LIHU‘E — Defense was the key to Friday night’s JV football game as Ekolu Allianic snagged a fumble in the end zone to give Kapa‘a the game’s only score for the 7-0 win against Kaua‘i High School.
Kahai Nakano booted the successful point-after for the final arithmetic as both teams jockeyed in the defensive slugfest.
Justin Rivera was key to the Warriors’ defensive attack, moving through traffic to make key stops on Kaua‘i’s game, which until Friday, was unblemished.
However, Kaua‘i’s Ericson Sante was hit for back-to-back fumbles close to the end zone, and Allianic capitalized on the second one with 9:00 remaining in the half to reap the TD.
Alan Kalili entered the arena in the second half for Kaua‘i, but the Warrior defense proved itself as Kaua‘i could not score despite getting close to the end zone only to have Kapa‘a’s defense push them back out.
Robert Cremer, one of the coaches for the Warrior team, was pleased with the outcome.
“We’re almost there,” Cremer said. “When we started out the season, we (coaches) decided that if we hit .500, we would have reached our goal.”
Friday night’s victory gives Kapa‘a two wins on the season and sets the stage for Friday night’s showdown in Hanapepe where the Warriors will meet the Menehune for Kapa‘a’s final game of this year.
A win will give the Kapa‘a coaches their 50 per cent winning record.
Kaua‘i, on the other hand, gets a week to recuperate, and will play their final game on Friday, Oct. 31 when they host Waimea for the Kaua‘i homecoming game at Vidinha Stadium.
Game time for JV starts at 5 p.m.