Punahou cracks MaxPreps national Fab 50

by Paul Honda on October 10, 2013

Dakota Torres celebrated with teammates Kainoa McCauley and Reupena Fitisemanu after a touchdown against Saint Louis. (Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser)

Dakota Torres celebrated with teammates Kainoa McCauley and Reupena Fitisemanu after a touchdown against Saint Louis. (Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser)

For the first time this fall, Punahou has landed in the MaxPreps Fab 50 national rankings released on Tuesday.

Coming off a 35-32 win over Saint Louis, the Buffanblu are at No. 50 in the weekly list. Booker T. Washington (Fla.) is ranked No. 1.

At 7-0 overall, including a road win over perennial CIF power Helix (Calif.), Punahou moved up one notch in the MaxPreps West Region Top 20 to No. 11. The Buffanblu are right behind Bishop Gorman (Nev.) and ahead of powerhouses Servite (Calif.) and Long Beach Poly (Calif.).

East (Utah) is 19th in the West Region rankings. East defeated Kahuku last month in Salt Lake City.

The top team in the West, De La Salle (Calif.), remained at No. 5 in the national rankings.

Here’s what the West Region Top 20 looks like.

WEST Region Top 20

(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 6-0
2. (2) St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 5-0
3. (3) Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 5-0
4. (4) Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 7-0
5. (5) Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 5-0
6. (6) Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 5-0
7. (8) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 5-0
8. (9) Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 6-0
9. (10) Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 7-0
10. (7) Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 4-2
11. (12) Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 7-0
12. (13) Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) 6-0
13. (20) Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) 3-1
14. (14) Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 3-2
15. (16) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 5-1
16. (17) Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 5-1
17. (18) Camas (Camas, Wash.) 5-0
18. (NR) Hart (Newhall, Calif.) 5-0
19. (NR) East (Salt Lake City, Utah) 7-0
20. (NR) Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.) 4-2

Dropped Out: Previous No. 11 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.); No. 15 Alemany (Mission Hills); No. 19 Bellarmine (San Jose, Calif.).

West Bubble: Bozeman (Bozeman, Mont.) 6-0; Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) 4-1; Davis (Kaysville, Utah) 6-0; Elk Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 5-0; Fairview (Boulder, Colo.) 5-0; Granite Bay (Granite Bay, Calif.) 4-1; Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 4-2; Highland (Pocatello, Idaho) 6-0; Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii) 7-1; Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 5-0; Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 5-0; Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 4-1; Tigard (Tigard, Ore.) 6-0.

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