The defending Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champion Red Raiders will have their hands full tonight with the Menehune.
Even though Kaua‘i High School has been dominant over the league, Waimea High School handed the Raiders their first loss in two years last year in the season opener at Hanapepe Stadium. Kaua‘i has yet to lose on its home field of Vidinha Stadium.
Waimea (1-0 KIF, 2-1 overall) is coming off a commanding 49-7 victory over Kapa‘a High School last week and a 41-7 win over Maui High School the week before. But Kaua‘i has had its own string of recent success.
The Raiders (0-0, 2-0) have won their two preseason games, 58-0 over Hilo High School and 28-7 over the visiting Serra High School from San Diego, Calif.
Both teams are now working with similar offensive strategies. Waimea, which was primarily a running team, has incorporated more passing and Kaua‘i has done the reverse — adding more running to their former pass-happy offense. Kaua‘i, based on its preseason stats, is averaging 43 points a game and just more than 287 total yards of offense. Waimea is averaging 45 points per game and just over 367 total yards of offense.
The varsity rivalry begins at 7:30 p.m.
Kaua‘i vs. Waimea
JV 5 p.m.
Varsity 7:30 p.m.