Waianae keeps legacy alive

Waianae is leaving no part of the game unpracticed as it prepares for Baldwin. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser
Waianae is leaving no part of the game unpracticed as it prepares for Baldwin. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser

Coach Walter Young played at Waianae and was a longtime assistant before taking the helm this year.

Young is head of the math department and has helped his team produce massive numbers through the sum of the parts rather than one or two supersized components. During the OIA Red regular season, the Seariders’ modified wing-T offense rolled up single-game point totals of 43, 36, 50, 90, 69 and 62 points.

The Seariders haven’t done a lot of things differently. They just hammer and chisel away until defenses get loopy. They’ve averaged just 12 pass attempts per game while handing the ball to a committee of rushers. No less than nine Seariders have carried the football at least 21 times for a minimum of two TDs.

Jurick Valdez (568 yards, four TDs) has been a constant at fullback, while Javen Towne (485 yards, 18 TDs) is breakaway threat at the line of scrimmage and also as a kick returner. He had a 64-yard kickoff return against Farrington last week.

More than prolific numbers, though, is the steadfast approach of roots football, Waianae style.

Waianae tradition. When the bashing and gashing was at full bore in last week’s crucial game with Farrington, it was the Seariders who kept focused. After committing 62 yards of penalties in the first quarter, Waianae had only one violation assessed the rest of the night.

“Waianae, they’re established with great tradition. They’re well-coached. They’re physical,” said Baldwin coach Pohai Lee, who scouted the Waianae-Farrington game. “They have a stable of running backs. We have to defend everybody, not just one guy. We’ll watch the film and prepare the best we can. We expect nothing less from the OIA.”


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