Posted: September 21, 2012 - 12:23pm
Radford remains perfect with 30-0 win over Kalani
Radford RB Chris Jackson carries multiple Kalani defenders on a rush in the first half. Greg Yamamoto | SL
ALIAMANU - At this point in the prep football season, Fred Salanoa doesn't have to say much to his Radford football team.
The Rams overcame a slow start, four turnovers and nearly 150 yards of penalty yardage to run away from Kalani, 30-0, in an Oahu Interscholastic Association White Conference game Friday night at John E. Velasco Stadium.
A homecoming crowd of about 2,200 saw Radford pound out 547 yards on offense, while its defense pitched a second straight shutout to remain unbeaten at 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the White.
"Our kids just practice so hard and I would hate to see this team lose because of all the work that they put in day-in and day-out," Rams' coach Fred Salanoa said.
Running back Chris Jackson carried 21 times for 171 yards and a touchdown to lead the Radford offense, which accumulated 23 first downs. Jackson had 135 of his yards on 14 second-half rushes as the Rams tallied 229 rushing yards and averaged six yards per attempt. Quarterback Cody Lui-Yuen threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-30 passing, but also threw three interceptions.
Mana Kakiwa had three sacks to lead the Radford defense, which forced three turnovers and limited Kalani to just 16 first downs. Falcons' quarterback Noah Brum was sacked six times, including four times in the first half, and Kalani was just 2-of-16 on third downs and 0-of-5 on fourth-down conversion attempts.
"We knew that they have good coaches and we never underestimated their talent or their skill, but us as a unit, we work together," said Kakiwa, who also scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter. "They came out in a weird front - their offensive linemen were in some wide splits - but we knew that they were trying to bait us to come inside so they can squeeze us down, but we just played hard-nosed football and stuck to our assignments and we got the job done and kept them from scoring."
Both teams struggled to find a rythym offensively in a first quarter that saw four turnovers - two by each team. Radford lost a fumble on its first play from scrimmage and had a six-play drive end in a Lui-Yuen interception near the goal line.
"I don't want to use any excuses; We just came out flat," Salanoa said. "This was our homecoming and I told them at halftime, I think you guys did a little too much dancing throughout the week in our lunch-time activities and our bonfire last night, but again I don't want to put up any excuses."
A Kalani miscue on a turnover early in the second quarter set-up Radford's first score. Logan Soakai recovered the loose ball following the Cayman Conley punt at the Falcons' 20-yard line and four plays later, a Conley field goal got the Rams on the board. The 38-yard kick, with nine minutes and 26 seconds left in the second quarter, gave Radford a 3-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, following a missed 40-yard field goal by Kalani's Leo Klink, Lui-Yuen found Jameson Pasigan for a 56-yard completion and five plays later, Kakiwa found the end zone on a 4-yard run. On the scoring play, Kakiwa took the direct snap out of the wildcat formation, started to his right, cut back to the left and went in untouched to the end zone. The extra point was botched and Radford led 9-0 at the intermission.
Kakiwa said Salanoa didn't say much after the Rams' slow start, instead offering a simple reminder.
"He said what he always says, 'We don't practice four days a week to come out here and not perform to the best of our abilities,' and we know we didn't do that in the first quarter," Kakiwa said.
The Rams extended their lead to 16-0 midway through the third quarter when Randy Ramos hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Lui-Yuen. Radford went up 22-0 following a 43-yard Lui-Yuen to Jackson touchdown pass late in the third quarter and closed out the scoring on an 8-yard Jackson touchdown run with 3:39 to play.
"Kalani is a well-coached team and they had us locked up in certain situations, but I have faith and confidence in our team that when they settle down and play Radford football like they practice day-in and day-out, they should be all right and obviously the scoreboard shows it," Salanoa said.
Pasigan led all receivers with six receptions for 105 yards and Ramos added five grabs for 85 yards.
Kalani coach Greg Taguchi said his team shot itself in the foot with their early errors.
"If you make those kinds of mistakes, you can't expect to win against a team like Radford, that has a great coaching staff and they perform well," Taguchi said. "It's hard to overcome if you make those mistakes early in the game."
Radford, which produced 351 yards of total offense after halftime, was flagged 15 times for 147 yards. The Rams remain in sole possession of first-place in the nine-team White Conference. The top four teams after the regular season qualify for the OIA White Tournament.
"It's always good to be the number one team, but we're never satisfied with what we've done," Kakiwa said. "There's always room for improvement, so we'll continue to take it game by game and practice hard. Hard work is the reason why we're here."
Brum finished 21-of-44 passing for 183 yards with one interception. Dru Reaves ran 12 times for 93 yards for Kalani, which was shutout for the first time this season. Shiloh Laboy recorded two sacks and recovered a fumble for the Falcons, who fell to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the White.
September 21, 2012
Randy Ramos, 44 yard touchdown pass from Cody Lui-Yuen.
Jameson Pasigan, 56 yard pass from C. Lui-Yuen.
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Radford's Mana Kakiva runs in for a score in the first half against Kalani. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Kalani WR Enrique Gruver makes a leaping reception against Radford. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Kalani QB Noah Brum scrambles for yardage against Radford. Greg Yamamoto | SL