(Fri) October 13, 2006
(Waianae High School)
Falling to 0-2 in the beginning of the season wasn't the way the varsity football team was planning to start off.
"We had such high hopes for these boys and the two early losses came as a shocker," Head Coach Danny Matsumoto said.
Coming off a season where they reached the semi finals in both of the major tournaments (OIA and States), the coaching staff agreed on a solution to change things around.
"The coaches got together after the Punahou loss and agreed to make a change on the staff," Matsumoto said.
The change was to swap both coordinators sending the head of the defense to the offense and the leader of offense to the defense.
"My goal is to give our offense a different look so we can move the ball more successfully and put up more points," Coach Brian Ginoza said.
The change worked out great for the team.
In the following game against Mililani, the Seariders scored 28 points and had a touchdown on the very first play on a 72 yard touchdown pass from Junior Ben Mcquown to Senior Nathan Malaki.
"I think the switch with the coaches has affected us because we are a better team and it shows in practice and in our games," Malaki said.
The offense doesn't take all the credit for the win over Mililani.
"We played a good game that week, but it was our defense who kept us in it by containing one of the state's best running backs" Mcquown said.
Though the defense of Waianae has always been known for hard hitting, the players agree that the change of coaches has affected them to.
"With the coaching switch and the new formations, we have more opportunities to make big plays on defense," Senior Preston Ayala said.
The defense really showed how much they have changed when the Seariders took on Campbell.
In a close game, it was the interception by Ayala that gave the Seariders the lead and the win.
"The way we have the defense set up now has given us a better chance at stopping the passing game," Matsumoto said.
The Seariders continued to show how much the coaching change has affected in their games against Leilehua and Radford.
"I guess at the end all we needed was a little change" Malaki said.