The ‘W’ matters to Waianae, not records

Waianae lines up for a touchdown run by running back Rico Rosario (6) during the first half against Kaiser. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.
Waianae lines up for a touchdown run by running back Rico Rosario (6) during the first half against Kaiser. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

It was a gritty effort by the small band of Kaiser Cougars, but the Waianae Seariders were back to playing physical, ground-and-pound football on Friday night.

It started with an opportunistic defense — Tytyn Kahooilihala‘s fumble recovery in the end zone just two snaps into the contest — and kept rolling with a bulldozing ground attack.

It was fitting, in many ways, that Waianae’s leading rusher stopped short of breaking a school record. Rico Rosario piled up 190 yards on just 14 carries, scoring two touchdowns in his team’s 49-6 victory at Raymond Torii Field. It was a matter of will for the Seariders in the trenches, bringing full frontal force again and again until the two-way Cougars wore down. He ran behind a group that includes LT Onesimus Clarke (6-foot-5, 310 pounds), LG John McFall (6-0, 250), C Wilson Kerisano (6-0, 285), RG David Hernandez (5-10, 230) and RT Andrew Paese (6-1, 280). As a team, Waianae rushed for 295 yards on 38 attempts.


“Rico ran hard and he broke some tackles. I’m proud of him,” Waianae coach Walter Young said.

With a compact 5-9, 200-pound frame, the junior runs with a very low center of gravity and is a master of yards-after-contact production. He also has a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average.

“It’s just the ability I was born with, how to run the ball. When I run the ball, I’m just being myself,” Rosario said.


With the school record for single-game rushing at 239 yards — set by West Keliikipi in 1997 against Waipahu — Rosario was probably just five or so carries from shattering the mark. Kaiser’s defense began to run out of gas in the second half. By then, it was a 43-point lead and Rosario was done with 8:42 left in the third quarter.

“I feel good that everybody got the ball. We’ve just got to work on little stuff, things that will get us better in the future,” Rosario said.


It’s a much-needed rebound coming off a 28-0 loss at Kahuku last week, the lone blemish on Waianae’s record after five games.

“It’s about how you bounce back from a loss, showing the state that we’ll be seeing (Kahuku) again,” he said.

Waianae coach Walter Young was delighted by his team's solid performance in all three phases.
Waianae coach Walter Young was delighted by his team’s solid performance in all three phases.
Rico Rosario carries the tradition of hard-nosed Waianae running backs. He rushed for 190 yards and two TDs on 14 carries in a win over Kaiser. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.
Rico Rosario carries the tradition of hard-nosed Waianae running backs. He rushed for 190 yards and two TDs on 14 carries in a win over Kaiser. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

COMMENTS

  1. 808 RR4L September 3, 2016 11:51 am

    nah but for real guys. good that waianae get pride. they physical and they straight up bang. good that they care about the “w” and not record. but when they play us I HOPE THEY LIKE THE LETTER L! L FOR LOSE………………….R!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

    nah but for real though. they one good team. WE JUST BETTER! YOU GUYS LIKE SEE SMASHMOUTH THEN COME NORTH SHORE!

    RR4L! HATE US CUZ YOU AINT US BRUH!


  2. 87 September 3, 2016 2:33 pm

    Poser alert! 808RR4L is one smal skinny beach boy from sandy beach wishing he was a red raider but no one speaks messed up pigeon like him, hahahah, keep playing your ukulele at the bus stop wanna be RR you not fooling anyone

    Good luck Waianae we meet up again in playooffs to rep the OIA against the ILH.


  3. 808 RR4L September 3, 2016 5:40 pm

    poser alert! poser alert! GET A LIFE 87. maybe YOU the one who’s one poser! talking about skinny beach boy whatever at sandys. LOL GET A LIFE POSER 87! MESSED UP PIDGIN LIKE YOUR FACE! AHAHAHAHAHAHA

    RR4L! HATE US CUZ YOU AINT US BRUH!


  4. THE SEARIDER September 4, 2016 7:07 pm

    808 RRFL
    What about in the ring? Mighty big mouth coming from somebody who like talk about banging… Your BEST fighter is our WORST. Step up punk


  5. RR4L01 September 4, 2016 8:18 pm

    @808RR4L

    who ever you are stop making trouble on the forums, fans like you is why people rather hate us than support us. Waianae keep winning. ……keep getting better…..OIA gotta represent in the state


  6. Jeezy33 September 5, 2016 8:52 am

    THE SEARIDER: COME NORTH SHORE THEN IF YOU NOT SCARED. WHERE YOU TRAIN? BJ PENN BU! BJ PENN! DAS WHAT I THOUGHT!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    RR4L! HATE US CUZ YOU AINT US BRUH


  7. kahukuwrckless September 5, 2016 12:16 pm

    Jeezy33, so ur the guy that is a kahuku fan and like make trouble haha


  8. RidgeRunnerE-5 September 6, 2016 9:07 am

    Looks like 808 RR4L forgot to log out of his Jeezy33 account before commenting. Sad the life.


  9. oia#1 September 9, 2016 5:30 pm

    LOL jezzy got busted bipolar get issues hehe


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