Blueprint for success: Undersized but undaunted, Dragons look to recapture magic of yesteryear

  • Honokaa sophomore Keaka Cagampung can catch passes, but he's also a key member of the Dragons' secondary. (BRAD BALLESTEROS/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Junior Aka Spencer will quarterback Honoka’s spread option offense. When he’s not taking handoffs in practice, junior Sampson Akau mans the tackle spots on both sides of the line. (BRAD BALLESTEROS/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Honokaa players run through drills during a preseason practice. (BRAD BALLESTEROS/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • One of eight Honokaa seniors, Justin Pascua uses his speed and smarts to help fuel the Dragons’ running, and he’s the leader of the defensive secondary. (BRAD BALLESTEROS/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Honokaa sophomore Keaka Cagampung can catch passes, but he’s also a key member of the Dragons’ secondary. (BRAD BALLESTEROS/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Honokaa football coach Fred Lau has always had that motivational magic. He could inspire small and short Dragons to play much bigger than their size. In a parallel universe, he would have been Tony Robbins, motivating people to get off their couches and run through mountains.