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Fans think of Kahuku as Saint Louis and Waianae vie for state title

Alika Kea Alika Kea
Kika Bukowski Kika Bukowski
Danielle Gano Danielle Gano
Ikaika Vasconcellos Ikaika Vasconcellos

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a big night at Aloha Stadium on Friday.

Teams from town dominated the state's high school football championships.

First up is bragging rights for the Raiders.

Iolani took the Division Two Title, beating Kaimuki 49 to 14 for their fourth championship in a row, setting a record for the most points in a state final.

In Division One, the game between the Saint Louis Crusaders and the Waianae Seariders took on added intrigue with Kahuku disqualified from the playoffs.

It was pandemonium at Aloha Stadium, with Waianae as the underdogs up against number-two ranked Saint Louis.

Regardless of the winner, for some fans, a victory comes with a 'what if'.

What if the Crusaders were playing the Red Raiders instead of the Seariders?

"We're disappointed. We wanted to play Kahuku. They're the number one team in the state and we wanted to play them but unfortunately they can't be here but they handled it very well, they handled it like men and our hats go off to them," said Ikaika Vasconcellos, a Saint Louis fan.

"A victory maybe might not be so sweet but I guess appreciative that they actually won something against the first championship in a while," said Alika Kea, a Waianae High School alumnus.

Waianae wouldn't have made it into the state championships if Kahuku wasn't disqualified for having an ineligible fifth-year senior on the team.

Still both sides of the gridiron Friday night, agreed that either team is worthy of the state title.

"Even though we're only here because Kahuku got disqualified, it's just, we're here and we're happy that we're here," said Danielle Gano, a Waianae High School senior.

"Waianae has come a long way and they're a totally different team, they seem to be firing on all cylinders so they're going to put up a good fight," said Kika Bukowski, a Saint Louis fan.

Some of these young men hope to continue their careers in college, or even someday in the pros.

But for most, this is the last organized football game of their lives.

And for their families and fans, the chance to watch their loved ones in action under the bright lights of Aloha Stadium is a once in a lifetime moment regardless of who wins.

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