As the years go by, if you are a Division II football team from around the state, you might not want to draw a game on the Garden Island against whoever the representative from the Kauai Interscholastic Federation is for that particular year.
Kauai teams are 12-3 in home state tournament games at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue since the inaugural event in 1999.
Two of those recent games in particular were unbelievably close, going down to the final play and leaving visitors from Oahu seeing green.
In 2013, Kauai High beat Pearl City 13-7, but with less than a minute to go, the Chargers had a razzle-dazzle play going with a lateral on the sideline and only green field in front. The runner was eventually dragged down. For a photo and a story about that play, click here: http://bit.ly/2fb9Rzq.
On Saturday, Kapaa was clinging to a 21-14 lead and eventually got the victory but not without dramatics on the final play, when running back Kapena Texeira fumbled the ball and picked it up. Had he not picked it up, a swarm of Damien defenders were ready to scoop and score for a possible tie game. For a photo and story of that play, click here: http://bit.ly/2fRkpUp.
Here are the KIF teams’ results at state tournament games played at Vidinha Stadium.
>> 1999: Waimea 20, Kailua 18
>> 2001: Waimea 41, Castle 20
>> 2002: Waimea 24, Kailua 21
>> 2003: Damien 17, Waimea 13
>> 2004: Kauai 49, Pac-Three 7
>> 2006: Kauai 17, Waipahu 6
>> 2007: Kauai 40, Roosevelt 9
>> 2008: Radford 17, Kauai 7
>> 2009: Kauai 28, Hawaii Prep 14
>> 2011: Kapaa 7, Pearl City 0
>> 2012: Radford 22, Kauai 21
>> 2013: Kauai 13, Pearl City 7
>> 2014: Kapaa 30, Pearl City 22
>> 2015: Kapaa 24, Lahainaluna 0
>> 2016: Kapaa 21, Damien 14