Kamehameha put up a fight, but right now, Kahuku is utterly dominant in all phases.
A 49-0 win to open the 2022 season confirmed one thing: the defending Open Division state champions are fully prepared to repeat their success.
A loss to Kahuku, which could land in the national rankings sooner rather than later, is a litmus test more than a failure.
“Kahuku’s a great football team,” Kamehameha coach Abu Ma‘afala said. “Disciplined, play together, well coached, great athletes, great recipe. That’s what great teams are made of and that’s what we’re trying to get here at Kamehameha, as well.”
Kahuku eschewed much of its pass blitz-heavy approach in favor of containing the ground attack. Kamehameha finished with 54 yards of total offense against that balanced defensive unit led by Liona Lefau, Leonard Ah You and Brock Cravens Fonoimoana. Playing on its pristine new field, the offense generated 410 total yards, using its two-running back shotgun set efficiently. When Waika Crawford wasn’t delivering passes to Kainoa Carvalho and Kingsley Ah You, running back Clyde Taulapapa led a deep RB rotation that finished with 230 rushing yards.
Kahuku has a bye weekend ahead, followed by a matchup with Waianae at Carleton Weimer Field on Aug. 20.
The Warriors host Warren (Calif.) on Friday.
“Our kids came up and they fought to the end,” Ma‘afala said. “I’ve had other lopsided losses like this and didn’t have this kind of energy on the sideline, this togetherness. That’s something we’ve been preaching and the kids responded. All the things when we look on film are fixable. Now the hard work is on us as coaches to get them to buy into that, fix those things and get better before our next game.”