Campbell shoots up to No. 4 in state

Campbell receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala finished with the third-most receiving yards in a season in state history. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

After just its fifth win in 28 tries — and first since 1977 in Ewa Beach — against Kahuku, Campbell is back to its highest ranking ever in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

The Sabers are No. 4 after jumping two spots following a 28-27 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday night. The Sabers were No. 4 earlier this season before losing to No. 1 Saint Louis, No. 2 Punahou and No. 3 Mililani by a combined score of 150-35.

With Kahuku at No. 5, the Sabers (5-3 overall) have played the four best teams in the state in consecutive weeks. Campbell closes the regular season with back-to-back road games at Kapolei and Waianae and is in the lead for the No. 2 seed in the OIA Open playoffs behind Mililani.

Meanwhile, the Red Raiders (4-3 overall) have lost back-to-back games in the regular season for the first time since 1996 and dropped another spot to No. 5 in the state. It is Kahuku’s lowest ranking since Week 11 in 2014.

Saint Louis (7-0), which ran its winning streak to 22 with a 66-point win over Farrington, remains No. 1 in the state of Hawaii and jumped to No. 16 in this week’s USA Today Super 25 national rankings. The Crusaders are still No. 11 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.

Nos. 4-6 were the only changes in this week’s rankings as Nos. 7-10 remain the same.

No. 8 Moanalua (7-0) closed in on No. 7 Kamehameha and is just votes behind the Warriors, who scored an impressive 27-0 shutout of Waianae led by defensive lineman Kupono Blake.

No. 9 Leilehua knocked off Damien 23-17 to hand a state tournament berth in Division I to No. 10 ‘Iolani, which gave up an early touchdown to Castle before rattling off 41 consecutive points with four TD’s coming from running back Kaua Nishigaya.

Nishigaya is tied with St. Francis’ Jonan-Aina Chaves with an Oahu-leading 13 rushing touchdowns this year.

The Saints and Hilo were the only other two teams to receive votes this week with two each.

Friday, Oct. 12

No. 1 Saint Louis vs. No. 6 Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Punahou at Waianae, 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 Kahuku at Farrington, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Lahainaluna at KS-Maui, 7 p.m.
No. 10 ‘Iolani at Aiea, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13
No. 4 Campbell at Kapolei, 6:30 p.m.
Nanakuli at No. 8 Moanalua, 6:30 p.m.
Radford at No. 9 Leilehua, 6:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Nov. 21
1.Kahuku (10)100
6.Saint Louis 45
8. Kapolei28


  1. Hawaii born October 8, 2018 6:20 pm

    Let’s hope kahuku beats Farrington and regroups for playoffs… good players bad coaching, bad community representation. Coaching changes are mostly due to community complaining.. lets go big red

  2. to good times October 8, 2018 7:02 pm

    I don’t understand why there’s such a merry go round with head coaches at Kahuku. First year coach with 3 losses and critics want him axed. Interim coach who took the team to the state championship wasn’t retained. Other coaches who won championships were still let go. Insight please.

  3. Notes October 8, 2018 8:04 pm

    Recruiting is fine for the ILH, just dont ack like you work harder then anyone else because the player next to you is an allstar which makes your job easier and you start looking like an all-star beating up on the disadvantaged OIA schools. In the OIA the player next to you is all-couch and you gotta play harder to cover for him.

    So a roster of 99 kids at STL is paying $1000 each a month. Thats 1.9 million reasons why Cal better change the rules in his favor, and recruit 10 samoans to win the title, or else gonna have a lot of pissed off parents.

  4. To da house October 8, 2018 9:18 pm

    99 kids @ $1,000/mo = $1.9M?
    Is this OIA or ILH math?

  5. Notes October 8, 2018 9:28 pm

    10 months equal 1 school year, einstein.

  6. Notes October 8, 2018 9:36 pm

    Here let me help you out with pie equal square….

    ….ITS 1.9 MILLION!!! dont aks question.

  7. To da house October 8, 2018 10:37 pm

    Pie as in apple pie?
    Or pi?

  8. Notes October 8, 2018 10:49 pm

    There you go again asking questions, okay let me end this once and for all.


  9. Northshore October 9, 2018 7:08 am

    @To da house and Notes: Com-on guys, does it really matter, stop the bickering and mockery already. You guys sound like a bunch of kids not knowing the facts because “Financial Aid” is kept confidential. I’m sure all 99 kids at St Louis are not paying $1,000 a month. There are those that are paying the full tuition…$16,900.00. Does it really matter who pays $1,000 each month? The fact of the matter is, if some parents pay $1,000, the $15,900.00 must be paid from other sources. It’s being done so who cares? More power to the parents that are paying $1,000.00 a month which equals to roughly $10,000.00 a school year.

  10. Northshore October 9, 2018 7:35 am

    Something really struck me the other day as I read an article from a statement made by Kahuku’s head coach. “We’ve all got to accept responsibility,” coach Carvalho said. “We have to make adjustments and be better at what we do.” Really, would you think that a seasoned head coach would make a statement using the word “WE”? A good head coach will take all responsibilities especially when the ship is not on course because the word “WE” doesn’t have the letter “I” in it. Need I say more?

  11. Matuu Pulotu October 9, 2018 8:04 am

    The most important thing for Big Red right now is for the injured to heal, prevent further loss of players to injury and to do their best with what they’ve got. It really doesn’t matter what people think, say or comment on HPW or on social media.
    What matters is that we cheer these “kids” to do their best and be better than those before them (especially in not being so critical and degrading to others in thought, word and deed). Live Pono, most of you should look it up and relook at your life if that’s part of the legacy you want to leave to your children.
    Do you realize that our children read these posts too? How do you think a player who reads your comments feels after reading your post(s)? Does he have the maturity to handle the negative words and comments about them, their team, their coach(es)?
    Most who comment on here are negative which is very sad that you have to vent on here to show how smart you are, how good of a coach you’d be, how you can analyze and breakdown schemes and philosophies of coaching. Go and do it, I just hope you do not coach my kid cause I wouldn’t want that kind of person with those values working with my kids.
    As they share at OIA events over the PA system, “let the players play, the coaches coach and the referees ref the game” if you still have a problem…good luck in a happy life.
    Proud to be a RRFL. GO BIG RED.

  12. To da house October 9, 2018 9:10 am

    I would interpret “we” as in the coaching staff which starts with him.

  13. Notes October 9, 2018 12:29 pm

    All very good comments live pono, play pono and sleep pono, but just make sure you no wake up with a ponor

  14. Mathlete October 9, 2018 4:58 pm

    Notes October 8, 2018 8:04 pm
    So a roster of 99 kids at STL is paying $1000 each a month. Thats 1.9 million reasons why Cal better change the rules in his favor, and recruit 10 samoans to win the title, or else gonna have a lot of pissed off parents.
    Notes October 8, 2018 9:28 pm
    10 months equal 1 school year, einstein.

    Let’s do some math here.

    99 kids x $1000/month = $99,000
    $99,000/month x 10 months = $990,000
    Tax = $46,648.80

    TOTAL (Base Tuition + Tax) = $990,000 + $46,648.80

    GRAND TOTAL = $1,036,648.80

    How did you come up with 1.9 million? You math seems way off.

  15. Too Meke 2 October 9, 2018 9:23 pm


    Coach Belichek, arguably the greatest coach ever often incorporates the use of the word “WE” into his quotes.

    Here is one:

    “You can’t look back. WE don’t talk about last year. WE don’t talk about next week. WE talk about today, and WE talk about the next game. That’s all WE can really control.” – Bill Belichick

    I thought all “good” coaches will take all responsibilities? Great coaches use the word we since the TEAM is in it together.

    Please do your research, Urban Meyer, Tom Laundry, Jimmy Johnson, Nick Saban, Bill Walsh, they all have similar quotes to Coach Carvalho.

    It’s called being a team. Coaches and kids should be accountable. Who coaches any sport and puts no accountability on the kids?

    Way to keep the bar low for the kids!

  16. Too Meke 2 October 9, 2018 9:24 pm

    @Notes, lol you got served in math! You calling people out in math and your calculations aren’t even close. That’s funny!


  17. Jimmy H October 10, 2018 5:28 am

    Enough with the recruiting bickering. Families choose what schools to send their children so what ever is best should not be ridiculed. Besides, it’s never stopped an OIA school from the past from winning a state title.
    The biggest thing this year is the toll these interleague games are having on these kids bodies. It’s a prime-time matchup week after week so players are getting hurt more often. Maybe next year they should reduce the amount of games they play. Everyone doesn’t have to play each other. They can figure out a better schedule. Maybe two or three bye weeks. Can we imagine if they had to play the week of hurricane lane?

  18. Northshore October 10, 2018 7:25 am

    @TooMeke2: I understand how Coach Belichick used the word WE and it was used in a different type of scenario compared to coach Carvalho’s statements. Belichick’s quotes, “It’s all about WE not looking back, WE don’t talk about last year, next week, today”…It’s all about a team not looking or talking. Carvalho’s quotes are quite different..”WE all got to accept responsibility” (as head coach I accept full responsibility) “WE have to make adjustments.” (As head coach I have to make the adjustments) “be better at what WE do” (As a coach I need to do better at what I do) It becomes the coaches responsibility when a team doesn’t show any improvement after 8 weeks of football, offensively and defensively. If you watched Kahuku these past 8 weeks, has there been any improvements? If you say yes than I will rescind my previous comments on 10.

  19. anywaaaays!! October 10, 2018 5:58 pm

    This is how the ILH Agenda divides us. They recruit and destroy our communities and then when our once proud football programs struggle, instead of pointing at the root cause of the problem, we end up complaining about our own coaches. We say our coaches aren’t good enough. our players are too injured. The real problem is Cal Lee and the ILH agenda and the media and the HHSAA that put profits over people. Profits over community. Profits over our own children. Maybe those of you who support the ILH Agenda need to take a good look in the mirror and see who you really are. RRFL!

  20. Too Meke 2 October 10, 2018 9:43 pm

    @Northshore, if you research, you will notice hundreds of coaches who use the word “WE” exactly or similar to the Kahuku coach. Please do the research. He did nothing wrong.

    If you need me to find dozens or hundred of similar quote for you since you are unable to find them, please let me know.

    It seems you have a personal vendetta against him. Maybe he isn’t the best. But he’s giving his time for pennies. Seems like the community should be thanking him.

    Here’s a quote from Coach Johnson of Georgia Tech, a solid D1 program.

    “We’re to the point where we need to be accountable,” Johnson said, his voice growing increasingly irritated. We’re all accountable. Everybody has to do their part.”

    Kind of seems many coaches talk like the Kahuku coach if you do the research. This took me 8 seconds to find.

    Now, why is this wrong again? Part of sports is holding kids accountable and holding them to a higher standard. This is what the Kahuku coach is doing.

    And what is wrong with that again?

  21. Northshore October 11, 2018 5:41 am

    @TooMeke2: You have every right to your opinion and interpret how and when coaches use the word WE. I’m OK with that and have no problem with you doing some research. Just for the sake of your opinion…answer yes or no and no justification required, has there been any improvements, offensively or defensively since Kahuku played Punahou? If your answer is yes, I will rescind my initial comments on 10. BTW don’t take words out of context because coach Carvalho is one of the nicest person, have no vendetta against him but as far as coaching varsity football, my opinion still stands and you can take it for what it is…Aloha!

  22. Too Meke 2 October 11, 2018 6:14 pm

    Given that injuries have occurred, this is the first time the OIA teams are playing the ILH teams during league play, the wear and tear of a long and grinding season, and other variables I do see improvement.

    When doing a comparison, you can’t compare this year’s Kahuku team to any teams before. Why? The parameters are different. This is the first year OIA teams have played ILH teams during the regular season. Therefore, it wouldn’t be an accurate comparison.

    I am not an expert on coaching. If I was, I’d make a career of it and coach at the collegiate or professional level where coaches are paid handsomely for their expertise.

    I see some areas that have improved. I see areas that need improvement. There are also areas that seemed to decline.

    But that often happens in many teams. Kahuku is under a microscope since the community seems to watch Kahuku more than other communities or school communities watch their teams.

    I’d like to think that people would sit back and enjoy. And if they can do a better job, I am sure they can apply to coach or be an assistant.

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