Morris passes Punahou to 32-7 win

Last week it was the run.

This week it was the pass.

The Kaua‘i Red Raiders football team yielded 326 yards on the ground in a 29-15 preseason loss last week to El Camino High.

The Red Raiders were much better on Friday night against Punahou’s ground attack.

Unfortunately, Kaua‘i couldn’t stop the pass as Buff n’ Blue quarterback John Morris threw for 316 yards and three scores in leading Punahou to a 32-7 preseason win at Vidinha Stadium.

The Red Raiders rushed for just 6 yards through three quarters of action while Kekoa Crowell hit on just 7-of-12 passes for 113 yards and an interception.

Max Hadwin fired a 26-yard scoring pass to Weston Victorino late in the fourth quarter to put the Red Raiders on the scoreboard.

Hadwin hit on 4-of-8 passes for 39 yards while rushing for 28 yards.

Morris hit on 21-of-31 passes in 2 1/2 half quarters of action before sitting out the remainder of the contest.

The senior was particularly tough in the first quarter when he completed 10-of-14 passes for 138 yards and two scores to help Punahou build an early 12-0 edge.

Cameron Grace hauled in both of Morris’s first-period touchdown passes, scoring from 8 and then 40 yards.

The Buff n’ Blue jumped on the scoreboard with a 69-yard drive on their opening possession.

Morris was 6-of-8 on the march which culminated in an 8-yard touchdown strike to Grace.

Punahou’s Micah Strickland helped key the Buff n’ Blue’s second scoring drive of the opening quarter with several key runs.

For the game, Strickland only accounted for 57 yards on the ground but his runs helped keep the Red Raiders’ defense off balance.

The Buff n’ Blue scored 13 points in the second period on two short touchdown runs by Matt Solomona (2 yards) and then Morris from a yard out to open a 25-0 halftime edge.

Punahou finished its scoring midway through the third quarter when Morris hit Koa Duncan for a 26-yard scoring strike.

The Red Raiders open the KIF schedule next Friday against Kapa‘a at Vidinha Stadium. JV starts at 5 p.m.

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