The last time Pac-Five played in the postseason, it was 1987.
Nov. 27, to be exact. The runners-up of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and Oahu Interscholastic Association met at Aloha Stadium in a preliminary battle before the Oahu Prep Bowl.
Led by quarterback Kimo Padello, Pac-Five stunned Kailua 37-14. If the name sounds familiar, he is the father of Hawaii defensive ends Kaimana and KK Padello. Kimo Padello is a busy man with a busy family. Mention Nov. 27 to him, and the date is a little obscure.
“What is so special about this day?” he texted on Thursday. “Does it have to do with football?”
Indeed, it does. While Pac-Five enters its first postseason venture in 31 seasons — the Wolfpack play OIA champion Roosevelt on Saturday in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships — Padello is quite modest about his exploits.
In Pac-Five’s last foray into the postseason until this week, Padello passed for a season-high 292 yards against a Kailua squad that blanked Pac-Five 15-0 in preseason. Padello is equally optimistic about the Wolfpack’s chances against Roosevelt.
The Rough Riders beat Pac-Five 17-15 on a field goal with no time remaining back in August.
“I’ve got to go with Pac-Five. Although Roosevelt is scrappy and fast, I’ve got to go with the PAC. It’s been a long time since we tasted a bowl game, since the 1985 Prep Bowl,” he said, referring to the team sparked by then-QB Garrett Gabriel. “But I think this is a good start to get back on track. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise that St. Francis had to forfeit, but it gives the Wolfpack something to start with like the past.”
Padello has a message for the team.
“Congratulations and play with passion,” he wrote. “Bring home the gold.”