Campbell football coach Darren Johnson‘s team lost in the quarterfinals of the Pylon 7-on-7 National Championship Series Las Vegas in Mesquite, Nev., last weekend.
But he came home raving about how well all of Hawaii’s teams did in all age divisions. More than 100 teams participated in the tournament.
In the high school division, another Hawaii team, Tagiamanu — coached by former Oregon and University of Hawaii running back Tupu Alualu — defeated Johnson’s Beast 808 team in the quarters.
“The directors told me that was the fastest, highest scoring game in the whole tournament,” Johnson said. “The offense was so good, it looked like there was no defense.”
That game was the only loss for Beast 808, which is full of Campbell Sabers and Ewa players.
A Crusaders All-Blacks team also participated in the high school division as did 808 Breeze. Both squads were made up primarily of Saint Louis School players.
An All-Blacks squad won the elementary school division.
Among the other Hawaii teams in the high school division were Elite 808, Hawaii Academy, Mililani, Hilo, Pearl City and TMF.
TMF is coached by Johnson’s son, Kawe Johnson, a former Hawaii high school defensive player of the year at Kahuku.
“There were teams from Texas, Florida, Chicago, from all over,” Darren Johnson said.
In other news, Johnson is returning to coach the Campbell Sabers this fall, athletic director Rory Pico confirmed Wednesday.
Under the school’s new protocol, coaches in every sport are being asked to reapply for their positions. Johnson reapplied and will continue in his role. Others applied for the position as well, including Mililani defensive coordinator Vince Nihipali, according to sources.
Nihipali, a source said, also applied for the Waianae head coaching position, which was filled recently by Mike Fanoga, a former coach in the college ranks on the mainland.
Johnson is 15-10 in two seasons with the Sabers and took the school to the Open Division Semifinals last year before falling to Mililani.
He is 88-45-1 in his career for three OIA schools, Kailua and Kaimuki in addition to Campbell and has a shot to become the 13th coach in OIA history to reach 100 victories. Mililani’s Rod York is right with him with 86 wins, but has coached 24 fewer games.