Nawahine enjoying his time at Kahuku
Kahuku running back Enoch Nawahine caught a pass against Radford on Saturday. Photo by Marco Garcia/Special to the Star Advertiser.
Enoch Nawahine is making the most of his time at Kahuku in what will be his only season suiting up for the Red Raiders. That’s because the senior spent the first three years of his prep career at Punahou, where he was in a crowded backfield on a team that was pass heavy in 2016 and relied on star Wayne Taulapapa to run the ball in 2015.
"I just wanted to come home and play with family and friends, and get the ball a lot more,” he said. At Kahuku, he’s the lead back on a team that is known for wearing opponents out with its run game. He was electric in a 64-0 win on Saturday night against Radford, rushing nine times for 121 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a 38-yard pass for a touchdown. With the Red Raiders leading 51-0 at halftime, Nawahine didn’t see the field in the second half. In five games this season, he’s rushed for 589 yards on 68 carries for eight touchdowns, almost surpassing what he did last season in half the amount of time. In 10 games last season, he rushed for 415 yards and nine touchdowns on 69 carries for the Buffanblu. The increased workload this year has put Nawahine among the state’s top rushers. “He’s a great kid. He tries hard, he’s a great guy,” Kahuku coach Makoa Freitas said. “Whatever college that can land him will be lucky to get a great kid.” Up next for the No. 2 Red Raiders is a showdown at Campbell next Friday night, with the winner claiming the OIA Blue title. Kahuku has already clinched a first-round bye in the OIA playoffs.