An 11-game slate of high school football games on Oahu delivered very little suspense on Friday night.
In fact, six of the 11 games were decided by more than 30 points as we saw a wide gap between the top and bottom teams in both the OIA and ILH.
Waianae’s 35-27 win over Kapolei was the only game decided by single digits.
Kaiser dropped at least 70 on a team for the second time in 14 days, destroying Roosevelt 71-0 to improve to 6-0 in OIA White play, setting a school record for points scored in a game in the process.
We now know the four teams to qualify for the playoffs in the OIA White, as Pearl City clinched its spot with a resounding 35-12 win over Nanakuli. The Golden Hawks’ loss, combined with Waialua’s 32-0 win over Kalaheo, means Kalani is in no matter what happens in its game against Anuenue on Saturday night.
No. 3 Mililani got three touchdown runs by Vavae Malepeai, the leading rusher in the OIA West, to clinch the regular season title and No. 1 seed in the OIA playoffs with a 44-14 win over Leilehua. The 30-point victory was the largest margin of victory in the series dating back to a 31-0 Trojans win in 2003. Eight of the past 10 meetings between the two teams had been decided by a touchdown or less.
Waianae’s win over Kapolei means the Seariders finish OIA Red West play 4-2 and can end up no worse than tied for second. The Seariders now need Kapolei to beat Campbell next week to get the division’s second bye in the OIA Red playoffs. If Campbell beats Kapolei, then the Sabers will be sitting home for the start of the OIA Red postseason in two weeks.
Over in the OIA Red East, Kahuku’s 49-17 win over Kailua, combined with Farrington’s 28-7 win over Kaimuki, means the Red Raiders and the Governors will get the two playoff byes out of their division. The only questions remaining is who finishes undefeated with the No. 1 seed? That will be settled in a special Thursday night affair at Aloha Stadium.
It was more of the same in the ILH, as Saint Louis cruised to a 41-7 win over Damien. Any thoughts of St. Francis earning its first ILH victory in school history ended quickly as Pac-Five got its first win of the season, 37-0 over the Saints.
Saturday’s only two games feature Kalani playing Anuenue and No. 1 Punahou against ‘Iolani. The Buffanblu have won 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Raiders while the Falcons are trying for their first five-win season in at least 40 years. That game will be played at Kaiser.