The Hawaii high school football schedule for Week 3 kicks off on Thursday, highlighted by Punahou paying a visit to Castle.
The Buffanblu (1-0) are led by quarterback John-Keawe Sagapolutele, a University of Hawaii commit. With a win on Thursday, Punahou doubles its win total from last season.
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Punahou’s defense pitched a shutout against Moanalua last weekend, passing the first test of a unit looking to replace Stanford freshman Tevarua Tafiti in a 35-0 win. Stepping into Tafiti’s former role as leader of the Buffanblu defense nearly seamlessly was junior defensive lineman Kekai Burnett.
“Just been working hard every day, we’re in coach Mike’s, Uncle Mike’s (Lafaele) and just been training in the offseason getting better every day and just going to practice and lifting and just training every day,” said Burnett of training at Ikaika Athletics, run by former Hawaii standout defensive lineman Michael Lafaele. “My teammates got my back, just coaching me every day and just keep working. We’re motivated because of last year because of 1-4, we’re way more motivated and just more confident coming up into this season.”
“Anytime that one of your better players is one of your best workers and has one of the highest motors every day at practice, that’s always a bonus for your entire team” said Punahou head coach Nate Kia.
Burnett, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, already has six collegiate scholarship offers. His offer sheet so far includes Hawaii, Oregon and Arizona.
The Buffanblu and Knights (0-1) will kick off at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The only other game on Thursday night will be played on the Big Island as Kau will play at Honoka’a at 6 p.m.
Below is the rest of the Week 3 high school football schedule:
Punahou at Castle, 6 p.m.
Ka’u at Honoka’a, 6 p.m.
Hawaii Prep at Kamehameha-Hawaii, 4:30 p.m.
Newport Harbor (Calif.) at Farrington, 7 p.m.
Baldwin at King Kekaulike, 7 p.m.
Aiea at Kapolei, 7:30 p.m.
McKinley at Kaise, 7:30 p.m.
Kealakehe vs. Hilo at Kamehameha-Hawaii, 7:30 p.m.
Pahoa at Kohala, 1 p.m.
Konawaena at Waiakea, 1 p.m.
Damien at Moanalua, 6:30 p.m.
Waipahu at Campbell, 6:30 p.m.
Pearl City vs. Kaimuki at Farrington, 6:30 p.m.
Waialua at Nanakuli, 6:30 p.m.
Kalaheo vs. Kalani at Kaiser, 6:30 p.m.
Waianae at Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
Maui at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.