Tuitama comes up big for Kaimuki

Randon Tuitama’s final performance for Kaimuki was among his finest.

The senior running back ran for 184 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 28-13 season-ending loss to Castle on Friday.

The result gave Castle (3-5, 2-4) the OIA Red East’s final playoff berth, while Kaimuki ended the season at 1-7 and 0-6 in league play.

Kaimuki twice took leads on Tuitama’s scoring runs, but couldn’t hold off a Castle attack led by quarterback Stephen Lee, who threw for 315 yards and a touchdown and ran for two scores.

Tuitama bolted 83 yards up the middle on his first carry of Friday’s game at Kaiser High School and scored on a 15-yard run one play later. He went into halftime with 150 yards on 12 carries.

His total for the game was 10 yards short of his season high, set in the Bulldogs’ opener against Waialua, and was the program’s eighth highest since 1973.

Tuitama ended the season with 655 yards on 100 carries and five touchdowns for a Kaimuki team thin on size and numbers while competing in the OIA Red.

“Randon is fantastic,” Kaimuki coach Clint Onigama said. “He has a real desire to win and push himself. He’s one of the guys we really depend on.”


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