Only 3 football state berths remain to be settled

'Iolani's Lanakila Pei forced Damien quarterback Jake Holtz to fumble on the 1-yard line on the Monarchs' opening drive of the game, helping 'Iolani secure a state-tournament berth with a 21-14 win. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Eleven of the 14 state-tournament berths are settled.

‘Iolani and Campbell locked up their tournament spots with victories Friday. The Raiders got past ILH rival Damien 21-14 to become the ILH Division I representative at states. The Sabers dropped Farrington 28-14 for third place in the OIA Open to get in.

In addition, three OIA teams — Kahuku in the Open, Moanalua in D-I, and Kaimuki in D-II — who had previously clinched state spots, assured themselves of a better state seeding than the teams they vanquished for OIA titles on Saturday. Kahuku got past Mililani 7-3, Moanalua edged past Leilehua 21-20 in double overtime, and Kaimuki tipped Roosevelt 27-24 with a last-second field goal.

The remaining spots will be decided this weekend. They will go to the ILH Open champion and the BIIF D-I and D-II champions.

>> ILH champion: Saint Louis (9-0) or Punahou (10-1)
>> OIA champion: Kahuku (8-3)
>> OIA runner-up: Mililani (8-4)
>> OIA third place: Campbell (6-5)

>> BIIF champion: Hilo (11-0) or Konawaena (8-3)
>> ILH representative: ‘Iolani (9-2)
>> MIL representative: Baldwin (5-4)
>> OIA champion: Moanalua (10-1)
>> OIA runner-up: Leilehua (9-2)

>> BIIF champion: Hawaii Prep (6-2) or Kamehameha-Hawaii (9-3)
>> KIF champion: Kapaa (7-1)
>> MIL champion: Lahainaluna (9-1)
>> OIA champion: Kaimuki (10-2)
>> OIA runner-up: Roosevelt (9-2)

>> Kapolei (4-6)
>> Kamehameha (3-7)
>> Farrington (2-9)
>> Waianae (1-9)
Division I
>> Damien (8-3)
>> Kealakehe (6-3)
>> Waipahu (4-6)
>> Kailua (4-7)
>> Keaau (3-6)
>> Castle (2-7)
>> Honokaa (2-8)
>> Aiea (1-8)
>> Maui (1-7)
>> Radford (0-8)
>> Waiakea (0-10)
Division II
>> Kaiser (9-2)
>> Pac-Five (6-3)
>> Kamehameha-Maui (6-3)
>> Nanakuli (5-5)
>> Waialua (5-6)
>> Waimea (3-4)
>> Kalani (4-6)
>> Ka’u (3-4)
>> King Kekaulike (3-6)
>> Pearl City (3-7)
>> Kohala (2-6)
>> Kauai (1-5)
>> McKinley (1-9)
>> Pahoa (0-8)
>> Kalaheo (0-10)


  1. Fix It October 27, 2019 11:05 pm

    Pathetic. OIA gets a team that is just above .500 into the state tournament. Let along the other team playing for third place won only two games. Format is flawed. What are we even teaching these kids. We can be losers and still get into playoffs. Smh you might as well start handing participation trophies.

  2. Raidernation October 27, 2019 11:40 pm

    A shame only one ILH team will have the opportunity to play in the state tournament. Saint Louis and Punahou by far the two best teams in the state, yet only one will represent the ILH in the tournament. Not only in football, but in every sport you see teams across the state left out of states due to the way the tournament is set up. We should have the best of the best in the state compete.

  3. Falcon Future October 28, 2019 10:35 am

    Ooooh, check out the video at the bottom of the story. It looks to me like the Damien QB got the football across the line before the fumble. Remember, once the front of the football crosses the front of the end zone, it is a touchdown.

    A couple of things to notice in the beginning part of the video. 1. Look how close the ball is placed to the front of the end zone before the play. When the play starts, the Damien QB clearly jumps forward with the ball stretched out and I’m willing to bet the ball is across the end zone before it gets knocked away. It should be a TD! 2. The sideline ref who has the view of the play is distracted by some little kid right before the play. This ref probably wasn’t even paying attention to the ball crossing the plane of the end zone.

  4. Clayton October 28, 2019 11:37 am

    Can you imagine if Punahou beats St. Louis and the Crusaders are left out of the tournament?

  5. suspense October 28, 2019 1:38 pm

    falcon future, agree with you. after the call, thought and was waiting for damien coach to question call.

  6. ULU67 October 28, 2019 2:16 pm

    Punahou/St Louis game this Friday is the state championship!

  7. BIG OG808 October 29, 2019 7:45 am

    I live in the state of Texas and the public schools.are.separate from the private. The advantage of private school is they recruit across the state or country. While public schools recruit within the community. This state bleeds football or sports in general, both boys and girls. Yes cheerleading is a sport too. My thought is, be happy that Hawaii lets both private and public compete. Yes it also awesome that the other islands can compete in the same area . So don’t hate what the association has done. Hey I would like to see one day, the Hawaii team challenge these Texas teams. We have Poly here too!!

  8. BIIF Fan October 29, 2019 10:41 am

    Simple solution, scrap the open league playoffs, no one cares anyway. Top 4 OIA, Top 2 ILH make state playoffs, league winners get bye to semis.

  9. JustAFan October 29, 2019 11:39 am

    BIG OG808 – I’m originally from the mainland as well and I just had that same conversation with someone yesterday. Most states, especially in the south, leave the private schools to their own classification or put them in one of the lower classification. This is done for 2 reasons: 1)To keep the private schools from poaching ALL of the public school kids. 2)Keeps parody, otherwise private schools would dominate like they do in Hawaii and west coast high schools. The other difference is there are no separate leagues that are their own governing bodies with their own rules. Everyone regardless if public or private plays under the state association who set all of the guidelines and rules. Once a season is done ALL of the schools get together for one state playoff. Not a league playoff THEN a state playoff. As long as the ILH and OIA are allowed to govern separately and have their own playoffs the system will be flawed. They need to all be ruled by the state association. Take the top 6-8 teams in each classification and have a real state playoffs regardless of league. You can put them in their own divisions similar to what the NFL does so the division winners are the automatically guaranteed a bye. then the 2nd or 3rd place teams make up the rest. But the way it is now it’s all about the OIA and ILH as leagues and not the state as a whole. It would nice to see adults put aside their egos and do what’s right for everyone especially the kids. At minimum it should be St. Louis vs Mililani and Punahou vs Kahuku in the state semi’s as the top 4 teams in the state. Yet we will see Kahuku play Campbell for a 3rd time for what? Let’s say Campbell beats Kahuku (it wont happen but what if), is Campbell a better team? NO but if you keep giving them chances against Kahuku they could get lucky. It’s all bad… cause if Campbell wins it was too many games… if Kahuku wins, Campbell had no business being there. lose lose either way…

  10. Wainakea October 29, 2019 9:46 pm

    If you only have 2 leagues in the state tournament and each have their own league playoffs, why not just do the old prep bowl. Saves time, money, and ACLs.

  11. Hau’ulaBoy October 30, 2019 10:56 am

    Same could be said about letting St. Louis and Punahou in. If they both make the final, then same scenario. That would be third maybe fourth time around.

  12. JustAFan October 30, 2019 12:19 pm

    The difference is they would not be matched up the 1st round… they would have to both win to play each other. I’m fine with rematches as long as the teams earned them. But the Campbell vs Kahuku Trilogy is unearned.

    The format is just flawed… I appreciate the attempt the last 2 years with the ILH and OIA alliance though. It’s better than it was. But let them all just come together and have one real state playoff already instead of these separate entities. otherwise just stay separate completely… Public and Private and never play each other at all. I’m fine with that too…

  13. Hau’ulaBoy October 30, 2019 3:41 pm

    Go ahead and do that and separate them. But the ILH has three teams in the top division what are they going to do. I believe the ILH needs to get all of the private schools in the same division. They all have the same pool of where kids can attend from. People were posting on here about mainland separating private and public. But those states have a lot more schools. In Hawaii this won’t work. I don’t think it would hurt the public schools as much, because there is a lot more public then private. They could still hold a public state tournament and it would still have a lot of schools to pull state wide. The state tournament for private would be much smaller.

  14. Hau’ulaBoy October 30, 2019 3:48 pm

    And same thing for Punahou. You keep giving them chances and they just might beat St. Louis. Maybe on the fourth or fifth try. Gets repetitive and boring. So go ahead and separate both leagues. I love watching the World Series of ILH.

  15. Hau’ulaBoy October 30, 2019 4:13 pm

    The open only was created to benefit one league. If you believe otherwise, you’re a fool. They sold the pipe dream of better gates, more competitive games, national recognition.

    Now the other divisions are good and competitive. But I bet those teams in division one could compete with open teams. But guess what? That’s exactly what we had before. It’s just they didn’t take the best teams from OIA and separate them to put them with top ILH. They wanted to try and get the OIA in on this World Series of football.haha.

  16. Hau’ulaBoy October 30, 2019 4:21 pm

    Aaaaahhh. That’s what they did when they created a three division state tournament. They wanted Iolani, Damien and PAC 5 to have a chance at trophies. Thank you for getting beat up by the power three all these years.

  17. Lou October 31, 2019 9:56 am

    Remember that anon. $3 million letter that was floating around maybe 4 years ago? Penned up by ILH backers. Offering the OIA $$$ for an “Elite League”? Well this is 2019, Open league,no money transfers. Huh? Well, who has taken the OPEN STATES the last 3 years with a great chance of 4? Right,bingo ILH. Now they negotiating for 2 ILH teams in? Good luck. Hey,OIA bigwigs, walk away. The OIA wins more STATES in the old format. Why? Because the ILH is a passing league. As Cal Lee said after the Kahuku/Tata lost, “we don’t play running teams, we’re at a lost”…..boom kanani, $3 mil. letter is born.

  18. Lou October 31, 2019 10:01 am

    ILH.”We have the best facilities,coaches,money,and athletes money can buy”. What we need is live dummies in game situations to hone our crafts and make college recruiters look at us. Boom. Also we can pad stats by blasting these teams! The Open is born.

  19. JustAFan October 31, 2019 12:57 pm

    I agree the ILH schools should all be in the same division… it doesn’t make sense to separate them since they can all recruit the same. Do that then separate OIA and ILH completely.

    I also agree that the top D1 schools could compete in the Open. Get rid of the open for the OIA. Take Moanalua, Leilahua, Kailua, and Waipahu… Put them with the Open teams again. that’s a 9 team D1 League. 8 League games. And 2 Out of League games at each schools discretion. I would love to see Hilo in that league too cause I think they could compete. I realize travel may be an issue though. Split the league in 2 divisions. Take the top 3 from each side for the state playoffs. The top 2 seeds get a bye. That’s 3 rounds of pretty good playoff football I bet.

    I don’t really care what the ILH does but they could do something similar just with 6 schools. And just like different classifications have state champs… we get a public school state champion and a private school state champion. Who cares about being the champ overall if it’s not all even playing field anyway.

  20. Stacey October 31, 2019 2:09 pm

    BIGOG808 I too reside in TX And we both know texas teams will not travel outside of the state. I’d pay to watch Kahuku beat Euless in Hawaii or TX.

  21. Hau’ulaBoy October 31, 2019 3:51 pm

    That is exactly what we had before except there were ten teams. So you going right back to the old formula. But Hilo was only coming over for states. State tournament had all the league champions and OIA fillers from the biggest league. Now ILH didn’t like this. They wanted to have two teams in. But how can you have two teams from a three team league get into the tournament. Now if all of the ILH was D1 then I would be all for it. Let their top two in and let’s go.

  22. Hau’ulaBoy October 31, 2019 4:06 pm

    It’s not working because the haves want more. They can’t understand that without the have nots there are no haves. “Have nots should not have equal opportunity. I make more than them so I should have more than them.” This is Trumpism at it’s best.

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