League Football That Counts Starts Today In Hawai’i

Texas is supposed to be the most football-mad state in the union, but Lone Star State high schools don’t start playing until August 16. In Hawai’i, we don’t have to wait.

Non-league games started last weekend. Today the league schedule starts for teams in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA), the state’s biggest.

saint louis plays at waianae Saint Louis played at Waianae in week 1 of the 2017 Hawai’i high school football season. Pretty nice place to watch a game.

Why does Hawai’i start football so soon? Alaska starts early too, understandably, as they sometimes get snow in September.

No, Hawai’i’s early start is no act of God. It’s because of the state’s tiered playoff system. Schools here play two post-season tournaments—one to determine the best teams on each island, and a second tournament to decide the state championship.

The playoffs start in early October, when some mainland high school teams haven’t yet played their 3rd game.

Two of the biggest games of the week will be played on the west side.

Friday night at 7pm, the 10th-ranked Sabers host #9 Farrington.

Then, Saturday at 6pm, #6 Waianae hosts #3 Kapolei.

If you want to follow along with this early blast of meaningful football, I have three recommendations:

1) OC16 broadcasts games Friday and Saturday nights. Visit their site for the weekly schedule. If you have Spectrum Cable you can watch on your TV, or, by logging-in, stream the games on a laptop. Unfortunately there’s no way to watch the games if you live on the mainland (unless you have a friend/relative willing to be loose with their password).

2) Hawaii Prep World live blogs many of the games, but definitely the big ones.

3) ScoringLive hosts a gamecast of sorts for each game; the bigger games even have play-by-play.