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Bears to face OIA 2nd place, Lunas looking at Kaiser

October 29, 2013 - Robert Collias
UPDATE (12:27 p.m.) — We have been told by a source who absolutely knows that all of the state tournament games will be on Saturdays — Nov. 9, 16, 23. The University of Hawaii plays on the road Nov. 9 and 23, but will be home against Wyoming on Nov. 16, meaning no semifinal games will be played at Aloha Stadium (the finals are a lock to be there on Nov. 23). Interesting. The all-Saturday knowledge has been reflected below.

The Baldwin High School football team has been told it will face the OIA runner-up and the Bears' coaching staff will attend the OIA Red (Division I) title game between Mililani and Farrington — ranked second and fifth, respectively, in last week's KHON Cover 2 Power Poll — on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.

The Bears are either the 3 or 4 seed and will host a quarterfinal game against the Mililani-Farrington loser at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Of course, we reported Sunday morning that the MIL overall champion and unbeaten Lahainaluna Lunas will be the No. 1 seed in Division II and could very well see Kaiser in the semifinals here on Nov. 16.

Inexplicably, if the OIA champion — most likely Kaiser — will be the No. 4 seed. Kaiser's only loss was 21-7 to Campbell, a team ranked fourth last week in the KHON Cover 2 Power Poll and a team that will play Kahuku in the OIA third-place game for the final spot to the D-I state tournament.

I don't think it will make any difference for West Maui fans — Lahainaluna will dominate any D-II bracket, IMHO — but the Lunas-Cougars game should be the state final on Nov. 23 at Aloha Stadium.


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