OIA D-I Quarterfinals
Moanalua’s offensive statisticsUpdated: Nov. 5, 2016
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Kapolei’s offensive statisticsUpdated: Nov. 11, 2016
A monumental game for Kapolei takes place Friday night when the Hurricanes attempt to reach the semifinals of the OIA Division I playoffs for just the second time in school history with a victory over Moanalua.
Two offense that love to throw it around go at it with Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who leads the state with 2,393 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, going up against Moanalua senior QB Alakai Yuen, who has thrown for 1,953 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Tagovailoa, who owns the top seven single-game passing marks in school history, has thrown for more than 400 yards in a game three times. One of those games was in Kapolei’s last meeting over Moanalua, a 33-21 victory last season, when Tagovailoa was 42-for-67 for 448 yards and four TDs.
The Hurricanes are on a six-game winning streak and have scored at least 28 points in each game since suffering their only loss of the season to Waianae, 35-14.
Moanalua made quick work of Castle last week in the first round of the OIA D-I playoffs with a 49-7 win. Na Menehune is 5-1 this season when scoring at least 14 points and 0-3 when held under two touchdowns.
First-year coach Savai’i Eselu has won as many games as any Moanalua team has won since 2012 already. A victory over the Hurricanes would launch Na Menehune into the OIA semifinals for the first time.
Kapolei is considered by many to be the team with the best chance to upset defending champion Kahuku, but this is also uncharted territory for the Hurricanes. Kapolei had nothing to lose when it knocked off Kahuku in the quarterfinals in 2007. This year, it has a lot to lose, most notably a spot in the Open Division of the state tournament.
If you’re looking for two skill position players to watch, check out Moanalua senior receiver Ryan Ramones and Kapolei senior receiver Jaymin Sarono, who both are putting together first team all-state caliber seasons. Ramones is the only player in the state to top 1,000 receiving yards this season (71 receptions, 1,068 yards, 16 TDs) while Sarono has caught 70 balls for 774 yards and 14 TDs.
The difference here is Ramones handles the bulk of Moanalua’s passing offense. Brandon Bender is second on the team with half as many catches (35) for nearly three times as fewer yards (377) than Ramones and three TDs. Sarono has Wyatt Perez (29-501-8) to work off of and junior Kaeo Alvarez-Ranan (22-398-1) has started to come alive in recent weeks.
The winner of this game gets the winner between Campbell and Farrington in the semifinals next week.