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
KAHUKU’S SINGLE-GAME LEADERS VS. WAIANAE
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)
WAIANAE’S SINGLE-GAME LEADERS VS. KAHUKU
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 leadersUpdated: Nov. 21, 2015
Waianae’s offensive leadersUpdated: Nov. 13, 2015
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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?