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SUMMER summary: Damien Monarchs

By Nick Abramo on June 16, 2017

Hawaii Prep World will be releasing summer previews of all 29 Oahu varsity football teams in advance of the 2017 season that kicks off in early August. EIGHTH IN A SERIES DAMIEN MONARCHS >> 2016 record and finish: 7-3 (3-1 ILH Division II); beat St. Francis 20-12 in the ILH D-II championship game, beat Waialua 40-0 in the first round of the D-II state tournament, lost 21-14 to Kapaa in the D-II state semifinals >> Number of returning starters: 5 offense, 5 defense >> Number of returning seniors: 5 offense, 5 defense >> Number of starters lost to graduation: 4 offense, 4 defense >> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 21 >> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to transfer: Julius […]

Damien, St. Francis may declare for D-I

By Nick Abramo on April 2, 2017

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 personnel centered on declaring Saint Louis, Punahou and Kamehameha for the Open Division state tournament, Damien and St. Francis for Division I states, and ‘Iolani and Pac-Five for D-II states. The meeting was held so the administrators could get an idea of where the schools wanted to be classified for states, sources said. Another meeting will be held in the near future, when a final […]

Damien to play Villa Park at Diaz Stadium

By Paul Honda on March 27, 2017

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) and then host Villa Park (Calif.) at Farrington’s brand-new Skippa Diaz Stadium (Aug. 18). Castle is in transition with a new coach, John Hao. Kealakehe, a former D-I dynasty on the Big Island, hasn’t won the BIIF title since 2012. Villa Park was 9-2 last season with a 3-0 mark in the CIF’s Crestview League. The Spartans’ quarterback, Nick Sipe, led the league in passing, […]

Coach Speak: Feedback on new football format

By Paul Honda on November 26, 2016

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 responded by phone, text or e-mail had plenty to say, and yet they agreed that the new three-tiered look is, well, awesome. They also had some suggestions, of course. Give head coaches a means to expound, and no practices to run, and you have some very interesting feedback. They wrote or spoke about the state tourney and a few have input about their own leagues. […]

GAME NIGHT 11/12: Damien/Kapaa

By Hawaii Prep World on November 12, 2016

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 Kapaa hosts ILH champion Damien. Kapaa is attempting to reach the Division II state final for the second straight year while Damien hasn’t gotten there since losing to Aiea in the 2003 title game. HISTORY: This is the first meeting between the two schools since the Monarchs defeated Kapaa 36-0 at Isenberg Field in September 1967. Live updates of the 2:30 p.m. kickoff will follow […]

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 fanpod. Some amazing, eye-popping numbers this season. QBs listed below in random order for the most part. QUARTERBACKS Tua Tagovailoa, Saint Louis Measurables: 6-1, 210, Sr. Crunch this: 9 games — Pass 161-244-6-2,249, 23 TD; Rush 81-490, 6 TD Passing yards per game: 249.9 Completion rate: .660 Yards per attempt: 9.2 Passer rating: 169.60 Rushing yards per carry: 6.0 Rushing yards per game: 54.4 W-L: […]

Garden Isle next stop for Damien

By Jason Kaneshiro on November 5, 2016

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 their opener in the D-II state tournament. Even so, Damien coach Eddie Klaneski wasn’t all that concerned about rust heading into the matchup with Waialua. The Monarchs emerged from the break refreshed and extended the season with a 40-0 win over OIA champion Waialua on Friday at Campbell. “We know how to approach it and our guys are just happy about it now. We just […]

GAME NIGHT 11/4: Damien/Waialua

By Hawaii Prep World on November 4, 2016

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 Kaimuki and Waipahu to claim their first OIA championship in 61 years. It’s a quick turnaround for Waialua, which will play in the state tournament for the first time. The Monarchs advanced to the first ever Division II title game in 2003 but lost to Aiea, 9-7. The Monarchs went 12 years between tournament appearances before losing to Konawaena in the first round last year. […]