Entering his 30th season as lead trainer of the Iolani football crew, eight time state champion Wendell Look is preparing for a re-visitation of the field.
In the wake of being sidelined throughout the previous 20 months, the planned beginning to the Hawaii High School Football season is set for the following end of the week as the Raiders will open their eight game ordinary season by facilitating Kaiser on Saturday, August 7.
The “One Team” saying that has gotten inseparable from the ILH program will resemble a total new group in 2021 since just 19 players from the 2019 list were green beans and sophomores in Hawaii’s last authority period of football.
Adding to the uneasiness of getting back onto the field following a pandemic dropped crusade is that Iolani has been holding on to run it back since they lost on a 55 yard field objective in the Division-I state title game to Hilo as the clock hurried to zeroes, and has remained from that point forward.
“When taking a gander at who the pioneers are each year, it’s consistently a senior class,” Look disclosed to KHON2 Sports journalist Alan Hoshida. “They were the last gathering, they have some awful recollections of the Hilo field objective kicker ricocheting it off of the post and winning the state title. In this way, they’re the ones that you must look for.”
Among that gathering of senior pioneers are running back Brody Logan Bantolina and guarded back Stirling Sakashita. In 2019 Bantolina conveyed the ball multiple times, posting 563 yards and 10 scores for the ILH D-I support while Sakashita arrived at the midpoint of five handles per game with three captures remembering a pick for the ILH title game against Damien.
“I think the greatest thing is simply got 100 miles each hour. It doesn’t make any difference in the event that you commit an error. Everyone had the opportunity to get to the ball, since we’re not the greatest. We’re not the quickest but rather in the event that we can get everyone to the ball and make plays I figure it will help our group a great deal,” said Sakashita.
As per the Raiders, having the option to rehearse in the spring per non-public school approaches gave a spring board to offseason exercises and made force for the program in front of the 2021 season.
“With the inspiration through the previous year we have all been trying sincerely and we developed ourselves to keep the group on target to get the objective of the title,” said Bantolina. Over time we have been getting stopped. My first year our group lost in the elimination rounds and the last time we played we lost in the title game so this year the objective is to win everything.”
The Raiders will open the 2021 season on Saturday, August 7 at 3:00pm at Hamada Field on the Iolani grounds.
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