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Buckeye football working toward Hawaii for 2017 opener

Buckeye football coach Kelley Moore said the district still has to sign off on it, but he is planning on taking 50 players to Hawaii next season to play the season opener against Kailua High School on Oahu island.

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Moore said the school in Hawaii has agreed to the game, but Buckeye still has to get it cleared through the Buckeye Union High School District.

Moore, the former Mesa High coach, says the Buckeye area is growing and this is the next big step to take the program. Two years ago, Buckeye got a massive state-of-the-art workout facility that included a turf field to do sprint work. That workout facility is second to none in the state for high schools.

“We just went about trying to make it happen,” Moore said about the Hawaii game. “I’ve got two coaches on my staff from Hawaii. We need to do something different in Buckeye. It’s hard to do East Valley things on the west side. ”

The Kailua Surfriders went 3-5 last season after averaging 30 points a game in 2015 and going 7-4.

Moore said he doesn’t know much about the team other than it plays in a conference the equivalent of 5A here.

“We don’t want to go there and play down,” Moore said.

Each of the 50 players has to raise $1,500, Moore said.

Moore said he figures $75,000 will be needed for the trip.

“We do nickel and dime stuff,” Moore said. ”

Moore said the goal is to have half of the costs secured by mid-January.

“We’re going to do some educational things,” Moore said.

“We’ll visit the (USS) Arizona Memorial, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Punchbowl (Cemetery), where the vets are buried.”

We’re not going there to play football only but to have the educational moment of their lives.

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