You don’t have to wait until the first weekend in August to watch Hawaii high school-age football teams going at it.
They’ll be doing it this weekend in the Island 7v7 Classic football tournament at Aloha Stadium.
Games will run Saturday and Sunday in all the youth age divisions. The highest age group, 18-U, will give fans a glimpse at some of the upcoming high school football athletes this fall.
The following are just some of the 18-U teams signed up, according to tournament director Rod York. The teams are not officially affiliated with any particular school.
>> Tagiamanu: coached by Tupu Alualu and consisting of many Saint Louis Crusaders players
>> TMF: coached by Campbell coach Darren Johnson and consisting of many Sabers players
>> JPS Hawaii: coached by York, the Mililani varsity coach, and consisting of many Trojans players
>> Kamehameha: coached by Kamehameha coach Abu Maafala and consisting of many Warriors players
>> Pearl City: coached by Pearl City coach Robin Kami and consisting of many Chargers players
>> Waianae: consisting of many Seariders players
>> Nanakuli: consisting of many Golden Hawks players
The other age groups are 15-U, 12-U, 10-U and 8-U.
The tournament is a National 7v7 Association qualifier. The top four teams in all divisions will advance to the nationals, but the big prize is a paid trip to the nationals to the championship team in each group.
The nationals will be held May 25-27 in Atlanta (18-U, 15-U) and June 8-9 in Round Rock, Tex. (all other divisions).
When Hawaii Prep World receives a schedule, it will be posted here.