SPRING-ing into FB season: Campbell Sabers

Campbell quarterback Kawika Ulufale is expected to be back for 2016. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Campbell quarterback Kawika Ulufale is expected to be back for 2016. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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CAMPBELL SABERS

>> 2015 record and finish: 2-8 (1-6 OIA Blue); beat Kaiser 27-21 in first round of OIA D-I playoffs; lost to Farrington 28-0 in OIA D-I quarterfinals
>> Number of returning starters: 11 (6 offense, 5 defense)
>> Number of returning seniors: 34
>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 11
>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 30
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: Atapana Amosa (third-team OL), Noah Esprecion (third-team REC)
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: None
>> OIA Blue All-Stars lost to graduation: Atapana Amosa (first-team OL), Aaron Bunting (first-team U), Noah Esprecion (second-team WR), Nick Kernaghan (second-team LB), Tyson Tafai (second-team LB)
>> OIA Blue All-Stars returning: None
>> Among 2016 key offensive returnees: Kawika Ulufale (QB, Sr.), Markus Ramos (WR, Sr.), Zayne Barr-Rauschenburg (SB, Sr.), Micah Ah Soon-See (OL, Sr.)
>> Among 2016 key defensive returnees: Ethan Muagututia (DL, Sr.), Iosua Sevao (LB, Sr.), Luke Ocreto-Penitusi (DL, Sr.), Micah Tynanes-Perez (LB, Sr.), Javien Ignatowski (DB, Sr.)
>> Sabers with Division I FBS college offers: None
>> All-time state championships: 1 (2004, D-II)
>> All-time Prep Bowl era (1973-1998) championships: None
>> All-time OIA championships: 2 (2004, D-II; 2008, D-II)

>> 2016 conference: OIA Blue (D-I)

Head coach AMOSA AMOSA on the Sabers’ outlook for 2016:


“We’ve been very successful and competitive in the last eight years with five winning seasons and making it to the Division I state tournament twice in the last eight years. Last year, we finished with a 2-8 record, made it to the playoffs and lost in the OIA quarterfinals, so as bad as we did we were able to put ourselves in a position to make the playoffs, which is one of our first goals for the season. Our players also understand that some of our games last season that we lost we should have won. Therefore, we can’t take anything for granted as we prepare for this season. Looking at our returning players, we have 11 starters from last season and hopefully we can build on these players and find another 11 players that will complete our starting units. I think one of the greatest things that I feel now is that I know for a fact that we are a lot farther ahead with our offseason program in regards to weightlifting, conditioning, and our talent at this time last year. Our JV has had a winning season the last eight seasons and have always been successful. So, I’m hoping some of those young guys moving up will give us a hand with our success this year.

“As for being able to compete for the title and/or playoffs, I know every year that is our first goal as a team. The goals are 1) make the playoffs; 2) win our division; 3) win the last game of the season. I think as a head coach you always dream of having the team to win a title or set your sights on preparing your team to get to that title game, but I truly believe we have to actually play out the season and to judge and see how good or bad we are. We are in the Red Division I with the state defending champion in Kahuku and Waianae, who had great years last season, along with Moanalua, Kaiser, Aiea, and newcomer Radford. So, again we have a tough schedule for this season and every game you need to show up and bring your ‘A’ game to give your team a chance to win the game.”


2016 Campbell football schedule
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>> July 28: Pearl City (scrimmage only)
>> July 30: at Saint Louis (scrimmage only)
>> Aug. 5: at Kapolei (nonleague)
>> Aug. 13: vs. Farrington, at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium
>> Aug. 20: at Kaiser
>> Aug. 27: at Aiea
>> Sept. 3: at Kahuku
>> Sept. 9: Bye
>> Sept. 16: Moanalua
>> Sept. 23: Waianae
>> Sept. 30: Radford


2016 Campbell varsity football staff
>> Head coach and offensive coordinator: Amosa Amosa (ninth season, 49-36)
>> Offensive coordinator and linebackers: Vince Nihipali
>> Running backs: Chad Kaichi
>> Wide receivers and slotbacks: Skip Aiwohi
>> Offensive line: Taylor Hamilton
>> Defensive line: Peter Tagaloa
>> Linebackers: Eloy Sarono
>> Defensive backs: Danilo Viloria

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COMMENTS

  1. bumbuchas June 5, 2016 1:23 am

    Coach Amosa does a wonderful job out there at Campbell, combined with the 3000+ student enrollment, should be a perennial powerhouse every year. Last year they struggled in the beginning but played very good ball in the playoffs. If there ever was a Super Conference Elite, Campbell definitely should be included.


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