Reliable place-kicker Kekoa Sasaoka is playing for Kahuku this season after transferring earlier this summer from Farrington.
Sasaoka, who is 5 feet 9 and 219 pounds, made the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s All-State second team as a junior for the Governors a year ago.
Earlier this week, Farrington coach Randall Okimoto confirmed Sasaoka transferred to the OIA rival Red Raiders.
On Thursday, Sasaoka was at Kahuku’s practice session on the campus’ upper field.
“You know when he’s kicking, if it’s 40 yards and in, it’s going to go in (through the uprights),” Kahuku teammate Bradlee Anae, a senior defensive end, said after Thursday’s practice.
Interestingly, Kahuku, which went 9-3 a year ago, lost to Punahou by a field goal (Sasaoka’s forte), 13-10, in the state Division I semifinals. Jet Toner of the Buffanblu, the Star-Advertiser’s eventual first-team All-State selection, booted two pressure field goals in that game for the win. Toner is also a senior this year.
Kahuku scrimmages at defending Division I state champion Mililani on Friday at 7 p.m. and starts its regular season on Aug. 7 at home with a nonleague game against Campbell.