The ‘Iolani Raiders notched a 40-13 win Friday night against the Kailua Surfriders to go to 4-1 for the season. Coming out victorious for the fourth game in a row, ‘Iolani took advantage of quick passing and powerful running to steamroll their way to Coach Wendell Look’s 200th career victory.
Operating without go-to receiver Carter Kamana ’20, who is recovering from a broken finger in his right hand, quarterback Jonah Chong ’20 successfully distributed the ball to a number of receivers. Receiver Wailoa Manuel ’21 consistently made himself available, hauling in eight passes for 98 yards. In addition to racking up the catches, Manuel showed off his leg, blasting a 45-yard field goal through the uprights with room to spare.
It was senior running back Brock Hedani ’20 who stood out as the main offensive weapon of the match. Hedani made his presence felt both on the ground and through the air with a total of four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving). A shifty runner out of the backfield, Hedani displayed versatility all evening with shifty cus and hard nosed trucking.
Not to be outdone, the defense played well to contain Kailua’s dangerous and dynamic quarterback, Cameron Friel ’21. Several wayward snaps by the Surfriders presented big-play opportunities for the Raider defense. Multiple fumble recoveries created short field advantages for the offense, and the special teams unit added to the scoring when a high snap over Kailua’s punter bounced out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
After a close loss to Moanalua in the beginning of the season, ‘Iolani now looks like one of the strongest contenders for the Division 1 ILH-OIA crown. The Raiders will be playing last year’s champions, the Waipahu Marauders, at Aloha Stadium this Friday at 7:30 P.M. Be sure to cheer on them on as they aim to prove themselves and win their fifth consecutive game!