Carvalho: Waipahu’s goal is Open Division

Waipahu quarterback Cody Marques cut between two Hilo players during the Marauders' Division I state championship victory over Hilo on Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/ Star-Advertiser.

They might not be ready to jump up now, but eventually coach Bryson Carvalho would like to see his Waipahu Marauders move up to the Open Division in football.

The Marauders defeated defending champion Hilo 42-22 on Saturday in the Division I (middle tier) title game of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Aloha Stadium. They did it with a roster full of talented athletes who have been winning football games in bunches the last few years.

Carvalho is 29-15 in his four years with the school and he has one OIA D-II crown (2017) to go along with the D-I title the Marauders won this year.

In addition, Waipahu defeated Waianae — an Open Division team — 34-13 in a 2018 season-opening nonleague game.

A few minutes after hoisting the koa trophy on Saturday at Aloha Stadium, Carvalho was asked if going up to the Open is something he thinks about.

“Of course,” he said. “Yes it is (on my mind). We’re the second largest school in the state and our academic accolades are amazing. We graduate a whole bunch of kids with associate’s degrees and high school diplomas. We have lot of different academies. We’re a very good academic school and I want to make sure our athletic department matches that. I’m going to do my part as a football coach to do that.

“Definitely, definitely, that’s the goal is to get up to the Open.”

In the OIA-ILH interleague two-year pilot program, there are nine Open teams, 10 in D-I and 10 in D-II. Teams moving up and down is a possibility, but has not been officially discussed.


  1. Coach put me in!!! November 28, 2018 8:56 am

    Awesome to see the success Waipahu been having under Coach Bryce. Great person who literally wants the kid to succeed rather than be in trouble roaming the streets That kid Alfred hope he have the grades to further his education and pursue college.

  2. E.. Zee November 28, 2018 9:54 am

    Coach Carvalho: Congrats on your decisive win over Hilo and Wai’anae. To be a good mechanic, you need a well stocked tool chest. Keep it manageable.

  3. HailFromDaNorth November 28, 2018 10:46 am

    If Waipahu kept all of their kids to play at home man would they’ll be a force to be wrecken with! Mililani has been pouching from Waipahu for years since Rod York took over. Bring pride back to the 94 block!

  4. ILH November 28, 2018 1:01 pm

    Without pouching every school would be a force to be wreckened with.

    Fo shizo my no can spello. lol.

    Comedy aside. Great season Marauders.

  5. DontGetTriggered November 29, 2018 8:44 am

    Happy for Waipahu. Always cheer for them. Don’t get it twisted tho, these kids leaving Waipahu go on their own. And they don’t only go to Mililani, lots go to Campbell, Kapolei and even Radford. They go all over. It all starts when they’re young in their community. If Coach can show them he really cares and work with community coaches, they will stay.

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