Top-ranked Kahuku’s roll — or stampede — to another Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I championship began with defense.
The Red Raiders’ 44-8 win over Farrington was another demonstration of great defense nullifying great offense. The Governors’ passing game developed into a formidable weapon this season, and they had just rallied past Kapolei 33-27 in the semifinals.
However, a front seven led by defensive end Aliki Vimahi brought consistent pressure on Farrington’s passers, and cornerbacks Stokes Nihipali-Botelho and Kekaula Kaniho led the secondary. In all, Farrington finished with just 169 yards of total offense in 62 snaps — 2.7 yards per play.
Kaniho, who returned an interception for a touchdown against Farrington, chatted with Hawaii Prep World after the game. He had his fourth interception return for touchdown in the last five games for a Kahuku team that has scored 12 touchdowns on defense alone.