History of Oahu teams facing mainland foes

Since 2000, there’s a long list of games played by Oahu football teams against mainland opponents.

There were three of those encounters last weekend, all losses, including two against teams ranked No. 1 in the nation:

  • St. John Bosco (No. 1 in USA Today Super 25 and High School Football America 100) defeated Kahuku 34-7 in Bellflower, California.
  • Mater Dei (No. 1 by MaxPreps) topped Mililani 42-14, also in Bellflower, California.
  • Liberty dropped Kamehameha 25-18 in Henderson, Nevada.

In 94 of these games going back to 2000, Oahu’s record is 55-39, a .585 winning percentage.

And sometimes, it’s super interesting to learn how some of these matchups get scheduled.

Take the case of when Aiea and Farrington traveled to the Pacific Northwest for games early in September.

“When Aiea coach Wendell Say and I came up here a few months ago for the Nike Clinic, we were looking for possible opponents,” Governors coach Daniel Sanchez said.

It turned out they met representatives from McMinnville, Oregon, and Woodinville, Washington, schools that are about 225 miles apart.

And since McMinnville’s Grizzlies were scheduled to play Woodinville’s Falcons the weekend of Sept. 2-3, the four parties decided that the mainland schools would play the Hawaii schools instead.

Go to Bedrock Sports Hawaii for a list of all the results of Oahu vs. mainland games since 2000. The games include teams from Samoa and Japan, even though, technically, they are not on the mainland. Fans who notice an incorrect date or score can email Nick Abramo at

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