What a season!

Congratulations to the Kapaa High School varsity football team for its outstanding year and super effort in the semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank Football Championships Division II on Saturday at Kozuki Stadium in Honolulu. The Warriors battled back from a 16-0 deficit, kept fighting and finally took the lead in the fourth quarter on a Noah LaMadrid field goal. They were 95 seconds from winning and moving on to the finals before No. 2 Iolani scored again to come away with a 29-24 victory. The Warriors finish their season 7-2 overall and 6-0 in KIF.

Kapaa could easily have won this game. A few plays, maybe just one play, was the difference. The loss of your starting quarterback would derail most teams, so when senior Rudy Agoot went out with a concussion, it was a big blow to the Warriors. Yet, sophomore Kurt Napoleon stepped in and they fought hard and played with heart and determination.

The Warriors, guided by coach Philip Rapozo, excelled on and off the field. Anyone who watched them this season, who knows them, is well aware they are talented athletes as well as young men of strong character. They represented the island well and everyone can take pride in what they achieved. We know, too, that the Kapaa Warriors will be back next year and keep coming back. This is a program committed to excellence.

Thanks and kudos to coach Rapozo for a job well done. And a shout out goes to all the seniors, including Agoot, Shain Davis, Nainoa Soto, Dazmon Sasil, Chaz Pacleb, Brooks Bethel, Keahi Tabura, Noah LaMadrid, Corey Del Rosario, John Levinthol, Elijah Gouveia-McCarthy, Wylan Kamoku, Elia Leone, Austyne Carvalho-Toloai, Landen Ishida, Dexter Barroga, Dylan Lemn, Matthew Cummings, Alfred Maka AhLoo, Devin Lemn, Tevita Loketi, Kainoa McFarland-Wada, Myles Mendoza, Zebulun Martinez, Ikona Fernandez and Shizuo Santos. Thanks for the memories. You had an excellent season and while we’re sorry to see it end, we are confident each of you will continue to shine — not only in sports, but at anything you set your sights on.

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