GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Tavita Aholeilei of Kaimuki looked for room to run against Waipahu yesterday. The Bulldogs rushed for 202 yards.
Offensive line leads way; Kaimuki unbeaten in White
While coaching at Kailua and Kahuku, Darren Johnson's schemes were based on letting a hefty offensive line plow the way for the offense.
He's applied the principle in his first season as head coach at Kaimuki, and the Bulldogs emerged from last night's showdown with Waipahu as the last unbeaten team in OIA White Conference play.
The Kaimuki line led 5-foot-5 running back Justin Paderes to a 126-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Bulldogs' 33-6 win last night at Roosevelt Stadium.
After giving up a touchdown on the game's opening possession, Kaimuki (4-1 overall, 4-0 OIA White) took control of the line of scrimmage and wore down the Marauders (2-2, 2-1).
The Bulldogs offensive line of Robert Pologa (6-1, 285), Chauncy Nicola (6-1, 270), Dustin Uyeda (6-1, 250), Albert Iokepa (6-1, 245) and Alex Foster-Laifa (6-3, 290), and tight end Kyle Ikeda (5-10, 205) set the way for Kaimuki's 365 yards of total offense.
"They did a really nice job tonight, they executed," Johnson said of the line. "The coaches did a good job putting together a good package on both sides of the ball."
Paderes' ability to run effectively set up quarterback Kapono Kaiwi-Barrionnebo for play-action passes and he threw for 145 yards and a score.
The Bulldog defense, meanwhile, came up with four turnovers and has allowed no more than six points in each of its four OIA White contests.
Aided by two Waipahu fumbles, Kaimuki scored on all three of its first-half possessions to take a 21-6 lead into halftime.
Waipahu took the opening kickoff and controlled the ball and the clock in driving 74 yards in 12 plays and scoring on a 27-yard strike from Troy Matautia to Mike Poscalbo.
Kaimuki chewed up the remaining 7 minutes of the first quarter with a 10-play drive capped by Paderes' 5-yard run.
Kaimuki continued to attack in the second half, scoring on runs by Paderes and Josh Gacusana to put the game away.
"Kaimuki did an excellent job of controlling the ball and the clock," Waipahu coach Sean Saturnio said. "We knew coming in they were big, they were athletic and they were well coached. And when you face a team like that you can't afford to self implode."
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