Kahuku romps to 53-0 victory over Campbell

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin Kahuku's Talamoni Talamoni sheds a Campbell tackler in last night's win over the Sabers.

The Red Raiders are unstoppable in their OIA season opener last night

Siuaki Livai Sr. seemed just as concerned as he was elated after last night's season-opening blowout against defending Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference champion Campbell.

"We have to bring down the eye in the sky and show them we're not perfect," said Livai, whose Kahuku Red Raiders thoroughly dominated one of the OIA's best teams, 53-0, before 3,246 at Aloha Stadium.

"It's easy for them to accept this as, 'Oh, we're pretty good, and we made no mistakes.' But I have to prove to them with video that we did make many mistakes."

It's obvious why Livai is more inclined to criticism than gloating right now.

"We have to convince them that McKinley will be tough next week, and then Waianae," he said.

If any team has a chance at stopping this Kahuku juggernaut, it's the two-time defending OIA champion Seariders. Waianae and Kahuku meet Sept. 18 at Aloha stadium.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin Campbell High Saber defensive lineman Barry Kekoa gets a hand on Kahuku quarterback Orlando Wong at Aloha Stadium last night.

The Sabers, who ended Kahuku's season last year with a 20-13 come-from-behind victory in the OIA semifinals, were never in the game.

Talamoni Talamoni led the onslaught with 119 of his game-high 127 yards in the first half. He had 91 in the first quarter, including a 26-yard touchdown to open the scoring.

The versatile 6-foot, 204-pounder also threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Noah Padagen on the halfback option midway through the third quarter to make it 41-0.

Andreas Manumaleuna rumbled in for three touchdowns (2, 2 and 3 yards), and Kahuku amassed 258 yards on the ground and 113 through the air and had 21 first downs.

The defense, which denied the Sabers of a first down until there was 1:02 left in the third quarter, was even more overpowering.

Campbell finished with three first downs, minus-18 yards rushing and 22 yards passing.