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.