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Kahuku Red Raiders: Hawaii's defensive juggernaut

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Kahuku defense is putting together a season with eye-popping numbers.

"We just grind everyday," said junior defensive back Kekaula Kaniho.  "We come in with our hard hats ready to work."

It is a simple philosophy, but for Kahuku's defensive unit, it is clearly one that is working.

Through the entire regular season the Red Raiders have allowed just three touchdowns and one field goal.  According to head coach Vavae Tata, their success boils down to one thing: execution.

"We just pride ourselves on stopping the run and defending the pass from the top down and doing exactly what the defense is calling for," Tata said. "If you're an activated rusher, if you're a blitzer, then blitz. If you're a dropper or a coverage job then do your job so the other ten guys can do theirs." 

The Red Raiders have allowed just 22 point through eight games.  That's 158 points less than Kailua who have allowed the 2nd fewest of any other OIA team, and 130 points less than Punahou, who statistically boast the best defense in the ILH.

"They pride themselves on keeping that goose egg," Tata said.  "At the end of the week we go over our defensive goals and one of the main goals on top of the list is keeping the goose egg consecutive weeks and we've done that three weeks in a row now, so we're looking forward to week number four." 

Saturday the Red Raiders host Kapolei in the OIA Quarterfinals.  The Hurricanes are just one of three teams that has found the end zone against Kahuku this season.

"We remember it happened, but it just pushes us and motivates us to work hard."

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