Kahuku is not taking its Division I championship trophy and resting.
The Red Raiders are going to Las Vegas to face Bishop Gorman on Sept. 17, Kahuku offensive coordinator John Hao confirmed Saturday.
For the last two years in a row, the Gaels have won the Nevada Division I state championship and finished at No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25. They were also No. 4 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national poll and No. 7 in the MaxPreps national computer rankings this season. Kahuku finished 37th in the computer rankings.
In November, Kahuku head coach Vavae Tata, in his first year at the helm, led the Red Raiders to a 13-0 season and a 39-14 win in the D-I state championship game over Saint Louis.
“They want to be national champs again,” Hao said about the Gaels. “They’re trying to schedule everyone who is ranked. They’re playing the state champs from Florida, Texas and Hawaii all this year.”
Hao said the Red Raiders have two or three games before they visit Nevada on the week that otherwise would have been a bye.
Quarterback Tate Martell is a highly-recruited prospect for Biship Gorman. He will be a senior.
The Red Raiders have a bunch of top players returning, including quarterback Kesi Ah-Hoy and defensive backs Kekaula Kaniho and Stokes Botelho.
Kahuku has won eight Division I state championships. Bishop Gorman has 14 state titles in various divisions, including five in Division I.