Kahuku rules the running clock

Count a mercy rule victory as a knockout, and Kahuku has stopped five OIA playoff opponents before the final bell. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

Football coordinator Richard Townsend and the others who ruled the OIA in 1999 probably could never have imagined a machine like the current Kahuku program.

Kahuku’s success has turned the mercy rule into the norm rather than the exception. Since it was instituted by Townsend and the OIA in the 1999 season, there have been 32 playoffs games that ended under a running clock. Half of them occurred from 1999-2014 and the other half have happened in the last three years.

Kahuku was on the winning side of six of them.

Kahuku has won eight straight OIA playoff games with six ending via the mercy rule. The lone “close” game was the 2015 final, when the Red Raiders beat Mililani 20-7. Kahuku also beat Kapolei in the OIA quarterfinals this year, 35-7.

No other program has more than four mercy rule wins since 1999, with Mililani leading the way with a 4-1 record in such games. Only Kapolei (3-2), Campbell (2-2) and Moanalua (2-5) have won a mercy rule game by more than 34 points since 1999.

Here is a chart of Mercy rule wins in the OIA Division I playoffs since 1999.


  1. TooMeke October 24, 2017 7:35 pm

    Make it 7 on Friday!! cheeeehuuuuu!!!

  2. ilh October 24, 2017 9:47 pm

    when you play weak teams you get the mercy rule with no problems, if Kamehameha, Punahou, St. Louis and even St. Francis had Kahuku’s schedule i’m sure there would have been many MERCY RULE too, so pretty hard to judge on that. come Friday Nov. 4, we’ll see what Kahuku will do against Mililani, i say, 31-14 Mililani.

  3. Fiatagata Memea October 25, 2017 4:29 am

    Kahuku Red Raiders are winners no matter what. It is the mark of a true champion to lose graciously, and respect the victory of the opponent. Only Kahuku, has been a champion for the longest time, 25 to be exact. All the hoopla, yelling, and screaming displayed by an opponent who has beaten Kahuku, is such, because they have won it but a few times. And Kahuku is the only high school in the nation that have produced more NFL players. Red Raiders are winners no matter what happens on November 4…

  4. Toomeke October 25, 2017 4:49 am

    If Kam or Puns played big red or mike this year they would’ve got mercy ruled. Garanz. And if we was in ILH they would’ve been mercy ruled at least twice each. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ

  5. Palani k.. October 25, 2017 4:59 am

    ILH teams are the only teams that get players from all over the entire State.Which is why there’re good. OIA, teams GET majority of players from their own district, and that’s pretty good & awesome. So, props to the OIA, GO (BIG RED) & Da OIA!!!!

  6. Hawaiian50 October 25, 2017 5:19 am

    Everyone needs to shut up and just enjoy watching ALL the boy’s play and hope for a clean, hard, and injury free game come Nov 4th

  7. TooMeke October 25, 2017 5:52 am

    Good luck with that H50 – good thing we live America.

    I’m gonna enjoy watching all the games and hope for no injuries.

    But I sure as heck am going to exercise my 1st Amendment rights up in hea!!!

    Now…if you want to follow your own advice…be my guest.


  8. ILH October 25, 2017 7:59 am

    Nope to mercy ruling Kam or Puns, and twice? Double Nope.

    I give you credit though, you are a true Fanatic.

    As far as mercy ruling in the OIA playoffs, I think that is impressive considering the caliber of opponents is supposed to be better because its the playoffs.

    FMemea- How often do you come on these blogs? Take a look at your fellow RR bloggers and talk to me about being humble and gracious.


  9. Shmuck October 25, 2017 8:14 am

    @ilh, you keep talking about how strong the ilh schedule is with there three team division and round robin play but you forget about how last year’s open playoff unraveled when the #3 oia manhandled your #2 ill Punahou then Kapolei got mercy ruled By Kahuku.
    Teams don’t make their schedules they just play them. It can be weak some years for teams like Kahuku but give them credit for scheduling nationally ranked teams for the past few years. Maybe with all the open slots and the monies the ilh generate they should schedule more and a little better teams from the westcoast.
    So your strength of schedule theory has no merit.

  10. TooMeke October 25, 2017 8:20 am

    ILH talking about humility… pot say hi to kettle for me k?


  11. OGRRFL October 25, 2017 9:00 am

    All you ILH SCRUBS always hating! The OIA isn’t like the ILH, where you got players from all over the State,so they should be stronger ! But to have the players from your own home town and dominant, come on…sure we have transfers, but those transfers are just returning home to play for their community, where they want to experience the Red Raider Nation! Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs and ive,always been a fan of Coach York !

  12. Coach C October 25, 2017 10:02 am

    These things happen in a diverse league like the OIA. It’s not Kahuku”s fault. Kahuku has and always will have the size and talent. Problem is the bottom D1 teams. Nanakuli is 1-6 with 4 mercy rule games this season. Kaiser is 0-6 with multiple forfeits. Push these 2 teams into the D2 OIA. Folks remember when Nanakuli and Kaiser were D2 power houses? In fact Aiea & Radford can be dropped. Then make the D2 OIA into blue and red. The OIA D1 then can add cross over red/blue games to meet a 10 game schedule, post championship. Poor Nanakuli taking 4 mercy rules but putting 33 on Mililani. As opposite to Kaiser who threw the towel in early. Must be west side pride.

  13. ILH October 25, 2017 11:18 am

    -Too Meke-

    I never professed to being Humble unlike all the #Fakehumble guys that make the rest of the Good RR fans look bad.

    I have great RR friends that are the most loyal, loving, family oriented and for the most part faith following that become the biggest DEEKs when it comes to RR football. They just cannot help themselves and I know that Im not the only one. So, take your pot and kettle and go mix with the rest of your DEEK friends. #TruthFakehumble

    To the good RR fans, you by far are the best FANS in the STATE, nobody brings it like you guys do, your love for your team and community is undeniable. Good luck to the boys and coaches for all teams.

  14. ILH October 25, 2017 11:24 am

    Is it truly diverse if you have 50% mercy ruling others and 50% getting mercy ruled??

    3 levels is the most appropriate. Big Dogs/Tweener Dogs/Toy Dogs.

  15. Qbcoach 15 October 25, 2017 12:17 pm

    @Fiatagata Memea
    “And Kahuku is the only high school in the nation that have produced more NFL players.”
    Are you claiming that Kahuku has produced more NFL players than any high school in the nation? Have you heard of Long Beach Poly? St. Thomas Aquinas? Glenville in Ohio? Northwestern in Florida? Dorsey in LA? De La Salle in California?

    Currently St Louis & Punahou have more players in the NFL than Kahuku.
    St. Louis with Marcus Mariota, Tyson Alulu & Kamalei Correa. Punahou with DeForest Buckner, Manti Teo & Ka’imi Fairbaim. Kahuku has Uani’ Unga & Hau’oli Kikaha.

    Long way from having the most NFL players in the nation.

  16. DiamonHead October 25, 2017 3:00 pm

    ILH schools and other private schools around the country are doing good in churning out great football talent but it has a manufactured feeling to it. Nothing quite refreshing like a small country school with hometown talent like Kahuku accomplishing and sometimes surpassing those manufactured giants in their own game.

  17. DiamonHead October 25, 2017 3:04 pm

    Mililani is dangerous, hungry and humble. Kahuku fans need to relax and enjoy the games.

  18. Coach C October 25, 2017 7:22 pm

    ILH, St.Louis mercy ruled Punahou 50% of their games,then 66%mercy ruled Kamehameha. It’s a 3 team league. Split those 3 into 3 levels like you said
    Qb15, I think Memea meant for a small public school Kahuku has had the most NFL players. As with other catholic schools who draw from whole states and powers like Bishop Gorman who draws from all western states.

  19. Jason keuma October 26, 2017 9:26 pm

    I will agree that every D1 Ilh team is better than the average OIA team,but to claim that the ILH’s best team is better than the OIA’s best team is only 4/9 true. The mighty ilh has only won 8 out of 18 state championships.

    Strength of schedule talk works for college football, due to the large amount of teams, but that is not what is going on here. The assumption is that the ILH a tougher league,andyou guys play each other twice, therefore you guys have a harder schedule. If that is the case, then the ILH should be dominating the OIA every year in the championship, which it is not. This is just my observations.

  20. Zach October 27, 2017 5:43 pm

    To Qbcoach15
    Kahuku has more players in the NFL then any high sku. Kahuku has over 25 players that is active or retired. There is documents that show proof. All you RR haters or have negative comment , PLZ DONT COMMENT NO MORE . WE SUD BE HAVING POSTIVE COMMENT IF NOT THEN GO WRITE IT SOMEONE ELSE. Talk abt weak schdule ? Kahuku dont make there schdule OIA. for all u guys says that Kahuku has a weak schdule go talk to the OIA BOARD. ILH will always recruit no matter what. Wen you get kids from there hometown or community that tell you recruiting is for sku who needs more players or talent to make the sku looks good. Kahuku mercy rule but if kahuku mercy rule an opponent that tells u the players excuting coaches game plan.

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