eyes on ILH title
If he could pull it off, Kamehameha football coach Kanani Souza would be content to go with one of the most ubiquitous sports quotes of all time: "We're taking it one game at a time."
Souza isn't getting off that easy, but he's been around long enough to know better than to look very far into the future after the Warriors' 16-13 victory over arch-rival Saint Louis in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu opener last Saturday.
Saint Louis has won every ILH title since 1986, and if the Warriors want to break the streak, they not only have to beat the Crusaders in the rematch, they most likely have to win every other game as well.
"Right now, we've got a lot of things to work on to get better," Souza said. "Defensively, we play assignment football, and at times, some players were lost. On offense, we've got some people making great plays, but we're not all executing together and have had a lot busted assignments on the line."
Souza credited receiver Waika Carvalho with making some big-time catches late in the game and said quarterback Pono Kam and running back Sy Cullen got better as the game went on.
The Warriors won with team defense, but defensive back Guyton Galdeira was one player who continually put the hurt on the Crusaders.
"Saint Louis is an awfully good team and they're going to get better," Souza said. "We've got Punahou this week and I'm impressed with them, too."
Run-and-shoot in like Flint: Former University of Hawaii backup quarterback Jared Flint is helping to spread June Jones' run-and-shoot.
Flint is a co-offensive coordinator along with his dad, Bob Flint, for Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif.
The Warriors visited Hawaii for a game against Waimea two weeks ago and lost 25-20.
"After my last semester at Hawaii (December 2002), I got an e-mail from Woodbridge coach Rick Gibson," Flint said. "He asked if I could come and install the run-and-shoot. So I came right away."
Flint, 24, said the offense is working real well with quarterback Mike Anderson. And the first-year assistant is already beginning to sound like Jones.
"We would throw for 500 yards in a game and he (Jones) would point out how easy it would have been to throw for 700 yards. Against Waimea, we threw for 200 yards in the first half and I told the boys how easy it would have been to throw for 350."
Flint was impressed with Waimea running back Jordon Dizon, who is off to Colorado next year.
"He's the real deal -- a men among boys," Flint said.
Chargers have big staff: Pearl City football coach Onosai Tanuvasa has a huge staff of 14 assistants and many of them are former University of Hawaii players. They include tight end coach Cliff LaBoy (1973-75), defensive line coach Wadsley Abihai (1972-74), linebackers coach Dexter Gomes (1972-74), defensive backs coaches Glenn Hookano (1969-70) and Harold Stringert (1972-73), defensive coordinator Mike Iosua (1998-2001) and offensive line coach Parson Iosua (1981).
Kaipo Spencer, a former standout quarterback for Kamehameha in the late 1960s, is the quarterbacks coach.
Falcons new cheer coach: Kalani hired Lori Grimsley as its new cheerleading coach, according to athletic director Gordon Miyashiro.
Grimsley is a former cheerleading coach for Benton Junior High in Texas. A substitute teacher for the Department of Education, she officially started as the Falcons' coach Monday.
Seariders new coaches: Waianae has three new varsity coaches, according to athletic director Glenn Tokunaga.
King Wong is the new boys basketball coach and Nelson Kane is the new softball coach, while Georgie Keiki takes over the girls soccer team.
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Athlete of the Week
>> Kawika Vincent, Kamehameha football: The 6-foot-3, 260-pound tight end caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Pono Kam to lift the Warriors over rival Saint Louis 16-13.
>> Jessica Domingo, Kamehameha cross country: Won the 2-mile ILH meet in 14 minutes, 17 seconds.
>> John Morris, Punahou: Passed for 194 yards, threw for three TDs and rushed for another in a 27-19 win over Iolani.
>> Raynold Stowers, Iolani: Rushed for 121 yards in the loss to Punahou.
>> Andrew Tokumi, Mililani: Caught two passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in a 35-20 win over Pearl City.
>> Jensen Cabanero, Pearl City: Passed for 247 yards and three TDs in the loss to Mililani.
>> Paea Vaimoui, Kahuku: Rushed for 117 yards and three TDs in a 40-12 win over McKinley.
>> Royden Nabarro, Hilo: Kicked the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter of a 9-7 victory over Konawaena.
>> Jon Medeiros, Kapolei: Completed 10 of 14 passes for 201 yards and two TDs in a 38-0 win over Moanalua.
>> Zach Say, Hawaii Prep: Rushed for 212 yards in a 42-18 win over Keaau.
>> Andrew Nakihei, Maui: Rushed for 179 yards in a 26-0 victory over Lahainaluna.
>> David Pershin, Kalaheo: Scored the winning touchdown in a 31-27 victory over Waialua.
>> RJ Kiesel-Kauhane, Aiea: Ran back a fourth-quarter interception for a TD to seal a 10-0 win over Radford.
>> Nicolle Akau, Lutheran: Bowled a 626 series in a 3-0 win over St. Francis.
>> Jarret Mizo, Roosevelt: Bowled a 631 series in a 2-1 win over McKinley.
>> Jonelyn Quiocho, Farrington: Bowled a 552 series in a 3-0 victory over Moanalua.
>> Jon Yasuda, Iolani: Won the 3-mile ILH boys race in 19:25.
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