VIDEO: Kahuku CB Kekaula Kaniho

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.

Cornerback Kekaula Kaniho, a first-team Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State choice last season, was a key contributor to Kahuku's 44-8 win over Farrington in the OIA Division I title game. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Cornerback Kekaula Kaniho, a first-team Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State choice last season, was a key contributor to Kahuku’s 44-8 win over Farrington in the OIA Division I title game. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

COMMENTS

  1. ??? October 30, 2016 7:22 am

    He’s a great player & his 9th grade brother will be too; already jamming on the varsity.


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