The Kamehameha Warriors and Pahoa Daggers were awarded with the Sportsmanship Trophy by the Big Island Football Officials Association on Oct. 31. Since 1978 the award is given to the Big Island Interscholastic Federation football team — or teams — demonstrating the best sportsmanship, with emphasis on respect. This year, each co-winner will keep the trophy for six months.
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KEAAU — The Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II champion Kamehameha Warriors have talked about taking steps towards their goals all season, and Saturday night the Warriors took a giant leap into the history books, knocking off OIA champion and formerly undefeated Nanakuli 42-20 in the opening round of the HHSAA Division II tournament at Paiea Stadium.
Kamehameha-Hawaii captured its first Big Island Interscholastic Federation title since 2010 with a 35-13 landslide win over three-time defending champion Konawaena.
Hilo (10-0) climbed Mount Kealakehe for a second consecutive year in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I championship game, knocking off the perennial contender Waveriders 32-0.
Sione Atuekaho made the most of his five completions Saturday night, and Hilo scored four different ways to move one victory from a Big Island Interscholastic Federation football repeat.
Since the spring, Kealakehe head coach Sam Kekuaokalani has preached to his players the importance of preparation.
KEALAKEKUA — Konawaena ran away from HPA 49-14 in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II semifinal matchup Friday night at Julian R. Yates Field, but the Wildcats — who are in search of a fourth consecutive D-II title — aren’t getting ahead of themselves.
KEAAU — Even the smallest lions have the same size heart as the rest of the kings of the jungle, and so it is for Kamehameha junior Kaeo Batacan.
So much for good, close competition among rivals. The final week of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation football regular season was marked by mismatches.
KAPAAU — Ka‘u scored nine touchdowns, in so many entertaining ways it was difficult to remember them all, even for someone like Cy Tamura, who accounted for three scores — each one more exciting than the next.
KEALAKEKUA — Konawaena held crosstown rival Kealakehe to 26 yards of offense and rode 228 rushing yards from its stable of running backs to a 20-0 Big Island Interscholastic Federation win Friday night at Julian R. Yates Field.
HILO — Hilo’s special teams made the biggest impact against Waiakea during crosstown rivalry week, and the other two phases of the game — offense and defense — dominated as well.
Throw out records and divisions, and put the friendships on hold for a few hours. It’s rivalry week in West Hawaii as Konawaena hosts Kealakehe under the Friday night lights.
Hilo’s offensive playmakers made highlight moments on the school’s homecoming, and the defensive standouts shined and simply overpowered Konawaena.
Ka‘u’s big first half Saturday in Pahoa involved all the usual suspects.