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An ILH rule instituted two years ago stipulates that any Division II team in any sport that wins two ILH or state championships in a row must move up a level for at least one year.
The Raiders have the ability to appeal the decision, but Raiders athletic director Carl Schroers says “We are obligated to go to Division I. At ‘Iolani, we believe in following the rules.”
‘Iolani has won 11 straight ILH Division II championships and seven of the last eight Division II state titles.
But the Raiders have really struggled against Division I teams, going 0-7 over the last two years. ‘Iolani hasn’t defeated one of the ILH’s Division I teams since a 13-6 win over Kamehameha in 2010 and since the beginning of that year, is 41-18 overall but 3-17 against Division I schools.
However, in 2009, with one of its best teams, the Raiders went 12-2 and defeated Kapolei, Kamehameha and Punahou in the same year.
The ILH is scheduled to meet Monday, when a decision on ‘Iolani’s jump to Division I football could be made official. A decision needs to happen soon so the rest of the league can focus on the complicated task of filling out a schedule.
Another rule passed by the ILH says Division I teams may not play Division II teams starting next year.
If ‘Iolani does make the jump, the four Division I teams will be able to play each other twice, but will leave Damien, Pac-Five and St. Francis in a tough spot with potentially only four league games. If the Raiders do appeal and stay in Division II, that would make quite a problem for powerhouses Punahou, Saint Louis and Kamehameha.
The Buffanblu played only nine games in 2014 with four against Division II schools.