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Is This High School Football Tradition Epic Or Unsportsmanlike?

The team received a 15-yard penalty for performing a traditional war dance.

After showing the Internet their enthusiasm with a viral graduation ceremony video earlier this year, we didn't realize we'd be hearing from Kahuku High School again so soon.

But it looks like there's a lot more school spirit where that came from.

During the Hawaii High School Football State Championship last Friday, Kahuku's entire football team stepped out onto the field during the coin toss to perform an intimidating haka -- a traditional war dance that originates with Maori people in New Zealand.

The coordinated dance, which includes stomping, slapping of the chest and arms, aggressive facial expressions and synchronized shouting, earned the team a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

While some say the timing of this particular haka was disrespectful, others maintain that it's a harmless tradition and a way to show school pride. Kahuku regularly performs the haka before football games, and even has haka choreography especially for the school.

Though the team started with a penalty, they still managed to win the game against the Saint Louis Crusaders 39-14.

Afterward, they celebrated with another haka, because of course.

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Posted by Ian Scheuring on Saturday, October 31, 2015

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