Red Raiders ready to battle Waimea

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.

The Raiders

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’s part.

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.”

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