A quick start against Ka’u propelled the Farmers to a 43-6 victory over the Big Island team at home on Saturday.
It was Molokai’s second home win in as many games. The Farmers beat Hana 42-0 on Sept. 21 at home and then lost the next week on Maui to Seabury Hall 42-15.
“The boys, especially the offensive line, executed really well,” said Molokai Head Coach Mike Kahale. Kahale credits the first half effort of the offensive line in opening up holes for senior running back Noah Caparida, who finished with 11 rushes for 111 yards, most of them coming in the first half.
The Farmers held a 27-6 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 40-6 by halftime. The second half was an opportunity for everyone on the team to see game action.
Molokai quarterback David Rapanot had a strong performance, rushing for three touchdowns and 34 total yards. He also completed three passes for 58 yards, including two for touchdowns.
On defense, Kaimana Kahale had a strong performance, leading the team with five tackles. Emmit Makana Kaholoaa had three tackles and three assists on tackles.
Ka’u, formerly an 11-man football team, came to Molokai after dropping a lead to Seabury earlier this season. “We didn’t know what to expect,” said Kahale. “It was difficult to gauge the competition. I think they just ran out of gas against Seabury in the second half.”
With the Seabury tape to study, Kahale said he felt the Farmers were well prepared going into the Ka’u game. “They were big boys,” said Kahale.
The hope on the Big Island, said Kahale, is that Ka’u offers a model for other schools to join in the eight-man football league there, the BIIF — Big Island Interscholastic Federation. With an established third league in Hawaii, a state championship will be coming soon.
“Ka’u, the team itself, and the coaches, are a good group of guys,” said Kahale. “They had a feeling of camaraderie and a good vibe overall. I hope that what they’re doing over there sticks and grows and establishes a good league over there.”
Kahale said that four or five schools on the Big Island could be joining the eight-man BIIF league next year.
The Farmers are taking the ferry to Maui today in preparation for a game against St. Anthony tomorrow at War Memorial Stadium.
On Oct. 17, the Farmers travel to Hana and expect a big crowd turnout during Hana’s Aloha Week. Then they return home for the final regular season game at home against Seabury on Oct. 26.