LIHUE – The Waimea Menehune have had three weeks to think it over.
Now its time to act.
The Menehune will face the Kailua Surfriders tonight at Vidinha Stadium in the quarterfinals of the Chevron State Football Championships.
Waimea (6-0, 7-1) will pit its bruising running game against a dynamic Kailua offense, which averaged over 450 yards of offense per game in the regular season.
Kailua (8-2) was stunned 25-0 by the Castle Knights in the Oahu Interscholastic Federation championship game and will look to reverse its fortune against the Menehune, who they lost to 20-18 in the quarterfinals in 1999.
The Surfriders will look to stopping the Menehunes’ Jordon Dizon, the touted running back who amassed 1,147 yards and 15 TDs in five games this season.
The Menehune will attempt to offset the Surfriders’ electric passing game, which is led by Ranson Kepa, who completed 85 of 156 passes for 1,758 yards and 17 TDs in seven games this season. They will also look to stop two of the OIA’s leading rushers in Nathan Leaver (7 games, 326 yards, 6.8 yards per carry) and Bronson Kamaka (7 games, 394 yards, 6.8 ypc), as well as the receiver tandem of Brad Ching (7 games, 26 rec. 577 yards, 5 TDs) and David Kaihenui (7 games, 26 rec. 682 yards, 8 TDs).
Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m., but get there early – it’s going to be the island’s most popular event of the weekend.