Red Raiders, you made us proud

Kauai Red Raiders and coach Tommy John Cox, take a bow.

You fell just short in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division II state football title game, dropping a 17-7 battle to Kaiser Saturday at Aloha Stadium. It was a great game that marked the end of a great season. Your 10-0 record coming into the championship contest was fueled by a relentless running game, a ferocious defense, nonstop blocking and timely passing. Oh, and some pretty darn good coaching, too.

Your season was all about a team that set a goal and worked its tail off to get there. Where others might have decided it was too much work, you dug in and worked harder. Your attitude, your teamwork and your work ethic stood out. Week after week after week you rose to the occasion. You believed in yourselves and each other when not many foresaw such success. At the season’s start, few believed you would be playing for the state title. As you marched into the playoffs, your underdog status provided the motivation that you turned into a nearly perfect season.

We hope you take great pride in not only your 10-1 record, your performance in the title game, in your abilities to play the game of football. We also hope you take pride in who you are. Football aside, we are told you are all bright, dedicated young men.

This season, you gave your coaches, your families, your fans and your community something to treasure. We all need something to support, to rally behind, to cheer for, to believe in. You certainly gave us that, and we thank you.

Congratulations to the Kauai Red Raiders.

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