D-I STATE SEMIFINAL: Waianae vs. Kahuku

Kesi Ah-Hoy finished with 152 of Kahuku's 259 rushing yards against Waianae in a game last month. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kesi Ah-Hoy finished with 152 of Kahuku’s 259 rushing yards against Waianae in a game last month. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The matchup: Kahuku (11-0) vs. Waianae (9-3)
Date: Friday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., Aloha Stadium
Head-to-head (Since 1973): Kahuku leads 25-13-1
Last meeting: Kahuku 30, Waianae 0 (Oct. 3, 2015)
Biggest margin of victory: Kahuku 43, Waianae 0 (Nov. 26, 2005)
Smallest margin of victory: Teams played to 21-21 tie on Sept. 15, 1995
Passing: Inoke Fuanki, 268 yards (Waianae 12-7, Sept. 22, 2000)
Rushing: Jason Keo, 278 yards (Kahuku 33-20, Nov. 10, 1995)
Receiving Spencer Hafoka, 183 yards (Kahuku 36-0, Aug. 29, 2003)
Passing: Kekoa Kaluhiokalani, 240 yards (Kahuku 45-20, Oct. 18, 2013)
Rushing: Reed Aken, 150 yards (Waianae 21-0, Oct. 5, 1985)
Receiving: Ikaika Gilman, 134 yards (Kahuku 33-20, Nov. 10, 1995)

Kahuku’s offensive leaders

Updated: Nov. 21, 2015
Kesi Ah-Hoy1322-46-13454
Cameron Renaud1110-21-01711
Kekona Neumann75-11-1411
Jordan Mariteragi32-4-2250
Ted Kenese70-1-000
Kesi Ah-Hoy132211,26918
Harmon Brown1312279214
Sefa Ameperosa9926698
Ted Kenese7312143
LeRod Tongi1022756
Cameron Renaud1116612
Steven Lombard410570
Vaikona Tuifua46230
Michael Mauai33220
Keala Santiago121210
Aaron Tapusoa122180
Kaniela Jones11160
Jordan Mariteragi32-20
Kekona Neumann77-171
Pua Falemalu581561
Keala Santiago125661
Kekaula Kaniho124900
Royce Pao44400
Harmon Brown134340
Morgan Capillan23431
Ocean Tuia22511
Siave Iafeta22110
Draeton Thompson11300
Kesi Ah-Hoy131261
Stennett Alapa11180
Stokes Botelho13190
Noah Magalei1171
Kawika Macy1110

Waianae’s offensive leaders

Updated: Nov. 13, 2015
Jaren Ulu1366-149-81,0619
Kade Ambrocio111-1-0691
Jorell Pontes-Borje114-6-0492
Quinn Searle32-3-080
Brandon Hattori20-1-000
Jurick Valdez101066584
Javen Towne1311157919
Jorell Pontes-Borje11485193
Ezkiah Moniz-Hopeau10513893
Kade Ambrocio12502296
Nicholas Kelekoa10362202
Royce Carrick10351973
Solofua Grey8261524
Charles Mamala7211012
Rico Rosario18330
Kanai Mauga64270
Quinn Searle75250
Isaiah Freeney9120
Brandon Hattori2110
Jaren Ulu1360-640
Isaiah Freeney9236116
Kanai Mauga891641
Ezkiah Moniz-Hopeau108871
Kade Ambrocio127631
Jeresalem Tootoo57420
Royce Carrick105763
Jorell Pontes-Borje115500
Faaoli Luafutu34470
Javen Towne133551
Joey Nuuanu-Kuhiiki11101
Nicholas Kelekoa10160
Solofua Grey8140
Jordan Marquez Pacapac1130

A 30-0 win by Kahuku over Waianae in the regular-season finale for both teams last month extended the Red Raiders’ winning streak to 14 over the Seariders.

You have to go all the way back to 2000 to find the last time Waianae won a game against Kahuku. So how do the Seariders stand a chance in the Division I semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships on Friday night at Aloha Stadium?

Head coach Walter Young told the Star-Advertiser’s Paul Honda in today’s preview story, “We watched (on video) what we did against Kahuku. We just weren’t working on execution,” Young said of the regular-season loss to Kahuku. “We have to clean up the bad things, clean up the penalties, make tackles and wrap up better.”

The Seariders will try to play much better than in the first meeting, but what they do won’t change. So can it be enough?

Kahuku is on a historical pace defensively, allowing only 39 points in 11 games. The Red Raiders held Mililani, which is averaging more than 52 points a game, to less than 200 total yards and no offensive touchdowns in the OIA title game two weeks ago. The Trojans’ up-tempo passing attack was limited after Kahuku knocked freshman starter Dillon Gabriel out of the game in the first half and the Red Raiders showed exactly how dominant they can be against a one-dimensional offense, holding Mililani to 5 total yards and no completed passes in the second half.

Understanding how much easier a one-dimensional offense is to stop, Kahuku coach Vavae Tata pointed out to Honda in today’s story that although Kahuku’s DNA is smashmouth football, he’s confident they can make changes on the fly, as they did against Mililani, using Cameron Renaud at QB.

“If anything happens, we can adjust,” Tata said. “Cameron did a great job coming off the bench.”

Renaud was 5-for-8 for 91 yards and opened things up for the Red Raiders, who broke a 7-7 tie in the fourth quarter with 13 points to pull out the 20-7 win.

With a McKenzie Milton-led Mililani team and a high-powered Saint Louis squad on the other side of the bracket, that diversity will ultimately be needed to get through these final two games.

Or will it? Waianae is going to do what it always does and Kahuku isn’t going to change until a team forces it to make that move. Will it happen, or can either of these two teams simply power their way through the next two games to a state championship?


  1. LBI November 12, 2015 9:50 am

    Good luck to both teams from the country side…Rep well!!!

    Go Big Red!!

  2. "UNITY=STRENGHT" November 12, 2015 10:36 am

    Waianae needs to get good field position and start from there hopefully with plays that keep the drive alive going be tough but OL BABY mixed it up QB needs to be alert and moving and put there best on defense Line, Backs quick and hungry “NO HONEYS BEFORE THE GAME RULE #1!!! ” West Side Pride from Electric beach to Yokahamas Kaena Point going against the Boys from the North Shore OL Baby!!! “WHATS UP CUZZZZ”!!! TEASING!!!:)

  3. Manley November 12, 2015 11:54 am

    Afternoon Marque pits the end of the country road schools with natural dirt and weed fields. Delapidated locker room and equipment. But old family lineage ,pride and heart. The nightcap schools enjoy million dollar astrology turf and locker room towel service. Lol.

  4. Homegrown November 12, 2015 12:01 pm

    Go Big Red! Probably see the offense open up a little more with some passing series.

  5. Manley November 12, 2015 9:30 pm

    The winner of this one wins the State! The evening game will have missing defense like the Pun/Mil and StL/Mil game of 2014. Watch the best Defense in history.

  6. Paper Crane November 13, 2015 1:15 pm

    RR4L’er praying for a repeat and on to next week State Championship;…again mahalo to OC16’s X Cast and Darren;….like hoping for a loud and happy tears drive home tonite.

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