KIF FOOTBALL OPENER

LIHU’E — If you’re a fan of offense, then you’d probably want to forget last night’s game, because it was ugly!

It certainly looked like the first game of the season, with sluggish play on both sides of the field, but a third quarter Kenny Estes 25-yard field goal gave the Menehune the KIF opener at Vidinha Stadium, 3-0.

The two teams combined for just under 250 yards and almost 20 penalties. Both offenses were held in check by solid play on defense by both squads.

A Waimea drive deep into Warrior territory enabled the Menehune to convert the first score of the season, a field goal by Estes, who led the Waimea drive with two first down runs. Oni Schmidt also contributed with a first down conversion.

Estes totaled 114 yards rushing on 22 carries with an average of over five yards per rush.

Scoring chances for not: Late in the second quarter, Waimea turned the ball over deep in its own territory on a long snap miscue that sailed over punter Kenny Estes’ head, but the heady senior managed to kick the ball away. But on the next play, another snap miscue gave the Menehune the ball back, as Mackey DelaCruz recovered the Evan Lotu fumble for Waimea.

An Illegal forward pass on the exchange between Daniel Lizama and Kenny Estes put the Menehune on their 1yard line to start off the second half. Waimea fumbled and Kapa’a recovered, but the Warriors handed the ball back with a fumble of their own.

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