Windward Teams Looking Ahead To Fall (August) Football
In prep football, there is always a season within the season — the critical games that make or break a team’s year.
With the release of OIA’s 2014 slate, MidWeek‘s Windward Islander breaks down the respective schedules for Division I teams Castle, Kailua and Kahuku, as well as Division II Kalaheo.
2013 record: 3-6 overall, 2-4 in OIA Red East
2014 games: Aug. 15 Campbell, Aug. 29 at Waipahu, Sept. 5 at Leilehua, Sept. 12 Kahuku, Sept. 19 Waianae, Sept. 26 Kaiser, Oct. 3 McKinley
Key stretch: Leilehua, Kahuku, Waianae
Must-see game 1: Kahuku Must-see game 2: Waianae
Game to be on upset-alert for: Waipahu
The Knights’ month of Sep-tember is as tough as any in the OIA, as they play Leilehua, Kahuku, Waianae and Kaiser in succession. The good news is that a stretch of four straight home games close out their season.
2013 record: 2-7 overall, 2-4 in OIA Red East
2014 games: Aug. 16 at Leilehua, Aug. 23 at Mililani, Aug. 29 Aiea, Sept. 5 at Campbell, Sept. 12 Farrington, Sept. 19 at Kapolei, Sept. 27 Moanalua
Key stretch: Leilehua, Mililani, Aiea
Must-see game 1: Farrington
Must-see game 2: Mililani Game to be on upset-alert for: Aiea
Schedule breakdown: Should the team move into the post-season in late October, it will definitely have earned it, as its slate shapes up as one of the most demanding in the state, underlined by back-to-back road games to open the season, and two more at the back end of the schedule.
2013 record: 2-7 overall, 2-6 in OIA White
2014 games: Aug. 16 at Nanakuli, Aug. 23 Kalani (at Kailua), Aug. 30 Waialua (at Kailua), Aug. 13 Anuenue (at Kailua), Sept. 19 at Roosevelt, Sept. 26 Radford (at Kailua), Oct. 3 versus Kaimuki (at Kaiser), Oct. 10 at Pearl City
Key stretch: Radford, Kaimuki, Pearl City
Must-see game 1: Rad-ford
Must-see game 2: Pearl City
Game to be on upset-alert for: Waialua
Schedule breakdown: Following a difficult road opener at Nanakuli, the Mustangs could be poised to make a run, as they will enter a four-game stretch of games in which they could well be favored. The toughest two tests — Radford and Pearl City — come on the back end of the slate.
Kahuku Red Raiders
2013 Record: 6-5 overall, 5-1 in OIA Red East
2014 games: Aug. 15 Kapolei, Aug. 22 Waipahu, Aug. 29 versus McKinley (at Roosevelt High), Sept. 12 at Castle, Aug. 19 at Kaiser, Sept. 26 Leilehua, Oct. 4 versus Waianae (at Aloha Stadium)
Key stretch: Kaiser, Leilehua, Waianae
Must-see game 1: Leilehua
Must-see game 2: Waianae
Game to be on upset-alert for: Kaiser
Schedule breakdown: With only two true road games (Castle and Kaiser), the Red Raiders’ schedule shapes up nicely for 2014. Catching Kapolei, Waipahu and Leilehua at home could figure big for Kahuku, while the epic matchup with Waianae at Aloha Stadium won’t take place until the final week.