2003 a distant memory for Waimea

A lot happened in 2003. Three’s Company actor John Ritter passed away, Time magazine named the “American Soldier” as its Person of the Year, and the last movie in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Return of the King” debuted.

And just like that epic tale, tonight’s battle between Kaua’i and Waimea, should be just as exciting and spectacular.

Year 2003 was also the last time the Menehune won a KIF title, which was the last of their unprecedented 12 straight championships that began in 1992, under then coach Patrick Pereira.

Now his son, Liko, the current head coach, looks to bring back the KIF crown to the storied Westside, otherwise noted as “Title Town.”

With a win tonight, the Menehune would end the regular season in a tie with Kaua’i at 4-1-1.

A one-game championship playoff would then take place for the division II state football tournament berth. The Menehune also had that all-important bye week to prepare for Kaua’i, the two-time defending champs.

Tonight is also Waimea’s home-coming, which raises the stakes to a much higher level than any game so far this year at Hanapepe Stadium. The JV contest starts it all off at 5 p.m., with the varsity game beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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