KIF releases football schedule; league to declare D-II

Kapaa's Chysen Lagunes-Rapozo (44) watched his 45-yard field goal sail through the uprights in the Division II state title game against Lahainaluna in 2018. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The Kauai Interscholastic Federation tentative football schedule is out.

In addition, Waimea athletic director and KIF football coordinator Jon Kobayashi confirmed that the league will be declaring for Division II for state tournament purposes.

Except for 2017, when the KIF bumped up to D-I during a crisis situation for the HHSAA in its effort to determine that fall’s state football format, the league has regularly classified for D-II.

Aside from the usual triple round-robin between the three competing schools — Waimea, Kauai High and defending champion Kapaa, the league’s teams will also be a part of five noneleague games in 2019.

Waimea hosts Orange Glen at Hanapepe Stadium on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The Patriots, from Escondido, Calif., went 10-4 a year ago.

The Menehunes haven’t won a KIF championship since 2003, the year it won a 12th league crown in a row. Jordon Dizon, who went on to star at Colorado and play in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, was on that squad.

In the 15 seasons since then, the Kauai Red Raiders have won the league 10 times and Kapaa has taken it five times, including four of the last five.

The week-by-week schedule is available here.


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