Somebody was going to emerge from the ranks of the winless in Friday night’s contest between Kailua and Roosevelt.
The Surfriders served notice early at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium that they would be the ones leaving that group. Kailua picked up its first victory of the season emphatically in a 49-0 defeat of the Rough Riders.
After being tormented by turnovers in its first three games, Kailua flipped the script in the much-needed Oahu Interscholastic Association Red East win, forcing four giveaways and getting two more scores off special teams returns.
The victory was vital for the beleaguered Surfriders (1-3, 1-1 OIA Red) in the immediate sense — they play powerhouse Farrington next week — and also possibly in the long term if tie-breaking scenarios come into play in the OIA playoff race.
“Turnovers are a big, key factor, and we’d been giving it up in the first three games,” Kailua coach Gary Rosolowich said. “Fortunately the ball went the other way today and we were able to capitalize.”