Despite a successful three-team scrimmage against McKinley and Aiea on Saturday, the Kaiser varsity football team has canceled its first scheduled game.
Roosevelt football coach Kui Kahooilihala informed Hawaii Prep World on Monday that Kaiser coach Arnold Martinez called him on Sunday to say that the Cougars do not have enough varsity players to safely play in that nonleague game scheduled for Friday at Roosevelt’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. According to Kahooilihala, Martinez told him that only 12 Kaiser players would be ready.
On Monday afternoon, per Hawaii Prep World’s request, Department of Education spokesperson Lindsay Chambers was in the process of trying to confirm the cancellation through the Kaiser administration.
The Kaiser at Roosevelt junior varsity game will be played as scheduled on Friday at 5 p.m.
Since the scheduled varsity game was of the nonleague variety, it is believed that it will not be considered a Kaiser forfeit and will go in the books as a straight cancellation.
Kahooilihala said that it’s still possible Roosevelt and Kaiser could agree to play a controlled varsity scrimmage after the JV game, but nothing of that sort is scheduled as of now.
Sixteen Kaiser players were in uniform for last Saturday’s scrimmage against the Tigers and Na Alii at McKinley.
According to various sources, the Cougars have 19 players on their varsity roster, but that seven are not eligible yet for various reasons.
It was a little more than a week ago when Kaiser principal Justin Mew announced the Kaiser varsity would play a “modified” schedule, and although he didn’t define what modified meant, it is believed that some of the Cougars’ Oahu Interscholastic Association games will be forfeited.
Kaiser’s next scheduled game is Aug. 11 at Mililani.