Honokaa did not make a planned trip to Oahu to play football against Waialua last Saturday.
According to Honokaa athletic director Keith Tolentino, the team did not have an adequate number of varsity players ready for the first nonleague game of the season.
The Dragons had 19 players altogether of various experience level. However, Tolentino said the numbers issue will not be a problem for the rest of the season. The full varsity roster is about 38-40 players, he said, many of them who were on academic probation as of last week. Tolentino expects that, after grade checks, the full squad will be ready for Honokaa’s first Big Island Interscholastic Federation game at Kealakehe on Aug. 27.
Tolentino told Hawaii Prep World on Monday that Noeau Lindsey, who was an assistant with the Dragons last season, is the new head coach. Lindsey takes over for Morgan Hanohano, who spent two years as the head man.
Waialua’s season opener is Saturday at Kaiser Stadium against Kaimuki.