UPDATE: BIIF Football Postseason Seedings Begin to Take Shape
***Updated at 7:30 a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 3 with additional information from BIIF Executive Director Lyle Crozier***
The latest football schedule released by the BIIF listed both Division I semifinal games on Fri., Oct. 18. It also called for both Division II semifinals to be played the next day.
However, BIIF Executive Director Lyle Crozier said late Wednesday morning that it will not be the case.
Saturday night’s game between Waiakea and Kealakehe will determine home field advantage between both teams in the Division I semifinals. Crozier told Big Island Now that the game will be played on Sat., Oct. 19 instead of the originally listed Friday date to minimize lost class time due to cross-island travel.
Because of the change, one of the Division II semifinals will be moved to the Friday date. If Kamehameha-Hawai`i defeats HPA on Friday, the game will likely be played on Oct. 18. This would also force the BIIF to move the league’s volleyball semifinals to a different venue, likely to Kea`au High School.
If HPA defeats the Warriors, the game would remain on its Saturday date. There are no lights at HPA’s upper campus field. That would move the matchup between Honoka`a and Konawaena to Friday night.
***Original story posted on Wed., Oct. 2 at 7:19 a.m.***
The race for the Big Island Interscholastic Federation football championships has begun to take shape after five weeks of the regular season.
Konawaena’s 44-7 victory over Waiakea Friday night clinched home field advantage for the Wildcats over the course of the four-team BIIF playoffs. The top-seeded Wildcats will host Honoka’a on Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the first of two semifinal games.
Honoka`a, by losing 41-0 Friday against Kamehameha-Hawai`i, locked itself into the fourth seed. The Dragons fell to 0-5 and cannot finish above the Warriors or Hawai`i Preparatory Academy, who both have two losses each entering the final two weeks of the season.
In Division I, Hilo secured the top seed and home field advantage by grinding out a 6-3 victory over perennial power Kealakehe. The Vikings overcame five turnovers to pull out the low-scoring victory.
The Vikings will host Kea`au on Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. The fourth-seeded Cougars fell for the fifth time this season at HPA by the score of 28-0.
With two weeks left in the regular season, Kea`au sits two games behind Kealakehe and Waiakea. Both the Waveriders and Warriors own wins against the Cougars, which eliminates Kea`au from having a chance at a higher seed.
Games this week will determine home field advantage for the other semifinal in each division. Ka Makani travels to Kamehameha-Hawai`i on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Both teams hold 3-2 records, and home field advantage will be at stake for the Division II playoff rematch two weeks later.
The following night, the Waveriders host Waiakea in a battle of 2-3 teams. The winner will secure the second seed in the Division I playoffs and will earn the right to host the loser two weeks later.
BIIF football standings
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy 3-2