With Campbell in such a slump, it’s easy to forget what coach Amosa Amosa has done in Ewa Beach.
The Sabers are 0-2 in the OIA Blue and fighting with rival Kapolei to stay out of the cellar. All they have to do to avoid that fate is beat unbeaten Kailua.
But it certainly can be done. Amosa has never lost to the Surfriders, instantly ending Kailua’s five game winning streak when he took over.
How much of a difference has Amosa made in the big picture? Before he took over, Campbell averaged 8.5 points per game whenever it met Kailua. After he installed his run-and-shoot, the Sabers average 35.3 points in three games against them.
The first thing the homeless Sabers have to do is figure out how to get running back Terell Johnson some room to roam. The speedy back averaged 6.0 yards per carry last year but has been limited to a 4.1 average through one league game this year, but that was against Kahuku.
Notes: Ezra Savea, now at Kapolei, torched Kailua for 296 yards passing last year … Campbell has not had a rusher gain more than 100 yards on the ground against Kailua since Mapa Malupo‘s 131 in 2002 … Kanaloa Pantastico is the last Campbell receiver to go over 100 yards against Kailua, getting 120 in 1996 … Campbell’s defense held Kailua to no passing yards last year, but Martin Tigilau was under center rather than Noah Auld … Auld led the Surfriders in passing (141) and rushing (45) in a 2013 loss … Campbell and Kailua have had a margin lower than three touchdowns only once in the last eight meetings.