Saturday Is The 2017 West Oahu Super Bowl
Campbell and Waianae are 2017’s undisputed top high school football teams on the west side. Saturday, one school’s season will end. The other will move on to the state championships, and be recognized as the 2017 West Oahu champs.
I’m biased because I have family at Campbell, but my prediction? Campbell 21-7.
How did we get to a Campbell/Waianae faceoff? Here’s a quick west side season recap:
Kapolei had a Jekyll and Hyde season. In their five official wins, they outscored opponents 140-7. But three regular season losses, including a forfeit to Castle caused by using an ineligible player, doomed them to a quarterfinal state playoff matchup against dominating Kahuku. The Hurricanes couldn’t keep pace with the Red Raiders and their season ended with a 35-7 loss.
Nanakuli’s season highlight was a 12-7 win over Aiea, their first win since moving up to OIA D-1 in 2016. The Golden Hawks finished 1-7 overall and didn’t make the playoffs.
That leaves Campbell and Waianae still standing among west side schools.
Campbell only lost three times in the regular season—to Kapolei, Waianae, and Kahuku. They won their first two OIA playoff games before falling to Kahuku for the second time in the OIA semifinals last Friday night.
Waianae rallied back from losses in their first three games, ripping off six straight wins before losing to Mililani in the OIA semifinals.
And that brings us to Saturday’s game, at 4:00pm. Campbell and Waianae play for 3rd place in the OIA. It’s not just a consolation game. A berth in the state playoffs goes to the winner.
The two teams played back in August, and Waianae won 27-14. The Seariders’ defense dominated, especially linebacker Kana’i Mauga. He had 11 tackles, a sack, and a fumble return for a touchdown.
But the final score is misleading. The game’s stats tell a different story.
Campbell outgained Waianae 306-141 in the game. The Seariders only completed 2 passes. Big plays—the Mauga fumble return, a 67-yard punt return, and a 40-yard run—accounted for most of Waianae’s production on the night.
It should be a close game—the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ranks Waianae 6th in the state and Campbell 8th.
But, if Campbell can allow fewer big plays, they might not just win—they might coast to a win.
We’ll find out Saturday, at Aloha Stadium, at 4pm. Too bad they can’t just play it on the west side, right?