Red Raider jayvee team ends season with shutout

LIHUE – Quarterback Max Hadwin threw for two touchdowns and running back Niko Elvenia rushed for a TD and caught a TD to lead the Kaua’i Red Raider junior varsity football team to a 21-0 shutout of the Kapa’a Warriors Friday in the final game of the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation season.

Hadwin, who completed 3 of 9 passes for 95 yards, was also the second leading rusher for the Raiders, but had an eletric 64-yard TD run called back because of a penalty. The penalty was consistent with a number of Raider offensive mistakes, which included 5 penalties for 70 yards and four turnovers.

But the Raider defense allowed the Warriors little room to breath, and the offense returned the favor with big plays and the rushing of Elvenia, who ran for 88 yards and one touchdown.

Kaua’i’s offense couldn’t complete a drive in the first quarter, but twice its defense came up big. Davis Murata sacked quarterback Leo Calvan to stuff Kapa’a’s first drive, and Todd Kane intercepted a Calvan pass on Kapa’a’s second drive to put the Raiders in good field position.

The Raider offense woke up in the second quarter.

Hadwin completed a 27-yard pass to Brian Rodrigues, setting up a 2-yard TD dash by Elvenia to put the Raiders up 7-0.

The Raider defense continued to provide their offense with opportunities. With under two minutes in the half, Bradley Correa chased down a Warrior fumble and again provide the Raiders with good field position. It led to Hadwin’s first TD pass, a 35-yard beam to Matthew Buza.

The Raiders would seal the game in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard TD reception by Elvenia.

Kaua’i finishes the season with 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. Kapa’a ends with 0 wins, 5 losses.

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