Kaua’i, Kapa’a battle tonight

The case certainly could be made that Kaua’i football coach Keli’i Morgado and

his players received a bit of good fortune as the only KIF team with a bye last

week. The Red Raiders were able to trek to Vidinha Stadium in street clothes,

and scout both Waimea, and this week’s opponent, Kapa’a.

Kaua’i faces the

Warriors Friday at 7:35 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium.

To hear Morgado tell it,

however, the time off isn’t all good. Kaua’i has not suited up for competition

since suffering a 54-0 defeat at the hands of California’s Calvary Chapel Aug.

26. Keeping his team focused for the past 20 days, he said, has “been tough” at

times.

“Early this week, we kind of had the mentality of a preseason game,”

Morgado said. “They’re charged up to play now, though.”

Further, though

receiving a sound 37-0 defeat at the hands of Waimea, Kapa’a, at least, has

seen itself in action, and had a week to work out the kinks. The Red Raiders,

in contrast, have been hitting against themselves in practice, and, because of

their lack of depth, have been unable to field an entire defensive unit against

whom to run their offense.

“That’s tough when you run an offense that

reacts to the defense,” Morgado said. “We’ve still got some things to work out,

but we’re as ready as we’re going to get.”

That offense is one likely to

spend a majority of its time going to the air. And directing the charge will be

senior Jeremy Yeats. Despite a tough preseason, the 5-9, 155 pounder “improved

in each game, and has earned the right to be a starter.”

Had Yeats proven

unprepared to go under center Friday night, junior Kamo’i Refamonte would have

taken the snaps. Now, however, Refamonte will be free to play a variety of

other positions, as Morgado had hoped.

As for Kapa’a, the Warriors will

have to do without the services of starting tailback Dahson Gonzales. The

junior was tossed from the Waimea game for throwing a forearm. The questionable

call also rendered him ineligible for this week’s contest.

In his place,

senior-captain Kalani Miyashiro will field a majority of the carries.

The

running back gained a team-high 32 yards against the Menehunes’ unyielding

defense last week.

If the Warriors hope to secure their first points of the

KIF season, they will have to prove more proficient when executing offensively.

Kapa’a fumbled three times last week, though the ball slipped from its

possession more frequently than that.

“I don’t expect that they will

execute like that again,” Morgado said. “What worries me is that the

play-calling was right on.

“I’m worried that our boys think they’re going

to execute like that again. That’s a great team with great coaches.”

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