Raiders survive against Warriors

The Kaua‘i High Red Raiders played their toughest game of the 2006 season last night at home against the Warriors of Kapa‘a by battling through an early deficit to clinch a 21-10 win in the second half.

With a strong showing in the third quarter, the Raiders (4-0) managed to remain undefeated and send the Warriors (0-4) home winless once again.

At the half, though, it looked at if the Warriors could possibly pull off the upset. They led 10-7 with two scoring drives that included a short field goal in the last second of the second quarter, and a nine-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that finished with a 27-yard run and score by running back Daniel Lizama.

The Warriors finished the half with 162 total yards on 25 plays. They passed for 26 yards and rushed for 136 yards on 21 attempts.

The Raiders’ racked up better half-time numbers than the Warriors, with 233 total yards, but they still trailed on the scoreboard, where it counted.

Heading into the locker room, Kaua‘i High appeared stunned and off-balance. Unfortunately for Kapa‘a, the Raiders didn’t take long to resume the dominant play that has characterized their season from the start.

On the first drive of the second half, Kaua‘i marched 69 yards on five plays, ending with a stunning 49-yard touchdown pass from stud quarterback Andrew Renaud to clutch receiver Pono Matthews.

The pass gave the Warriors for a 14-10 lead.

It was all positive from there for Kaua‘i High. The Raiders’ defense, lead by the stingy play of captains Kevin Holtzman and Justin Jumawan-Perreira, held the Warriors to a mere two yards and a three-and-out on their next possession.

A fumble recovery at the start of the fourth quarter by free-safety Perreira quickly turned into another seven points for the Raiders when Renaud threw a 20-yard strike to receiver Jonathan Gebauer, his fifth scoring grab of the season. Defensive tackle Jimmy Tucker also came through for Kaua‘i High with two fumble recoveries.


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