ILH Division I football format explained

Saint Louis' Dylan Silva hit the hole during a rushing attempt in Thursday night's 51-36 victory over Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium. Both teams are trying to win the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's second round in order to get a spot in a playoff game against first-round champion Punahou. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis’ Dylan Silva hit the hole during a rushing attempt in Thursday night’s 51-36 victory over Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium. Both teams are trying to win the Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s second round in order to get a spot in a playoff game against first-round champion Punahou. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

For anyone in the dark about how the Interscholastic League of Honolulu will decide its Division I football champion this season, here is an explanation, courtesy of interim executive director Georges Gilbert:

Each of the four teams play two round-robin rounds of three games each. Punahou is the first-round champion by virtue of its 3-0 record in the completed first round.

The second round began last night with Saint Louis’ 51-36 victory over Kamehameha and will end on Saturday, Oct. 17. The eventual second-round champion will play Punahou in a one-game playoff for the league title and the Division I state berth. However, if Punahou also wins the second round, no playoff will be necessary.


This next part was not confirmed by Gilbert, but it was confirmed by a source close to the league: In the case of a three-way tie in the second round (which could happen with three teams finishing at 2-1 and one team finishing 0-3), the teams would be seeded, with No. 2 facing No. 3 for the right to meet No. 1 for the second-round title.

Then, the second-round winner, if not Punahou, would play the Buffanblu for the overall championship.


Two playoff dates have been set aside on the ILH schedule – Friday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 29. If a third playoff date is needed, it’s not known how the ILH would handle it, but it is possible it could squeeze a game in on Monday, Nov. 2, which is four days before the state tournament begins.


Got it?

Division II is a much easier setup. The three teams play four games each (twice against each of the other teams) and the one with the best record will be the league D-II champion and earn a state berth. If there is a tie for first place, a playoff will be held to determine the winner. A three-way tie for first place (all teams 2-2) is possible, but unlikely. If that happens, two playoff games would be needed.

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