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Weekend prep football in jeopardy due to storms

Due to approaching Hurricanes Iselle and Julio, Hawaii high school administrators canceled nearly half of the scheduled season-opening football games this weekend as of early Wednesday afternoon.

Many of the games involving OIA and ILH teams are still on, and most of the games involving outer-island teams have been canceled.

State superintendent of schools Kathryn Matayoshi will make an announcement on Thursday at 11 a.m. on whether Oahu’s public schools will close on Friday, when Iselle is expected to hit as either a tropical storm or a hurricane.

“If there is a closure, the whole slate (of games involving OIA teams) would be wiped out,” OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka said.

The two games of the annual Father Bray Classic hosted by ‘Iolani at Aloha Stadium are still scheduled for Saturday, pending further notice.

Among the games still on are four on Friday that, if played, have the possibility to shake up the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Preseason Top 10  — No. 1 Punahou at No. 9 Leilehua, No. 3 Saint Louis at No. 2 Mililani, No. 4 Kamehameha at No. 8 Waianae, and No. 7 Campbell at No. 5 Kahuku.

A list of 10 canceled games (of 21 scheduled) thus far follows:

Friday

>> Keaau vs. Lahainaluna, at War Memorial Stadium, Maui

>> Kaimuki at Honokaa

Saturday

>> Damien vs. Kauai, at Vidinha Stadium, Kauai

>> Anuenue vs. Waimea, at Kamehameha’s Kunuiakea Stadium

>> Konawaena vs. St. Francis, at Campbell High field

>> Farrington vs. Baldwin, at War Memorial Stadium, Maui

>> Kapolei at Kealakehe

>> Moanalua vs. Waiakea, at Wong Stadium, Big Island

>> Kamehameha-Hawaii vs. Kalaheo, at Kailua High field

>> Kapaa at Nanakuli

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