Four Oahu Interscholastic Association junior varsity football teams will not be playing games this week.
In three out of the four cases, the reason for forfeiting the JV contests is not enough JV players on the roster to safely play a game, according to OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka.
The three schools having trouble with JV roster numbers are McKinley, Kalaheo and Waialua.
The fourth school who is forfeiting a JV contest this week is Kaiser, which at last check, had plenty of JV players. No specific reason for not playing that JV game was given. However, it could have something to do with the Kaiser varsity team having already forfeited their scheduled game at the same site due to low roster numbers.
The four JV games that will not be played this weekend are:
>> Kaiser at Mililani, Friday (no varsity game either)
>> McKinley at Roosevelt, Friday (varsity at 6 p.m.)
>> Waipahu vs. Kalaheo, at Kailua High field, Saturday (varsity at 5 p.m.)
>> Waialua vs. Kaimuki, at Skippa Diaz Stadium, Saturday (varsity at 6:30 p.m.)
“Enrollment is way down in town (and East) schools and that is a big factor,” Tanaka said. “Everybody is moving out West.”
Tanaka mentioned it in the offseason and said it again on Tuesday that the league is looking at a new format to make better and safer matchups next year.
“We’ll be meeting throughout the year,” he said. “But no decisions will be made until after the season.”
The OIA is in the second year of a two-year format agreed to by league officials and that is one reason why no format changes were made this year, according to Tanaka.