If you’ve noticed a freshmen playing on an Interscholastic League of Honolulu football team, your eyes are not deceiving you.
A rule passed in the offseason allows freshmen to play in league games for the first time, according to ILH assistant executive director Georges Gilbert.
“Similar to the sport of varsity wrestling, the ILH allows freshmen to participate on the varsity level of football provided a waiver form is submitted by the member school to the league office,” Gilbert wrote in an explanation to Hawaii Prep World via email.
Kiai Keone, a freshman quarterback for Kamehameha, is the only ILH player listed as being in ninth grade on Hawaii Prep World’s team rosters. Keone has played in two games and completed 12-of-27 passing for 75 yards.