Normally new programs have to work their way into contention, but Darren Hernandez and his Hurricanes reached the top of their league in only their second year of varsity football.
The Hurricanes won the OIA White with a 38-21 victory over Radford at John Velasco Stadium. The school was only four years old at the time.
The Hurricanes finished the season unbeaten and after going 5-3 in their first varsity experience. Kapolei fell short in the OIA championship, however, losing 22-1 to Aiea at Mililani. The Hurricanes then lost to Damien 20-14 at the state tournament.
It took Hernandez a while before it soaked in what he and his boys had accomplished despite the disappointing end.
“If you think about it, I don’t know of any team in the history of football, second year of varsity football and they go undefeated and win the conference. People might scoff and say we’re in the White, but you still have to go out and win every game. I’m so proud of my staff and the players. It’s amazing what they have done.”
The victory put the school up there with 1963 Aiea (9-1) under Ed Kiyuna and John Velasco‘s 1960 Radford crew (8-2).