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Division I Football League Semifinal Games Switched

Posted October 10, 2012, 07:32 AM HST
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The Big Island Interscholastic Federation announced a change to their Division I football semifinal schedule Tuesday, swapping games to make sure that all schools involved do not miss class time.

Originally scheduled for Friday, October 19, the game between fourth-seeded Kea`au and top-seeded Kealakehe has been moved to Saturday, October 20. Kea`au is already missing most of the school day this Friday to travel to West Hawai`i for a regular season game against the Waveriders. Both schools agreed to the date change. Kickoff time remains at 7:00 p.m.

The #3 vs. #2 matchup between Waiakea and Hilo, originally scheduled for October 20, has been moved to the open date on October 19 since both teams would not miss class time for the 7:00 p.m. start at Wong Stadium.

However, the seeds for the two teams are not set. Hilo’s 3-2 record is a game better than Waiakea’s, who will enter the last week of the regular season with a 2-3 mark. Hilo can clinch the second-seed with a win this Friday when they visit Wong Stadium to take on the Warriors. However, Waiakea can grab that seed with a win by at least eight points, based on the league’s tiebreaking rules.

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To complicate matters, Hilo can lose the game by six points or less and still take the second seed. The league’s tiebreaker starts with head-to-head play, but a Waiakea win would negate that tiebreaker, so the next tiebreaker is point differential between the two teams. Hilo defeated 21-14 in their first meeting this year.

If Waiakea defeats Hilo by seven points, the tiebreaker then goes to points allowed between the two teams.

All four Division I teams will be playing for the BIIF’s lone berth into the First Hawaiian Bank / Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Football Tournament. The league champion is slated to host the first round game at their home site.

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