Three high school junior varsity football teams have canceled games for the first week of the OIA-ILH interleague schedule on the weekend of Aug. 9-10.
According to OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka, Waialua and Kalaheo have opted to not play JV games that weekend. In addition, Kaimuki varsity head coach David Tautofi confirmed the Bulldogs will not play a JV game that weekend.
The reason in all three cases is not enough players to safely field a team.
On Aug. 9, Kalaheo’s JV team was originally scheduled to play Kalani at the Kailua High field. And on Aug. 10, Kaimuki’s JV team was originally slated to go against Moanalua, while Waialua’s JV team was supposed to host Nanakuli.
In two instances, due to the JV cancellations, the varsity start time has been changed. On the varsity side, instead of following the JV starts, Aug. 9’s Kalaheo vs. Kalani game at Kailua’s field as well as Aug. 10’s Nanakuli at Waialua game will start at 6 p.m.
In the other instance, the varsity game time will not change. Kaimuki’s varsity is still on tap to play Pac-Five at Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium at 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.
Kalaheo, Waialua and Kaimuki are all still trying to fill their JV teams for the rest of the season.
Tautofi believes Kaimuki’s JV team will have enough players the following week — against Kalaheo (if the Mustangs have enough to field a team by that time) at Skippa Diaz Stadium on Aug. 16.
None of the three schools — Kalaheo, Waialua and Kaimuki — have nonleague varsity or JV games scheduled for this week’s season-opening games on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3.