This Friday night at 7:35 p.m., the Kaua’i Red Raiders will open their
season against the Kapa’a Warriors at Vidinha Stadium.
are set to go with a new offensive scheme, and a group of individual athletes
who have bonded into a team.
After scouting the first game of the season,
Kaua’i coach Keli’i Morgado said he saw many aspects of Kapa’a’s and Waimea’s
game that will work in favor of Kaua’i’s pass first, run second offensive set
up. Morgado also was very impressed with how well Kapa’a’s quarterback, Dustin
Mundon, played against Waimea, and surprised by the lack of execution on
Kapa’a had several opportunities in the red zone (inside
the 20-yard line) last Friday, but could not capitalize once there. Waimea’s
defense played a major role in stifling Kapa’a’s execution in the red zone,
though, because of its overwhelming pressure at the line of scrimmage.
The Red Raiders also intend to apply a severe dose of their own defensive
pressure against Kapa’a this Friday night, which should create another exciting
match up for the fans to watch.
The Raiders are “emotionally ready to play”
Morgado said, and the Warriors will definitely come out firing to try and even
their record at 1-1.
On another note, an editorial from the Calvary Chapel
(Calif.) athletic trainer was printed recently (Tuesday, Sept. 5) in The Garden
Island, citing Calvary’s impression of the way Kaua’i, and specifically
Morgado, operates the football team.
Morgado was asked if he had a
response to the editorial and he stated, “Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I
feel that the trainer was speaking from the outside looking in. Many of the
opinions that she said were false. We know who we are, and as long as we don’t
do anything wrong, we don’t have to justify our actions to anyone.”