Two surprises came upon this Hawaii Prep World reporter recently.
>> The first one was that the Oahu Interscholastic Association’s quarterfinal losers would play an extra game this weekend for seeding purposes in the upcoming Division I state tournament.
>> The second one was that Moanalua would be forfeiting one of those games against Campbell.
OK, well, from this corner of the world, it seems like those games are unnecessary anyway. There is no title at stake. Yes, the teams could get more action in, but this is football and why play such a physical contest if those two teams have already placed lower than fourth in their league?
“Why risk injury?” Campbell coach Amosa Amosa asked rhetorically, when asked what he thought about Moanalua’s decision to forfeit.
Amosa said he thought Moanalua made a smart move, even though Campbell will be playing one less game because of it. On the downside for the Sabers, they will not play another game for three weeks.
Now, I’m sure the OIA has good reasons for adding those two games (the other is Leilehua at Mililani). It’s likely the OIA wants a clear-cut answer based on competition as to who should be seeded higher at states among those four teams. Maybe, the OIA wanted those four teams to have a chance to get another game in — instead of having that three-week break.
One HPW colleague suggested that maybe the four teams could be seeded into the state tournament based on their regular-season record.
After Mililani’s loss to Waianae on Saturday night, Trojans head coach Rod York was wondering why his team would be playing Leilehua again. The two teams played in the regular season.
In the meantime, Amosa said he will be calling Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I head coaches Kale Ane of Punahou and Wendell Look of ‘Iolani to find out what they do and how they stay in shape and hungry during long breaks. The ILH only has four teams in its top division and some of them, at times, go several weeks with out playing.
Up until last year, the OIA’s third-place game was not for a title, but it was a huge game because the winner qualified for the D-I state tournament and the loser’s season was over.
Maybe someone will suggest scrapping this weekend’s Leilehua vs. Mililani game. It’s doubtful that either coach from the rival schools, York and the Mules’ Nolan Tokuda, would be the first to initiate that move.
As it stands, according to Amosa, the league will decide its order for Division I state seeding purposes (fifth through eighth place) like this (reminder that Kahuku, Kapolei, Farrington and Waianae, not in order, will end up first through fourth and will be going to the new Open division):
>> Fifth place: Best record among this weekend’s two winners. Mililani can clinch it with a win over Leilehua (4-6). Mililani would be 6-3 and tie Campbell (6-3), and the Trojans would take the tiebreaker (outcome of games against common opponents) due to a win over Farrington and Campbell’s two losses to the Governors. Campbell would clinch fifth place if Mililani loses to Leilehua.
>> Sixth place: Campbell (if Mililani beats Leilehua) or Leilehua (if the Mules beat the Trojans)
>> Leilehua (if the Mules lose to Mililani) or Mililani (if the Trojans lose to Leilehua)
>> Moanalua (3-6)
As you can see, after this weekend, there is no game for fifth place. It will be based on records. Basing it on records for all four teams in the first place may have been the way to go. (But, as alluded to earier, the OIA has a reason for wanting more of a clear-cut answer, based as much as possible on head-to-head competition):
>> Fifth place: Mililani (5-3), wins tiebreaker over Campbell (5-3, without this weekend’s forfeit win)
>> Sixth place: Campbell (5-3)
>> Seventh place: Moanalua (5-5)
>> Eight place: Leilehua (4-6)
But either way you do it, all four teams — no matter where they are seeded — have to beat whoever they go up against at states anyway.