There have been unique hybrids of formations and personnel across the islands over the years. Among them was the I-formation with a slotback rather than a tight end that was popular at Kaimuki and Mililani just a few years back.
The arrival of Chester Sua from American Samoa three years ago solidified that run-first approach at Kaimuki.
‘Iolani vs. Kaimuki
4 p.m. Friday, Aloha Stadium
With second-year head coach Clint Onigama at the controls, however, the Bulldogs have opened up the offense and put a group of fleet-footed receivers to work.
Before any defense can rest, though, it’s usually mindful of Sua, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound senior who is as good a pass catcher as he is a runner.
In this play against a stubborn Waipahu rush defense, Sua lines up as the right slotback in an ace (single back) four-wide formation.
With Waipahu leading 21-14 as the fourth quarter begins, the Marauders make no significant adjustment and stay in zone coverage.
Despite a double-team, defensive end Unaloto Tautulaki nearly sacks Kaimuki quarterback Nainoa Spencer.
The junior backup escapes, however, rolls right and heaves a perfect strike to Sua on a corner route.
Sua gets one foot inbounds as he makes the reception for a 30-yard gain, sparking Kaimuki’s game-tying drive.
It was his only catch of the night, but showed that Onigama will find a way — any way — to put the ball in the hands of his playmakers whether it’s through the air, on the ground or kick returns.
Four-time Division II state champion ‘Iolani will certainly be aware of Sua when the teams clash on Friday at Aloha Stadium.
1. Waipahu was not aware, or maybe not worried, when Kaimuki RB Chester Sua lined up in the slot on this second-and-3 play at midfield.
2. Waipahu rushed three while Kaimuki kept six in to block, but QB Nainoa Spencer was nearly sacked as he rolled right.
3. Once he got some room, Spencer found Sua on a deep corner route in single coverage. The safety was in excellent position, but the ball was perfectly thrown and Sua pulled it in, keeping one foot barely inbounds for a 30-yard gain.
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