POSTED: 11:38 p.m. HST, Sep 21, 2012
Until the offense got in a groove, Radford turned to its defense.
With Mana Kakiva leading the way, the Rams looked every bit like a defense-first champion in a decisive 30-0 win over Kalani last night before a raucous homecoming crowd at John Velasco Stadium.
The Rams improved to 5-0 in the OIA White (6-0 overall) and maintained their hold on first place. Kalani slipped to 3-2 in league play (3-3 overall). Leading rusher Gavin Kim did not play.
The explosive Kakiva, who had three of Radford's six sacks, was also instrumental in keeping a lid on Kalani's ground game.
"They got to the red zone, to the 5-yard line," Kakiva said of Kalani's second-quarter scoring threat. "We did what we do best. We shut down the run first."
Quarterback Cody Lui-Yuen overcame a rough start to pass for 320 yards (19-for-29 and two touchdowns. The scoring strikes, 44 yards to Randy Ramos and 43 yards to Chris Jackson, came in the second half and put the game well out of reach.