Mainland team gives Kaua’i little assistance

LIHU’E – In retrospect, Kaua’i coach Keli’i Morgado may wish he’d opted not to

play a mainland school.

Truthfully, some of the things the Red Raiders saw

Saturday night from visiting Calvary Chapel will not be seen again on this

island during the 2000 KIF season.

Most glaring was the imposing size of

the Eagles quarterback. Just a sophomore, Terry Mermer reached 6-foot-5 on the

chart, and weighed in at 210 pounds. Waimea QB Nikko Nuamu stands 5-5 and tips

the scale at 140 pounds. Though an official play-caller has not been named by

Kapa’a, none listed on its roster top 160 pounds, or reach above 5-9.

“That

guy was massive,” Morgado said. “We won’t see that again this year, so it

really doesn’t help.”

What’s more, with Calvary’s complicated,

timing-oriented passing game, Mermer’s receivers found themselves open more

often than not. Again, it was a display, of the aerial variety, the Red Raiders

are not likely to see again this season.

“They had a lot of speed at

receiver,” Morgado said. “And their routes involved a lot of complexity and

movement.

“We probably would have benefitted more from seeing a run-heavy

team.”

Fact is, Calvary Chapel, though racking up 175 yards on 17

penalties, appeared to reap all the rewards of its trip to The Garden Island.

In the Red Raiders, the Eagles faced a team they could move the ball on

with ease, allowing the California squad to refine its passing game. Despite

being ahead 47 points, they continued to refine until the final minutes of the

contest.

“We were really deflated at halftime,” said Morgado, whose team

trailed 34-0 at the intermission. “But we managed to come out with some fire in

the second half.

“It’s a testament to our heart and desire to play

football.”

In fairness, due to probation and injury, Kaua’i played without

the services of 11 varsity members.

Had Eagles coach Jay Johnson had his

way, his team might not have even made it to Kaua’i.

“We contacted teams

on Maui first, because our team went there three years ago and had a very

positive experience,” the coach said. “But our league in California wouldn’t

let us start our season last week, which is the only time we could’ve played a

Maui team.

“So we contacted the Kaua’i schools and ended up over

here.”

Calvary Chapel arrived on Wednesday, allowing itself a few days to

enjoy island activities.

“All of the kids had to raise their own money to

pay for their own ticket,” Johnson says. “So, we wanted to allow them to enjoy

what they’d earned.”

The coach said his players have visited the north

shore and done some snorkeling. The Eagles left the island

today.

Photo by DENNIS FUJIMOTO, Staff

Kaua’i’s Kaiku Jerves

drives the ball into the teeth of the Calvary Chapel defense Saturday night at

Vindinha Stadium. The visiting Eagles coasted to a 54-0 victory.

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