Campbell to play football game in Arizona

Campbell will play O'Connor High in Phoenix on Aug. 31. In photo, quarterback Krenston Kaipo unloaded a pass for the Sabers in a game against Farrington. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Campbell is taking a trip to the mainland for football this fall, according to head coach Darren Johnson.

The Sabers will play O’Connor High in Phoenix on Aug. 31.

The game came about due to Johnson’s connections with Eagles head coach Steve Casey. Johnson played wide receiver for Casey at Arizona Western and then was an assistant under Casey at Arizona Western.

The Eagles, who are a 6A team in Arizona, went 3-7 a year ago.

“We talked about it and thought it would be a good thing,” Johnson said about scheduling the game with Casey. “The ADs are putting together a contract.”

The Sabers will go to the Arizona State vs. Texas San-Antonio college football game on Sept. 1 and to an Arizona Cardinals preseason game on Sept. 2. They will fly back to Hawaii on Labor Day, Sept. 3.

“Steve Casey is one of the best offensive guys, probably the best offensive guy, around,” Johnson said. “I learned a lot from him.”

Casey is a former Virginia Tech quarterback.

In 2017, Campbell went 7-5 in Johnson’s first year as the head coach. The Sabers lost 42-7 to Kahuku in the OIA semifinals and then dropped a 29-21 overtime decision to Waianae in the OIA third-place game, missing a spot in the Open Division state tournament.

Johnson believes this is Campbell’s first trip to the mainland for a football game.

Seven Hawaii teams have games scheduled against mainland schools this fall.

Friday, Aug. 31
>> Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) vs. Saint Louis, at Aloha Stadium
>> Clackamas (Clackamas, Ore.) at ‘Iolani
>> Damien at Mt. Spokane (Mead, Wash.)
>> Mililani at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
>> Campbell at O’Connor (Phoenix)

Friday, Sept. 7
>> Kaimuki at Sierra Vista (Las Vegas)

Saturday, Sept. 8
>> Farrington vs. Carson (Carson, Calif.), at Liberty High School


  1. ??? March 9, 2018 10:31 am

    Good luck Boys

  2. rrforlifebaby March 9, 2018 1:56 pm

    Aurite!!! Go get’em Sabers!!

  3. Hawaiʻi Aloha March 10, 2018 12:25 pm

    Aug 31 is the wrong time of the year for Campbell to play Arizona. Arizona is acclimated to their weather (dry heat) and although Hawaiʻi is also pretty warm/hot this time of the year, the humidity is quite different. Arizona got the advantage.

  4. TooMeke March 11, 2018 4:22 pm

    O’Connor is down the street from me. They suck. Campbell should win…even if O’Connor is 6A…they would not even be close to Open Division quality in Hawaii – more like D-II. They are not a sports team – but…they get one meeeaaannn football field. lol.

  5. ILH March 15, 2018 9:41 am

    hows da snack bar?

  6. ZipinParadise August 4, 2018 10:47 pm

    Hey D.J. go back to Akron and play the Knights of Archbishop Hoban! Maybe at the Zips’ Infocision Stadium. Sorry, no more Rubber Bowl! 😏😛

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