Jerry Campany‘s Hawaii Prep World article about Mililani head coach Rod York‘s comment that “football is supposed to be fun” resonated with a lot of people.
And the whole point of it — to show that there is a huge disparity between Oahu’s power teams and the so-so teams — was right on. There is ALWAYS talk among fans and some coaches about a so-called superconference, and it is the belief among many in the football community that it would be a great thing for Hawaii football.
It would eliminate games such as Mililani, the sixth-ranked football team in the nation according to the computerized MaxPreps Freeman Rankings and the top-ranked team in the state, going up against a rebuilding McKinley team with a first-year coach.
When the issue gets around to the athletic directors and principals, the ones who make the rules, it doesn’t get much support. There are many reasons for this, and anyone who is an administrator knows you can’t just snap your fingers and go into the unknown beyond all the red tape.
And while this season has had its blowouts, including Mililani’s 73-14 pummeling of McKinley, it must be mentioned that there have been numerous excellent, razor-close games, too.
And bringing that point up actually helps support the idea of a superconference, oddly enough.
Take a gander at the scores of these games below that have been played between the middle of the pack (ranked below the top 6) Oahu football teams:
>> Damien 14, Aiea 13
>> Kailua 34, Castle 24
>> Pac-Five 16, Kalani 14
>> Kapolei 49, Kaiser 28
>> Waianae 43, Moanalua 37, OT
>> Aiea 47, Kaiser 43
>> Kailua 27, Leilehua 14
>> Pearl City 14, Roosevelt 7
>> Castle 33, Campbell 32
>> Waialua 21, Kalani 16
>> Nanakuli 28, Kalaheo 14
There have been only two blowouts so far among teams not ranked in the top 6: St. Francis 62, Anuenue 0, and Roosevelt 39, McKinley 0. You already know about McKinley’s situation, and Anuenue forfeited its game to Radford the following week due to a lack of uninjured players.
So, as you can see, most teams on Oahu are already having fun playing against similarly put-together squads. And what that means is the state ALREADY HAS a solid base for the secondary division that would come right underneath the superconference.
So, how can an upper level be fully realized? Your guess is as good as ours. The Star-Advertiser’s Dave Reardon and Paul Honda, among others, have called for it for a long time in articles through the years.
Interestingly enough, we recently learned that two sportswriters in Boston were instrumental in developing the idea of a “Super Bowl” championship on Saturdays each year in the various divisions in Massachusetts in the early 1970s. You can read that history here: http://www.mhsfca.net/super-bowl-history.html
Har, har. We should be so lucky for the press to have an impact on the decision-makers for the (at least supposed) benefit of the people.
Maybe we just don’t have all the facts for what’s holding something like this up (although we know the differences in philosophy between the ILH and the OIA is a big reason; and the fact that private schools can offer paid tuition to athletes is probably the biggest sticking point). The people want it, and that can be stated here unequivocally. Media members at various outlets talk about it. Coaches, especially those already in the perceived “upper tier,” have said they would welcome it.
For illustrative purposes, this article would be lacking if it did not have a theoretical divisional example to go with it for people to chew on. Obviously, some school is going to get mad for being lumped in with the “lesser” folks. But, for a format like this to work, a line will have to be drawn somewhere. There could be strong guidelines put in place and a committee formed to meet each year to place teams where they (hopefully) belong for that season.
>> Saint Louis
Division I (Gold)
>> Pearl City
>> St. Francis
Division II (Silver)
>> The bottom six teams out of the 24 listed in Division I/Gold above, based on a committee’s findings.
>> *Anuenue and McKinley would be strong candidates for this division if it came into fruition at this time.