2015
Moanalua passing vs. Kailua: Kawika Keama-Jacobe with 298 yards in 2014
Moanalua rushing vs. Kailua: Ishmil Scott with 138 yards in 2012
Moanalua receiving vs. Kailua: Jason Sharsh with 121 yards in 2014
Kailua’s offensive statistics
|Shane Kalawaia Jr.||1||3||32||1|
|Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo||5||5||31||2|
|Oli Williams III||1||1||13||0|
Moanalua’s offensive statistics
|Drayden Von Oelhoffen||8||6||-6||0|
|Chad Mann Jr.||6||4||-7||0|
|Drayden Von Oelhoffen||8||22||221||0|
|Chad Mann Jr.||6||11||68||1|