POSTED: 11:49 p.m. HST, Sep 21, 2012
Every small step counts in the hot OIA Red West football race, where all seven teams are considered contenders.
Waianae took one small step toward the top of the standings Friday night by defeating Aiea 35-20 in a rare run-oriented smash-fest.
"That's always our game plan; run the ball as much as possible," Seariders coach Danny Matsmoto said.
Two huge defensive plays led to two of the three first-half touchdowns for the Seariders (3-2, 4-3), who went into the break with a 21-7 advantage.
The Waianae lead ballooned to 35-7 before a spirited Aiea comeback came up short in the final 2 minutes.
"Too little, too late," said Aiea coach Wendell Say, who added that about five of his key defensive players who suited up for Na Alii's upset over Leilehua three weeks ago are out with injuries. "We have to believe and start and finish strong. It's a matter of confidence."