There have been unique hybrids of formations and personnel across the islands over the years. Among them was the I-formation with a slotback rather than a tight end that was popular at Kaimuki and Mililani just a few years back.
The arrival of Chester Sua from American Samoa three years ago solidified that run-first approach at Kaimuki.
|D-II Championship |
'Iolani vs. Kaimuki
4 p.m. Friday, Aloha Stadium
With second-year head coach Clint Onigama at the controls, however, the Bulldogs have opened up the offense and put a group of fleet-footed receivers to work.
Before any defense can rest, though, it's usually mindful of Sua, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound senior who is as good a pass catcher as he is a runner.
In this play against a stubborn Waipahu rush defense, Sua lines up as the right slotback in an ace (single back) four-wide formation.
With Waipahu leading 21-14 as the fourth quarter begins, the Marauders make no significant adjustment and stay in zone coverage.
Despite a double-team, defensive end Unaloto Tautulaki nearly sacks Kaimuki quarterback Nainoa Spencer.
The junior backup escapes, however, rolls right and heaves a perfect strike to Sua on a corner route.
Sua gets one foot inbounds as he makes the reception for a 30-yard gain, sparking Kaimuki's game-tying drive.
It was his only catch of the night, but showed that Onigama will find a way — any way — to put the ball in the hands of his playmakers whether it's through the air, on the ground or kick returns.
Four-time Division II state champion 'Iolani will certainly be aware of Sua when the teams clash on Friday at Aloha Stadium.