For the first time since Kahuku in 2012, the No. 1 team in the state never changed throughout the entire football season.
Open Division state champion Saint Louis (10-0), which completed its first undefeated season since 1996 with a 31-28 victory over Kahuku on Saturday night (Sunday morning) at Aloha Stadium, held its No. 1 ranking in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 all year.
The Crusaders have been No. 1 for 18 consecutive weeks dating back to last year’s win over Kahuku in the state final.
That’s the longest consecutive streak at No. 1 since Punahou went 28 weeks in 2013 and ’14.
The Crusaders also jumped a spot to No. 20 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 this week.
Kahuku, which has only lost once to a team not ranked in the top 25 nationally since 2014, predictably finished at No. 2. The Red Raiders have now finished five of the last seven seasons ranked either first or second.
The OIA, which failed to win a state football title for the first time since 2010 (Saint Louis, ‘Iolani), had three of the top four ranked teams with Mililani at No. 3 and Waianae at No. 4.
Kamehameha, which matched its highest ranking to finish a season since its state championship winning team in 2009, was fifth, followed by No. 6 Punahou, which finishes with its lowest ranking to end a season since 2010.
The Division II winner, Lahainaluna, one of four teams ever to repeat as a state football champion, finished ahead of Division I champion Hilo at No. 7. The Vikings, whose only loss this season was against Konawaena, are No. 8.
The Wildcats, who lost to the Lunas 75-69 in seven overtimes, jump into the rankings at No. 9 to end the year, followed by Campbell, which ends the season ranked under first-year coach Darren Johnson for the first time in three years.
Konawaena had never finished a season ranked in the top 10.
The Sabers finished five votes ahead of Damien (eight) for the final spot. Waipahu received two votes.
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