Roosevelt wins coin toss for No. 1 seed in OIA D-II playoffs

Senior Shepherd Kekahuna and the defending OIA champion Roosevelt Rough Riders are the No. 1 seed in the OIA D-II playoffs this year. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

Roosevelt quarterback Sky Ogata threw four touchdown passes with Chase Akana catching three in a 55-10 win over host Nanakuli on Saturday night.

The Rough Riders (8-1, 7-1 OIA D-II) finished in a three-way tie for first place in OIA Division II but won a coin flip and will be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Roosevelt will play Waialua, which advanced to the playoffs despite losing in overtime, 29-26, to Pearl City on Saturday night to close the regular season.

Kaimuki is the No. 3 seed and will play at Kaiser with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

The Cougars handed the Bulldogs their only loss in league play, 45-31, on Sept. 13.

Kaiser wrapped up the regular season with a 38-6 win over Kalaheo on Friday night but played without freshman quarterback Easton Yoshino, who suffered a concussion a week earlier against the Golden Hawks.

Here’s a look at next week’s OIA playoff matchups.

The three championships will be decided as part of a tripleheader at Aloha Stadium on Oct. 26.

OIA Open Division
Friday, Oct. 18
Farrington (2-7) at Mililani (7-3), following 5 p.m. Farrington/Mililani JV game
>> Mililani def. Farrington 35-0 on Aug. 24.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Campbell (5-4) at Kahuku (6-3), 6:30 p.m.
>> Kahuku def. Campbell 35-7 on Aug. 31.

OIA Division I
Friday, Oct. 18

Kailua (4-6) at Moanalua (8-1), following 5 p.m. Aiea/Waipahu JV game
>> Moanalua def. Kailua 19-18 on Aug. 16.
Waipahu (4-5) at Leilehua (8-1), 7:30 p.m.
>> Leilehua def. Waipahu 23-13 on Aug. 16.

OIA Division II
Saturday, Oct. 19
Waialua (5-5) at Roosevelt (8-1), following 4 p.m. Roosevelt/Nanakuli JV game
>> Roosevelt def. Waialua 28-7 on Aug. 16.
Kaimuki (8-2) at Kaiser (9-1), following 4 p.m. Pearl City/Kaiser JV game
>> Kaiser def. Kaimuki 45-31 on Sept. 13.


  1. Riders808 October 12, 2019 11:25 pm

    Good job Roosevelt! Don’t overlook or take anyone lightly now. Still a lot of unfinished business until the championship. Lets go all the way!

  2. ItsBeenARoughRide October 13, 2019 9:08 am

    Proud of you Rough Riders stay humble stay hungry One Love One Heart God Bless you boys ALOHA!

  3. Marilyn H Domungo October 13, 2019 9:39 am

    I Love MY Rough Riders. ! These Mlen
    Are a group of Nice, Respectful Good
    Guys who, at a young age have done
    what most Young Men still have not
    learned. Their Coaches and Families
    are also a large part of this terrifiically
    Awesome Group who really do know
    what right way to ‘Get ‘Er Done’ takes,
    and they will definitely be successful
    in all their endeavors ! ‘JUST DO IT ‘!!

  4. Frank Mauz October 13, 2019 4:25 pm

    The coin flip Gods got it right, but Roosevelt should have earned the top seed based on point-differential. In the three games involving Roosevelt, Kaiser and Kaimuki, Roosevelt was +19, Kaiser -7 and Kaimuki -12. Can you imagine the NFL using a coin flip to determine playoff matchups? If point differential is still tied, then other tie-breakers could be used – fewest penalties, season point differential,… anything but coin flip. Toss the coin toss!
    By every measure of fairness and with due apologies to Waialua for a fine season, Roosevelt should be playing Pac-Five (6-3) instead. It is a shame that Pac-Five, which already faces unique challenges in coordinating 5 + schools, was not allowed to qualify for post-season. Unbelievable that one of 28 teams on Oahu would be singled out for exclusion.
    This awful slight is a bi-product of the incomplete OIA-ILH merger, which oddly allows OIA teams to not count games against ILH teams. Hard to figure since in each division all the teams play each
    other. Either have every game count for all teams in a complete merger(hopefully) or go back to the old system(hopefully not).
    About the playoffs, while clearly Mililani, Moanalua, Leilehua, Kahuku and Roosevelt have earned home-field advantage with better regular-season records, the Kaimuki-Kaiser game should be played on a neutral field like Skippa Diaz stadium. Fairness should outweigh all other factors, such as travel time.

  5. Judge Ito October 13, 2019 9:34 pm

    Uh Frank do you not know that Skippa Diaz stadium has been Kaimuki’s defacto home field for several years now. So how would playing the game there be a neutral field? Whats next complaining that the announcer is biased and showing favor to the home team like what was posted on here a few weeks back by some people.
    I agree a 3 way coin flip to decide seeding is pathetic but its still equally fair to all 3 teams. Kaiser not only beat Kaimuki in the regular season they also won the head to head coin flip to get the #2 seed and thus host. Had Kaimuki won the coin flip with Kaiser then they would’ve hosted at your “neutral” Skippa Diaz stadium.
    Its a shame as all 3 Oahu D2 teams in Kaimuki,Kaiser and Roosevelt deserve to go to States but sadly Kaimuki or Kaiser is going home after this game. D2 has been competitive with these 3 and some good FB in those games with the home team winning each time. Best of luck to all and may the best team win.

  6. Paul Honda October 15, 2019 1:11 pm

    The Wizard speaketh! Frank, what do you think about Kahuku girls volleyball playing the late game in town on a school night? They probably got back to campus around 11 p.m.

  7. Date street October 16, 2019 11:18 am

    Kaimuki has been playing without their top lineman. They can get pass lesser teams, but playoffs. Where’s the big boy? Get him in there. Kaimuki needs their Bully. Go Bulldogs

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