OIA RED EAST
Kahuku polishes passing game
With the Oahu Interscholastic Association playoffs in sight, No. 1 Kahuku finished off the regular season the way a top-ranked team should.
Malosi Teo caught a touchdown pass and ran for another and the vaunted Red Raiders defense allowed only 70 total yards as Kahuku put an impressive final stamp on the regular season with a 46-0 shutout of Kaimuki last night at Kaiser.
All three quarterbacks who played for Kahuku threw a touchdown pass as the Red Raiders (6-1, 5-1) pulled to within a half-game of Castle for the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red East lead. Kahuku can only hope for a share of the division title if Castle loses tonight against McKinley, but the Knights would still get the East's top seed in the OIA Red playoffs because they defeated Kahuku earlier in the season.
"It's great to end the season with a win, especially getting everyone in to play," Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai said. "I give Kaimuki a lot of credit -- they have limited players, but they play tough and every one of those guys is a real player. It's a sign of the coaching and what a tremendous job they do over there."
The Bulldogs (1-7, 1-5) came to play early, taking their opening possession into Kahuku's red zone before being stopped on a fourth-down play. But from then on it was all Kahuku as the Red Raiders scored on five of their six first-half possessions, with four scores coming on drives of one or two plays.
"We were trying to do a little bit of passing tonight," Livai said.
The Red Raiders racked up 202 yards on the ground but also were able to move the ball through the air, as Kaulin Krebs, Jacob Kahawaii and Ioane Teriipaia combined to complete seven of 11 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
"Kaulin is our starter, but we've got (Kahawaii and Teriipaia) to rest him and they all had their moments," Livai said.
A 1-yard run by Krebs capped Kahuku's first drive, which went for 83 yards to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. But they would explode for 32 second-quarter points, including 19 in a span of 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Teo's 25-yard scamper pushed the lead to 13 before a 7-yard run by Jason Mauai and a 30-yard fumble return by B.J. Beatty suddenly put the Red Raiders up 26-0.
"We want to work on our passing game, but we're just trying to do whatever it takes to get into the end zone," Krebs said.
Kahawaii completed his only pass of the night, finding Redmond Tutor in the back of the end zone for a 27-yard score with 4 minutes left, and then Teo took a swing pass from Krebs 27 yards to the house with less than a minute left to give Kahuku a 39-0 lead heading into halftime.
With the Red East's second seed clinched, the Red Raiders have a week off before beginning their quest for a third straight OIA Red conference championship on Oct. 28 against the third seed out of the Red West division.
Kailua 34, Roosevelt 6
Jacob Gibson had 12 carries for 97 yards as the Surfriders dashed the Rough Riders' playoff hopes with a win.
Roosevelt led 6-0 early in the first quarter until Micah Gibson caught a 43-yard pass from Nathan Alvarado to tie the game. Kailua scored twice in the second quarter and held Roosevelt scoreless for the rest of the game.