ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Kamehameha celebrates first state title

Kamehameha's Jayson Rego leaves Leilehua defenders in the dust in the third quarter. Star-Bulletin photo by Richard Walker

On this date in 2004, Kamehameha won its first state football championship.

The Warriors have collected plenty of Prep Bowls, the last in 1976, but Kamehameha beat Leilehua 28-7 in front of a crowd of 17,757 for its first modern title.

Jayson Rego became a program legend in the game, rushing for 212 yards and the go-ahead score in a game that was just 7-0 at halftime. Pono Kam came in at quarterback for Parker Bode and fired three touchdown passes in the second half.

Campbell also broke through, beating Iolani 28-7 for its first major title even with head coach Tumoana Kenessey sitting in the stands after being ejected the previous week.


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