SCRIMMAGE BLOG: Kahuku at Kamehameha

Kamehameha lined up against Kahuku to start the dual workout at Kunuiakea Stadium. They will have 11-on-11 competition later. (Paul Honda, July 27, 2017)

Kamehameha still working out the kinks. Kahuku ends the Warriors’ possession with a whistled sack. Quite a performance by the Red Raiders.


New QB in for Kahuku. No ID, but he’s definitely not Maiava. Sun has set a hot afternoon has transformed into a beautiful evening at Kapalama Heights. Still a top 3 site to enjoy a football game. The laulau plate sold out early. Mostly Bob Marley tunes piped through the system.

Even the backup is not hesitating to take shots deep, even into triple coverage. Not sure yet if this is a totally revamped playbook or not, but it’s clear that new QB coach Brian Ah Yat is getting a chance to test his guys out with lots of freedom.

Kamehameha front seven clamps down for two sacks (whistled) to end Kahuku’s possession.


New QB for Kamehameha on this third series: senior Brandon Baniaga. He hits Kupono Blake on a short route, misses just off target on the next two attempts. Two K backups get swallowed up by Kahuku’s pass rush on the next three snaps.

Pass in the flat and a Kahuku defender makes a hard hit that separates the ball from the receiver. Yellow flag thrown there, possibly for hitting a defenseless receiver. First-down completion from Baniaga to sophomore Titus Maunakea down the right sideline. Lot of confidence by Baniaga.

Two high snaps caught by the QB, plays blown dead. Kahuku’s turn to go on offense.


Maiava begins Kahuku’s second possession with a bomb that is just 2-3 yards overthrown. Kahuku had two receivers on go routes there on the same side. Nice throw. Maiava bobbles the pistol snap, runs for 5, then hits his TE for a first down.

Second down, read-option play kinda busts and the whistle blows while Maiava is running toward the sideline. Third and long, he has WR open deep sideline but overthrows.

Kahuku starts over at its 30 in shotgun trips left. Quick screen for no gain. Taking another shot here, open man on a wheel route right, overthrown. Another deep shot and this time Maiava is money on the skinny post, a 70-yard TD. WOWW. Sorry, no ID/number of the receiver BUT this group can fly.


Good news for Kamehameha is that Yam is very composed back there even when there is a pass rush. Nice dump off pass to junior Braden Alika. But running left has been mostly difficult and that takes away some of the Warriors’ play action.

Another big pass rush and Kahiau’s rusher leaps to bat the pass down. Each team getting a set number of plays. That would’ve set up fourth and long.

Second and 7, two Red Raiders unleashed on Yam and he’s fortunate he didn’t get hurt. Was that Miki Ah You? Again, sorry for the lack of IDs but Kahuku isn’t wearing numbers. Big Red defense starting to take control.

Yam fires down the left side intonsingle coverage but the WR isn’t ready. Incomolete. Kahuku ball.


Play-action roll left, pass is low but catchable, and the TE drops it. Kahuku runs the counter right and gains 12 and 15 yards. Ball at the KS 38. Quick pass right, WR drop. Third and long, QB Sol-Jay Maiava has his guy in solo coverage deep but overthrows. Fourth down, he Maiava escapes a sandwich of pass rushers, runs left and heaves a spiral caught at the 11-yard line. Sorry no numbers on the Kahuku jerseys, so no ID. What a play, though I doubt the Red Raiders don’t want their QB that vulnerable again. Kamehameha DB injured.

Kahuku smashmouths to the 1, then Mauava bootleg left stopped at the sideline. Fourth and goal at the 2, Maiava play-action pass, touchdown.


Opening possession: Thomas “Boogie” Yam very sharp with two deep sideline darts for roughly 50 yards, including one to sophomore Skyler Ramos. Kahuku then sacks Yam to push the Warriors out of the red zone.

RB Kanoa Shannon’s first carry stuffed by Big Red for a loss. He picks up 4 yards on the next play. Fourth and long, blitz. Yam spins out of reach but his deep throw is long.


Preposterous? Outlandish? Live coverage of the first full-contact, 11-on-11 scrimmage of the preseason?

Yes, yes, and yes. Kamehameha has numbered jerseys and a roster for our convenience. Kahuku, like its JV team earlier in the afternoon, has no numbers on its jerseys. We will do the best we can between our photographer, Bruce Asato, and myself. After all, at least a few hardcore Red Raider and Warrior fans out there do care. Both teams are warming up now. From what I heard, the teams will engage in practice-style 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 work before going to 11-on-11.

Both teams are in 7-on-7 and 1-and-1 work, just like the JV teams did. In roughly 20-30 minutes, maybe around 6:45 p.m., they’ll go to 11-on-11.

Kahuku lines up against Kamehameha to start the dual workout at Kunuiakea Stadium. They will have 11-on-11 competition later. (Paul Honda, July 27, 2017)
Kamehameha lines up against Kahuku to start the dual workout at Kunuiakea Stadium. They will have 11-on-11 competition later. (Paul Honda, July 27, 2017)


  1. Jahmon July 27, 2017 7:42 pm

    Hooray for a passing touchdown, first in Kahuku history?

  2. Hauulaboy July 28, 2017 5:12 am

    Sol jay still inaccurate. Our second string boy is more accurate. Should move jay to slot cause he would kill. Great job boyz.

  3. Coach C July 28, 2017 11:06 am

    Lol, old Cal Lee trick. No bring out numbers,roster or height/weight info. Coach Freitas learning fast.

  4. Alohachef July 28, 2017 11:51 am

    No need numbers. Only scrimmage. Why question Sol Jay’s ability? Just wait. He’ll come around. Defense, as usual, looks tough. Coach Soliai going have them attacking. Rebel Squad is back. All the doubters out there just keep doing what you do. It’s what happens at the end that counts. GO BIG RED! #RR4L #redraidernation #justreload #justwaitandsee #heaweko

  5. rrforlifebaby July 28, 2017 12:01 pm

    I saw some video, was good to see that although the D kept rotating players, there was rarely if any drop off. Like some of us have mentioned, the front 7 is going to be something to see. Looking forward to watching Sol-Jay’s continued development for the next 3 years.


  6. Knation July 28, 2017 1:24 pm

    Samson reed was a beast! Does anyone know if fiatoa was playing?

  7. Education First July 28, 2017 1:58 pm

    I was at the game and held up a sign that read “GPAs are > TDs. Someone threw a soda cup at my head and coke went all over my sign and shirt. Had to leave soon after with my mom because we weren’t sure who launched the drink as fans of both teams were laughing at us. We’ll see who gets the last laugh as I’ve requested video footage of the incident.

  8. 85 July 28, 2017 2:41 pm

    @ education first
    It was me

  9. phILHarmonic July 28, 2017 3:28 pm

    heard that rb that returned from Punahou did really well.
    It seems that they did a great job of developing him while he was there.
    And he can play rec too. RR scored a gem with him .

  10. Knation July 28, 2017 3:55 pm

    Actually that was wesley maiava. Nawahine was didn’t play

  11. phILHarmonic July 28, 2017 3:59 pm

    jeez, my source was wrong.
    mahalo for the correction.
    Hes still a gem tho. lol.

    btw, tell soli, no need blitz so dang much.

  12. July 28, 2017 6:32 pm

    nawa neva need pun develop, born ladat

  13. Menehune2017 July 30, 2017 12:51 pm

    Can’t Wait till Moanalua gets a hold of Kahuku!

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