‘Iolani dropped its final Interscholastic League of Honolulu contest Friday, but still clinched a berth in the state Division II playoffs.
The Raiders lost a 49-13 game to St. Francis at home Friday and fell to 4-5 overall. It was a virtual playoff game that the league calls its second round of the regular season. The Saints move on to play Damien (a 30-20 winner over Pac-Five) in the ILH D-II championship game next week and a spot in the D-I states.
That’s where it is a little tricky, but in a nutshell, Damien and St. Francis — even though they play their regular season in D-II — are classified for D-I at the state level.
‘Iolani and Pac-Five (1-8) are the league’s teams that are classified in D-II at the state level, and the Raiders get the berth based on their better record in league games — 3-3 to the Wolfpack’s 0-6 — according to Pac-Five coach Kip Botelho. ‘Iolani won both games against the Wolfpack head to head — 55-20 on Sept. 16 and 34-0 on Oct. 2.
The Raiders are the second team to qualify for the 12 state spots (four in each tier — Division I-Open, Division I and Division II). Kauai High (5-2), the KIF champion, has clinched a spot in the D-I state tourney.