Everyone on the island knows that football is the biggest and most popular sport on the westside and when its high school football team doesn’t win the KIF title, it’s a big disappointment.

Waimea head coach Liko Pereira is in his third year at the helm of the storied westside program.

He would like nothing more than to dethrone the two-time KIF champion Red Raiders tonight on their home turf.

A win would bring the Menehune into a first-place tie in the KIF football standings, but more importantly, it would give them confidence against a Kaua’i squad that’s been having its way with the “Big Blue Machine.”

The Red Raider offense is starting to find its groove and last week the Warriors were the latest victim of the run-and-shoot spectacular, to the tune of 27 points, which was the highest output by a KIF team this season.

My prediction: Last week’s win showed me a lot about the Red Raiders and their tough defense, which has been the “real” key to their attack. It also looks as though their offense is starting to get back to the “old” days. I know it’s not going to be a blowout, but Kaua’i should prevail in a dogfight at Vidinha, 17-10.


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