In past seasons, Kaua’i’s offense had no problem putting points up on the scoreboard, but so far, this season is much different.
“Offensively, we need to improve. We’re working hard and trying to take care of our own responsibilities,” Kaua’i head coach Keli’i Morgado said.
In their first contest of the season, the two-time defending champs utilized strong defensive and special-teams performances.
“The team feels good and confident. (Our) defense held Kapa’a to 29 yards of total offense,” Morgado noted.
However, the Red Raiders must find a way to contain senior running back Kenny Estes, who exploded for over 100 yards in a win against the Warriors.
“Our defense has to accommodate a hard-rushing team, who has shown that they can throw the ball. We have to accommodate for (Kenny) Estes; he’s fast and dangerous,” Morgado said.
And get used to seeing two quarterbacks march on and off the field for the Red Raiders, because both Andrew Renaud and Kainoa Lemke, who alternated in the Kapa’a contest, will be both taking snaps once again.
According to Morgado, the biggest key for Kaua’i to win on Friday night is to not turn the ball over. “Defense and special teams gave us a lot of opportunities, and we turned the ball over too many times,” Morgado said, referring to their first game against Kapa’a.
Against the Menehune, expect the crowd to play a huge role. Morgado is all too familiar with that aspect.
“We just realize that Waimea’s gonna come after us with everything they have. We’re going to have to survive that initial onslaught,” Morgado said.
Catch Waimea and Kaua’i as they battle for the top spot in the KIF on Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m. The JV contest begins at 5 p.m. at Hanapepe Stadium.