Kahuku wins 2021 HHSAA Open Division championship

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There’s a new prep football king in town.

On Thursday night, the Kahuku football team dethroned Saint Louis and put an end to the Crusaders’ streak of four straight state championships with a 49-14 victory at Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium on Thursday night.

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The Red Raiders are the new HHSAA Open Division champions with the win. Since the inception of the HHSAA Open Division in 2016, the Crusaders have been the only victors. That changed on Thursday after a dominating performance on both sides of the ball for the Red Raiders.

Kahuku quarterback Jason Matieragi completed 10 of his 13 passes for 186 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, while running back Kana Loa Kaluna carried the ball 16 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Additionally, receiver Kaikai Carvalho had six receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Liona Lefau had a team-high five tackles to go with a sack and an interception for Kahuku, while Leonard Ah You added two sacks. Saint Louis quarterback AJ Bianco completed 11 of his 20 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while defensively, Joshua Sagapolutele had a game-high eight tackles for the Crusaders.

Kahuku finishes its 2021 season at 10-0, while Saint Louis concludes its campaign at 6-4.

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