It was the kind of championship game that went, more or less, by the book. The dominant, unbeaten (in Division I) team takes one, two, three solar plexus shots from the fearless challenger, then turns around and gradually buries that foe brick by brick.
Pearl City showed why it earned a state-tournament berth, using a lot of grit and creativity to keep up with the mighty Cougars. Kaiser never faltered, however, and kept doing what it does best: pound defenses into submission and swarm opposing quarterbacks and running backs with one of the most athletic defensive units I’ve seen in D-II football. Ever.
Kaiser’s 41-21 win was satisfying for believers and agnostics of Cougar football. Not quite as fun for Charger faithful, but the purple people have come a long, long way since those first few weeks of the season. Remember the OIA White teams that didn’t qualify for the state tourney — record-setting passers at Radford and Kalani, for example — and these two spots are coveted, to say the least.