Waipahu’s Simanu to test Kaiser

Waipahu's Andrew Simanu paces the OIA Red in receiving. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Waipahu’s Andrew Simanu paces the OIA Red in receiving. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

Looking at the schedule before the season, Kaiser coach Cameron Higgins knew he would be scheming against the OIA’s best receivers week after week.

It is doubtful he thought he would see the best one this week.

The struggling Cougars travel to Waipahu on Friday to face Andrew Simanu and the Marauders. Simanu is the surprise leader in OIA Red receiving, catching 18 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns through three games.

Jordan Taylor, last year’s receiving leader for Waipahu, put up 317 yards in league games all last year and Simanu figures to pass him halfway through.

The scary part for Kaiser? The defense gave up 114 yards to Kapolei’s Ty-Noah Williams in the opener and got torched for 148 yards and four touchdowns by Aiea’s Pohaku Kealoha-Cambe.

Notes: Kaiser’s 45-6 win last year was the most lopsided in the series … Jensen McDaniel rushed for 162 yards in last year’s win over Waipahu, but he is still looking up at the 206 Shannon Wise put on the Marauders in 2004 … Matt Ching is the last Kaiser receiver to go over 100 yards against Waipahu, getting 115 in a loss in 2004 … Waipahu has never had a receiver earn more than 93 yards against the Cougars, Kunane Ebinger was the closest with 92 in 1985 … Maurcell Melton‘s 14 yards against the Cougars last year were the first time in the series Waipahu’s leading rusher failed to go over 50 yards.


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