A season brings a new challenge for Iolani. “You know moving up to division 1 is going to be is going to be tough for a D2 team,” said senior wide-out Keoni-Kordell Makekau.
The Raiders, who have run the gamut in division 2 football wracking up *8 state championships and 11 consecutive ILH crowns will see if they can bring some of their championship ways to Division I this fall. “We are very excited and we are going to play to prove to people wrong and especially ourselves,” said senior linebacker Melvin Hoomanawanui.
A new rule mandates that teams that win back to back league championships in any sport go to a higher level for at least a year. The team could have chosen to appeal the decision, instead they are embracing the challenge.
“We kind of already determined in February that they wanted to give it a go and challenge and see where they stood in Hawaii’s football world,” said Iolani Head Coach Wendell Look.
One thing Iolani has on their side is experience, in coaching anyway. Wendall Look is entering his 25th year at the helm of the program. “I believe we can do it with our coaching staff especially coach Look because he has a lot of experience in winning championships. You just got to trust in him,” said Makekau. Wendell added, "They know that they need to raise their game up even higher. The level of play is going to escalate every week and they are going to have to rise up their game. They can't stay status quo."
Iolani will get their first chance to see if they can bring their championship pedigree to division one when they open the pre-season against Kamehameha-Maui this Saturday.
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