In 2015, yours truly began covering Student Sections in Orange County, California. We expanded to Southern California in 2017 and last year, we added four more states. This past winter, we expanded to 19 states.
Now, we are going to 40 states. This is still a one-person operation for the most part.
I know that Student Sections have a lot of work to do to get the students to the games to cheer on their classmates and go along with the theme and make sure they don’t cause trouble. These student sections deserve recognition.
We will kick off the Student Section season with Preseason Football Student Section Rankings and Watch List. REMEMBER, this is a PREVIEW AND A WATCH LIST. These are not rankings. The real rankings come out in November or December.
If you feel your student section isn’t mentioned on the Watch List, let us know and we’ll make sure to keep an eye on them this season.
Every week, we will also have Student Section of the Week for each state. Once you win Student Section of the Week, you can’t win it again, but you still have to battle for the top spot in your state and perhaps the Nation as we will also name a Football Student Section National Champion.
Last week we started with Tennessee, which had 13 games this past weekend. What we didn’t know, is they were scrimmages, so Tennessee got a very early start on the rankings.
This week, we introduce our 21st state to join the Student Section madness, Hawaii.
We don’t much about the school spirit in Hawaii, but were going to find out. It’s a state with great passion for football that is welcoming to out-of-state teams every opening week of the season. If that passion matches in the stands, then were going to have a fun one in Hawaii!
In each state, we will name one student section to look out for. Since this is a Watch List, we don’t know much about the Student Sections in Hawaii, but if we could pick a preseason favorite as the best football student section, it would be Raider Nation over at Iolani High School.
Sometimes going shirtless in the stands is crazy, especially on the East Coast, but this is Hawaii, so I suppose that is appropriate. We’ll see if Iolani Raider Nation will end up on top in Hawaii!
2022 HAWAII FOOTBALL STUDENT SECTION WATCH LIST
Punahou of Honolulu
Kamehameha Kapalama of Honolulu
St. Louis of Honolulu
Iolani Raider Nation
King Kekaulike of Pukalani
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McKinley of Honolulu
Kalaheo of Honolulu
Moanalua of Honolulu
Kahuku Big Red
Campbell of Ewa Beach