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The great eights: Seabury Hall, Molokai kick it off

September 14, 2012 - Robert Collias

In a perfect fit for places like Hoolehua, Olinda, Wailuku (St. Anthony) and Hana — and quite possibly in the future to Lanai City, Kihei (Charter) and Kahului (Kaahumanu Hou) — the game of eight-player football will kick off for the first time in state history tonight at 6:30 when the Farmers and Spartans tangle at War Memorial Stadium.

It is a big deal according to Molokai's Kimo Gonzales, a junior center and middle linebacker who said his team can't wait to take the field.

"We're stoked, not only because it is our first game, but also our first night game under the lights," he said. "That is what everybody is excited for, playing under the lights."

For schools this size — Hana has 78 students in high school, Seabury Hall about 250, St. Anthony approximately 120 and Molokai fewer than 400 — this is a long time coming. St. Anthony has a storied football past, but hasn't played an official game since 2008. Molokai played a couple of 4-game seasons more than 50 years ago, and it will be the first time for Seabury Hall and Hana. Hana will hold homecoming festivities Saturday at noon when St. Anthony visits.

Staff Writer Chris Hamilton will have the full story for tomorrow's paper from the Farmers-Spartans tilt as I will be at the Maui High-King Kekaulike 11-man game Upcountry. If you are in town and don't have anything else to do, go support these players and see just how much it means to the fans and communities they represent.


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