Moanalua Football wins the OIA D1 Championship

Peyton Yamamoto, Staff Writer

The Na Menehune football team ends its season with a tough battle against the Iolani Raiders in the state tournament, it was an all-around amazing season for the team. With its first OIA champion title ever, it was a season that will go down in the Moanalua High School history books. 

The team had lost Quarterback RJ Javar in the middle of their OIA Championship game due to a helmet-to-helmet collision with another player. He was down for around 20 minutes before being taken to Pali Momi Medical Center. 

We just knew we had to hold it down for RJ. The whole thing was for RJ,” Senior Rashod Tanner tells Hawaii Prep World.

After a hard battle on both offense and defense and a double overtime, the Menehune overcame the struggle and won 21-20 against Leilehua.

However, the game against Iolani did not end well. With a final score of 35-7 Iolani, the season ended for the boys with mixed feelings of triumph for having played in the championship and disappointment for the defeat. Yet, this will not deter them from the seasons to come. The underclassmen are preparing for the next football season and for another chance at a state title.