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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Local high school football meets California's best

By Dennis Anderson
Advertiser Staff Writer

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The best two high school football teams in Hawai'i will play the best two teams in California in a Sept. 21 doubleheader at Aloha Stadium.

The two California teams were No. 1 and 3 in the nation last season in a consensus of seven national high school football polls.

• Kahuku, winner of the Hawai'i state championship the past two years, will play third-ranked Long Beach Poly, champion or co-champion of California's Southern Section Division I the past three seasons. Kickoff will be 5 p.m.

• St. Louis, Hawai'i state runner-up the past two years and nationally recognized for a decade, will play De La Salle of Concord, winner of a national record 125 straight games and the consensus national-ranking champion last season. Kickoff will be 8 p.m.

University of Hawai'i will be playing at Texas-El Paso that Saturday.

Mark Tennis, executive editor of Student Sports Inc., which hopes to televise the games nationally, said, "It will be a great night of football for Hawai'i."

Keith Amemiya, executive director of the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association, who has been struggling for more than a year to overcome myriad roadblocks to arranging the games, will make a formal announcement of the event today.