HANAPEPE — So far this season, no KIF football has been able to score more than 13 points in a game and last night was no different, as defense ruled once again. The Red Raiders won the turnover game at slippery Hanapepe Stadium, 7-0.
“All the right plays were called, but we just turned the ball over too many times,” Kaua‘i head coach Keli‘i Morgado said.
The first half scoreboard saw no action, just goose eggs, as both teams weren’t able to muster up any sort of offense.
“It’s nice to start out on top,” Morgado said, referring to their loss at Hanapepe Stadium last year.
The Menehune had more than enough chances to get back into the game, but turn-overs plagued them as well.
“They came to play and they were inspired,” Morgado said of Waimea’s effort.
The only six on the evening went to runningback Duke Dasalia, who muscled in past Menehune defenders for the eight yard touchdown at the seven minute mark in the third quarter. Frank Speetjens nailed the extra point for the 7-0 margin.
Waimea threatened the Kaua‘i lead with about two minutes to go in the contest, as Dustin Rita recovered a Jonathan Rellin fumble and took it back to the Red Raider 35 yard line, but the Menehune handed the ball back, thanks to a Justyn Jumawan-Perreira goal line interception, which iced the game in Kaua‘i’s favor.
The Red Raider defense was able to keep Kenny Estes in check, as well as other Menehune runners.
Defensive standouts included Waimea’s Blayne Vea (INT), Bryson Vea (fumble recovery), Nash Danley (INT), and Estes (INT). Kaua‘i’s defensive unit was led by Jumawan-Perreira (2 INT’s), Raymond Jerves (blocked punt), and Preston Ramson (sack).
Kaua‘i moved into the driver’s seat in the KIF football standings at 2-0, followed by Waimea at 1-1 and Kapa‘a at 0-2. Kapa‘a travels to Hanapepe Stadium to face the Menehune on Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m.
All Alayvilla in Kaua‘i 25-0 win
Kaua‘i tailback Micah “Da Machine” Alayvilla lived up to by accounting for all of the scoring in Kaua‘i’s 25-0 win last night over the Menehune JV squad.
Alayvilla scored on runs of 32, 16, 66, and 9, each coming in one of the four quarters. The sophomore hard runner made Hanapepe Stadium his personal playground with nifty moves and smash mouth running throughout the contest. Blake Gingerich converted one PAT on the evening. The win improved Kaua‘i’s record to 2-0, followed by Kapa‘a and Waimea at 0-1-1.