Pono Matthews took the opening kickoff on an 80-yard ride and the Raiders never looked back.
The special teams effort opened a wild night for Kaua‘i High School who reaped a total of 344 yards of offense en route to a 42-0 spoiling of the Kapa‘a homecoming.
Kaua‘i quarterback Andrew Renaud threw for three touchdowns, Brendan Young added one, and Micah Alayvilla iced the victory with a 2-yarder in the final period.
Following the opening kickoff fireworks, Kaua‘i went on to score 35 of their total 42 points in the first half, and despite the long lead, kept Renaud in the driver’s seat.
Tyrus Ceria-Lux, Renaud’s replacement signal caller, was the recipient of a Renaud pass, an 8-yard hit, in the second period for Kaua‘i’s second TD.
Young, who finished with 80 yards on the ground, capped another second quarter drive with a 6-yard charge to paydirt and Renaud hit Jonathan Gebauer on a 4-yard aerial for the fourth score.
Bradley Semana bulled for 9 yards for the Raiders’ fourth TD of the second quarter.
Kainoa Lemke, who had a field goal called back from the Kapa‘a 37-yard line in the third quarter, was 7-7 in PAT boots.
The Red Raiders have about three weeks to hone their skills before hosting the semifinals of the HHSAA Division II championships on Nov. 24.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or email@example.com.