Right now, the Waialua Bulldogs are playing for their first football league championship since 1955 and it doesn’t hurt to have the whole North Shore on your side.
A little magic blessing from Kahuku, the defending Division I state football champions from the Eastern end, can’t hurt.
Well, Waialua — from the Western end of the North Shore — just happens to be on the Mauka sideline at Aloha Stadium for its Oahu Interscholastic Association Division II title game against Waipahu (a game they are leading 29-20 at halftime).
The sea of red jerseys in the stands — many from Waialua rooting for the Bulldogs — has been given a big boost of added color from Kahuku fans waiting for the second game of the night. Their beloved Red Raiders play Farrington for the D-I title.
On the way to the locker at the half, a booming cheer came from the Mauka crowd to the Bulldogs, who are playing like they’re on a mission.
Hard to tell which fans are from Waialua and which are from Kahuku. Doesn’t matter. It’s all the North Shore.
Two Waialua scorekeepers are sporting red jerseys with “Waialua Bulldogs” on the front, “Kahuku Red Raiders” on the back and “North Shore United” on the arm.