Hawaii's high school athletic administrators agreed on a new football overtime rule last week on the Big Island. It was on the agenda for this year's Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association conference at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Another change you can expect this season, the date for this year's State Football Tournament has been moved back a couple weeks. The 2018 season will now conclude on Thanksgiving weekend. Through an agreement reached months back, Aloha Stadium, the site of the High School Football State Tournament, will be freeing up the weekend of November 10th for a concert by Grammy Award winning artist Bruno Mars.
Under the new overtime rule, if a state tournament game is tied after two overtimes, teams must go for the two-point conversion after touchdowns instead of the option to kick for a point-after. This comes after the HHSAA Division II State Tournament Championship game last season between Lahainaluna and Konawaena. Lunas beat the Wildcats 75-69 after seven OT's.
Before that, it's hard to remember another State Tournament game that went over two overtimes. "I think that was probably the first game that's ever gone over two overtimes, and honestly I don't think this rule would've solved that game because no one could stop anybody anyway. So I think even if they're going for two they're going to end up atleast playing a seven overtime game", said Chris Chun, Executive Director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA).
High School Football kicks off on Oahu in just over seven weeks.
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