Waiakea clinched a spot in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I football championship game with a 29-14 home victory over Kealakehe on Saturday.
The Warriors (3-6, 3-2), who will play BIIF regular-season winner Hilo (6-1 6-0) on the weekend of Oct. 21-22 for the overall league championship, joins the Vikings in the Division I state tournament. This season for the first time, two BIIF teams qualify for the eight-team D-I field.
The worst the Warriors (3-6, 3-3) can finish in the regular season is a second-place tie at 3-4 with either Kealakehe or Keaau or both. But Waiakea beat both the Waveriders and Cougars earlier this season, so it holds that tiebreaker.
Waiakea finishes its regular season on Saturday at home against Honokaa at 11 a.m.
In BIIF Division II, the championship game spots were clinched by Konawaena (6-1, 5-1) and Kamehameha-Hawaii (6-2, 4-2) two weekends ago.
Last Saturday, the Wildcats sewed up the BIIF D-II regular-season title and earned home-field advantage for the BIIF D-II overall title game (to be played the weekend of Oct. 21-22) by scoring a 35-12 road victory over the Warriors.
The BIIF overall D-II champion will head to the D-II state tournament. The loser will not qualify for states.
For updated BIIF standings, click here: http://bit.ly/2dqsX46.