‘Iolani debuts, Campbell moves up in Top 10

'Iolani's defense held Waipahu star running back Alfred Failauga to just 59 yards on 26 carries in a 41-point win on Saturday. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The Waipahu Marauders have been on both ends of the most surprising scores of the 2018 season so far.

After making waves with a 21-point win over Waianae to open the season, the Marauders went in to Kozuki Stadium on Saturday for the Father Bray Classic and were blasted by the host ‘Iolani Raiders in a 55-14 drubbing that knocked Waipahu out of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 this week.

The Raiders, who last appeared in the rankings at No. 10 in the 2017 preseason poll, debut at No. 8 this week, giving the ILH four teams out of the top eight.

The Raiders have put up 118 points in their first two games with Jonah Chong at quarterback, replacing three-year starter Tai-John Mizutani. Chong has completed 81 percent of his throws and thrown seven touchdown passes already.

The top seven remain largely unchanged with one small flip. No. 2 Kahuku’s 41-28 win over Punahou dropped the Buffanblu one spot to No. 5.

Campbell, which was idle after beating Hilo by 40 points in its opener, took Punahou’s spot at No. 4. The Sabers have matched their best ranking in school history. Campbell held the No. 4 spot for one week in 2011 after shutting out Punahou 14-0 at Alexander Field. The Sabers won eight of their first nine games that season before losing twice in the OIA playoffs to finish fourth and miss out on the state tournament.

Kapolei dropped a spot to No. 9 and Farrington remained at No. 10 despite losing 57-15 at Mililani. The Trojans remain at No. 3 despite two lopsided wins to start the season and did earn one second-place vote over Kahuku.

Saint Louis, which today debuted at No. 14 in the nation by USA Today, remained in the top spot receiving all 10 first-place votes.

Damien (four), St. Francis (three) and Kauai (one) also received votes.

Three games involving two ranked teams take place this week with two of them on Saturday.

TOP 10 SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 17

No. 1 Saint Louis vs. Narbonne (Calif.) at Aloha Stadium, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Kahuku at Waianae, 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 Punahou at No. 9 Kapolei, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Lahainaluna vs. Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
No. 8 ‘Iolani at Kailua, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18
No. 6 Kamehameha at No. 3 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 Farrington at No. 4 Campbell, 6:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

FOOTBALL
Updated: Sep. 17
RkTeamPts
1.Saint Louis (10)100
2.Kahuku89
3.Punahou81
4.Mililani70
5.Campbell57
6.Kamehameha46
7.Lahainaluna44
8.Moanalua25
9.Farrington11
10.'Iolani10

COMMENTS

  1. TooMeke August 13, 2018 11:58 am

    Don’t agree with Punahou dropping. No one has beaten us at home in how many years? (pst…not even St LuLu has done it – go ask Mariota).

    They should’ve stayed at #4. But then again…irrelevant.

    I do think St LuLu and Big Red need to recognize Millville as a bonafide 3rd team on a 3-legged stool. They look great so far. Best QB in the state, bar none. Kam will be their first ‘real test’ – but I doubt it will be close. Having to play St LuLu, Bosco and Puns back-to-back-to-back?? That will be really telling. Puns catches a break coming in on the end of that…but they do have to play at Millz. Hope they come through that stretch without any major injuries.

    What a great season!

    RRFL.


  2. Rrfl August 13, 2018 1:15 pm

    Yep kahukus best o-line ever with Jamal napeahi they smashed lulu 49-27 in 2010 at Kahuku go ask Mariota 🤣🤣🤣


  3. Vikingspride August 13, 2018 1:38 pm

    It does seem a little perplexing that a team with a bye week who only played a D-I team in the pre-season (an undermanned Hilo team) move ahead of a team that lost in Laie while tied at the half. I guess they got sacked too many times, but that’s Kahuku for you especially at home.

    Would be interesting to see how long Lahainaluna can stay in the top 10. Honestly I don’t see anyone beating them in the regular season.


  4. ??? August 13, 2018 1:45 pm

    Instead of having a state Top 10 ranking, there should be a state Top 5 ranking for all 3 divisions!
    Iolani, Lahainaluna or any DII team would not beat The open division teams so why rank them ahead of any of them? Farrington & Kapolei would destroy Iolani & Lahainaluna…


  5. Auwe August 13, 2018 2:23 pm

    @TooMeke
    I agree with you on that one, punahou should have stayed in the same spot, not like they lost to the #3 or #5 team. Not sure it warranted Campbell to jump in front of them. But then again I haven’t seen Campbell play yet? I’m sure DJ doing a good job out there but not sure if it’s good enough to beat punahou? But yeah that other comment about jist having the top 5 polls from each division be a Lot better! That’s why their In a different division to begin with.


  6. Awrite!! August 13, 2018 3:19 pm

    Im predicting a gradual decline of Farrington and Waianae Football the next couple of years. Why? Because the elite kids in those areas know that they dont have full commitment from the rest of his team-mates and coaches to get them to the next level and they will find greener pastures in Mililani, Kapolei and the ILH.

    Similar to why Aiea and Leilehua have declined at the heels of Mililanis recruiting.

    Before the alliance of OIA/ILH everyone in the OIA was looking up to only 2 teams (Kahuku/Mililani) with hopes of taking them down. Now throw 3 super teams in there STL, KAM, PUN and you will see why teams like Waianae/Farr will just fold and give up, realizing that the mountain is too big to climb. You will see Farringtons and Waianaes best athletes joining either of those top 5 teams in order to compete and get exposure.

    The purpose of this alliance was to cater to the ILh and their boring 3 team schedule and their underlining excuse was that there are too many blowouts in the OIA. When in fact only Kahuku and Mililani was blowing out teams, everyone else in the OIA was even.

    Now you got those “Win at all cost” Crusaders saying stuff like “Waianae scoring on us is unacceptable”! …”we demand perfection”. WTF! Take ur azz back to the ilh then!

    Take your high Maka-maka okoles to the mainland and play other schools that recruit instead of beating down on these dis-advantaged public schools, but they cannot even do that, the Mainland teams gotta come here to play them. pffft!


  7. G.F.N. August 13, 2018 4:06 pm

    Could someone please explain how the Top 10 list is created. Why are all the divisions included? It doesn’t make sense. Shouldn’t the different divisions have their own list? The list is mixing apples and oranges. The only common denominator is all the teams play football.


  8. LetsPlay.. August 13, 2018 4:18 pm

    Awrite is on point….totally agree…Its a win at all cost football league…


  9. Broken Spoke August 13, 2018 5:37 pm

    ??? your comment on individual rankings is somewhat meritorious but isn’t Waianae an Open Division team? Didn’t Waipahu crack Waianae and beat em by 21? Didn’t Iolani just smack the $h!t out of Waipahu after To Da House and others predicted otherwise. Did you know that Iolani blasted Waianae on July 28th at Waianae with their entire team participating including their AP players. Farrington and Kapolei will also get lickens from STL, Kahuku, Punahou and Mililani. Kapolei couldn’t even hang with Kamehameha this week. Iolani and Lahainaluna get punked by the haters and To Da House for playing in Div 1 this year but you are also the same ones predicting they’d get cracks in the Open Division. Make up your mind or just try to enjoy this season of OIA and ILH matchups. Its exciting to watch the ILH expose the OIA over an entire season instead to the OIA relying on Kahuku and Mililani to carry their torch.


  10. Broken Spoke August 13, 2018 5:42 pm

    ??? your comment on individual rankings is somewhat meritorious but isn’t Waianae an Open Division team? Didn’t Waipahu crack Waianae and beat em by 21? Didn’t Iolani just smack the $h!t out of Waipahu after To Da House and others predicted otherwise. Did you know that Iolani blasted Waianae on July 28th at Waianae with their entire team participating including their AP players. Farrington and Kapolei will also get lickens from STL, Kahuku, Punahou and Mililani. Kapolei couldn’t even hang with Kamehameha this week. Iolani and Lahainaluna get punked by the haters and To Da House for playing in Div 1 this year but you are also the same ones predicting they’d get cracks in the Open Division. Make up your mind or just try to enjoy this season of OIA and ILH matchups. Its exciting to watch the ILH expose the OIA over an entire season instead of the OIA relying on Kahuku and Mililani to carry their torch at the end of each season.


  11. Awrite!! August 13, 2018 10:16 pm

    Broken Spoke – You just said the REAL reason why the Alliance occured…

    “..for the ILH to expose the OIA!”

    All because Kahuku was winning too much titles and the ILH (specifically STL) couldnt handle losing. And you know what? The ILH was mum all these years until one man came back…Cal Lee. He is the reason why all these changes. Bradda will do anything to get his way- recruit outer islands, lobby for an OIA ILH alliance. Even get mainland teams to come play him in Hawaii. pfftt! At least Mililani and Kahuku have balls to fly to the mainland.

    The HHSAA and ILH had to sugar coat their alliance presentation to the OIA by saying “to prevent blowouts and injuries”. Two weeks into the season and blowouts and injuries are still occuring AND Finally…the ILH gets to expose the OIA! Ya happy ILH peeps!!

    – STL smashes Waianae and then says “were not happy they scored on us we want perfection”
    – PUN walks in to Kahuku all High maka maka, their players and parents totally disrespectful. That does not look like an ILH league that is grateful to have more teams/games to play during the regular season. I been saying for years…the ILH uses the OIA for a punching bag, first recruit the best OIA athletes then turn around and want to play those same depleted public schools?

    Stay in yo lane! You only really want Kahuku, we know that! Cal Lee even said after losing in 2015..”it would be nice to play Kahuku during the season to get used to their style”. In 2016 the ILH tried to pay $3mil to join leagues. Thats not a coach thats a politician.

    Greatest Football Coaches in Hawaii High School History imho, take your pick — Siuaki Livai, Larry Ginoza, Skippa Diaz!


  12. Awrite!! August 13, 2018 10:27 pm

    Last years State title game watch, Umpire referee Michael Goshima a (St. Louis class of 1969 Grad) at the :24 seconds mark – congratulating the STL receiver for his game winning TD against Kahuku.

    https://youtu.be/DTznNJASJeI

    ILH Win at all costs!


  13. U_crazy_sum_beach August 13, 2018 10:34 pm

    ???, Brah you biased! I don’t care if it’s open, D1 or D2. Yah, open is the “cream of the crop” but so what!! I think that this ranking isn’t just for the open, it’s to honor the teams that is deserving to be there! Waipahu beat Waianae LOL then Iolani beat Waipahu..Farrington and Kapolei would beat Iolani and Lahainaluna?!?!?!…U CRAZY SUM BEACH!!! Farrington and Kapolei not even that good this year! Iolani is VERY GOOD and would probably take D1 this year if they stay healthy! And Lahainaluna?..I NEVER seen such small guys like that play with so much heart! I doubted them taking it back to back, but the composure they play with shows why they are champions! I don’t care if they D2, They the powerhouse in D2 like St Louis and Kahuku is in Open. D1 don’t look as tough! Iolani at this point seems to outshine schools in D1. They goin beat Damien too! So shut up! MILLZ all Da WAY!!!


  14. To da house August 14, 2018 12:03 am

    Waianae definitely not even close to the Waianae of last year.

    Waipahu was not at full strength, but Iolani still laid the smack down on them. So props to Iolani and to broken spoke for calling that. Not so sure if #8 is where they should be rank, but time will tell….

    At the end of each season, movement of teams should be considered. Bottom 2 go down and top 2 move up.


  15. Broken Spoke August 14, 2018 6:03 am

    Awrite and TDH, good points but here’s few counters to ponder: 1) many of Mililani’s best players over the last 4 years are GEs (including several from Kalihi, Jaylen Olomua-Tuialamotu) and York (an Iolani Alum) is no different then any other ILH or OIA coach who’s obsessed with winning at all costs; 2) there’s tremendous disparity in both leagues as everyone knows (the disparity between STL and Pac-5 and Kahuku and Waialua); 3) the 3 tiers and allowing each school to choose their respective division of play coupled with mixing ILH and OIA schools is still much better and more exciting to watch and should yield more competitive games. There will be occasional mis-matches, upsets, close games, etc, but in the long run, I think Hawaii HS football is moving in the right direction. Finally, you’ll never get me to disagree with your points about Punahou being high makamaka but if you look at Goshima’s flags over the years (and I’ve observed him even during his Pop Warner days, he’s more prone to call holding against ILH teams than OIA). Robert Victor and his uncle Marshall Harvest are more worthy of closer scrutiny. BTW, Goshima and Victor were part of a 6 man OIA team for years.


  16. Northshore August 14, 2018 6:44 am

    G.F.N.: “why are all the divisions included?” “It doesn’t make sense.” I have mentioned that for years…the Hawaii high school football rankings are “bogus” and it’s meaningless because as you’ve stated “it doesn’t make sense” when other division teams are ranked with the open division teams. Evidently the SA sports writers are too lazy to create separate rankings for each division. Awrite: “the mainland teams gotta come here to play them (St Louis). pffft!.” If you recall, several years when St Louis did go to Vegas and play, they messed up by trashing the rooms at the hotel and participated in some illegal activities…Most likely, St Louis school administrators are reluctant to send their football team to the mainland after that fiasco.


  17. Northshore August 14, 2018 6:59 am

    Awrite: “Last year state title game, umpire Michael Goshima, St Louis class of 69.” He sure missed a lot of holding penalties by the St Louis OL. That would be considered “conflict of interest” by using an alumni ref especially for a state championship game and it surely showed when he was consistently talking to the St Louis players. Hopefully things like that (using alumni refs) for a title game doesn’t happen again.


  18. ??? August 14, 2018 8:05 am

    Broken spoke
    Every dog has its day (Waipahu, Iolani) but rankings should still be by divisions!
    So You’re telling me if Waialua goes undefeated
    In DII they should get ranked ahead of a one loss STL or a one loss Kahuku😂 😂😂


  19. Broken Spoke August 14, 2018 9:57 am

    ??? I didn’t think that I was arguing the rankings per se but you’re smart and you know that in any given year, there will be teams who are in a lower division that might be better than teams that are in a higher division and the SA poll seems to be their view of the top 10 teams. Last year Iolani was featured by SA in their top 10 pre-season poll…then Iolani got hammered by Hilo and we never saw the Raiders mentioned in the same breath. This is the same with every pre-season or early season poll….its much different than the end of the season poll which is the one that really matters but I see your point about divisional rankings which would probably be helpful too.


  20. Broken Spoke August 14, 2018 10:04 am

    ??? sorry I didn’t answer your question about Waialua going undefeated being ranked above STL or Big Red…my answer is heck no. This year, however, Waipahu and Iolani played a common opponent in Waianae (albeit pre-season and with Waianae depleted) so I can understand the excitement but definitely the Open Division is the heavy weight division. As much as I root for Floyd and Manny I know they wouldn’t stand a chance against Leon Spinks or Big Buster.


  21. ??? August 14, 2018 7:29 pm

    Broken Spoke,
    Everyone knows you’re last years Education First
    😂😂😂


  22. Broken Spoke August 15, 2018 4:31 pm

    ??? I’ve always been Broken Spoke but I like your imogees, not sure what they mean though.


  23. ??? August 15, 2018 6:06 pm

    @U_crazy_sum_beach
    What’s biased about wanting 3 separate rankings for 3 separate divisions? Sounds like common sense to me!!!
    Like I told the other “Numb Nut” if Waialua or Kalani go undefeated should they be ranked higher then a 1 loss STL or 1 loss Kahuku?
    😂😂😂


  24. ??? August 15, 2018 6:07 pm

    Who’s Crazy Now???


  25. Descartes 22 August 16, 2018 7:24 am

    ??? small kine paranoid. ??? asks the same questions that others have answered repeatedly. There are more articles for you to weigh in on that will allow you to expose your ignorance of sports in general. ??? probably got cut from the co-ed dance team at Iolani or Punahou that’s why he hates the ILH.


  26. Northshore August 18, 2018 7:46 am

    Broken Spoke: Quote, “if you look at Goshima’s flag over the years (and I’ve observed him during his Pop Warner days, he’s more prone to call holding against ILH teams then OIA). Are you for real? Being a referee in any sport is not whether he/she is more prone to make a call against ILH teams than OIA or vice versa. It’s all about calling it as he/she sees it and being unbias. Enough said.


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