Bogged down in talk of the run as its only weapon, Unch-AIR-acteristic

Lihu’e- Jaws in the Vidinha stands and press box hung lower than tree branches

in a wind storm.

And it was Waimea’s fault.

Not only did the team

support its ranking as the fifth best in the state with a 37-0 blanking of

Kapa’a, but the Westside school put its billing as a team focused only on the

ground game to shame.

Even the Menehunes’ fans looked shocked.

Waimea

quarterback Nikko Naumu, despite completing no more than four passes in the

preseason, unloaded for five completions- three for touchdowns- on nine

attempts during the opening half. The first-year senior finished the contest

6-13 with four TDs and one interception.

Despite the gap in scoring, Kapa’a

did manage to battle hard in the trenches. And, the Warriors may have changed

the course of the game had they been able to stick the ball in the end zone

early. The opportunity did present itself.

After a 43-yard field goal from

the Menehunes’ Adrian Agon to open the scoring, Kapa’a found itself the

benefactor of a fumble deep in Waimea territory. The Warriors took possession

at the Menehunes’ 16-yard line, but could not capitalize. Waimea senior

linebacker Brandon Perreira, the Menehunes’ standout who also ran for an

85-yard TD in the fourth quarter, proved just too tough. He went helmet to

helmet at the goalline with Warriors’ QB Dustin Mundon, keeping the sophomore

from scoring. The play summed up the hard-nosed feel of the Kaua’i

Interscholastic Federation opener. Both teams’ players appeared happy to

finally be hitting an opponent rather than each other in practice.

Early in

the second quarter, following a short Kapa’a possession, Waimea blocked a

Warrior punt. The Menehunes’ took the ball on Kapa’a’s 25-yard line, where, on

the first play from scrimmage, Naumu found sophomore Dane Koga streaking into

the end zone for a TD. One minute later, following a Warriors’ fumble, Naumu

and Koga hooked up again for an 18-yard scoring pass.

Naumu finished off

his stunning second-quarter aerial display minutes later when he found a

blazing Micah Bermoy up the left sideline for a 63-yard TD. The pair connected

again late in the fourth quarter for a 17-yard touchdown.

Kapa’a was not

without highlights, however. Despite the gap on the scoreboard, both the

offense and defense continued to pound away. The team showed no signs of

throwing in the towel. But the Warriors did show themselves a group still

trying to grasp a new offense. Many of Kapa’a’s pitches out of the option

looked shaky, and the Warriors were unable to capitalize deep in Waimea

territory.

Key Stat

Nikko Naumu: QB,

Waimea

6-13-1-131

Waimea QB Nikko Naumu had a breakout game,

completing six of his thirteen attempts for four touchdowns and just

one interception.

By DENNIS FUJIMOTO, Staff

Waimea

37, Kapa’a 0

Waimea 3 20 0 14

37

Kapa’a 0 0 0 0 0

The Vital

Stats

Team Stats Menehunes Warriors

1st Downs

10 8

Total Yards 301 143

Rushing

34-170 35-78

Passing 6-13-1-131

4-13-0-65

Punting 4-35 6-38

Fumbles-lost

5-3 6-3

Penalties-Yards 6-50 7-49

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