Shannon gave Kamehameha a wildcat spark

Kamehameha's Kanoa Shannon gained 139 yards in a 56-14 loss to Punahou on Thursday night. In photo, he is about to be tackled by the Buffanblu's Miki Suguturaga in a game in October 2015. Jamm Aquino /
Kamehameha’s Kanoa Shannon gained 139 yards in a 56-14 loss to Punahou on Thursday night. In photo, he is about to be tackled by the Buffanblu’s Miki Suguturaga in a game in October 2015. Jamm Aquino /

Kamehameha’s first foray into Interscholastic League of Honolulu football with Abu Ma‘afala was not a successful one.

The Warriors lost 56-14 and were beaten by, seemingly, a better team.

But there was a time in the first quarter when Kamehameha had Punahou confused. It was when the Warriors, trailing 14-0, went to the wildcat offense and Kanoa Shannon took the snaps.


Shannon hit the holes hard and fast and wiggled his way for extra yardage. A 40-yard gain was the big play in the team’s only touchdown drive of the first half, in which Shannon got into the end zone from a yard out.

The Warriors (1-2, 0-1) used it off and on for the rest of the game and also used a traditional offense led by quarterbacks Boogie Yam and Justice Young.


“Running the wildcat was fun,” Shannon said. “It was ground and pound like coached talked about. I wouldn’t call it successful (against Punahou), but it was a good first time working it and working together as a group. We just gotta come out next time and execute better. It’s tough (losing to Punahou), but we’ve just got to deal with it, come back and work and prepare for them even better.”

Shannon, a 5-foot-7, 155-pound junior, rushed for 139 yards on 25 carries in the loss.


Expect to see more of the wildcat offense in upcoming games. If it succeeded for a time against Punahou, it is likely to be employed against others.

Kamehameha’s Ma‘afala was not available for comment after Thursday’s game.

COMMENTS

  1. 808 RR4L September 2, 2016 8:43 pm

    #homegrown playing for our school not #bought


  2. 87 September 3, 2016 8:25 am

    oh wow its the troll 808rr4l from sandy beach that plays the ukulele at the bus stop and knows nothing about kahuku and is posing as a RR fan to talk smack. #nolife


  3. Jeezy33 September 3, 2016 8:59 am

    What’s funny is that he sounds pretty much like the “RR4L” fans on this site. Fake or not, it’s hard to tell the difference.


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