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Red Raiders hoping to add another championship title

Aulola Tonga Aulola Tonga
Jray Galeai Jray Galeai
Reggie Torres Reggie Torres

By Jason Tang - bio | email

KAHUKU (KHNL) - The Leilehua Mighty Mules are the defending OIA champions, but before them, the conference was dominated by Kahuku.

The Red Raiders have 11 of the past 15 titles in their possession, and on Friday, they hope to take one step closer to adding a 12th.

It's one way they hope to redeem themselves from last year's early exit.

One year ago this week, Kahuku experienced something they hadn't felt in a very long time.

A loss in the quarterfinals of the OIA playoffs, and an early end to their season.

"Last year when we lost to Kapolei in the quarterfinal, it was very emotional and I just don't want to feel the same feeling as last year against Kapolei I just want to go out and win," said Red Raider defensive Alcoa Tonga.

Winning is something of an expectation at Kahuku. They're winners of five of the last eight state championships.

"The love of the game, everybody doesn't like losing here, the community is always behind our backs and we just want to win any way we can," said Red Raider Defensive back Jray Galea.

The Red Raiders square off against Waianae in Friday's OIA semifinal, it's a matchup with a lot of history.

"Kahuku - Waianae's been tradition, it goes back to the 80's or when I was playing in the 80's we played them for the OIA championships, it's always been a battle, a tough physical battle," said Red Raider head coach Reggie Torres

If history teaches us anything, the winner of this game would be the favorite to win the conference.

Since 1985, Kahuku and Waianae have won a combined 20 titles.

The Red Raiders hope their preparation and their determination will carry them through to the championship game.

"I know that this is a very physical team and everyday in practice we come and hit and we just want to come and be as physical as them and hopefully we can win."

The last time Kahuku and Waianae played each other was in 2005, when Kahuku won 40-0.

Kick off for Friday's game is scheduled for 7:30.

Farrington and Leilehua play before them at 4:30.

Both games will be at Aloha Stadium.

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