St. Louis edges Kahuku in classic showdown; Lahainaluna wins in 7th OT; Hilo earns first state title
St. Louis captures back-to-back HHSAA football titles after beating Kahuku 31-28 at Aloha Stadium.
After trailing 24 to 7 in the 3rd quarter, Kahuku rallies back to take a 28 to 24 lead over St. Louis late in the 4th. St. Louis would then drive down to the two yard line before QB Chevan Cordeiro had his pass picked off by Kahuku's Jared Emerson. That put the Red Raiders in position for their 9th state title, but after issues with clock management, the Crusaders would regain possession with 46 seconds left and score a game winning touchdown to win the OPEN title 31-28.
Lahainaluna wins the Division 2 championship after a record breaking game against Konawaena that went to 7OT. Lahainaluna got out front early with a Nainoa Irish pass to Kai Bookland for a 66 yard touchdown. Konawaena's Austin Ewing found Hunter Werhsig for a touchdown as well. The Luna's Josh Tihada ran in the final score to help Lahainaluna win 75-69, which is also a state record for most points ever scored in a Hawaii high school football game.
The Hilo Vikings won their first state football title in school history after beating Damien 35-19.
Damien's Akila Arrekki started the game with a 96 yard kick-off return for a touchdown. The Vikings would strike back scoring five touchdowns including a Kaleo Apao connection to Makana Kanehailua to seal the game.