The algorithms that make up the OIA football schedule didn’t do Kaiser any favors this year.
The OIA’s fall football schedule features midweek games to address the lack of qualified officials. Kaiser football coach Arnold Martinez was the most vocal critic before the schedule was released.
Once the schedule was officially released, all of Martinez’s fears were realized.
Kaiser has four regular season games with fewer than six days rest next season, more than any other OIA team. Farrington, Kailua, Castle and Radford all have three such games.
Kaiser’s toughest stretch comes in the middle of September, when it plays three games in a span of 12 days, against Kahuku, Moanalua and Waianae. The good thing for the Cougars is that they have 15 full days of rest in between playing Radford and Campbell at the end of August. No other school has as big a break between games and all of them except Castle and Aiea, which has its byes come at the end, have one stretch of more than 10 days between games.
There will be no adjustment for Mililani, which has no games with fewer than six full days rest.
Moanalua has one such game, the other Divison I teams all have two.
For comparison, according to NFL.com, the National Football League ensures that teams scheduled to play midweek games will not have to play on a short week more than once in a season.
Byes do not create any extreme advantages in Division I, with each team playing an opponent that is coming off a bye only once except Kahuku, which plays both Moanalua and Campbell when they have more than a week to prepare.
Pearl City got the raw end of the deal in Division II, drawing three games with less than a week’s rest while McKinley, Kalaheo and Waialua have to prepare on a short week only once.
Roosevelt is in the middle, with two games on short rest, but one stretch to begin September will be the most brutal in all of the OIA. The Rough Riders host Kaimuki on Friday, Sept. 1, and then turn around and travel to Kailua to play Kalaheo the following Wednesday. Given the 5:30 p.m. JV start times that push varsity finishes past 11 p.m., it might be tough for those Rough Riders to make it to class on Thursday morning after that gauntlet.
Waialua students will be the most bleary-eyed at school late in the week, playing four midweek games, more than any other school. That includes two games, at Pearl City and vs. Kalani at Kaiser on a Thursday night, where they can expect to get back to the North Shore after midnight.
Relief for those players will come later in the season, though, as Roosevelt plays only two league games after Sept. 6. In addition to that, Roosevelt plays three teams — Waipahu, Kaimuki and Waialua — that are coming off breaks of more than 10 days, matching Waialua for the most. The Bulldogs and Rough Riders will wrap up the regular season on Oct. 5 in a game in which both teams are coming off 12 days of rest. Kaimuki plays only one team that is coming off a bye.