Red Raiders intercept four passes and get big rushing performance from Enoch Nawahine to make winner of first-year coach Makoa Freitas.
It wasn't the resounding opener Kahuku (Hawaii) had fantasized about all off-season, but it was more than enough.
The nation's No 25 team according to MaxPreps needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns and a superb defensive effort to score a 24-0 win over Leilehua on Friday night.
According to HawaiiPrepWorld.com, the Red Raiders got a first-half touchdown run from sophomore quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava and Enoch Nawahine largely did the rest offensively with 163 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Kahuku, the defending Oahu Interscholastic Association champs, limited Leilehua to just 40 yards and got interceptions from Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu, Lauina Falatea, Kaonohi Kaniho and Nalu Emerson
First year coach Makoa Freitas loved the defensive effort, "but there's a lot more we can do better," he said.