Kaiser’s varsity football team will not play a scheduled game for the second week in a row, according to a source close to the situation.
The Cougars’ varsity and junior varsity games at Mililani on Friday night have been canceled. The results will go in the books as forfeits by Kaiser, which has been having difficulties fielding enough varsity players to safely play an Oahu Interscholastic Association game.
A few weeks ago, Kaiser principal Justin Mew announced that the Cougars’ varsity team would play a modified schedule this season. It was one way of saying the team would likely be forfeiting games. It is believed that Kaiser has 19 varsity players and seven of those are temporarily ineligible.
Last Friday, the Cougars’ scheduled nonleague game at Roosevelt was canceled. That game was not considered a forfeit because it was not considered a regular-season game that counts in the standings.
Due to this latest development, Mililani’s first game of the season won’t be until Aug. 18 at home against Leilehua (1-0). That will be the OIA opener for both teams.
Kaiser, which will be 0-1 after this week, may get on the field for its first official game against Radford (0-1) on Aug. 19. That game, if played, will also be the Rams’ first game of the season and take place at Radford.
According to the source, the Kaiser administration made the decision to cancel Friday’s varsity and JV games at Mililani.