Kaimuki controls Waialua in battle of Bulldogs
Kaimuki piled up 569 yards of total offense on Saturday night for a 61-7 runaway win over Waialua in OIA Division II action at Tosh Nakasone Field.
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The last time Waialua played at home, it surrendered 597 yards of total offense against Vincent Massey (Canada) but rallied for a 16-point win.
This time, the city Bulldogs paid the country Bulldogs a visit, and it didn’t end as well for Waialua. Kaimuki piled up 569 yards of total offense on Saturday night for a 61-7 runaway win over Waialua in OIA Division II action at Tosh Nakasone Field.
Kaimuki (3-1, 2-0) found its offensive groove early and often. Sophomore quarterback Jayden Maiava passed for 206 yards and four TDs in the first half, connecting with two-way ironman Kaulana Kaluna for scoring passes of 27, 8 and 65 yards as the visitors opened a 27-point lead by the break. Kaluna, playing linebacker and slotback, finished with five receptions for 113 yards, all in the first half.
“We’ve been watching film all week,” said Maiava, who finished 15-for-21 with 274 passing yards and a combined six TDs.
Running back Naomas Asuega-Fualaau tallied 183 yards and a TD on 13 carries.
“Kaulana plays as big as anybody else. He and Naomas are great examples of hard work,” Kaimuki coach David Tautofi said. “No matter what the platform, they work their butts off. Everything they’re getting is what they earned.”
Maiava was nimble in the pocket as his line came through with a sack-free performance, and his vision downfield was consistent. Kaluna was part of an ironman crew that swarmed everywhere and stymied Waialua quarterback Justyce Lacar in his return from injury. Kaimuki’s defense finished with seven sacks.
“It worked out big time for our defense because ‘Iolani exposed the reality,” Kaimuki coach David Tautofi said, referring to a nonconference loss. “We worked hard and caught it on film, and the kids got to see it. The coaching staff did a great job of emphasizing it at practice.”
The defense scored two touchdowns, starting with Sione Taufa’s 40-yard pick-6 just 34 seconds into the contest. Then came three consecutive TD strikes from Maiava to Kaluna for a 26-point lead early in the second quarter.
Kaimuki DL/OL Tasi Komiti’s fumble recovery in the end zone during the third quarter boosted Kaimuki’s lead to 48-7 in the third stanza.
For Waialua (2-2, 1-2), it is a matter of endurance as injured starters trickle back to the field. However, they lost two-way starter Kai Hoekstra to an ankle injury in the second quarter.
“It’s back to business, back to work,” Waialua coach Lincoln Barit said. “The mental breakdowns we can fix.”