High school sevens start

WAIMEA — One game down, two more to go.

Teddy Arroyo, president of the Kauai Pop Warner Football League and a former coach with the Kauai Interscholastic Federation high school program, coordinated the high school sevens, or pass-only football games.

“Waimea plays two games,” Arroyo said. “They host the first game at its athletic field. Saturday, the games move to Kauai High School, and the following week the games will move to Kapaa High School.”

Under the pass only rules, teams play on a shortened field with no pads. There is no rushing of the quarterback who has a four-second limit in the pocket and there is no kickoff.

“Each school hosts one game,” said Greg Gonsalves, the Kapaa High School athletic director. “We did this type of game before. Last year, we didn’t have any games. And this year, the guys wanted to play so it’s starting up.”

Under the format, there are four games played an hour apart starting at 11 a.m. The junior varsity from Kauai opened play, followed by the varsity teams taking the field. The afternoon games had the Kapaa JV team followed by the Warriors varsity team take on the host Waimea teams.

“Of course, we’re excited,” said Kapaa coach Philip Rapozo who waited with his teams to take the field. “It’s football.”

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