With three games involving two teams ranked in the top six over the weekend, there was little doubt there would be some movement in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.
The first question was whether Saint Louis’ 30-14 win over Kahuku would drop the Red Raiders from their No. 2 spot. It didn’t, although Kahuku did drop to No. 3 on three of the 10 ballots of media representing all major islands.
The changes began after Kahuku with Punahou jumping two spots to No. 3. The Buffanblu (3-1) were impressive on defense against the Trojans, sacking Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel six times and forcing him to throw his first three interceptions of the season.
The Buffanblu were last ranked as high as third in week 5 of last season and have been ranked in the top six of the poll for 117 consecutive weeks.
Undefeated Campbell (4-0) moved within four votes of Punahou of reaching its highest ranking ever. The Sabers remain at No. 4 this week after beating Kamehameha 26-22 despite giving up a touchdown while in victory formation.
Mililani, which has lost consecutive games for just the second time since 2011, dropped two spots to No. 5, ending a run of 24 consecutive weeks in the top four.
Kamehameha remained at No. 6 with Lahainaluna closing the gap at No. 7.
Kapolei, which shut out Waianae 46-0 behind an improved passing game, moved up a spot to No. 8, ahead of Leilehua.
The Mules debuted in the rankings this season at No. 9 followed an impressive 31-20 win over ‘Iolani. The return of running back James McGary has vaulted the Mules to the top of the Division I race in the OIA entering Friday’s game against the other undefeated team in OIA D-I, Moanalua.
Na Menehune did receive two votes this week but couldn’t crack the Top 10. Damien, which won in the final seconds against Waipahu, held on to its No. 10 ranking with ‘Iolani falling out of the rankings for the first time since Week 2.
‘Iolani received two votes. St. Francis failed to receive at least one vote for the first time since Week 2.
TOP 10 SCHEDULE
No. 6 Kamehameha at No. 2 Kahuku, 7:30 p.m.
Moanalua at No. 9 Leilehua, 7:30 p.m.
No. 1 Saint Louis vs. No. 3 Punahou at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 Campbell at No. 5 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Kapolei at Farrington, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 Damien vs. ‘Iolani at Aloha Stadium, 4:45 p.m.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Sep. 17|
|1.||Saint Louis (10)||100|