LIHU’E — Kaua’i senior wide receiver Jett Jasper played his final game at Vidinha Stadium and he didn’t disappoint the sea of Red Raider fans on home-coming night, with two spectacular touchdown catches, which handed Kaua’i the 42-0 win over Kapa’a last night.
“I’m real excited and I’ve played here (Vidinha Stadium) since my Pop Warner days, so it feels really good to get a big win like this,” Jasper said.
The win set up a huge showdown on Friday, as the Menehune (3-1-1) host the Red Raiders (4-0-1) at Hanapepe Stadium on their homecoming night. If Kaua’i defeats Waimea, the Red Raiders will clinch their third straight KIF crown. However, if the Menehune come out on top, the KIF standings will be tied and it will force a championship game between the two squads.
“I can’t wait for that game. I think we can take ’em,” Jasper said. The 6’3″ senior played his best game of the season and was a menace to Kapa’a defenders all evening long. He ended up with four catches for 45 yards. Jonathan Rellin and Pono Matthews controlled the ground game for the Red Raiders. Rellin carried the ball nine times for 71 yards and Matthews picked up 54 yards on nine attempts.
Senior quarterback Tron Rule took most of the snaps and compiled 65 yards through the air on 6-13 attempts, with no interceptions.
Matthews started out the scoring in the first quarter on a 12 yard TD run, as Frank Speetjens nailed the first of his four successful PAT’s on the night.
Then it was Rule to Jasper on a three yard TD connection with 23 seconds to go in the half. The Red Raiders led 14-0 at the midpoint of the contest.
Kaua’i poured it on in the third quarter, with three touchdowns, thanks to Lucky Andres (10 yard TD run), and two Rule TD passes, one to Jasper for 15 yards and one to Speetjens for 18 yards.
Aaron Soong got into the score books, by blocking a punt and picking up the two points, as the ball bounced out of the Warrior endzone for the 36-0 lead.
Then it was fitting for the game to end on another touchdown, but this time the Red Raiders cruised over the goal line on a 60 yard punt return touchdown by Brendan Young, as the clock turned to all goose eggs.
Defensively, Kaua’i was led by Daniel Joao, Kevin Holtzman, Raymond Jerves, Preston Ramson, and Jesse Slade. Elijah Ragsac and Matt Roman led Kapa’a’s defense.
In the JV contest, the Red Raiders edged the Warriors, 7-0. Micah Alayvilla punched in the only TD on a two yard run with just under four minutes to go in the game. The Red Raiders improved to 5-0 on the season and still haven’t allowed a single point on defense this year.