We might have been in the waves a bit but sure found some time for checking out Big Island Football too. And what we found was ground pounding hard hitting High School Football! We had to wonder coming in how the boys of the Big Island might differ in terms of the level and style of play. After all in a big place like this with so much to do is there room for top tier football too?
The answer we found out at Honoka'a was a resounding "Yes" as we were treated to an hour and a half joint work out with the home town Dragons and the Hilo High Vikings. Both teams mixed it up in some skill sessions and some 1-1's that tested the guys abilities. That was followed by some 7-7 and Linemen Battles before both teams had a full scrimmage for well over an hour.
It was a chance for tuning up the offenses and working out defensive schemes too. And while there is still some rust on both teams they showed they were ready to get after it.
Honoka'a is led by Head Coach Bobby Embernate and a really deep staff of talented local guys and former players; many of them former Dragon's and Collegians too. The staff did a great job of working out their offense which is a 3 back Power Set- Veer style game. That is something they did very well as the day went on.
Hilo came in led by first year Head Coach David Baldwin who is trying to rally the Vikings back from a winless 2011 campaign. His staff was loaded as well. And Coach Baldwin talked alot about being "Blessed to Have" his coaching staff. They threw the ball around out of the Shotgun Spread and went under center too. It was a work in Progress but they showed they have some weapons.
For the Dragon's we enjoys getting interviews with Elrey Tupe (6'0"-260 Pounds OL-DL) and Kainoa Lyman (6'3"-215 Pounds DL-TE). Both of these guys looked really good and showed they can seriously move on to play Collegiate Ball at some level.
The running backs for the Dragon's looked good as well with Ty Kauai making some sleek runs and showing he can deliver a blow too. The pounder for the Dragon's was Justen Kawamoto who at 6'0" and 205 Pounds showed a good burst of speed and great balance. He also shook tacklers time and again and displayed above average strength.
Caleb Pacheco also looked good for the Dragon's as a pure athlete that brings a nice skill set to both sides of the ball.
For Hilo there were several guys who stood out too. Some of their best performers were William Boyd (SR-LB-FB), Tshaquille Pe'a (LB-OLB), Isi Hokini (6'3"-250 Pound JR. DE-TE), and up and coming Junior QB Drew Kell who showcased great speed and a decent arm despite having a huge cast on his off hand. There were several others as well for the Viks who looked solid.
We left with some solid impressions as follows of these two teams and of Big Island Football:
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