You guys already know how truly devoted I am to my Roosevelt boys (although I maintain a level of professional impartiality when I cover their games), but the Waialua Bulldogs quickly and quietly sneaked into my heart as my No. 2 favorite high school football team. I’ve already written about two Bulldogs games including Saturday night’s Waialua vs Kalani match up at Kaiser Stadium. The game was an old fashioned shootout with a score similar to that of Baylor vs their Big 12 opponents (I often miss the old offense, I never miss the old defense). The Waialua vs Kalani decision was an important one as the winner would tie the Nanakuli Golden Hawks for fourth place in the OIA Division II playoffs. Someone please clock me in the head the next time I rush through box scores and capsules and send the wrong information to my editors. Be better, Noelle, my goodness! The Falcons took the early lead, scoring three consecutive touchdowns in the first half on a pick-six returned 17 yards by senior LB/QB Nicholas Sakamoto, a 5-yard rushing score by senior RB Nathaniel Balangitao, and Sakamoto’s 1-yard touchdown run. Waialua scored only one touchdown in the first quarter on senior RB Storm Quilinderino’s 9-yard rush in the end zone. Despite being down 20-7 in the third quarter, the Bulldogs never gave up as junior WR Kai Hoekstra scored on an 11-yard catch and junior DB Dylan Yadao returned a blocked punt for 5-yards in the end zone to give the Bulldogs the edge. Senior QB Justyce Lacar notchced a 35-yard scoring catch and Hoekstra finished Waialua’s score on a 23-yard catch before Kalani’s Balangitao rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown. Waialua head coach Lincoln Barit only praised his team (I interviewed him here!) and their incredible comeback to remain in the playoffs. I still love Roosevelt the most, but the Waialua vs Kalani game ensured my devotion to the Bulldogs from here on out!