Damien football

There’s no question Damien and St. Francis will be classified in Division II for Interscholastic League of Honolulu football this fall. It’s possible, however, that both the Monarchs and Saints will declare for Division I in the three-tiered state tournament. At a league meeting recently, according to sources, a discussion of athletic directors and league […]


In a little more than four months, the championship football program at Damien will be at full throttle again. Coming off a 7-3 season and back-to-back Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II titles, Damien has a full slate in the first three weeks of preseason. The Monarchs will play Castle, travel to Kealakehe (Aug. 12) […]


The timing was right. The state tournament, officially branded the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships, came to a close last weekend. Coaches, all of them, were done for the year. What did they think of the new format, adding one division of eight teams, expanding to a 20-team format? Most of the coaches who […]


The semifinals in the Open Division and Division I of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships on Friday night had little drama. All four games were decided by 16 points. Saturday it’s Division II’s turn to possibly generate some excitement with two semifinal games. The first takes place at Vidinha Stadium as KIF champion […]

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Nerdpod: Quarterbacks v3.0

by Paul Honda on November 11, 2016

NERDPOD: Quarterbacks v3.0 The Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World’s Paul Honda breaks down some of the best quarterbacks in the state. This is more of a run-through than a breakdown of QB statistics for the first time since almost two months. Numbers don’t tell the whole story, of course. That’s why this is Nerdpod, not […]


Damien has enjoyed an abundance of preparation time over the last month. After pulling out a triple-overtime win over Pac-Five on Sept. 30, the Monarchs went close to three weeks without a game before facing Saint Francis in the ILH Division II championship game. That win gave them another two weeks to gear up for […]


The second Division II state tournament game Friday takes place at Campbell pitting OIA champion Waialua against ILH champion Damien in the first game of a doubleheader. The Monarchs (6-2) held off a tough challenge from St. Francis to win their second straight league title while the Bulldogs (8-2) pulled off gutsy wins against both […]

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This is the game St. Francis wanted last season. The Saints (5-2) will play for their first ILH football championship against the defending league champs, the Monarchs (5-2), tonight at Aloha Stadium. The Saints lost their first 16 ILH games since forming a football program at the start of the 2013 season. Since beating Pac-Five […]

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Saint Louis and Punahou both won their final games in the first round of the ILH regular season to finish 5-1. That forced a card draw to determine seedings for the second round, and Saint Louis came up with the ace. That leaves Iolani to play the Crusaders at Aloha Stadium on Oct. 14 with […]


Triple overtime games with dramatic endings don’t come around too often, so Hawaii fans lucky enough to be at Aloha Stadium for Damien’s 50-49 victory over Pac-Five on Friday night can savor that experience. It was a classic case of two longtime rivals going at it hard. The Monarchs had the early momentum and, with […]