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Maui Big Boys football league starts play today

April 13, 2013 - Robert Collias
The fourth season of the Maui Big Boys Football League — for intermediate-school players who are over the weight limit for Pop Warner — starts today with a game at The Pit field in Keopuolani Park.

Jack Damuni started the league which has an official name of Maui Junior Prep Football League three seasons ago and it has only continued to grow and help the development of MIL teams, especially in the trenches.

In a phone conversation with Damuni on Saturday, he pointed out that he has an 8th-grader in the league, who if he continues to develop, "Will be a high school All-American."

The league has four teams and all of them are coached by MIL staffs, from Lahainaluna, Maui High, Baldwin and King Kekaulike all guiding their future players.

Last season, the Maui champion beat Oahu powerhouse Ewa Beach 32-19 in a championship game.

Damuni, who helped develop a similar program for Kahuku High School a few years back, was a finalist for the Kamehameha Maui head coaching job which went to Cody Nakamura earlier this week.

Interesting, perhaps, that the Warriors are the only one of the MIL's five football teams that does not have a feeder program from the Big Boys league.

"This league is going to continue to develop MIL teams and make them better," Damuni said.

I have a big baseball game that begins at 1:30 today, but I will do a feature on the Maui Big Boys league before they are done this season.


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