The Lahainaluna JV football team opened up the MIL season with a 14-0 win over King Kekaulike. The team is comprised of a large number of freshmen, many of whom experienced success playing for the Lahainaluna coaches in the Big Boy League this past spring.
The quarterback position is being shared by freshmen Bailey Honda and CJ Palma. Both are capable passers and runners. Honda had the nod today as starter and added an interception as a defensive back later in the game.
The running game is complemented by the thunder and lightning combination of thunder – Nathaniel Somera with his punishing runs up the middle, and the lightning of the two Elijah’s – Elijah Ragudo and Elijah Moritz on the outside.
Mystic Kauhaahaa and Siale Hafoka appear to be primary targets in the passing game.
The offense sputtered a bit in the beginning of the game. At one point, back-to-back-to-back-to back penalties had the Lunas pinned deep in their own territory on 2nd and 45. They did manage to get some drives going and were able to score twice.
The strength of the team will be defense. Led by sophomore captain Ammon Phillips, this defense is pretty solid. Dean “Aki” Miyamoto put down some outstanding stops from his linebacker position. Laakea Shim, Haaheo Au, Shandon Agapay, John Caguioa, Vilisoni Mahoni, Ikua Tihada and Kahiau Yap were also effective on defense.