Are you ready for some athletic competition that involves a 100-yard field, shoulder pads and an oval-shaped pigskin projectile?
Sorry, I’m not sure about the legalities for using the Hank Williams Jr. phrase, word for word.
The Kauai Interscholastic Federation announced its 2013-14 schedule on Friday. First up on the agenda is the football season, which has been informally going on for a few weeks already. Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea High Schools have been participating in the Pass League, which consists of Saturday morning inter-squad scrimmages. The seven-on-seven format contains no pads, no tackling and no rushing plays. The six-week session has three more dates (July 20, July 27, August 3) before the preseason officially gets underway.
This year, the Kapaa Warriors will kick off the season when they host visiting Nanakuli on Aug. 9 at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue. The Friday night matchup will begin with junior varsity at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
Kapaa will be in for a challenge from the Golden Hawks, who reached the semifinals of last season’s Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II state tournament. Kapaa head coach Kelii Morgado and the Warriors are hoping to improve upon last year’s second-place KIF finish and regain the momentum they created by winning the league title in 2011 – the school’s first since 1989.
Next to take the field will be the Waimea Menehune, who will face the Anuenue Rainbows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Hanapepe Stadium. Waimea took third in the KIF last season with a 2-6 overall record and dropped its final four games, which was a disappointment for the Menehune after their 6-3 record in 2011. But Waimea always brings its hard-nosed approach, personified by head coach Kealii Aguiar. Anuenue comes over from Oahu after a 2-7 finish in 2012.
As Kapaa and Waimea head off island the following week, the Kauai Red Raiders and head coach Tommy John will get their season underway against Kwansei High School, who will be coming all the way from Osaka, Japan. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Vidinha Stadium. The Fighters, as the Japanese team is known, have been visitors to Kauai in the past and have held a number of goodwill scrimmages with both Kauai and Kapaa high schools.
Earlier that afternoon, Waimea visits the Big Island to take on Hawaii Prep at 2 p.m. A traditional power, HPA had a down year by its standards in 2012, notching a 5-7 record.
Completing the Aug. 17 triple-header, Kapaa also has an afternoon road date with Lahainaluna at Maui War Memorial Stadium. The JV will begin at 2 p.m. with the varsity at 4:30 p.m. The Lunas came up just short of a D-II championship in 2012, falling to Iolani in the title game, 36-33.
The Menehune get the spotlight to themselves the following week, as Waimea will host Woodbridge High School from Irvine, Calif., in a 7 p.m. showdown on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Hanapepe Stadium. The Woodbridge Warriors went 7-6 in 2012.
The KIF regular season then begins on Friday, Aug. 30, as Kapaa plays host to Waimea under the Vidinha Stadium lights, kicking off at 7:30 p.m., following the 5 p.m. JV contest. Kapaa will be playing all of its 2013 home games at the Lihue site.
It won’t be an off week for the Red Raiders as Kauai High finishes off its preseason slate with a home date against the Cottage Grove Lions from Cottage Grove, Ore. at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Vidinha Stadium. The Lions ended 2012 with a 9-3 record.
The KIF regular season then takes over in full force, with the season’s first round of three games getting Friday night showcases. Varsity kicks off at 7:30 p.m. after the 5 p.m. JV contests.
Then beginning on Sept. 21, the KIF games move to Saturday afternoon with 12 p.m. JV games and 2:30 p.m. varsity starts.
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