Hawaii State Title Game Features Haka Dance, 15-Yard Penalty For Haka Dance
The most interesting part of this video to me are the teams' mascots, who are trying to make sense of what's going on. It's the Haka, traditional dance of New Zealand's Maori people, and the New Zealand All-Blacks national rugby team, and now Kahuku High School's football team.
It's a tradition at Kahuku to perform the dance before every football game, but this time they received a 15-yard penalty for it. Probably because it was the Hawaiian State Championship Game, and youth officials get ever so technical when they think that someone is watching.
The opponent is the Saint Louis Crusaders.
Despite starting in the hole, Kahuku won the state title, 39-14.
Yeah, this is what's known as getting Barney Fifed. Seasoned viewers of The Andy Griffith Show know what that means.
I once witnessed a bear mascot get penalized 15 yards for standing too close to the field at a high school game -- in this case that being about 45 feet, out on the track that circled the field. It was the first time I saw a bear being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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