Facing ‘Iolani’s no-huddle, run-and-shoot offense isn’t always what it seems. The bottom line, though, is always this for opposing defenses: If you don’t think, you’ll sink.
The Raiders, buoyed by the percolating mind of offensive coordinator Joel Lane, will use every nuance to get into the end zone. If that means using the unusual, they’ll do so.
‘Iolani vs. Kaimuki
4 p.m. Friday, Aloha Stadium
A more recent addition to the playbook is something seen more commonly in online video football games a decade ago. Where gamers once audibled out of an empty-backfield formation and into a shotgun draw play, the Raiders have made it a norm that happens quickly and seamlessly. In a split-second, a defense caught unaware gives up a surprisingly easy touchdown.
‘Iolani was at the Kauai 7-yard line on Saturday afternoon with the game still scoreless. Four receivers lined up to the right: Jordan Lee, Sheldon Gallarde, Kevin Barayuga and Josiah Sukumaran. The lone receiver to the left was Trevyn Tulonghari as quarterback Reece Foy began his cadence.
Within a second, Lee went in motion from the inside slot to the backfield.
Kauai, which lined up with two down linemen and three "stand-up" defenders, got caught looking. After sending an extra pass defender to the four-receiver side before the snap, Kauai nearly froze when Lee went in motion.
In fact, as he took the handoff from Foy and headed for the left side of the offensive line, Kauai’s zone hardly moved.
That left a numbers advantage to ‘Iolani, which had left tackle Micah Garrido, left guard Matthew Noguchi and center Tiras Koon blocking Kauai defensive end Daylin Huni and defensive tackle Christopher Heu. Middle linebacker Austin Oshiro was caught in the ‘A’ gap.
Lee hit the second level without difficulty, and safety Austin Motooka was no match as Lee used a spin move to glide over the goal line for a score.
The shift move by a slotback to running back only works so often, and once ‘Iolani used it to score its first touchdown, it wasn’t used much for the rest of the game. The shifty play served its purpose.
SHIFTING INTO GEAR
1. It’s all about disguises for the clever coaches at ‘Iolani. At the Kauai 7-yard line, they send RB Jordan Lee (19) into the slot, creating a quad effect on the right side. Kauai’s defense spreads wide, anticipating quick pass routes.
2. Just before the snap, Lee goes in motion and loops into the backfield. Kauai barely reacts, leaving a numbers advantage for ‘Iolani on the left side.
3. QB Reece Foy hands the ball to Lee, who bursts through a gaping hole between the left tackle and left guard. He spins past a safety and crosses the goal line for an easy touchdown.
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