My Kaimuki vs McKinley Newspaper Capsule

Kaimuki vs McKinley capsule

We’ve quickly entered the penultimate weekend of the regular high school football season and I can’t believe how quickly the weeks have gone by! It legitimately feels like I just started shadowing my editor, but it’s already been eight weeks since my first game. On Friday, I drove to Roosevelt to cover the Kaimuki vs McKinley game on McKinley’s homecoming night (Ticky Vasconcellos is their home stadium since they don’t have one on campus) where the Bulldogs gave the Tigers a true beat down. Kaimuki is tied with Roosevelt and Kaiser for first place in Division II as the Bulldogs beat the Rough Riders who beat the Cougars who beat the Bulldogs (does that make as much sense as it did in my head?), so I expected the Kaimuki vs McKinley game to go as well for Kaimuki as it ultimately did. Although the Bulldogs have fewer than 30 athletes on the team, they make impressive use of each player’s talents and speed, dominating McKinley at basically every position. Bulldogs senior RB Naomas Asuega-Fualaau was already leading DII in rushing touchdowns, but he added to his No. 1 spot by recording three scores in the Kaimuki vs McKinley game (I wrote about him here) to make his current record 11 rushing touchdowns. Kaimuki’s sophomore QB Jayden Maiava notched two passing touchdowns of his own on connections with sophomore WR Sionepaongo Taufa for 32 yards and junior WR Koby Moananu for 6 yards. Maiava added two scoring rushes of 17 yards and 1 yard to finish the game at 56-7. McKinley’s senior RB Zion Williams earned the Tigers’ lone score of the game on a 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. Although it was a personal bummer for me when Kaimuki knocked off Roosevelt last week, I professionally (and semi-personally, let’s be honest) love the Bulldogs’ coaching staff and players who are always friendly and generous with their interview time!

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